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Crepevine & Philz coming to North Berkeley

Nina Mar 30, 2009 09:35 AM

As I was driving by the intersection of Shattuck and Cedar yesterday, I noticed signs up for Philz Coffee moving into what I believe was the Cafe de la Paz space on Shattuck, and Crepevine going in the big empty corner slot in the building that also houses Barney's. Crepevine could be a welcome addition to the neighborhood since there aren't a lot of breakfast options -- not sure that it needs another coffee place though.

Cafe De La Paz
1600 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

  1. Ruth Lafler Mar 30, 2009 09:47 AM

    Am I alone in hating the "crepes" at Crepevine? I use quotes, because IMHO they're not really crepes -- they're omelets wrapped in pancakes instead of eggs. A true crepe shouldn't be overstuffed with all those ingredients. A French person wouldn't recognize the "crepes" at Crepevine (and its copycats).

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      saffrongold Mar 30, 2009 11:48 AM

      I'm with you, Ruth. Crepevine: Not a fan.
      The crepe itself has no elasticity, the filling components are too large and the temperature of everything, including the salad, is lukewarm.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Caitlin McGrath Mar 30, 2009 12:11 PM

        I'm also not a fan. I think even Crepevine thinks of its crepes this way - why else would they serve their crepes with home fries? Home fries go with eggs; with crepes, they're just wrong.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          The Librarian Mar 30, 2009 02:29 PM

          I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks that Crepevine is mediocre at best. The food is bland, and the crepes are too thick. Bring back The Magic Pan and their spinach souffle crepes!

        2. JasmineG Mar 30, 2009 11:50 AM

          I don't like the crepes, but the salads are reliably tasty, and it's hard to find a good meal size salad.

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          1. re: JasmineG
            adrienne156 Mar 30, 2009 12:18 PM

            Agreed. They have very decent salads and sandwiches that are generous portions to begin with but also come with sides (salads - a bagel or baguette, sandwiches - side of home fries). I'm a fan of the fuji salad & the chicken breast sandwich w/ pesto.

            Portions and prices are very student budget friendly.

            1. re: adrienne156
              adrienne156 Mar 30, 2009 04:19 PM

              Ignore this post... I read CrepeVILLE and not CrepeVINE. Although their menus look eerily similar.

            2. re: JasmineG
              Frosty Melon Mar 30, 2009 02:45 PM

              Another vote for the salads at Crepevine, especially the Bangkok. I loved the Classico as well, but that has fallen off the menu at the Church Street location.

            3. Glencora Mar 30, 2009 12:19 PM

              I've never tried the crepes and I guess I won't. The catfish po'boy was pretty good.

              1. Chuckles the Clone Mar 30, 2009 05:21 PM

                The burger at the Crepevine on College in Rockridge is really nice. Hefty, decent bun, salad, homefries, cooked right, and about $9. Since they're a chain, I suppose the new place will be relatively the same.

                I've never had anything else there, though I've sat with people eating the hunk of grilled salmon as an addition to a salad and they've been happy. I don't think I've ever considered getting an actual crepe.

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                  ML8000 Mar 30, 2009 06:05 PM

                  For what's it worth, I think Crepevine, Squad and Gobble and Crepe House on (Polk/Washington in SF) are own by the same family or associated somehow. They have similar menus and the crepes are sort of pancaksque. Can't say for sure. Regardless that's a good location for something like that...casual, breakfast and student price accessible.

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