La Creperie Café Bohemian Bistro and Bar, 130 Pine Ave., 437-8648.
• Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
• Location: La Creperie has opened a second location in Long Beach downtown on Pine. There are lots nearby as well as metered street parking.
• Food/Drinks: The name of the restaurant would indicate that crepes are the specialty of the house. I would argue that is not the case. Sure, they make a decent crepe; the sweet crepes are particularly tasty. By the way, they’ll fold just about anything into a crepe, so the list is quite long: ham and cheese, turkey, sugar and cinnamon, Nutella, apples, chicken in various guises, spinach, cheese, and so on and so on.
But the expanded menu is where the action is, and it contains a few gems. The chicken and beef dinners in particular are quite good.
There is a nice selection of craft brews, some drinkable wines and, at the downtown location, cocktails.
• Atmosphere: The new location is funky and hip, more New Orleans than Long Beach. In a good way. The outdoor patio is huge and wonderful for morning and afternoon dining.
• The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped for breakfast. We’d been many times for dinner but for some reason had never tried breakfast at La Creperie. So, on our way out of town, we stopped for some morning grub. Aun dropped menus and took our drink orders. She’s a gem and took great care of us.
There were a number of items that caught my eye like La Saumon (smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill omelet), Quiche Chorizo and Crepe St. Germain (Parisian ham, mozzarella cheese, and button mushrooms), but I opted for the Southwest Crepe.
Jennifer opted for the Crepe Madame with Parisian ham, Emmenthal cheese, Bechemel sauce and poached eggs.
Our crepes arrived and they are very generous. Some may find that one is enough for two for a light breakfast or lunch.
Jennifer’s crepe was stuffed with layers of salty Parisian ham and topped with bubbling melted Emmenthal and two poached eggs. It was beautful. Salty and rich, it’s a crepe that is not for the faint-hearted. The Creperie bechemel sauce had a nice grind of nutmeg that added a nice contrast to the richness of the cheese and ham.
My southwest crepe was stuffed and topped with a scrambled egg mixture with avocado, green chiles, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and topped with sour cream.
It was nicely spiced, though I might have asked for a bit more zing for my taste, but it wasn’t bad as it was. And it was decidedly an all-day meal. Very nice.
Whatever your taste, La Creperie has you covered. I’m anxious to stop for dinner soon as I want to try the Homard Crepe (lobster) before the menu changes.
With the addition of La Creperie, downtown Long Beach has a wonderful selection of new dinner options. My advice: just pay for parking, grumble a bit and save yourself some aggro. Then enjoy a great meal at La Creperie.
• Price: Breakfast or lunch for two is $15 to $30, and dinner for two is $25 to $40+ with wine or drinks.