If I had to describe L’Appat Patisserie and Cafe in one word it would be “charming”.
Walking through the giant old oak doors of this tiny bakery and cafe is like being transported into a classic French movie. Brightly colored baked goods beckon from their glass showcase. The air smells of caramelized sugar and herbed bread. A friendly face is wiping his hands on a tea towel as he comes through the kitchen door. If you’ve been there more than a few times, he’ll greet you by name.
We find a seat at a table dressed with a white tablecloth, glass goblets, dainty white plates, and fresh flowers. The cafe is bright and airy, managing to feel elegant but not stuffy.
Making a decision at the display case is like trying to name your favorite character on The Office.
The goodies range from the familiar (Pumpkin Pie) to the exotic (West African Vanilla Bissap Cheesecake). Cookies, cheesecakes, tarts, chaussons, and even beignets all cry out for a taste. Thankfully, the prices here are very reasonable, so making the three block trek from our house has become a regular affair.
Everything we’ve tried here has been good, but my favorites are the Apple Chausson and the peppermint cookie. The chausson is dependably flaky, buttery, and fruity. The cookie has an irresistible cake-like texture and is fragrant with vanilla and peppermint. After my third attempt to recreate the cookie at home, I finally just decided a weekly trip to L’appat was the only reasonable option.
L’appat also serves breakfast and lunch dishes at great prices. If you make it here for lunch, you simply must try one of their flavored teas and lemonades. My absolute favorite is the Marshmallow Iced Tea. I know it sounds bizarre, but trust me on this one. The flavors are absolutely addicting.
The menu for lunch and dinner rotates from week to week, so I usually just go with whatever the special is for the day and I’ve never been disappointed. Recently I tried the carrot and spinach soup, which truthfully didn’t sound good to me at all, but like always I was pleasantly surprised but the flavors and combinations coming out of this place. The soup was full of flavor and dusted with a good bit of grated Parmesan cheese. Always a plus.
Even for lunch you can usually make it out of this place for under $10, and that includes a cookie! Try the Oak St, by the way, it’s one of my favorites!
If you need a cheap and filling breakfast, my favorite is a simple egg and cheese sandwich dusted with herbs. I usually request mine with two slices of tomato and it is always perfect. I also like their veggie frittata, a dense egg cup filled with potatoes, corn, and other vegetables and served on a bed of tomato sauce.
The Mr. and I haven’t yet made it to L’appat for dinner, but the restaurant has an ever changing menu to satisfy your after-5 cravings as well.
We love to go here for a mid afternoon date and treat ourselves to a cup of coffee or tea and a dessert to share. It’s a lovely set up in a cozy spot in the neighborhood.
L’appat means essentially “bait” or “lure” and this charming cafe has plenty of both. If you haven’t made it over to Olde Towne East in awhile (why not?!), this is just one reason to make the trip. After sampling just a bit of what this place has to offer, you won’t be able to stay away.
You can find L’appat on Facebook, where they post weekly menus and tantalizing photos, or visit them at 1159 Oak St. Columbus, OH 43205!