What’s the trick to a good crepe? Fresh batter, says Wayne Moore, owner of Village Crepe in Pickerington. That, and adding a little sugar for sweet crepes and fresh herbs for savory versions. Crepes are enjoying their time on hot griddles around town as more eateries focus almost exclusively on the thin French pancakes. Here are the three best spots dedicated to the crepe.
Moore spent more than a decade perfecting his traditional sweet and savory crepe recipes. His specialty batters like pumpkin and red velvet, used in rotating weekly specials, are merely for delicious fun. Start with the sugar-laced Signature Crepe ($4 single; $6.40 double) that’s filled with sweet cream cheese and homemade jam and berries and folded like a soft taco. If citrus is your thing, opt for crepes with puckering lemon curd, ricotta and thick honey and finished with a tart blackberry sauce ($4 single; $6.40 double). 21 N. Center St., Pickerington, 614-833-1111
What started as a crepe cart soon became a food truck and, most recently, a standalone kiosk at Easton Town Center. We love how these double-folded crisp crepes are easily eaten on the go (the perfect mid-shopping break) and come in a fun mix of sweet (lots of Nutella options) and savory. Order the Greek-inspired Feta & Spinach crepe seasoned with fresh herbs and a side of tzatziki. It’s like French spanakopita. lesliescreperie.com
C’est Si Bon Café
This tiny Bexley cafe has the largest selection of triangle-folded, paper-thin crepes we’ve seen around. The Cajun Chicken ($8.50) has a great kick and comes with a bourbon-spiked sauce, but the real fun comes in dessert. The Peanut Butter ($5) is crisp outside and utterly gooey inside with melted Nutella, peanut butter and sliced bananas. 2258 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-824-5606, facebook.com/cestsiboncafe
For brunch, Skillet in Merion Village offers spongy crepe-like blintzes folded burrito-style, and stuffed with honeyed ricotta cheese and topped with a seasonal fruity sauce. It’s not technically French, but it’s so good it’s forgiven. 410 E. Whittier St., Merion Village, 614-443-2266