Yay, this past Sunday we took a nice walking trip down to Center City’s La Creperie Cafe to stuff our bellies full with these light and tender pancakes:
My other crepe experiences in Philadelphia consist of Houston Hall’s Creperie and the Crepewalk food cart on Penn’s campus. I was actually really excited about the crepes in Houston Hall before because it was humongous and nearly exploding with indulgent nutella, strawberry, and bananas. However, with each order, I got more and more tired of the heavy and overbearing pancake that was trying to pass as a crepe. The Crepewalk’s crepe is an improvement, but not enough (esp. due to my poor experience with the man who runs the truck.)
But that’s where La Creperie Cafe comes in! I ordered the most classic of “Les Classiques,” Gâteau de Crêpe au Jambon: Ham, Swiss Cheese, Spinach, Mushrooms & Garlic. It was exactly what I was looking for…with all the simple flavors combining to form my favorite crepe experience yet. My friends ordered more daringly from the “Les Tentanes: Very Creative Mix” portion of the menu with L‘Orientale, with a creative mix indeed of Couscous, Chicken Breast, Dry Raisins, Olives and also Merguez et Fromage, featuring their lamb sausage. While these were certainly more exciting than my own crepe, personally I loved mine the most. Plus, I have found that I just don’t care for couscous. Who needs tiny little grains?? Especially in their crepe. Not meeee!
And of course, following up our savory crepes with dessert crepes was a must. La Finale with Flambé Banana in Rum, Strawberries & Coulis de Chocolat called out to me, and was indeed a great finale.
Also ordered at the table were Le Fraisier: Strawberries, Sugar, Rum & Whipped Cream, and Oh La La: Bananas with Nutellla, Grand Marnier and Whipped Cream (which I actually wished I had ordered… I always fall for nutella and choc/hazelnut).
Some bites of crepe had a delicious, crunchy-sugar topping, as if they bruleed the top just slightly. As delicious as these dessert crepes were, I think we mainly agreed that the savory ones shined more here than their dessert ones.
La Creperie Cafe has revived my perspective and love of crepes, and now, I set out for crepes from Beau Monde, the recently spotted crepe cart on Drexel’s campus, and hopefully if all goes as planned, France when I study abroad there next spring! 😀