best galettes (as in buckwheat crêpes)?
Thought you'd be interested in knowing (if you missed the Tablehopper piece on it awhile ago) that a gourmet-minded creperie is about to open around the corner from Rye, downtown. I checked out the space yesterday (one of the owners is a friend) and met the young Breton crepe-meister who is one of the partners. His restaurant in Brittany is closed during the winter months so the venture makes perfect sense for him...
It's not a full restaurant - you'll order at a counter and then grab a table - their goal is to satisfy the lunch crowd and then morph into a wine bar-ish space in the evenings. The most exciting thing to me was hearing about the flour they'll be using for the galettes. They've contracted with Giusto's (the Oakland mill) to do a custom grind of 100% buckwheat. It's almost impossible to find 100% buckwheat galettes in the U.S. (apparently the buckwheat flour available here is generally too coarse to make great galettes, so it's typically blended with white flour).
The space has some cool arty touches to it too (like a bunch of giant branchless birch trees they've installed, a nod to Brittany's birches they said)...Like I said, one of the owners is a friend, so my enthusiasm is definitely biased. But I think even if I didn't have a personal connection I'd be psyched about it opening up.
Oh, and yes they will have cider - though I don't know if it will be on tap or by the bottle. Here's a link to the Tablehopper piece:
I will post after I've had my first taste...I am jonesing for a "galette complete" (ideally accompanied by cider and followed by some kouign amann) for a little trip down the Brittany isle of my memory lane....
looks like it's coming soon...an update...
New license issued for GALETTE 88
Status change dateSeptember 27, 2011
License number 512663
Business name GALETTE 88
Primary owner GALETTE LLC
Original issue date September 26, 2011
Expiration date August 31, 2012
License type On-sale beer and wine - eating place
re: Robert Lauriston
I love that post! Sheesh, if David Lebovitz found it impossible to make them then I'm not even going to try. I have a whole new appreciation for the art. (Though I am tempted now to try my hand at socca, despite the lack of the "essential" fireplace oven. Maybe on my next camping trip?!)
Sorry to see that there were no local responses. I'm searching as well. There used to be a recent option on Fillmore street (was it La Boulange?), but their menu doesn't list crepes.
Did folks tire of crepes during the mini trend?
I ordered a crepe at a Douce France (perhaps a bad choice, but I was walking by) and was disappointed. That reminds me, Bistro Maxine in Palo Alto was acceptable, but not great. Not up to Ti Couz or the various Le Gamin locations in NY or Boston (back in the day).
Speaking of acceptable, there is always The Butler and the Chef or Chez Maman.
Are the Creperie Saint Germain locations any good? Haven't been.
1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
548 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Creperie Saint Germain
546 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105