Crepe de France
93 Pike St Suite 204
Seattle WA 98101
Crepes are like really thin pancakes right?
By: Steve G
Tucked away in a corner of Pike Place Market away from all of the madness of the flying fish, cast-iron pigs, and wide-eyed tourists, Crepe de France offers a place of solace not only in noise, but comfort food as well. Great for a light meal or a quick snack, the crepes served at this place are made with some top-notch ingredients and skill.
Crepes are the only item on the menu at this small cafe and they have about 16 different variations to choose from. Ranging from meatier types stuffed with ham and mozzarella to fruity dessert crepes depending what fruit is in season, you are sure to find something that piques your interest. The Crepe au saumon ($9.95) is a big favorite among most of the regulars to Crepe de France as is the Crepe aux fraises et chocolat ($11.95). Freshness of ingredients are not of much concern, considering that it has one of the best sources of produce just a few steps away in the main drag of Pike Place Market.
Being in Pike Place Market is also a bit of a disadvantage as the market doesn't offer a lot of real estate for the restaurant to work with. The place is small, with only about 4 to 5 tables plus a bar area that directly overlooks the kitchen. If you're lucky enough to grab a seat by the bar, you can watch the staff as they put together your crepe. During the weekends when foot traffic is at its highest, you'll probably find yourself out of luck if trying to find a seat.
Aside from the actual food itself, Crepe de France does lend itself to a more casual setting as everything comes served on paper plates with plastic utensils making the place seem more casual and touristy than formal. Bear this in mind when bringing guests. In any case you will be treated to some fantastic crepes!
Crepes are like really thin pancakes right? All joking aside, I really like the crepes at Crepes de France. I regretted not taking the opportunity to indulge myself in these delightful little treats while I was in Paris several months ago. While I may not be the definitive crepes expert, I have to say that for the most part I really enjoyed myself at this restaurant. The Crepe au saumon was stuffed with fresh smoked salmon, mozzarella cheese, dill, and a light cream sauce on top. Smoky, yet smooth I can see why other people love to order this dish.
Each order of crepes comes with two pieces that are great for sharing with people. For a more well-rounded experience its best to come with another person and order up two crepes that you can share. Don't miss out on the Crepe aux fraises et chocolat with bananas, you wont regret it.
I found all of the dishes we ordered to be simple and tasty-great for a lunch out. Made on the spot with good quality ingredients (which makes sense, seeing as the place is located right next to the market), the crepes were a real treat. Little touches like dill sprigs accompanying the smoked salmon and bechamel, and the fresh leaves of spinach in the crepe aux pinards et jambon helped with the overall quality of each crepe.
Given the cramped quarters and slightly hectic location, it isn't quite the kind of place to make a destination if you live outside the area. Instead, come here if you work downtown and want a yummy lunch, or if you're showing out-of-town guests Pike Place Market, and treat yourself to a fresh, savory crepe.