La Creperie, Key West, FL
Key West, FL has a rich culinary scene. With over 200 restaurants on the 4 x 5 mile island, foodies like myself are quick to discover an amazing assortment of great restaurants to tempt your taste buds, many with incredible atmospheres.
When traveling, I like to find those gems on quiet, “off the beaten path” streets, serving something extraordinary and unique to the destination. Before leaving, we made a list of the island’s specialties, which included conch fritters, pink shrimp and key lime pie. Little did I know we would find the closest thing you can to a French street café, serving up the most amazing crepes you’ve ever had!
La Creperie is a “must visit” restaurant when in Key West. The owners are French and the food is authentic. They understand what a crepe should look and taste like. The menu includes a range of sweet, fruit-filled crepes; a savory counterpart of galettes made from organic buckwheat stuffed with cheese, veggies, protein and amazing sauces; omelets; French plates like croque monsieur and Madame; Paninis and cold sandwiches; and salads.
Upon our first visit – yes we went twice over our six-day trip – I ordered an omelet with bacon, chives, potatoes and cheddar cheese. It was one of the best omelets I’ve ever had!
They serve the omelets with a side of French bread toast. It was so good that I ordered the same thing the second time we visited.
At our first visit, my husband opted for a sweet crepe that was filled with Nutella and fresh strawberries, topped with gelato ice cream. The crepes are large and you are able to share, if you are willing to give up a bite. Of course, I had to taste it – oh my – how good it was!
At our second visit, he again selected one of the sweet crepes, but this time it was filled with fresh pineapple chunks, coconut and caramel – and of course topped with the vanilla gelato ice cream. It was another big hit!
Our friends tried one of the savory buckwheat galettes that was filled with chicken, béchamel sauce, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and melted Swiss cheese. The combination of flavors was amazing and the organic buckwheat was crispy and light.
One of the cool features to this restaurant is that you can sit inside at the counter and watch two French women making the crepes right before your eyes!
We were mesmerized watching them in action making 30 different kinds of crepes on the circular griddles. I couldn’t believe how they flipped the crepes so effortlessly without tearing them.
La Creperie is open daily for breakfast and lunch only. It is located at 300 Petronia Street, across from Blue Heaven restaurant, in the Bahamian section of Key West – away from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street, but not a long walk from it. Be forewarned that the restaurant is usually quite busy on the weekends so you may have a short wait but totally worth it. We found the crowd to be thinner on the weekdays. Also, the restaurant only takes cash payments – no debit or credit cards.
Ooh La La C’est Magnifique! Bon Appetit!
Have you ever been to Key West, FL?
Have you ever eaten at a French creperie restaurant?