The crêpes flung at Mobatta's come swaddled in handy paper wrapping, which makes them ideal to nosh while walking to work or cruising on your Segway to court. Reimagined breakfast classics such as the french-toast crêpe, with eggs, cinnamon sugar and maple syrup ($4.99), or the salmon and egg tartine, with mozzarella, smoked salmon, and hollandaise sauce ($5.99), make excellent fuel for a day on the town. The menu has more than 10 sweet dessert crêpes, including a blackberry-cobbler crêpe, with cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, crumbled graham crackers, and whipped cream ($5.69), that's tasty company for a hot cup of Dillano's coffee ($0.99) or a Ghirardelli cafe mocha ($3.25). Or try savory lunch options such as the fish-taco crêpe ($6.69) and the chicken-bacon-ranch crêpe (stuffed with mozzarella, tomato, spinach, and ranch dressing, $7.39) to satisfy mysterious midday crêpe cravings.
Overpowering the din of farmers and fisherman slinging their fresh wares at the centenarian Pike Place Market above, performers put on a vibrant and colorful show for those lucky enough to stumble across Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret, located just below the market’s floor. Within the hidden hot spot, sultry red bulbs glow over velvet draperies, creating an old-timey look reminiscent of turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian clubs. The stage features an endless rotation of talent, including national and local dancers, comedians, and singers, as well as Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret’s own dance troupe, The Castaways. Though shows may flirt with the risqué, Tom Scanlon of the Seattle Times noted that routines, like games of strip poker in which everyone wears their entire wardrobe, are only “slightly naughty.” Scanlon explains, “The house can-can dancers often [lifted] their skirts to reveal…fishnets and frilly petticoats.” As they put on Moulin Rouge–inspired entertainment, bartenders forge handmade cocktails that feature freshly squeezed fruits and, more times than not, the house liquor of choice, absinthe. Cooks, meanwhile, craft small plates, such as crab cakes and garlic fries, or prepare a prix fixe three-course menu.
Wrap taste buds around an impressive lineup of savories, including vegetable ratatouille under melted imported Swiss cheese, herb butter, and fresh spinach ($6.95), and scrambled-egg crêpes draped in a subtle mushroom sauce ($5.75). Smoked-wild-salmon-lox crêpes with crème fraiche and lemon ($7.25) punctuate brunch-time bites alongside the semi-sweet cooked-apple crêpe with a dash of maple syrup and imported Swiss ($6.50). Make the leap to full-on sweet with dulce-de-leche caramel crêpes topped with real whipped cream ($4.50), or dark-chocolate crêpes with raspberry sauce, chopped hazelnuts, and real whipped cream ($5.95), among many others. Locally made ice cream and hot and cold drinks are also available.
Today's Groupon is an artful introduction to an art-infused chillaxery: $35 worth of tapas, drinks, and desserts for $15 at The Little Red Bistro, a recognizable-shade-of-crimson, mood-lit, painting-peppered eatery and drinkery in South Lake Union that fits into a man's shirt pocket.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.