Tucked away in a strip mall across from Desert Breeze Park, Maggie Reb is doing something simple, and simply fabulous.
La Maison de Maggie, a crêperie quaintly decorated like a French farmhouse (junior-high Français should’ve taught you maison translates to “house”), is as welcoming as your childhood home, especially if you grew up in the south of France. As chef/proprietor, Reb is the doting mother overseeing it all. The best example of her attention to detail is in the sourcing of product. Because she doesn’t like domestically available flour, she’s importing hers from France, along with a robust vanilla-chestnut jam. And she’s getting seasonal produce from Gilcrease Orchard in northwest Las Vegas, more expensive but providing better results.
The focus of the miniscule menu: crêpes, split between savory galettes ($11) and sweet ones folded into triangles ($5-$8). The former are made with nutty, gluten-free buckwheat flour, folded edges forming a window into the pancake’s soul; the latter, triangular and made from wheat flour. But should you want to swap fillings, the friendly Reb would surely accommodate.
Endearingly, most menu options are named for family members back in L’Hexagone, like the Polo (ham, spinach and funky blue cheese) and the Alli (sugar and cinnamon). Even the Flying Baby (tomato, mozzarella and blue cheese) honors a younger family member who, disappointingly, does not actually fly, but the France trumpets its homeland with a traditional combination—ham, cheese and sunny-side up egg. You can also concoct your own from an array of ingredients that includes turkey, pesto and red peppers, plus there are specials, like July’s outrageously good galette of the month: mozzarella, tomato, goat cheese and honey.
A French tourist with no Vegas ties, Reb has settled in and open her house to us. France’s loss is our gain. Merci!
La Maison de Maggie 3455 S. Durango Drive #112, 702-823-4466. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.