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 $5, you get $10 worth of sweet and savory crepes at California Crepes.
California Crepes' cartouche crafters populate a menu with sweet and savory concoctions to sate Jekyll-and-Hyde-style hankerings. On the sweet side, the Santa Barbara ($4.95) pairs chocolaty Nutella with whipped topping ($5.25), fresh fruit ($5.95) or both ($6.95), and a classic Crepe Suzette ($6.95) features a saccharine sleeping bag of Cointreau, butter, and sugar. Savory crepes encase less breakfast-centric choices, such as a cheese-and-pepperoni-pizza-stuffed Lake Tahoe ($5.75), and the Monterey ($6.99), a parade of chicken breast, harissa sauce, and veggies grand-marshaled by SPF-sneering sundried tomatoes.
California Crepes lures in clientele with an appealing 1950s-style storefront replete with neon lights, a retro glass vestibule, and a sidewalk-specials board written in Morse code. Lunchtime customers can soak up the sounds of daily live music or elect to please ocular senses with a trip to the plant-adorned outdoor patio.
Within a classic '50s diner façade, the chefs at California Crepes spread house-made batter thin, creating light, fluffy enclosures for a variety of fresh fruits, savory meats, and breakfast fare. The light treats can be augmented with the shop’s selection of gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches, gelato, and coffee, offering a decadent lunchtime feast without the hazard of seasoning dishes with gold leaf. Patrons can nibble on the filled sweets during tête-à-têtes in the garden patio or watch the creation process unfold assembly-line-style at catered events.