Em Le’s Carmel Restaurant was the first of three breakfast places we went to in the beautifully quaint town of Carmel by-the-sea. My dad choose it in my mom’s honor after reading the french toast description on the menu.
Unique, BATTER COOKED, thick egg bread and beautifully finished with white powdered sugar, cinnamon, and crushed almonds, and Em Le’s homemade secret syrup.
I’ll tell you what though, it may look like it because of it’s decor but Em Lee is not for the faint of breakfast. I mean it when I say the plates are large. Huge. Massive. Fat, if you will.
I couldn’t finish my 3 cm tall and very filling chocolate chip pancake. They had a variety of pancakes to choose from, and a lot of egg options as well, but the french toast is what Em Lee is all about.
We ordered 2 plates of the half serving (you can get a whole serving or a half. When in doubt go for less) of French Toast. One was for the table, and one was for my mom.
Our waitress placed both half servings on our long table with a proud smile and loudly asked if we wanted to know the secret behind their “world famous” french toast. Before we could say yes she told us. The french toast is beer battered and deep fried. Their VERY special syrup, which I thought about dumping into a water bottle and taking home with me, is infused with caramel and spice. While none of that was really a surprise to us, since it was outlined in the menu, every bite was. It was what I would call a treat!
If you’re in the mood for a funnel cake-y like type of french toast, Em Le is the perfect place to keep in your back pocket.
Em Le’s Carmel Restaurant
Dolores between 5th and 6th, Carmel-by-the-sea