by Shayne Benowitz
There’s been something missing in my life over the past year. For breakfast, I’ve grabbed a fruit parfait and coffee with coconut milk from Help Yourself or a bagel and cappuccino from the Coffee Plantation. Bad Boy Burrito and Cole’z Peace have been there for lunchtime deliveries. Upper Crust Pizza, The Café, and the occasional Chinese takeout have fed me dinner. But… I haven’t had my crepes!
As a gal who just doesn’t cook, La Creperie on Duval Street was a staple in my weekly meal plan. Since a fire devastated their quaint façade over a year ago, I’ve gone without. But not anymore! Last week, Yo and Sylvie reopened the beloved Creperie in the heart of Bahama Village to excited local fanfare. Mosey down Petronia Street and you’ll find the new and improved establishment now boasting sidewalk café seating, spacious room at the bar, and an expanded menu.
Since they’ve reopened, I’ve been in at least four times. It’s truly a local’s hideaway where you’re greeted warmly and certain to see somebody you know. My first trip back, Stephen and I went for a post-matinee movie late lunch. I ordered the goat cheese salad over a bed of mesclun greens with walnuts, tomatoes, golden raisins, herbs de Provence, and balsamic vinaigrette on a buckwheat galette. Needless to say, it was exceptional. Stephen opted for the salmon galette served in a light lemon chive cream sauce.
Nicole joined me on the second round. She was in the mood for something sweet, so she went for the classic Nutella, strawberry, and banana crepe. Delicious! I was still in the mood for savory, so I ordered the prosciutto, egg, and swiss with sautéed tomatoes and spinach in herbs de Provence. Absolutely outrageous!
In addition to crepes, they’ve also got a delicious selection of paninis. My favorites: #2 chicken, goat cheese, tomatoes, and green pesto and #3 prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and roasted red pepper pesto. The new menu also includes French onion soup, croques monsieurs, and escargots!
I’m certainly not the only one at Fury who is excited for the return of the Creperie. Justin, whose girlfriend’s mother Yo is one of the owners, was there with his mom sampling a panini and the new cheese plate. Nicole and Becky, as well as Eli and Kenna, have been in to indulge on the red velvet crepe: homemade raspberry coulis, chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries, and toasted almonds topped off with English custard ice cream and whipped cream. There is so much more on the menu that I can’t wait to try (brie, bacon, and Granny Smith Apples. Fresh pineapple, coconut, and honey)! All I have to say is, ooh la la!
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.