The crêpe, or French pancake, was invented in 1923 to make its American counterpart look fat, oafish, and uncouth in comparison. Help the disked dessert maintain its well-deserved sense of superiority with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of crêpes and coffee at 3 Days in Paris' store location in historic City Market.
Struck by the ease with which strolling Parisians were able to procure finger foods, 3 Days in Paris’ owner, Colleen Dobbs, returned home to craft her own market-fresh crêpes made to order from savory and sweet menus, as well as Intelligentsia coffee brewed to order on a copper-piped pour-over bar ($2–$2.50/cup). The griddle-cooked delights can come in the form of breakfast envelopes such as the red eggs and bacon, a tempting medley topped with havarti, fresh spinach, and a roasted red-pepper sauce ($6.50). Light lunch fare lassos midday cravings with the Buffalo crêpe, saddling chicken with tangy blue and mozzarella cheeses, drizzled in homemade ranch blended by expert ranchers, and dipped in wing sauces becalmed by celery ($6.50). Presiding over sweet interludes, the classic is a crêpe-cosseted jumble of bananas and Nutella ($5), and the St. Stephen is a folded halo filled with strawberry jam, fluffy ricotta, and chocolate shavings from the cheeks of chocolate bunnies ($5.50). 3 Days in Paris' crêpes and pour-over Intelligentsia coffee make great companions for a spring stroll along the historic grounds of City Market.