Around Indy: Petite Chou Bistro

Having been in the mood for something light, but something other than the normal lunch fare in Broad Ripple, Petite Chou Bistro was the perfect early afternoon stop. Around 1 pm on a Saturday, the place was bustling, but there was no wait for a table. And, though I was worried about parking, there quite a few spots within an easy walk of the restaurant available.

Petite Chou Bistro building

This was a mid-January visit, and the patio was enclosed, fully heated, and the patio ceiling was enveloped in string lights and fun, feathery winter decor. It’s already a cute restaurant, and the additional decor just made it that much more adorable.

Petite Chou Bistro patio
Petite Chou Bistro patio – complete with a few throw blankets for max comfort!

Inside the restaurant, the decor is typical French bistro-style chairs and tables. Directly to the left of the host stand is a self-serve coffee¬†bar featuring several Stumptown coffees, which I was happy to make full use of — I get irritated pretty quickly when I have to wait on a coffee refill.

Petite Chou Bistro coffee

For my meal, I ordered the Croque Monsieur… because any sandwich¬†that has a 100% chance of being fried in butter is always going to be my first choice! The dish came with lightly-dressed greens, and, though I turned them down initially after finding out the sandwich came with greens, ended up ordering an order of the duck fat frites.

Croque Monsieur with Greens
Croque Monsieur with Greens
Duck Fat Frites
Duck Fat Frites

I only ate about half of my meal (the Croque Monsieur was a generous size) in order to save room for dessert. I was leaning towards crepes but decided on the pavlova, a dessert of meringue, lemon curd, fresh berries and whipped cream. This too, was a generous size, enough for two people to share. I’m happy I tried it, but the dessert was just a little too sweet for my taste. Next time, I’ll definitely go with a crepe instead.


Cute decor and fantastic food make Petite Chou Bistro a winner in my book! I look forward to coming back and trying other items on the menu when I’m back in the area.

Petite Chou menu

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