Holy Crêpe!

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Three Bites Issue: October 2015
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PHM1015EB3B01aLight, fluffy French pancakes rise to cuisine status in Valley restaurants.

Chez Vous
8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-2575
Back in the day, crêpes were relegated to dessert status – a little something to top off a meal. But now the pancake’s sexier cousin is gaining in popularity and diners can choose between sweet and savory options with an endless mash-up of fillings. According to Frédéric and Sophie Capdegelle, who own Chez Vous, traditional dessert crêpes are made from a simple mix of all-purpose flour, eggs and milk, and savory crêpes are made with buckwheat flour. The French couple dishes up more than 30 sweet and savory varieties at their Scottsdale cafe. The Exotic ($8.15, pictured) – a swoon-worthy showpiece of toasted coconut and chocolate-slathered sliced bananas folded into to a crisp wheat flour crêpe, then crowned with a delicate chocolate drizzle, a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a swish of whipped cream – can go toe-to-toe with any crêpe, French or otherwise.

The Village Coffee & Crêperie
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek
480-488-3835, thevillagecoffeeshop.com
Most would argue that the art of crêpe-making resides not in the filling, but in the pancake itself. Marina Matatov, owner of Village Coffee & Crêperie, uses her Russian grandmother’s secret recipe to fashion a crisp and wafer-thin pancake that’s as light as a snowflake. The Triple Threat ($8.59), with sliced fresh strawberries, bananas and creamy Nutella, is a customer favorite. Ditto for the robust pesto and chicken crêpe ($10.99) layered with chunks of tender chicken, red bell peppers, fresh spinach and ripe tomatoes, melted cheddar and jack cheese and brushed with a coat of smooth pesto.

Crêpe Bar
7520 S. Rural Rd., Tempe
480-247-8012, crepe-bar.com
The folks at Crêpe Bar boast a sinful selection of sweet crêpes, including the Pick Me Up ($7.75), a caffeine-packed, coffee-infused treat made with creamy espresso mascarpone and a velvety espresso syrup, all topped with a crumbly hazelnut streusel. For savory appetites: The Papa K ($7) is a perfect union of salty Hassayampa ham, spicy pepper jack cheese and a tangy roasted cremini mushroom ragout with a hint of vinegar. Add scrambled eggs and a sturdy buckwheat crêpe for an extra charge and you’ve got yourself a hearty breakfast all wrapped up in one savory package.

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