Friday, December 09, 2005
The Crepe Life: Pasadena's Crepevine
Old Town Pasadena seems to be full of places that are either chains or might as well be chains, filled with groups of partiers with seemingly little concern for what they are eating. People looking for a quieter, more grown-up spot in the area now have an alternative with the CrepeVine Bistro and Wine Bar, a homey spot across from the Equator coffeehouse on Mills Alley. Husband and wife owners Josh and Kate Evans fell in love with crepes on trips to France and bravely decided to throw themselves into the restaurant business after getting their feet wet by making crepes at parties. But the CrepeVine isn't just crepes -- it has a full menu of bistro dishes, and Josh is aiming to offer L.A.'s biggest selection of wines by the glass. I went to a press dinner where we tried a selection of appetizers, crepes, mains and wines. My favorite was the moules frites, with nicely seasoned mussel broth and a massive pile of thin garlicky fries. We also tried seafood and beef stroganoff crepes, good renditions of coq au vin and a buttery polenta with mushrooms. The savory crepes are authentically made with buckwheat, although I find I prefer simpler crepes of just cheese, ham or eggs to ones filled with creamy sauces. Dessert crepes are filled with Nutella, bananas and rum, brown sugar and pineapple and more.
36 W. Colorado Blvd. #1
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