Austin >Restaurants > Flip Happy Crepes
400 Jessie St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.262568 -97.759209
Neighborhoods: Zilker, South Lamar
The wait for a crepe from Flip Happy is worth every ounce of sweet or savory goodness. Every item on the menu is worth a try, but I always get a kick of the ham and gruyere, the Moroccan chicken and the lemon curd.
One of the founding food trailers in Austin, Flip Happy Crepes rose to fame after appearing on Bobby Flay's "Throwdown," and testing the holding strength of paper-thin pancakes with the likes of goat cheese, roasted chicken, grilled mushrooms, and other savory marvels. Of course, the beauty of crepes is their flavor palate malleability: For dessert, like Flip Happy's cinnamon sugar crepe with toasted coconut, crushed almonds and cream cheese frosting. Sweetly sinful.
No longer worth the wait – We & many of our friends absolutely love the food at this place- the crepes are amazing & the people are/were friendly. We sometimes ate there & sometimes called in orders to take home. However, both options are no longer feasible, especially in the summertime.
Once the buzz got out about Flip Happy(there were a few great articles & t.v. shows that covered them), the lines are simply too long & their space & staffing are inefficient and unable to deal with the volume. The customers & staff are no longer as friendly b/c by the time you place and actually get your order, you are ready to chew off your arm from hunger. If you have 1+ hours to wait, then by all means go(but have a snack first & bring plenty of water & your own chairs), but the novelty quickly wears off after only 1 visit, with the heat & crabby hungry customers. Forget about phoning in an order b/c most times they are too busy to pick up the phone, & if you do place a phone order, you still have to wait in the long line (and your crepes are cold). There are a few things the Flip Happy owners could do to mitigate the problems, but so far continue to maintained the status quo. They could add another trailer or another location, have a take-out only line, have longer hours (you shouldn't have to think too hard about whether a place is open or not). Our solution until they get their act together- we learned how to make our own wonderful crepes- just as good & cheaper. Five stars for the crepes, 1 or 2 stars for the wait & their unwillingness to fix the problems.
Amazing!! – WOW! Absolutely amazing crepes. But rather than comment on these delectable delights... I'd just like to offer some suggestions for those of you who want to try this out. Going to Flip Happy is an experience in itself. If you don't have time, then don't go. Save it for another day so that you can really enjoy it. IF you're rushed, this place is just not going to work. Here are a few ways that my family and friends have found to get the most out of it. First of all, you can call ahead and place your order. You'll still have to wait in the 'order' line, but once you get up there, you simply pay for your order and they hand you your bag of goods. Secondly..... it's true, parking can be a bit of a bear but somehow we always luck out. People come and go and if you can just relax and be patient, you will find your spot. Another suggestion, throw a couple of fold up chairs in your trunk. Seating is limited and you won't have to worry about it if you bring your own seating. Of course sharing a picnic table with other Flip Happy fans is a great way to meet more friendly people but seats fill up quick. I guess what I'd like to stress the most is that when you go to a fun Austin icon like this, enjoy the day, take your time, savor the experience and the food.
Amazing crepes both savory and sweet – Better than crepes I've had at fancy French restaurants in Quebec, this is amazing food from a tiny kitchen in an airstream trailer! I had the mushroom gruyere crepe, and the blend of flavors was perfect, subtle and rich. The lemon curd and dark chocolate desert crepe was also amazing, rich fresh lemon flavor, and really high quality dark nutty chocolate sauce. Cheap dark chocolate can get bitter and acidic tasting, this was perfect.
The women that own the ... place? trailer? virtual restaurant? - The owners are friendly and helpful, and just not what you'd expect. They come off like ordinary upscale housewives, not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just a little disconcerting. 'd expect a more bohemian affect from two women selling crepes out of a trailer parked in an empty lot, eh? Especially in Austin, famous for it's alternativity.
Great food. Go! Now!
Exceptional food...service slow, lines extremely long. – If the crepes werent amazing I would give it a two star for service, they are friendly and nice, but the lines are horrible and they go pretty slow because they have limited kitchen space. I get the savory chicken, goat cheese, carmalized onion and aoli crepe which is delilectable...and of course a sweet crepe with nutella and fruit is a must. Ive been to europe several times and find these just as good as crepes there and even better than some. Prices are fair. Oh and they are hardly ever open which also effects their crowds.
Tastewise it's DELICIOUS but you better not have anything else planned that day. – The crepes are very very very tasty- ( I had the roasted chicken, goat cheese and caramelized onion crepe and the nutella strawberry crepe) and both were outstanding. However, I wish I knew that there was an hour and a half wait to get them before we went. As quirky and cute the location is, these folks should really open up a full-scale crepery restaurant. Sadly my husband refuses to go back because of the long wait. Also parking is a real pain in the butt too. BUT the food is still very tasty.
Awesome for an Afternoon in Austin – A group of us were all in Austin from other cities, and we ate here after a jog around the lake. There was an hour wait for the crepes, and we resorted to eating pecans that had fallen to the ground. Once I sank my teeth into the Three Cheese Crepe with Tomatoes and Carmelized Onions, I knew that the hour wait was worth it. We enjoyed every bite.
Best crepes in town – I didn't even know this place was there. (BTW it is on Jesse st. not Josephine) I just happened to have the food network on and saw the throwdown episode that featured them. I had to try it and did so today. I had the lemon curd, and the pastry creme. They were both out of this world. I'll go back for some savory crepes very soon but they look great. You can tell right off these two girls really love what they're doing, and it reflects in the care they take to prepare these crepes properly.
One word of caution, the crackels have lost fear of man here. One flew right up and tried to steal one of my crepes right off the plate WHILE I WAS EATING! I had to shoo it away several times.
Feeling French...Go get a Crepe!! – Oh My how to describe the taste of this light and delicate dish. They were wonderful. I sampled the roasted chicken and the vanilla cream crepe with berries. Both were outstanding. The sitting arrangement is a little strange ( but its Austin...) its little tables outside. Other than that no complaints. This is a great idea to get a little bit of france in texase.
Amazing Crepes – We saw the feature on Flip Happy Crepes on Throwdown and we knew we had to try it. So, one afternoon we finally paid a visit to Flip Happy Crepes and the place lived up to our expectations. It was pretty crowded for 1 pm but when our crepes finally arrived they were totally worth the wait. I had the tarragon mushroom, caramelized onions, tomato, spinach and gruyere crepe and it was the best crepe I have ever had. My husband had ham and gruyere crepe and he seemed really happy with his crepe too. We are for sure going back again soon.
Great Austin Atmosphere and Fantastic Food – I really enjoyed my first visit to Flip Happy Crepes. It's a perfect place to grab lunch with a friend and the crepes are truly amazing. In fact they are so delicious I have debated telling everyone I know and keep it a big secret. Make sure you get there early and expect to spend a little time waiting because every crepe is made fresh to order. My only complaint is the limited service hours, but that's is something I can work around.
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