I have visited Crepes Parisiennes at 732 Filbert St. in Shadyside a handful of times (there is also a location at 207 S Craig St in Oakland – I have never been). When friends suggested meeting for brunch this past Sunday, I dined there yet again.
I had heard the ‘Crepe Place’, as many people call it, had sporadic hours. We planned to meet at 10:00AM and I hoped it was open. A few weekends ago I arrived on a Saturday morning to find a sign proclaiming the whole place was closed for the weekend. Bummer (but, I mean, nothing The Bagel Factory – 5825 Ellsworth Ave – couldn’t fix). But Sunday morning we arrived around 10:30AM and found employees, crepes, no line, and ample seating.
This is a tiny joint, almost underground. You descend four or five narrow steps to get inside. The seating policy does not allow you to grab a table until you have placed your orders. The front counter appears to somewhat regulate the flow of customers (seemingly slowing down or speeding up) so that everyone can find a seat once they order. You sit and they will bring the food to you. I have never waited more than a few minutes for a table. On the contrary, I have never felt I had to quickly vacate my seat after eating. However, I would not recommend taking a big group here. The place certainly filled up as the morning progressed.
Now to the crepes. The menu includes both sweet and savory crepes. Savory crepes come with a small side salad composed of mixed greens and your choice of sauce. Most sweet crepes come with whipped cream, walnuts, and maple syrup. Sweet delicious real maple syrup. I ordered the plain crepe. It was soft, chewy, eggy. Really delicious. Plenty of maple syrup and crunchy walnuts completed the dish.
Other crepe favorites include nutella and banana and ‘french toast’ (an egg is added inside the crepe, leading to a richer, heavier feel). I have also sampled the savory crepes and enjoyed them. My friends rave of the soytang sauce.
This place is unique and will not leave you feeling quite as leaden as Pamela’s. The seating and space is limited and this should likely be considered. Also, its only crepes – no other menu options. Yet it is definitely worth a try and I find myself craving that thin crepe/maple syrup combo.