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Le Petit Dejuener Linger over pancakes, omelettes and crepes at this family-style breakfastspot

Le Petit Dejuener

3411 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48201
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: breakfast, pancakes, midtown, le-petit-dejuener, family-style

In France, le petit dejeuner (literally “the little meal’) is usually a quick morning meal of coffee and toast or pastries. Le dejeuner is the longer, larger mid-day meal we’d call lunch – it used to be a two hour affair but these days it’s more like a one-hour lunch break.

At Le Petit Dejeuner in Detroit, however, breakfast rules the day. And our stomachs couldn’t be happier about it.

Le Petit Dejeuner is a cozy breakfast and lunch spot. It embodies the tradition of family style dining with plates that are made for sharing, whether you have a large group or just a couple people.

Located on Brush St. at Erskine, it’s just two blocks off Woodward near Mack Ave. but feels worlds away from the Midtown bustle. The little box of a building is dwarfed by the Brush Park mansions dotting the block, but the restaurant is easy to spot from the street. Its snug dining room is warm and inviting – a nice spot to linger of a leisurely meal with family or friends.

We like the family-style approach to Le Petit Dejeuner’s menu. It means we get to sample more than one dish. We don’t have to choose between waffles or an omelette for breakfast – we can have both! For those of us who breeze right through breakfast most of the week with just a cup of coffee, a leisurely meal at Le Petit Dejeuner is a welcome treat.

Several items on the menu take inspiration from the restaurant’s French name, including crepes, omelettes, and croissant french toast. Other dishes are distinctly American, like their creamy corn pancakes. Switch things up with sauteed sweet potatoes instead of the usual hashbrowns on the side.

There’s one dish that you don’t want to pass up, a signature item that we’re sure Le Petit Dejeuner will become famous for: carrot cake pancakes. Fluffy and delicious, they’re smothered with a cream cheese maple syrup and sprinkled with chopped pecans. It’s a lot of sugar, to be sure. But they’re pancakes – that’s a breakfast food. We did not have dessert, we had breakfast.

You could wash it all down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or sip on a  refreshing glass of house made sweet tea.

The prices at Le Petit Dejeuner depends on how many people are dining in your party. For one person, it’s $9 for three items (any three on the menu!). Two diners can choose four items for $17; a party of three gets five choices for $25. Groups of four or five people may choose six dishes for $34 (four people) or $42 (five people), and parties of six or more get seven items for $49.


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