Bon appetit, mon ami!

Includes (both in Raleigh, NC): Simply Crepes, Upper Crust Bakery   

Just a quick note to let all you North Raleighites know that sometime in May, Simply Crepes will open its doors in Lafayette Village — gracing our city with its first location outside upstate New York.

This past weekend the shopping center moved forward with their scheduled open house despite the inhospitable weather. We assured the Simply Crepes visitors that usually our springtime is much more spring-like!

Owner Pierre Héroux and his assistant served what looked like a never-ending line — it was neither shorter nor longer after I had waited and received my own sample, and later when I passed by again it looked the same length.

Thank goodness for their canopy, which at least gave shelter from the spitting gray sky. There was no buffer against the unseasonably frigid temperatures, however. But the steam rising from the crepe pan gave a false sense of warmth, and perhaps their nonstop cooking kept the Simply Crepes staff warm internally.

Various fillings were available, and I took mine the way Pierre said his family had been enjoying crepes for generations: with a drizzle of pure maple syrup, some finely chopped nuts and a dab of whipped cream at the crepe’s opening that peeked out from its paper cone. “Bon appetit, mon ami!” said Pierre as he handed it over. Indeed! It was delightful.

I’m very much looking forward to these new neighbors taking up residency.

And on a quick related note: I enjoyed breakfast #2 at Upper Crust at Lafayette on Sunday morning. Though it was very difficult, I willed myself to forgo another scone in order to try something new. This time it was egg and cheese on a croissant.

Lovely! The pastry was oh-so-flaky and delicate. The egg was fluffy and creamy — not overcooked like so many places tend to serve them. And the cheddar (good, flavorful stuff) was melted but not oozing. I also detected a subtle sharp tang — I’m guessing mustard? — that was very nice.

I’ve begun two Sundays recently with a peaceful and tasty breakfast at the Upper Crust.

I suspect it might well be a tradition in the making.

About atarheeltastes

I'm a passionate foodie who started this "temporary" blog during a gustatory tour of Tuscany. I decided to continue, since I love to dream about, plan for, prepare, eat and write about food!
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