A crepe is a crepe is a crepe, or so it would seem. Setting out to explore the offerings of creperies around town,I had no idea that we’d find so many creative takes on the flat pancake. From sweet crepes filled with red bean paste and topped with a scoop of green tea ice cream to tuna melt crepes and savory vegetarian versions filled with lentils and pesto, the classic crepe has a versatility that has truly been tapped by Portland chefs. This list spans every dining style and budget, because somewhere out there is the crepe for you, and I want to help you find it.
A solid late-night option for Northwest nommers, Le Happy is a crepe restaurant masquerading as a trendy dive bar (think red lightbulbs and fake flowers). The variety here is mind-boggling: where else can you get a crepe filled with tofu, cilantro, cucumbers, onions, fermented black beans and panang sauce?
French buckwheat crepes served up with a wide variety of fillings sweet and savory. The space is tiny, cozy, and very French, with a great back patio that is a welcome respite from busy Hawthorne.
This quirky little Park Avenue shop serves dessert crepes filled with fruit, chocolate, caramel, and often a scoop of their signature rice pudding. They also serve savory crepes, but the surprisingly delicious combo of rice pudding and sweet crepe is enough to have you skipping straight to dessert.
Japanese street vendor-style dessert crepes filled with fruits and sweet sauces, rolled into a cone, and topped with a scoop of ice cream. Served up in an adorable, brightly-lit shop with giant smiling murals and plenty of tables, couches, and easy chairs.
Former Chez Panisse pastry chef Jehnee Rains serves up traditional French savory buckwheat crepes, dessert crepes, and build-your-own variations. All crepes $1 more for gluten free.
Try the sweet crepes filled with custard and topped with fruit, served with a smile! Beware, eating these beauties can be messy (watch out for dripping Nutella).
Serving conical Japanese-Style Crepes and Waffles with scoops of Tillamook ice cream, Love Via Crepes features vaguely-unsettling plastic replicas of all of their menu items, including tuna salad and eggs, chicken teriyaki, and oreos.
With a location in the hipster-tastic Cartopia pod on Hawthorne, Perierra seems culled straight out of a Portlandia episode. The crepes, however, speak for themselves. These folded, delicate and crispy crepes stuffed with simple sweet and savory fillings are easily among the best in town, and you can get them from breakfast until after the bars close.