I thought I knew all the restaurants in Harrisburg—maybe not all the ones out of town but surely all the ones in the city. But I was wrong. Amy and I (she who first took me to Arepa) were looking for a place to meet for lunch. I googled Harrisburg restaurants and the name Au Bon Lieu popped up. Francais? Ici? Oui.
On Third Street, just off Market (how more downtown can you get?) is this little crêperie. We’re talking petit. A few tables inside, a few more on the sidewalk. I got there first (!) and chose outside seating. It’s a very casual place—about as casual as the city gets. When Amy arrived, I made sure my phone was playing Edith Piaf singing “La Vie en Rose.” (It was either that or the Marseilles—I think this was more appropriate.) Did I mention she’s a French teacher?
The menu consists of a list of savory crêpes—pretty much something to please everyone. Poulet (chicken). Poisson (fish). Boeuf (figure that one out yourself). And vegetarian. I stared at that list a while before ordering the chicken with mushrooms and caramelized onions. (J'adore champignons!) Amy went for the eggplant.
Our plates arrived. Bien! My beautifully folded crêpe was savory and delicious. Amy (who makes her own crêpes at home and therefore knows what she’s talking about) pronounced hers delicieux aussi.
And, bien sur, I then had to have one of the sweet crêpes from the other side of the menu. Amy ordered one with Nutella and I took the Belgian chocolate with banana. Same lovely folded crepe, banana perfectly ripe, and just the right amount of chocolat. Excellent! (Works in either language, non?)
I am really surprised that I haven’t heard of this place before. If Husb still worked in the city he would be there twice a week for lunch. I’m happy to say that there are now a number of really good places to eat in the ‘burg. Don’t overlook Au Bon Lieu—you won’t get a better lunch in Harrisburg.
(Author's note: I had to look up very few of these French words. Madame Pettigrew would be proud.)