I’m not gonna lie. The photo above of the Peach Vanilla crepe I ate yesterday at Baguette et Chocolat, a month old French Patisserie (bakery) and restaurant in the Hill Country, is distracting me so much, I am having trouble finding the words to describe its decadence. Perhaps the photo says it all, but I should at least do it justice by telling you about how the crepe batter came out thin and crispy, yet soft, and the light flavor of the peaches that filled the inside with hints of vanilla and dusted with powdered sugar created a beautiful harmony. Just as melodic, if not more, were the flavors of the perfectly crafted Opera dessert that neighbor Brian uninhibitedly ordered and sunk his fork into which was made up of about 15 perfectly aligned layers of cake and creme and chocolate, adorned with a gold leaf.
Everything from the Quiche Florentine (with spinach), to the Niciose Salad and the baguette that came with it was perfectly crafted and made our group feel like we took a brief trip to France during our morning meal.
The restaurant itself is modest, with about twelve tables, yet boasts a bakery case, a menu that is difficult to choose from since everything looked delicious, and friendly service. I met Analise (I hope I spelled this correctly!), the owner and wife of Chi-Minh, the French baker himself, who was so welcoming and I could tell they are passionate about the fresh, delicious eats they are serving up unexpectedly in the Hill Country. She even made a point to delay the sweet crepes we ordered since she insisted they were best eaten warm right off of the griddle. As a result, I was served the crepe immediately after I finished the last bite of salad. The warm crepe was just perfection.
If you’re out in the Hill Country, on the way to the lake, or just feel like taking a leisurely drive to France, make a stop at Baguette et Chocolat, about 5 minutes from the Hill Country Galleria, located off of Bee Caves when you head West on Highway 71. Bon Apetit!