Crêpes have long struggled to achieve equal footing with the buttermilk pancake, lobbying day and night for fair wages and membership to the Screen Actors Guild. Today's Groupon helps raise the batter ceiling. For $10, you get $20 worth of French-inspired foodstuffs from Crêpes and Grapes Café in Uptown Whittier. CityVoters' 2009 best French restaurant in Los Angeles features an eclectic menu of American-influenced French cuisine, including a hefty dose of crêpes, the world's most versatile flat food.
Once inside, Crêpes and Grapes' brightly painted walls and smells of browning batter quickly provoke quiescent appetites. Sit at one of the cozily huddled tables and review the titular crêpe selection, which includes both savory and dessert pairings, not to mention the rarely seen breakfast crêpe. Early birds can wake up with the champignon crêpe ($7.25), stuffed to its crispy gills with eggs, sautéed mushrooms, herbs, goat cheese, and white sauce, or take a buttery bite of the sweet Frenchie Croissant French toast ($8.25) with raspberry melba and yogurt filling, served with eggs and fresh fruit.
Once both hands on the clock point vertically and it's lights out, there are plenty of entrees available. The jardin and hummus ($8.85–$9.85) is a vegetarian option, featuring grilled spinach, leeks, garlic, red onions, asparagus, and eggplant in a red pepper pesto sauce, served with hummus. An unvegetarian choice is the noir rib-eye steak ($16.85–$17.85), grilled, blackened, and seasoned with sides of sautéed asparagus and scalloped potatoes. Also available are numerous hand-carved panini statues and hand-woven pasta baskets. Finish off your meal with a Nutella and banana crêpe ($6.45), a classic combo of hazelnut chocolate, banana slices, and whipped cream. Crêpes and Grapes also offers an extensive list of beverages, including specialty coffees, fruit smoothies ($4.20), and a bevy of hot or iced teas.
The exterior of Crêpes and Grapes looks like Nighthawks, while the interior resembles a European crêpe-house. French Art Nouveau posters dot the walls, and at night, strings of twinkling garden lights evoke a dinner date with Toulouse-Lautrec. The café's low-key atmosphere is flexible enough to suit couples and families alike, while the French cuisine can lead either to discussions of Romance language and literature, or use of crêpes as warm, rejuvenating facemasks.
Today's Groupon is not valid for Sunday brunch.
CityVoters list Crêpes & Grapes Café as having the best French food in Los Angeles. Yelpers give the crêperie a solid three stars, while four Insider Pagers rate it a perfect five. 83% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- Amazing Food, well within anyone's budget; friendly and comfortable atmosphere enhanced through the decor, music and wine tastings/parings [sic]. – Julie R., CityVoter
- This place has fresh, unique dishes that you just can't find elsewhere...The salads are dressed with a delicious raspberry vinagrette [sic]. They also have a very good hummus appetizer. – Michelle B., Insider Pages
- Try the peach amaretto crepes, outstanding. I've never had a bad meal here. – Tess Shishido, Urbanspoon
- This place is inexpensive and yet so expensive tasting. Everything is sooooo goood! – Donna H., Insider Pages
Crepes and Grapes Cafe
Crêpes and Grapes Café celebrates and honors French culture with its sidewalk café atmosphere, Bastille Day celebration, and a variety of sweet and savory crêpes. During breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they create deliciously stuffed crêpes with ingredients that range from luscious nutella and whipped cream to spiced molé with tender chicken. Guests can dine within the sunny storefront or dine outside underneath table umbrellas surrounded by aromatic flower beds.