Crêpe Town's 25 crepes fall into four categories: breakfast, vegetarian and low-calorie, classics, and crepes of the world. Specimens from this last group represent the culinary flair of Mexico (chicken and taco sauce), Sweden (salmon and cheese), and Hawaii (ham and pineapple). The eatery serves scrambled egg crepes and other breakfast offerings all day, and it serves dessert crepes such as chocolate ice cream and marshmallow even if the phase of the moon indicates that man should hibernate. Each crepe is made to order and available in white and whole-wheat varieties.
A small shop staffed by an amiable crew, La Crêperie Café presents the versatile Gallic pancake on a menu containing five savory categories and a variety of confectionary incarnations. Capitalizing on the rising trend of billionaire balloonists, the bourgeoisies (rich and light) portion of the menu contains such treats as la panopolie, a rustic turkey crêpe adorned with goat cheese, apple, roasted almonds, olive oil, and basil ($13.50). Placate Italian cravings with a pizza-themed crêpe such as la rebelle, a conspiratorial amalgamation of tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella in cahoots with myriad veggies including mushrooms, spinach, olives, and onions ($13.50). Satiate Francophonic sweet teeth with a La Suzette crêpe, filled with fresh orange juice spiked with Grand Marnier and butter ($8), or opt for more familiar fare with L'Américaine, a dessert envelope stuffed with Nutella, peanut butter, bananas, and pictures of apple pies($8.50).
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Bistro St. Tropez provides patrons with platefuls of traditional Provencal cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and serves up eyefuls of gorgeous views overlooking the Schuylkill River. After training at the Culinire de Nice, chef and owner Patrice Rames cooked his way through France, Britain, America, and the fourth dimension before bringing his fancy Gallic eats to Philadelphia. In an exquisite five-course dinner (selections vary weekly), guests light the gastronomic fuse with the marriage of creamy lobster bisque to a 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, for example ($48 per person, additional $30 for wine pairing). Next, diners might make a heartbreaking choice between a terrine de lapin or Fire Island oysters in a sherry mignonette. Then a main course such as striped bass with wild rice and mushrooms leaps into the mouths of deserving diners, chased by a 2008 Guillaume chardonnay. Lovers of four-legged fare may opt for a pairing of slow-braised lamb shank with roasted shallots and a 2008 Château Viella Madiran Tradition. Finally, a cheese course and dessert such as pumpkin profiteroles mollifies appetites into submission with the dulcet accordion notes of a French lullaby.
The crêpe sculptors at Andy's Bistro shape soft and thin French specialties around warm fillings such as melted cheeses or chocolate. More than 40 crêpe varieties are available, including options for breakfast and dinner as well as treats for brunch and other mealtime hybrids. Savory plates include the roasted-red-pepper crêpe ($7) with mozzarella and pesto and the eggplant-parmesan crêpe ($7.50), which features three Italian cheeses and may be fried to achieve a golden, crispy shell. Sweet varieties include the apple-cinnamon crêpe ($6) with raisins and honey and the banana-split crêpe ($8.50) with berries and two scoops of ice cream. In addition, Andy's Bistro fires fresh meaty specialties such as the half-pound lamb-and-beef burger ($6.50) and the spicy beef-and-sausage platter ($7), arranged to reveal a 3-D image of veggies when stared at from certain angles.
Much like artfully arranged crepe paper, edible crêpes add elegant taste to the thoughtful gifts they conceal. The family-owned-and-operated Mt. Washington crêperie serves up fresh French fare for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. The backbone of the bistro's menu is the crêpes, and the lunch and brunch menus offer a variety of hot sandwiches to accompany the sweet and savory concoctions. Nosh on a midday smoked salmon panini ($9) with tomatoes and pesto sauce or a croque niçois ($8), a toasted ham and swiss sandwich with tomatoes and anchovies. The eatery's savory crêpes promise to satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur of the thin pancake delights with dishes such as crêpe Lorraine ($11) with fresh asparagus, brie, and prosciutto, or the seaward crêpe Normande ($16) stuffed with sautéed calamari and shrimp, veggies, garlic, and goat cheese. For a dinner delicacy, try an order of escargots ($9.99) cooked in a butter and white-wine sauce before moving on to the Carrée D'agneau grille ($25.99), grilled lamb chops served over a red-wine sauce with sautéed spinach and the starch of the day, or tilapia florentine ($18.99) with basmati rice, sautéed spinach, goat cheese, and capers in a vin blanc sauce.