After 8 years in Seattle I had yet to find a decent crêpe place. A few weeks ago, Vidya told me about “this crêpe place in Ravenna” that I had to try. Last weekend we attempted a brunch trip and were foiled when the restaurant was flooded (yikes!). Tonight I was able to cash in my raincheck.
The “crêpe place” is the Crêpe Café and Wine Bar on 65th St and 22nd Ave. On the outside it’s easy to drive right by (I had done so for years). Inside is a smartly decorated, casual but romantic restaurant with tasty crêpes. They also boast some fine wines, if the bottle of Meditrina we had is any indication. But I digress. We were here to sample a change from Seattle crêpe malaise, and were well-rewarded for our excursion.
Lauren and I ordered the “Ritz Carlton” — chicken, swiss and mushrooms topped with a mushroom & wine sauce. Fresh ingredients combined with flavorful seasoning and a tender crêpe to provide a rich, yet light, experience. They also make a mean carmalized onion, as I can attest to from “J’s Crêpe” — a fine mix of savory and sweet inside a buckwheat shell.
Then it was time to see if the dessert crêpes would make the grade. I’ll simply say that the Chocolate & Strawberries crêpe lasted about 1.5 minutes before getting demolished. And then the next few minutes involved scraping the remains of melted chocolate from the plate 🙂 One warning about the dessert menu: not everything on there is a crêpe, so read closely. We ordered a “Jitterbug” which turned out to be espresso and ice cream in a cup, not in a crêpe (oops).
Overall I really enjoyed the Crêpe Café. They have a fine array of both the sweet and savory crêpes, and ambience to accomodate both dinner with friends or romance for two. One final note to set expectations: Crêpe Café is a completely different experience from Paris crêpe stands (more “americanized”-style crêpes), so you’ll have to go somewhere else to satisfy that particular urge.
Tidbit:1/2 price wine night on Tuesdays!
Crêpe Café and Wine Bar
2118 NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Tues-Fri 10:30AM-3:00PM (Lunch)
Sat-Sun 9:00AM-3:00PM (Brunch)
Tues-Sat 5:00PM-10:00PM, Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM (Dinner)
Update (5/7/2006, 5:45PM): Lauren and I took DeAnn here for lunch today. We discovered that you can get top-notch foccacia paninis at lunchtime. We also had a fabulous tomato-garlic soup. Medium thickness, and full flavors. If you order the Westchester crêpe (and you’re not vegetarian), I recommend exercising the “add chicken” option.