Le Petit Zinc

I’ve been meaning to visit Le Petit Zinc for two years now, so it was thrilling to finally stop by! It’s a little French café located in Corktown. The owner, Charles Sorel, was raised in France and opened up Le Petit Zinc in early 2009 with the help of fellow Detroit businesses. On the website, it states that the café uses only organic flour and local produce from the Eastern market. “Le Petit Zinc” is French slang for a local bar and in addition to wine, they serve crêpes, salads, sandwiches, ratatouille, and coffee.

With bright yellow walls and a hand painted mural, I couldn't help but fall in love with the quintessential decor. There were fresh flowers at every table and I could see a garden alongside the patio. I went with a group of friends and we ordered both savory and sweet crepes. I ordered the Quiche Florentine, a crêpe filled with spinach and feta cheese that also came with a salad. For dessert, I split the Chocolat crêpe, which was surprisingly simple and a little disappointing. I really, really enjoyed the savory crêpes, but I prefer the sweet crêpes from Good Girls Go to Paris (located on Kirby St). I thought it was charming how the water was served in empty wine bottles with little mason jars used as cups.

As we left, our waitress told me the sign for Le Petit Zinc actually lit up for special events like wedding rehearsals or dinners. I know I’d love to stop by if they were open late, but the current hours are from 10 am – 4 pm, except on Sundays, when they're open from 9 am – 3 pm. Le Petit Zinc is located on Trumbull Street (not too far from Green Dot Stables).

On our way back home, we saw two murals. The first was painted alongside a nondescript building across the street from Le Petit Zinc, while the second was Summer in the City's famous "Welcome to Woodbridge" mural that was featured in the Super Bowl's "Imported from Detroit" video.

I highly recommend stopping by Le Petit Zinc if you ever are craving a crêpe and are in Downtown Detroit. Thanks for reading and I'll see you guys next week!

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