Whenever possible, the chefs at Pejamajo Café craft their signature crepes from sustainable ingredients—ranging from meats to eggs to flour—culled from local suppliers. They offer a variety of French-style crepes, including sweet crepes such as Nutella and banana as well as savory crepes such as the unique crepesadilla with Vermont cheddar and salsa. Both pair well with the café’s own line of signature-blended coffee. Each Pejamajo location also houses pastry chefs who spend each day transforming globs of dough into fresh cookies, scones, and edible swords for sword-swallowing apprentices. Pejamajo’s relaxed atmosphere, original coffees, and daily baked pastries have become its signature, and led to an appearance on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.
Local produce, meat, and fish are the sources of the extra freshness sealed, as if by Ziploc, in each Sel de la Terre dish. Chef Louis has built the regularly changing menu around Vermont-raised pig, defining dishes such as coriander-spiced pork with pommes Robuchon, Swiss chard, and baby turnips ($29); braised bacon served with air-dried chicken and a coddled hen egg ($26); and charcuterie terrine cut from the cheek ($3). Freshly hauled Moon Shoal oysters (a half dozen, raw, $14) make for a perfect meal-opener, as does the Cape Cod bluefish pate ($3). Toasted coriander-spiced pork mingles with pommes Robuchon, Swiss chard, baby turnips, and carrots ($29), while the house potato gnocchi features homemade ricotta and mushrooms gathered from New England woods ($19).
The crêpe, or French pancake, was invented in 1923 to make its American counterpart look fat, oafish, and uncouth in comparison. Help the disced dessert maintain its well-deserved sense of superiority with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of crêpes, wraps, and more at La Crêperie, located just off Thayer Street on the East Side.
La Crêperie serves up a satisfying menu of sweet and savory crêpes, wraps, Belgian waffles, and smoothies daily, in its Thayer Street–adjacent location. Lunchable folded favorites include the Racquel crêpe ($5.50), an alluring femme fatale whose elegant world-weariness conceals old wounds of spinach, brie, and cranberries, and the Mediterranean wrap ($5.95) loaded with basil-marinated chicken, fresh veggies, dijon mustard, and mozzarella that will circle-dance for hours at the sound of a bazouki. Dessert-seeking diners, meanwhile, will delight in the decadence of La Crêperie's sweet crêpes and waffles, such as the strawberry-and-chocolate-filled Michelle ($4.95) crêpe or the simple buttered and sugared pleasure of the Betty crêpe ($2.95), both of which pair harmoniously with any of La Crêperie's refreshing smoothies ($3.95) or fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.50–$2.95). All of La Crêperie's crêpery is made with fresh, local dairy products and seasonal farm produce, significantly decreasing the risk of synthetic ingredients causing your crêpe to grow a mouth that begs you not to eat it.
The intimate eatery has been serving up its tasty treats since 1996 from a hole-in-the-wall storefront with a small seating area and casual counter service reminiscent of the quaint crêperies of Paris. Adding to that Parisian sensibility is the fact that La Crêperie is open until 2 a.m. on weekends so that insomniac sweet teeth and nighthawk romantics can drop in for a quick crêpe after a long night of dancing or perfecting their Louisiana accents.
Yelpers give La Crêperie 3.5 stars, with TripAdvisors giving it four owl eyes. Urbanspooners give it an 81% approval rating:
- We have never been disappointed by the food here. The crepes are wonderful and always come out just right. – teamwonderful, TripAdvisor
- As close to the real authentic crepe from Paris that I have come across. – Mike S., Urbanspoon
- The Creperie is perfect for people looking for an inexpensive, light but tasty breakfast (or lunch) to go. – Seth R., Yelp
Rue De L’Espoir dazzles patrons with an eclectic assortment of American bistro-style dinner comestibles influenced by French, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Snag small plates weighed down by chicken-liver pâté, which is served with a cranberry, black olive, and dried-cherry chutney ($12), or Thai crab cakes with cilantro crème fraiche ($12). Indulge in a more substantial meal of organic roasted chicken, whose surface is delicately bathed in blood-orange glaze, figs, and apricots ($24), or the bouillabaisse, which features shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, and white fish swimming in fresh herbs, plum tomato, white-wine bouillon, and focaccia rouille ($28). While seated at one of the linen-covered terra- cotta tables, cheese lovers can nibble on the cheese board, which pairs Humboldt Fog cheese, Great Hill bleu cheese, and other flavors of coagulated animal juice with fresh bread and a chutney of apple, pear, and fig ($15).
The Duck & Bunny offers a menu of savories, delicacies, and comforting treats inside an ornately decorated snuggery, with chandeliers, fine drapes and curtains, and a fireplace whose mantle makes a home for the self-portrait of a handsome bunny. Maxi-sized gourmet cupcakes are freshly crafted daily in different flavors. Cupcake mouth-fragrances include the chewy, fudgy, and sweetly shocking brownie mint surprise, the carrot cupcake, which tops a moist, rabbit bait-flavored mini cake with cream-cheese frosting, and the peanut-butter chocolate truffle, a sweet mountain of chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and chocolate-swirl frosting.
French-style bistro cuisine is The Grande’s specialty. The restaurant gets its ingredients from local farms and fisheries, who deliver organic meats and veggies whenever possible. The bistro’s wine list similarly emphasizes organic and sustainable wines from all over the world.