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Sep 29, 2001 03:27 AM

Crepes -- where now?

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LaPuce was great but it's gone. The Magic Pan and La Creperie chains went out of business years ago. I love the street-vendor crepes in Paris. Recently found a fast-food streetside crepe restaurant in Vancouver; the line outside for street service was quite long. So, where can I routinely find good dinner and dessert crepes in LA? About the best I've spotted is IHOP; equally good at all branches I've visited, good but not great. My favorite is blintzes; theirs are crepes stuffed with a 4-cheese mixture.
Any other suggestions?

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  1. There's a crepe stand every Sunday from 9:00 until 1:00 at the Alamitos Bay Marina Farmer's market in Long Beach. It's on Marina Drive, just off Second street and adjacent to the Marina Pacifica Mall. Crepes are inexpensive and good. Just stop there before you have too many bags to carry around so you can eat them easier!
    I haven't been, but there's a new place on 2nd in Belmont Shore:
    La Creperie Caffe
    5110 E. 2nd St.
    Long Beach

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    1. re: Heather
      Carolyn Tillie

      I've been to La Creperie in Belmont Shore and most of the Farmer's Markets have the Crepe seller, too (at least he's in Torrance).

      Here's the rub -- the FRENCH owner of the Farmer's Market stand used to do all the work himself and the Crepes were fabulous. Now he has trained High School girls to run the stand and they are wanting in quality. Safe if you order something that doesn't have an egg -- it always seems like the egg is never cooked and they inevitably leave out an ingredient. I used to congratulate this guy because his crepes were so much better than the one in Belmont shore. Now, maybe, I'll have to go back and try their's again.

      The odd thing about the one in Belmont Shore is that they are also heavily promoting Nutello and most of their sweet crepes have Nutello in it. Not bad, just odd.

      1. re: Carolyn Tillie

        The last time I was at the Marina Pacifica farmer's market (3 weeks ago?) there was a middle-aged gentleman making all the food, I can't speak as to his nationality though. I imagine that he would be more meticulous than a boy-crazy teenager, I just hope he continues to work at this location!

        1. re: Heather

          The sunday morning Hollywood farmers' market on Ivar also has a crepe stand run by a late middle aged woman. I haven't tried them, but at the risk of being accused of racial profiling, she really looks like she know how to make a proper crepe. Also, I just noticed a restaurant on Sunset at Holloway called La Creperie. IT's in a spot that seems to go through restaurants on a monthly basis, but maybe this one will be lucky (and good).

    2. I'm a fan of the crepes at the 3rd & Fairfax Farmers' Market stand. They're thick and chewy, not your traditional thinner crepes, but they're tasty and have a good variety of fillings. My favorite is one with racalette, prosciutto and pickles (all spelled incorrectly except the pickles).

      La Belle Epoque, in Los Feliz, has crepes for Sunday brunch. I haven't had them in a while but remember them being quite good, especially a salmon-dill-cream cheese crepe.

      1. Sunset & Holloway, across from Tower Records, is a crepes restaurant that's been in business about 6 months. I'd like to see them stay there -- my daughter LOVES their dessert crepes -- fresh strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and Nutella (Nutello?, nah I think it's Nutella) I've had a few of their savory concoctions and... eh. It's a crepe.

        1. There was a thread earlier this year about Antoinette's French Creperie in Manhattan Beach... It's still there and still very good. Not fancy, a little crepe stand with one table and some outside sitting space. I have brought in wine to share with Bruno the counter guy and family, who are very nice people. Their place is a real gem and real cheap, my favorite crepes in LA at any price. Location is Highland Avenue three blocks South of Rosecrans.

          1. They don't have a zillion choices, but La Dijonnaise (sp?) in Culver City, on Washington @ Helms has GREAT crepes and other French delights. Very reasonably priced, indoor/outdoor seating and a full bar!