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It's Just Crepes (Lunch Review)

Fast and tasty are the operative words at new downtown spot

By Heather Smith · October 8th, 2008 · The Dish

I don’t believe I’ve written a restaurant review while I was still eating, but it’s the perfect indicator of how fast our world moves. Going to It’s Just Crepes (39 E. Court St., 513-63-CREPE) downtown was a big reminder of that: This place really caters to our busyness.

The scene: Four people in a small space behind the counter, three making crepes at lightening speed and an owner who says, “We’re adding another griddle soon so we can speed things up.” While the line was long, I had two beautiful homemade crepes 10 minutes after walking through the door. Still, as I left, one of the owners apologized for my wait.

I imagine that the only way my wait would have gone any faster is if they had made me a virtual crepe, then emailed it to me. Not to mention the fact that it’s anything but boring to wait in line here. Peer over the counter and you’ll see the fascinating crepe-making process. The staff makes it look so easy that you’ll think you can do it at home with only a Bunsen burner.

Here’s how it works: The staff throws the crepe dough on to one of three cast-iron crepe plates (circular griddles), spreads it out with a special, T-shaped crepe scraper, throws in the ingredients and it’s ready in minutes. The good thing about It’s Just Crepes is that vegetables and other ingredients are not so prepped that they’re “pre-sautéed.” They’re being cooked in front of you so you know they’re fresh.

It’s also fun to watch a vat of chocolate, Nutella, and an embarrassing number of Reese’s Cup chunks being poured on to the Peanut Butter Cup Crepe ($4.99) while you wait for it. It only adds to the anticipation.

Both crepes I ordered were delicious. While the Vegetarian Crepe ($5.09) with cheddar, tomato, green pepper, mushroom and onion was a hearty lunch, it could have used more vegetables and less cheese. But then again, cheese is the glue that holds a crepe together, so you’re not going to find low-fat fare here.

But you do have several options to choose from in your crepe quest, including both savory and sweet choices. In fact, it seems anything can be turned into a crepe. Take, for instance, the Pizza ($5.49) with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom and pizza sauce and the Three Cheese ($5.49) with cheddar, feta and mozzarella. Sweet options range from the Elvis ($3.79) with peanut butter and banana to the S’mores ($4.99) with Nutella, graham crackers and It’s Just Crepes marshmallow cream — treats that are sure to make you feel like a kid again, even if you’re in the midst of one of those office politics, so-adult-it-hurts corporate days.

It’s Just Crepes also offers breakfast (hours are 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday), including an Omelet ($5.99) with cheddar, ham and eggs, as well as other tasty options.

CONTACT HEATHER SMITH: hsmith@citybeat.com



10.14.2008 at 02:02 Reply
My question to Ms. Smith is to what extent have you tried real crepes? This place serves up a pile of dough with 1 mushroom, two pieces of onion and a slim slicing of green pepper (the cheapest pepper you can buy) and a wad of cheese for $5.00... there is so much 'crepe' in each one that you can not even taste the veggies. If you like all dough and no taste, Just For Crepe's is for you... but for $5.00 you'd be better off going across the street to subway and getting a footlong for $5.00... at least it taste like something and you can all all the veggies you want for free... unlike the 80cents per extra topping...


10.15.2008 at 04:15
To "Nunyabiz"... we are sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with your crepe. The beautiful thing about our restaurant is that you can get as little or as much of the ingredients that you like, often times at no charge at all! As a patron, you have the advantage of watching us make your crepe right in front of you! Feel free to tell us how you want it. It is sometimes difficult for us as business owners to really decipher what the average consumer wants. Your comment states there was not enough food, another write-up said we use too much ingredients. We have realized that we just cannot make everyone happy all of the time. However, since you are in control of the way your crepe turns out by simply asking, it is pretty hard to go wrong. Correction: only $0.69 to add an additional fruit or veggie to your crepe. Thank you to Dr Smiff, Heather Smith, and the other It's Just Crepes fans for your support. It's Just Crepes Owners Karrah and Keven


10.15.2008 at 09:53 Reply
Love this restaurant! What a great addition to my downtown neiighborhood. The crepes are delicious (my most recent was the veggie, absolutely stuffed with a variety of vegetables). Friendly owners and staff, open to suggestions re: hours of operation and new crepe recipes, the option to eat outside and watch the passing parade of residents, downtown workers, and visitors -- so glad to have Its Just Crepes in the neighborhood.


09.16.2011 at 08:30 Reply

I love It's Just Crepes! I have to disagree with nunyabiz, It's Just Crepes gives you so many veggies, meats, etc. that they sometimes fall out! I have never had a "it's just dough crepe" and I've almost filled my crepe card! The price is also great because honestly a crepe will fill you up, you don't even need a side.