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Apr 10, 2006 02:07 PM

Crepe Vine in Pasadena

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Tried it out this weekend, it was good. At last, crepes within easy reach. They had a kitchen fire recently so the menu was limited, including no savory crepes. We had sandwiches, which were grilled pannini style. I had the black forest ham and swiss, and my friend had the portabello with avacado. Both were delicious. I got the end bread crust so I had to chew a lot; couldn't understand why they would even use that end crust since it was so hard to eat. We shared the mascarpone/cinnamon crepe and that was fabulous. Not too much mascarpone, and just the right hint of cinnamon. I definitely plan to go back when they've repaired the kitchen, so I can try their savory crepes.
They have a wine bar and open till 2am, a big plus for Pasadena.

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  1. When you go back, you must try this savory crepe -- I forget what it's called -- with chicken in a mushroom and brandy (I think) sauce. It's delicious!

    1. I've seen some absolutely ghastly reviews for this place on another site (just type Crepe Vine into google). Has this place gotten better? I'm afraid to try it.

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      1. re: bruthafez

        I don't think it's been open that long. I thought it was pretty good. Except for the bread crust I got, and okay, a little too much olive oil. But it was good, their coffee was good too.

        1. re: bruthafez

          i think there is some confusion between a chain of restaurants in northern ca called crepevine (one word)and the newish place in old town. googling reveals mostly positive reviews for the two-worded bistro in pasadena, but some really bad ones for the other ones (some of which are incorrectlhy spelled, but indicate different locations). i have visited the pasadena bistro several times, although i will wait for the kitchen to be restored before i visit again, as their renovation menu didn't excite me too much. i do really like

          1. re: chez cherie

            It's possible. But people aren't really all that precise with spelling restaurant names correctly, and the horrible reviews were on a Pasadena-based website.

            1. re: bruthafez

              The reviews I just scanned are mixed. I'm not sure about the reference above to "pasadena-based" website. Clearly "Crepe Vine" with or without the space is not a unique name, so there must be others in the country.
              I'll agree with some of the negative reviews on service, they weren't attentive enough. But they're still new and working out kinks. The service at Ford's Filling Station in Culver City was not that great either when I went.
              Anyway, the sandwich and sweet crepe I had were good enough to make me want to go back to try their full menu, especially as I am a crepe fan.

            2. re: chez cherie

              Crepevine in Pasadena is not "fast-food" like the one up North. But Crepevine Pasadena is kind of....awful. I do not recommend the food, or the service. STAY AWAY FROM THE CHEESE FONDUE. And the crepes are not tasty. Not tasty at all!

          2. My husband and I went this past Saturday and had a good time. We went at 5pm and the place was practically empty so we had attentive service. We started with the international cheese plate which was very good. I had the Provencal crepe with chicken which was delicious. The sauce was on the rich side so I couldn't finish it, but it was SO good. My husband had the Le Club crepe which he enjoyed along with a glass of wine. The place was very cute, had an extensive wine menu and is just off of Colorado so its a bit quieter, which I enjoyed. I would recommend this place!

            1. i just got back from meeting a friend at the crepe vine in pasadena for dessert and they had a special on the menu: berries and cream crepe!!! oh my - it was GOOD. i think it's my favorite crepe i've had. i definitely recommend it! my only problem with this place is that it's in an alley that sometimes can get a little stinky. once inside, though, you would never know and the food is really delicious.

              1. That's a bummer about their fire. We really like the Crepe Vine, but we never eat the crepes. We love al ltheir other french food. Steak Tartare, tomato salad, mac & cheese.......

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                1. re: PurpleTeeth

                  the fire was a while ago. they are totally up and running again. i love their garlic and parsley fries, too.