The humble pancake, which when well-made is not humble at all, has an even classier cousin, called the crêpe. Thin and delectable, with origins in the Brittany region of France, crêpes are so versatile, they can accommodate plain or fancy filings. For some of the coolest and cleverest crêpes around, try these destination-dining locations.
2845 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
La Crêperie is the original, the oldest Crêperie in the United States, founded in 1972. It is as if you stepped into a soupcon of France. For savory, order La Chateauneuf du Faou (Ham and Swiss), or Poulet au Curry (Chicken in a curry cream sauce with mango chutney). For sweet, La Noix de coco (Chocolate and toasted coconut).
2420 Rice Blvd., Houston, Texas
Sweet Paris is so bright and airy, with big windows and comfy banquettes and chair seating, accented by topiary and heavenly blue tones. One of the joys of Sweet Paris: The Crêpe of the Month. Say “All Pumpkin Everything” or “Chicken Bordelaise”, consisting of grilled chicken in a red wine reduction, beef demi-glace, gruyere cheese, and sautéed mushrooms!
514 Main Street, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Crêpes A-Go-Go features two kinds of crêpes. Sweet crêpes with the fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, or chocolate, topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. Savory crêpe feature grilled vegetables, meats or cheeses, prepared to order.
1104 Locust Street, St Louis, Missouri
Rooster is the place for sweet S’mores Crêpe, or savory Salmon Crêpe. Bright and cheery, Rooster welcomes you with lots of wood, big windows and egg-yolk yellow walls, and big bold rooster murals.
The French Market and Crêperie
526 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee
The French Market and Crêperie gives a taste of Paris courtesy of a classic corner café, with soothing décor, including open shelves and pale sea glass tone walls. Amon their specialties are the Parisian Style Ham & Cheese or the Monte Cristo Crêpe.
1215 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Banana Café gives you that end-of-the-world vibe, with its wood walls, intricately patterned tile floor, intimate tables and counter service, and nostalgic décor. Welcoming the hungry since 1992. For a savory crêpe, have La Key West: shrimp and scallop crêpe with a key lime sauce.
9952 Valley View Street, Cypress, California
Crêpes Maison makes you think you should arrive in a 50’s convertible. The look is quite casual, the people are friendly, the food is inexpensive and delicious. Try the Philly Cheesesteak Crêpe for savory and follow up with the Dessert Crêpe (sugar, butter, and banana).
101 S Main Street, Canandaigua, New York
Simply Crêpes the look is quaintly colonial with the big fieldstone fireplace, pale yellow walls and tables with ladder-back chairs. There’s even patio seating in mild weather. Go for the Hog in a Hankie BBQ Pulled Pork crêpe, or the bananas foster crêpe. The menu changes with the seasons.
Breizh pan Crêpes
39 George Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Breizh pan Crêpes the owners are originally from France. Their crepes are authentic and fabulous. French music plays while dine. The white and pale blue surroundings sooth and have simple art on display. Order the salmon crêpe or the sweet crêpe with the apples and pecans.
Lady M’s Mille Crêpes Cake
Multiple NYC Locations
Consider stopping into Lady M’s Mille Crêpes Cake at boutique locations in New York City, including Rockefeller Center, 41 East 78th Street, or The Plaza Food Hall. The cake consists of twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes alternating with ethereal light pastry cream. The top gently caramelized. Those in the know always include a Lady M’s Mille Crêpes Cake for their special birthdays and other red letter occasions.
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