The French are known for many things: braids, manicures, horns, fries, toast, kissing — you get the point. Among their many culinary delights, the best aren’t always so obviously named. So, let’s be clear here: We’re talking crêpes. Warm, melt-in-your-mouth, holding all sorts of delectable morsels hostage in their papery folds crêpes. A type of thin, crisp pancake, crêpes can be sweet or savory.
These things are so fantastic that they’re great any time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, even as a snack. This is, of course, helped by the fact that they can be filled with just about anything your heart desires (but more commonly with Nutella or chocolate, berries, spinach, cheese, eggs, jam, and meat, to name a few fillings). While they’re known to have originated in the Brittany region of France, this concoction has made its way across the pond to delight the heart of Americans too. Here are some the best crêpes right in your backyard that will leave you saying, "Merci."
5. Crêpe Suzette at Sage French Café and Wine Bar
2378 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-2299; sagecafe.net.
When it comes to being filled to the brim, crêpe Suzette is no joke. Giving all crêpes a good name, this one is stuffed with a grilled organic chicken breast smothered in a mushroom tarragon sauce. While the meat is well-seasoned and tender, it’s the sauce that steals the show with its smooth, creamy, and silky consistency. Hearty and savory, this is one crêpe that will leave you feeling full.
4. Escargot Crêpe at Escargot Café
1506 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park; 754-206-4116; escargotbistro.com.
This escargot crêpe is the definition of good French cuisine. Escargots, shredded mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, and a velvety Béchamel sauce work together to create a rich texture, all encased by the contrasting chewy and delicate crêpe batter itself. While the flavors aren’t for the faint of heart, those who are hesitant about diving into the adventures of escargot can take relief in knowing that while still flavorful, the snail’s musky tones are more on the subtle side.
3. OG Crêpe at Les Artistes Café & Sandwicherie
313 Johnson St., Hollywood; 754-263-3463.
The OG Crêpe at this hidden gem of a sandwich joint proves that simplicity can be found in the best of things. It’s hard to mess up a classic dessert crêpe like this one, but it’s equally hard to make a classic stand out from the rest, and that’s exactly what the OG Crêpe does. Nutella, strawberries, sliced bananas, and powdered sugar are made into a fresh, flaky, and surprisingly light mouthful. And this crêpe is just as much about taste as it is about presentation, complemented by a delicate Nutella drizzle.
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2. Florentine Crêpe at La Crêpe
6250 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-368-4068; lacrepefl.com.
The options are endless at this hole-in-the-wall crêpe shop, but you can’t miss this spectacular breakfast delight. Boasting perfectly cooked eggs, portabello mushrooms, red onions, fresh spinach, and a side of homemade pesto sauce, this crêpe has got some girth. You can even customize it with your choice of cheese, from mozzarella and Colby Jack to Provolone and French Brie. No matter which you pick, it’s sure to be delightfully melty gooiness in your mouth.
1. Guava Crepe at Voo La Voo Café
2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors; 305-731-1641; voolavoocafe.com.
If you’re looking for a unique flavor (especially one that pays homage to South Florida), you’ll find it in this delectable treat. With only two ingredients — guava paste and cream cheese — there technically isn’t a whole lot going on inside, but the same can’t be said of its tantalizing taste. The crêpe delivers the best of guava’s sweet tropical hints, which are balanced out by the cream cheese, making this powerful, filling duo best left standing alone.