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Crepes in San Diego

geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 11:06 AM

Any crepe fans in San Diego? Where do you like to go? I'm looking for a creperie that gets as close to a Parisian creperie as possible.

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  1. DiningDiva RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 11:49 AM

    There's a crepe resto on University a block or so west of Park Blvd. Hours seem to be sporadic.

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      MrKrispy RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 12:59 PM

      I was over in North Park the other day and saw this place (haven't been there yet) called La Creperie, on 30th street just south of University.

      I haven't been to the place on University either (Crepes de Paris) but I worked with a French guy that said it was crap. Of course, he didn't like crepes anywhere in SoCal so who knows...

      The only place I recall getting crepes was a little breakfast/pastry place in Mission Hills but they closed down.

      1. amyzan RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 01:09 PM

        I can't add anything about resties but I can unequivically say DON'T buy the crepes from the vendor at the OB farmer's market. Last time I did, it was clear he hadn't rested the batter and the finished crepe tasted so much of raw flour it was inedible.

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          mikec RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 01:49 PM

          The previously mentioned Crepes de Paris on University is about as good as it gets. There's also a creperie on 30th just south of North Park Way (and I believe they're also the same people who do the crepes at the various Farmer's markets), but they're not as good as CdP (too heavy batter and they don't use butter, I think).

          Neither will make you forget a randomly chosen creperie off Place St. Michelle, though.

          The good news is that great crepes are incedibly easy to make: 2/3 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, beat in a blender, cook with butter over medium high heat.

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            geekyfoodie RE: mikec Nov 7, 2007 02:07 PM

            Thanks, Mike, I think I will try making some.

            My mother spent a decade in Paris and she loves a good crepe. We stopped by La Creperie and she spent some time chatting with the owner. Their crepes are rather thick and the owner said that he had a hard time finding flour milled fine enough for his liking (I'm sure economics play into it... he probably could find the flour, but then the crepes would be more expensive). I don't know much about technique, but that could have something to do with the thickness, too.

            What do you use to thin out the crepe once it's been poured? Spatula? Pastry scraper? Tilting the pan from side to side?

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              trentyzan RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 03:21 PM

              http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook...

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                mikec RE: trentyzan Nov 8, 2007 11:54 AM

                Bah, that's written by the anal-retentive crepe maker. It took me about 3-4 crepes to get the hang of it the first time I tried the recipe I suggested (and even the first 3-4 were more than edible...). That recipe is from Sunset Magazine about 6 years ago (I see I've been making it one egg short for about the last three or four years):

                http://www.sunset.com/sunset/Premium/...

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                mikec RE: geekyfoodie Nov 8, 2007 11:36 AM

                The recipe I gave is pretty thin. Just tilting the pan from side-to-side is sufficient. I don't use anything special for flour/milk. I typically use an 8" non-stick pan, heat a small pat of butter (butter should be *almost* smoking), cook about 2 mins on one side, then flip and cook about 30 seconds more.

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              Cathy RE: geekyfoodie Nov 7, 2007 02:22 PM

              They make some decent ones at Bristol Farms (UTC).

              Also in UTC, Wired is a French Bistro and makes nice crepes and other fairly authentic French food.

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                geekyfoodie RE: Cathy Dec 1, 2007 08:15 PM

                I stopped by Bristol Farms today and they weren't serving crepes. :( I saw the crepe iron, but it wasn't on and crepes weren't displayed on the menu.

                Ironically, I was also in the plaza where Wired is, but didn't stop by there. I used to live in Costa Verde and it's funny how traveling to those places requires effort now! I'm going to try Wired for lunch one of these days, since I work in the LJ area.

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                  Cathy RE: geekyfoodie Dec 1, 2007 09:21 PM

                  You will like Wired, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

                  Know that you don't have to follow the dinner menu, but also the lunch one...they will cook anything. Difference is, you stand and pay first at breakfast and lunch but can sit down and they take your order at dinner....

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                    geekyfoodie RE: Cathy Dec 1, 2007 09:31 PM

                    Good to know! If it wasn't well-advertised, I'd be the person standing at the counter during dinner trying to order a meal.

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                JeffSD RE: geekyfoodie Nov 8, 2007 08:16 AM

                I agree with the post about the crepe station at the Cafe at Bristol Farms in the UTC area. They make good crepes. The chocolate crepe was totally wonderful and decadent.

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                  normalheightsfoodie RE: geekyfoodie Nov 8, 2007 10:09 AM

                  The crepes are pretty good at the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sunday's. I do not have a lot to compare it too.

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                    jonoropeza RE: normalheightsfoodie Nov 10, 2007 04:34 PM

                    They are good, aren't they? One of my favorite spaces in Paris is the Rue Mouffetard and the Place de la Contrescarpe. When I'm there I like to get a crepe from this stand a little down the hill - as far as I can tell, the same guy's been running the stand for at least the last 10 years. Those crepes served up at the HC sunday market are the only in San Diego I've had that come close - go early before the line gets long.

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                    wrldtrvl RE: geekyfoodie Nov 12, 2007 02:27 PM

                    I just went by the crepe restaurant on Univesity near Park Saturday, 11/10 and it is closed for remodeling. It has changed hands at least a couple of times recently. Last time I was there, many moons ago, it was the best crepe place in San Diego. The Hillcrest farmers market crepes are, as far as I know, made by the same people who onw the shop on 30th in North Park. I do not like their crepes at all. I found the crepes at the 30th Avenue location overpriced, doughy, and expensive. I lived in Paris for many a moon so I fancy myself to be somewhat of an expert on the subject.......

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                      ohm86 RE: geekyfoodie Nov 14, 2007 01:51 PM

                      At the farmer's market at UCSD (Tuesdays, library walk), there are two crepe stations. One is run by the same people that have La Creperie on 30th by North Park Way. The other is run by Bibby's Crepe Cafe, a small place on Pearl in La Jolla. I vastly prefer Bibby's to the other. Bibby's has buckwheat savory crepes filled with cheeses, meats, and veggies, and topped with a verrrry nice bechamel sauce that really *makes* the crepe for me. I've not been to the actual Bibby's shop, just the stand at the Farmer's Market, but not out of lack of desire!!

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                        p0k619 RE: geekyfoodie Dec 21, 2007 02:51 PM

                        Bibby's for sure is unbeatable. It is owned by a belgian family. They specialize in crepes and waffles. Their waffles are the best waffle I've ever had.
                        You guys should check them out at the Farmer's market in La jolla on sunday morning. The best crepe in town for sure. This is definetely authentic....

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                          normalheightsfoodie RE: geekyfoodie Dec 29, 2007 08:32 PM

                          The farmers market in Hillcrest DMV parking lot on Sunday's have wonderful crepes. The booth is located by the muscians. It is worth the wait! It has become our Sunday morning weekly breakfast.

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