In a petite 56-seat eatery, the chefs at Café St. Tropez cull fresh ingredients to craft the classic French sandwiches, pastries, and eats that populate the menu. Early risers can replace lingering memories of wailing alarm clocks with the sensations of a Very Berry crepe, a warm amalgamation of seasonal berries and mascarpone sprinkled with vanilla-infused sugar. In the St. Tropez caprese, tomatoes and avocado huddle next to fresh mozzarella as sourdough or wheat toast or a croissant soaks up garlic-infused olive oil like a teddy bear soaks up the sleep-mumbled poetry of children.
At It’s Just Crepes, you’re encouraged to eat with your hands. That’s because every crepe on the menu is folded into what Soapbox Cincinnati calls "a convenient to-go style," eliminating the need for knives, forks, or tiny plate-side catapults. Instead, diners bite straight into the golden-brown bundles, which are stuffed with fillings both savory and sweet. The smoky BLT, for instance, oozes with pepperjack cheese and chipotle mayo, while sweet crepes pack in classic flavors such as Nutella, strawberries, and brown sugar. Utensils can come in handy, however, when attacking one of the eatery’s fresh salads, which meld fresh spinach, chopped romaine, and other greens with diced veggies, cheese, dried fruit, and slices of meats.
Co-owner Keven Paizannoglou founded the first It’s Just Crepes with his wife and partner, Karrah, after realizing how much he missed the crepes he’d enjoyed in his native Greece. Now, more than 20 employees serve up the delectable treats from three trendy dining spots decorated with blue and orange hues and contemporary white furnishings.
The chefs at TJ's Kitchen cook more than 70 entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but diners only need to glimpse a few of them to pick up on the comfort-food vibe. For dinner, guests feast on hand-breaded country-fried steak or stuffed burgers made with 100% Angus beef, then finish with a dessert of apple crisp topped with homemade caramel sauce. If guests come back for breakfast, they can try a spinach-and-feta omelet or bananas-foster pancakes.
Because good food, like news of your Second Life character’s recent promotion, is worth sharing with a lot of people, TJ's Kitchen has a 50-person banquet hall where guests can celebrate birthdays and other events while making use of the room’s 42-inch flatscreen TV and WiFi.
In 1939, a lady named Maxine met and married a gentleman named Ollie and moved to Indianapolis. In 2007, their children and grandchildren started Maxine’s Waffle and Chicken to pay homage to her southern cooking. The downtown eatery, with its soft yellow walls, blue ceiling and wood floors and tables, stays busy for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday. For starters, customers dig in to Max Fries with cheese sauce, fried chicken chunks, tomatoes, onions and green peppers topped off with more cheese and sour cream; Salmon Bites, several spicy, handmade salmon balls deep-fried and served with aioli sauce; or fried green tomatoes, served with a southern style sauce. Fish and grits, salmon croquettes and the famous namesake dish are served with cinnamon raisin toast and the popular peach butter, while Neice’s Pancakes are served with peach butter and maple syrup.
La Paix Café slings a snackable selection of crepes, fruit-infused beverages, bubble teas, and 14 flavors of frozen yogurt. A self-serve station invites guests to swirl low- and nonfat yogurts packed with calcium and four types of live, active cultures into white paper cups. More than 40 toppings are on hand to dress flavors such as snickerdoodle and lemon pie. The sweet theme continues with fresh slices of banana whirled into smoothies or bubble teas packed with tapioca pearls. Crepes, one of the café's specialties, envelop sweet fillings of fruit and Nutella, as well as savory morsels of cheese, vegetables, and meats. These thin pancakes sport whimsical names, such as Spam Bot, Farm Ville, and Angry Bird, named for the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Larry Bird.
3 Days in Paris Market Fresh Crepes, located in the middle of downtown’s historic City Market, whips up sweet and savory crêpes for tourists, businessmen and urban dwellers looking for something unusual. The small wooden booth is covered by a French-style, black and white striped awning and lists its menu items on a chalkboard behind the front counter. Green Eggs and Ham, Red Eggs and Bacon, and Black and Bleu Moo are colorful choices for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and other savory options include Buffalo, Pic Nic, Market Street and Harvest crêpes. Sweet concoctions include Classic, Dr’s Orders, Apple Pie High and St. Stephen. The Parisian style crepes are available daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.