Brunch- The Parisian Edition

1 08 2010

Ladyhawke pays tribute to Paris 

Paris Creperies- Coolidge Corner 

On a Sunday morning, you should not expect the streets of Coolidge Corner to be anything but populated with young professionals on the go-go, eating at one of the many popular restaurants around the area, shopping at Trader Joe’s, hopping on the T on their way to their next destination, strolling their baby cars or walking their dogs, or enjoying some fresh air outside reading or jogging. It is one busy street, and luckily for Rene and I, it is home to a place that I had been recommended to go to by my friend Mariseli when the line to Zaftigs was aging her by the minute! 

All things Paris!

 

Paris Creperie is the place, a small, hidden jewel that although located on the main street, you would probably miss or overlook if you were just walking by. I have, many times! Personally, my encounter with crepes happened at college, when I believe, my friend Taryn introduced me to this world of savory, but too sweet of a treat even for my sweet tooth. Of course, I am talking about the traditional breakfast crepe, which is usually prepared with Nutella, bananas, and an assortment of freshly cut fruit. It didn’t grab my attention four years ago, so I had never even considered trying it out one more time for breakfast or brunch. Even last year, when I was visiting Paris, mother of the authentic, ultimate crepe, I did not turn around, not once, to purchase one, and rather submerged into my artisan bread, goat cheese, and a bottle of Merlot to have a picnic at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. How I miss the good ol’ days! But, as the French say, “c’est la vie!” (That’s life!). 

So, you might be wondering, why in the world did I step foot into this crepe-and-smoothie modern-style joint decorated with romantic black-and-white pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Parisian breathtaking views? Well, part of it was my nostalgic travel bug and, also because we were looking for a quick brunch alternative since I desperately had to go to the Apple store to purchase a new computer after the motherboard on my HP completely died on me…what kind of mother does this to her children? (think twice before buying an HP, loyal readers!). 

Paris Creperie was the perfect alternative. It is a small place with only around 10 tables, so I would not recommend large groups. They have an extensive menu of specialty crepes that range from your very sweet breakfast options to a variety of European, Mediterranean style crepes with fresh vegetables and protein alternatives. 

 

Rene ended up ordering the Huevos Rancheros Crepe (who would have thought that could be found wrapped in a crepe? Only in America!), and after narrowing it down to the Mediterranean or the Vegetarian crepe, I decided to go for the Veggie option. 

Huevos Rancheros in a French Crepe....who would have thought?

 

The crepes were extremely light and thin, but, nonetheless, very filling! Rene loved the new twist on the Huevos Rancheros presented in crepe form, although, he did admit that they were lacking a bit more flavor to them. Well, you know the French like to keep their waistline small so maybe we will have to settle for this healthier version of your traditional rancheros! I, on the other hand, absolutely loved the Veggie crepe, which had mushrooms, onions, spinach, and delicious sun-dried tomatoes! My favorite! This ingredient should definitely be used more often in everyday cuisine. 

In thirty minutes, we enjoyed our crepes, chatted up, and filled our stomachs for our train ride to the city to check out MACs. It was a quick, but very filling twist to the brunch options that you have available at your fingertips all around Boston, so why not give it a try next time, and even take it to go if you are truly in a rush! 

Other popular options included smoothies (of all kinds), frozen nutella hot chocolate, and the Mediterranean crepe. 

Sun-Dried tomatoes added a delicious flavor to this Veggie

 

And, if you are still not feeling satisfied or if the warm temperatures are just getting to you, cross the street and grab a low-fat frozen yogurt from Berry Freeze, a healthier option to your regular ice cream. What I love about this place is that it is self-serve, and after choosing your ice cream flavor, you get to decide which delicious toppings to put on top, ranging from fresh cut fruit such as kiwi and strawberries to sweet treats such as pieces of Snickers, M&Ms, or brownies. Indulge! 

Voilà and Au revoir! 

Signing out, one brunch at a time, 

Paris Creperie 

278 Harvard St 

Brookline, MA 02446 

Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner 

617-232-1770

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3 responses

2 08 2010
Lumina

Looks like a fun spot for a Francophile. Brookline is such a great neighborhood. Looking forward to learning about it’s sights, sounds and FLAVORS through you!

2 08 2010
Melissa

Two thumbs up to Cindy for recommending Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner! For such a down-to-earth environment, they prepare top-notch crepes characteristic to the ones you’ll devour in Europe! I also would like to make a recommendation…the crispy turkey crepe is a must for all turkey and cheese lovers! The combination of spinach, cheese, tomatoes and turkey makes for a delicious mouth-watering lunch crepe! Also for anyone who is completely obsessed with nutella, grab a nutella hot chocolate during the winter time and you’ll never have another hot chocolate without nutella!!

2 08 2010
Cindy

Mel! Thank you for those delish recommendations! I am about to hop over to Brookline Village soon to explore Orinoco soon! Would love to have you as a brunch guest. Hope you can give me some dates soon, chica!

Thanks for reading and keep on brunching!

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