Crepes in Chicago?
Can anyone recommend a restaurant with good French crepes?
La Creperie was a family favorite for years, even though quality seemed to decline over those years.
But it was pleasantly low-key and funky, and across the street from a theater with good movies and validated parking.
The killer - on our last visit, about three years ago, I was horrified to discover chewed chewing gum in my side salad. I can still taste it!
I'll never go back.
Here is place to check out - it's right around the same place.
Crepes on Broadway
2932 N. Broadway
The menu features both sweet and savory versions; just ask and they'll even flame your sweet treat for a little dessert drama. Highlights include the spinach, caramelized onion, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese filled crepe la greque, and the apple caramel sundae crepe, filled with apples, raisins and walnuts and finished with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I went a couple of months ago to Crepes on Broadway and was pleasantly surprised. At first I was put off by the fact that we were the only customers on a Thursday night but then it suddenly started filling up. The owner was very helpful and friendly...he even shared one of his own bottles of wine. One mention should be that it's a BYOB restaurant.
There is Vive la Crepe in Evanston. I think it's on Sherman at Davis. I haven't been for several years but I recall it being good food and a comfortable atmosphere.
I'm hesitant to post this since it isn't a whole-hearted recommendation, but its the only crepe place I know of downtown, so its worth knowing about.
Crepe Cliche (Jackson just west of Wacker) serves pretty good crepes. It's a nice change of pace from the other downtown lunch options. I've never been disappointed with their savory crepes. However, I have had a couple disappointments with their apple dessert crepe - it was very good the first few times I had it, but the last two the apples were meally and unappetizing. That said, I really enjoy going there, I've just stopped ordering the apple crepe.
Best Crepe place I've ever been to is Crepe and Coffee Palace. Make sure to get mint tea with honey while you're there. It's amazing. And they have the best vegetable soup I've ever had. It's near the zoo, too, so you can go see some monkeys afterward. As far as crepes go, they have everything from crepes stuffed with sausage, pine nuts, spinach and brie, to crepes full of bananas and nutella with ice cream on top. If you get a savory crepe it comes with free soup. It's awesome. I never liked crepes until I went to this joint. My husband made me go.
Flip crepes is now my favorite place to have lunch or Breakfast! They have a very exiting menu. I work close to the French Markets (where Flip crepes is located) and have been there quite a few times. Just went there today and tried the Brie O' Fig w/ham...Delicious. I recommend it. Beside, I got a free butter sugar crepe with my order. I think only on Monday. P.
Another delicious version of crepe is made at the original house of pancakes. They are called swedish pancakes and are as thin as crepes. They are served with lingonberries.
Out of the few creperies around Chicago, I have to say Crepe Crave in Wicker Park/Bucktown has the most authentic crepes in town. What's unique is that its made in front of you from start to finish just like a typical crepe stand. I've been to a couple of crepe places and some of them actually PRE-MAKE them before a rush, are you kidding?? I've been to this place a few times and you can get a typical nutella banana crepe just like anywhere else, BUT their savory crepes is where they do outstanding job, chicken florentine is must to try and nothing soaked in sauces, your sauce is on the side. Very casual counter service and no crepe is over 8 bucks. That's what I call street food as crepes were meant to be.
I'll throw out a nod to Crepes a Latte on Irving Park. It doesn't have an "authentic" feel at all, but the owner is incredibly nice, and the crepes (I had ham and cheese), while bland looking, were actually really good and inexpensive. Also, I like supporting new local businesses, and the owner asked more than once how to improve or what we did or didn't like which goes a long way with me.
Most delicious crepes in Chicago are at the Green City Market at the SW corner of Lincoln Park (the park) every Saturday morning. The stand probably has a shop to match in the city but I can't recall the name off-hand. Go go go! You won't regret it.
Green City Market
1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614