Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crepes on the Corner

Influenced by traditional French flavors, Crepes on the Corner offers contemporary adaptations of traditional tastes with an ever-changing menu.  Using seasonal ingredients from their on-site farm as well as regional farms, Crepes on the Corner is sure to give you the most fresh items.  Open since February 2012, this little cafe is already quite popular with lines of customers waiting to try a fresh French treat. Closest Metro is Potomac Ave.

The Washington Post recently wrote: "With half a dozen schools surrounding its corner at 15th and C streets SE, the cafe has become an instant hit with area educators. It hosts a steady stream of breakfast, lunch and dinner patrons on weekdays and is packed on weekends. Dogs are treated to a water bowl on the patio, where an herb garden grows. The menu boasts seven savory and eight sweet versions ($7 to $11); any crepe can be made gluten-free (although all crepes are cooked on the same griddles). A side salad or roasted vegetables can be added for $3. While you wait for your order - which can take from five to 20 minutes - admire the 10-seat communal table crafted from reclaimed walnut. The lacquered wood high-top is the centerpiece of the industrial, shabby-chic interior, designed by co-owner Marc Ross."

After a few previous failed attempts to try out Crepes on the Corner (the website inaccurately lists their open hours), we finally made it in for brunch on Sunday.  Inside is clean and simple with a couple refrigerator cases for fresh milk products as well as one for sodas and juices.  I overheard them tell another customer that the milk jugs are reusable, so you get a $2 credit when you bring them back.  There was plenty of seating, especially with the gorgeous large communal wood table and all the umbrella shaded tables outside.

Order a savory or sweet crepe, as there are many combinations to try.  Or get a fresh sandwich or muffin to go.  The staff still seemed green, not quite knowing how to ring up certain items and not quite able to answer some questions. But all in all, they were friendly.  I settled on the Classic crepe, filled with shredded Virginia salt-cured ham and Gruyere cheese, then topped with a fried egg that was a bit too runny for my tastes.  Keith wanted something sweet, so he ordered the Nut Job, filled with Nutella, banana, and a mixture of nuts like peanuts, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.  The size of each was pretty big and the taste was very good. The only comment we had is that usually, one can pick up the crepe to eat with your hands.  But these were too flat and pliable that we ate them with a fork and knife.  I wonder if you order them to go if it would be any different.  Either way, Crepes on the Corner is a cute shop with a convenient location.  I look forward to trying other seasonal items from the menu.

Total Rating: 3.525
Food: 3.5, Price: 3, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:

The Classic
Virginia salt-cured ham, Gruyere cheese, egg

Plus Keith ate:

The Nut Job
Nutella, banana, crushed nuts, whipped cream

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