Crepe crusaders: Taste of Belgium
For a little over a year now, North Market patrons probably recognize this as the place with those great waffle samples. But ToB's crepes also merit attention. Five organic buckwheat flour-fortifed savory crepes ($6.50 each) are offered, including a reuben, an Italian and a vegetarian. I went with the "Traditional" and thought the tangy, rich and cheesy thing was really good.
Cooked to just crispy on the exterior, the interior consisted of high-quality molten gruyere further enriched with egg and offset by smoky Boar's Head-brand ham slices. The crepe was heavy duty, and I liked how its buckwheat component made it brown, nutty and rustic and better able to stand up to the gruyere. As hefty and substantial as it was, I nonetheless found it hard to stop munching on. (3.5 stars)
ToB offers five sweet crepes ($5 each) - I went with the Caramel au buerre sale and apples. Packed with a cinnamon-y good pie-type filling, I enjoyed the natural tartness of the cooked fruit but the crepe was seriously messy and impossible to eat without a knife and fork. Plus I would've liked more caramel (it was only present in garnishing squiggles) and the "sale" (salt) was barely noticable. (3 stars)