Crepes de Art

11 02 2011
Atmosphere: 3/5   ♦   Service: 3/5   ♦   Food Quality: 4/5   ♦   Value: 3/5
Times Visited: A few  ♦   Will I Return?:  Most likely, sir
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Crepes de ArtCrepes de Art is a creperie — yes, a creperie — in Hayward. You read correctly, the forces of the world have combined in statistically improbable ways and delivered a slice of French chic right smack in the middle of downtown Hayward. And I accept this benevolent gift with promises to keep crepe-ing it up so long as they stay in business.

So, crepes. Have you met me before? It’s going to be hard for me to muster a complaint about anything crepe-related. Fortunately, I have no complaints about the crepes from Crepes de Art to date, they are quite good. The price is right (two crepes for around $11) and they are full of delicious foodstuffs as ordered.

Crepes de Art

Interior of Crepes de Art.

Crepe

Egg, mushroom, cheese crepe from Crepes de Art.

There is a variety of choices — both sweet and savory — including all the usual suspects: strawberries, bananas, apples, lemon, Nutella* and chocolate for the sweeties, and ham, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, turkey and veggies for the savories. And much more, actually, they get a bit creative with the combos (see menu). Plus you can always do a mix and match situation for all the crepe-control-freaks out there (you know who you are).

Crepe

Strawberry, banana, nutella crepe from Crepes de Art.

Crepe

Oh yeah, pose for the camera, you delicious crepe, you.

The presentation is nice (and well captured in my photos if I do say so, thank you for the nice lighting CdA), and the crepes are well crafted and just plain tasty.

Complaints: The times we’ve been here there were a few hiccups that bugged me a bit.

  • On our first visit they were closed. A sign on the door indicated that their water had been shut off. What was that about?
  • On our second visit the woman who worked there kept having to retrieve something from the refrigerator at the back of the space, which is right next to the tables where we were eating. I felt a bit like I was in her house.
  • The last two times we’ve been there the espresso machine has been broken. Our visits were two weeks apart, can we get a repair guy out here, please?
  • While the service is generally very good and the employees are kind, a couple of our visits found only one staff member present. This meant delays for ordering, busing tables and cooking food as one person had to “man” all the stations at once.

All in all, I do keep going back because I just plain love crepes and theirs are really good. I wish they would get it together a bit on the restaurant peripherals because it makes me wonder if they’re in for the long haul or not, but overall a totally great find in Hayward.

*If you don’t know what Nutella is: A) we should probably not be friends, and B) you should try some as soon as humanly possible (then we can be friends again).





Honey Honey

6 06 2010
Atmosphere: 3/5   ♦   Service: 3/5   ♦   Food Quality: 4/5   ♦   Value: 4/5
Times Visited:  Once   ♦   Will I Return?:  Would love to
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Honey HoneyHoney Honey is a crepe restaurant way out in SF on Post Street and has yummy crepes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  The place is cute, the prices are reasonable, and the food is good.  I think there are a handful of crepe places around SF, but HH is certainly a great place to start if you’re feeling crepe-ish.

In addition to a huge variety of sweet and savory crepes including strawberry, apple, banana, or Nutella; Florentine, eggplant, pesto, or Mediterranean (respectively), they also serve pancakes, waffles, omelettes, bagels, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and pastas, whew!!  The menu is enormous and posted on the wall as you enter the restaurant…fortunately (sort of) the line was long when we were there so we had adequate time to consider our options–it’s quite a read to get through the whole thing.

Honey Honey

Inside of Honey Honey in San Francisco.

I was waffling (no pun intended) between a few of the savory crepes for most of my line-waiting but switched to a strawberry and Nutella crepe at the last minute.  I didn’t know how I would fare having sugar with a side of sugar (and a coffee with extra sugar) for breakfast, but it ended up being a good decision.

Strawberry/Nutella crepe

My sugary breakfast: strawberry/Nutella crepe with fresh squeezed OJ and cafe au lait.

Also at the table was a Torino Crepe (feta cheese, fresh basil, tomato, mushroom), a Mediterranean (cheddar, onion, tomato, feta, artichoke, olives, avocado), and a croissant breakfast sandwich.  I’ll be honest and say that there was another crepe at the table but I have no recollection of what it was.  Regardless, they were all good and everyone was merry.

Crepe

Torino Crepe with potatoes: feta cheese, fresh basil, tomato, mushroom.

Croissant sandwich

Croissant breakfast sandwich with potatoes.

Crepe

Mediterranean crepe with potatoes: cheddar, onion, tomato, feta, artichoke, olives, avocado.

The place was completely packed and we feared that a spot for 5 people would not be found in time, but luckily staked claim to a table in time to flag down the waitress carrying out our orders.  Oddly, two of my friends got their dishes switched and didn’t realize it until about halfway through the meal, at which point they switched back.  Interesting, indeed.  They offer fresh squeezed orange juice and a variety of coffee drinks to go with any meal (especially breakfast crepes!).

I recommend Honey Honey and I’d go again if I were in the area; there is even metered parking just across the street that we utilized since it was a weekend!

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