Cafe Crepe

Cafe Crepe

Address: 874 Granville (at Smithe), next to the Commodore.

The Granville location of Cafe Crepe is really hit and miss. Somethings are great and a really good deal — other things make me wonder why this place is so popular.

Here’s the rundown: crepes = okay, burgers = damn good, service = terrible, beer = hellz yea!

If you’re going for crepes try the lemon sugar ($4), or the nutella – any type of nutella will suffice (coconut, banana, walnut, strawberry, $5-7). As for the savory crepes stay away from the grossy baked chicken mixed with mayo – ugh. And instead go for something along the lines of the spinach and feta ($7), or ham and swiss ($6). The crepes are loaded with tonnes of good quality ingredients and are gooo-oood eatin’. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is that: the crepes are too bland to be considered savory. So, go with some of the saltier ingredients (ham, feta) and hold off on the really bland stuff – like swiss ‘n’ mushrooms.

I know this place is called cafe crepe…and they do serve crepes. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only -or- best offering. They also serve panini and baguettes($6-7)…and burgers! Hooray! Cafe Crepe has the best burger deal! For $7.75 you’ll get 1/2lb juicy angus burger and a mound of deeeelicious fries. The fries are seasoned fantastically -it’s very familiar … um, CB’s drive in, anyone? You could also substitute for the chicken burger which is also darn good. Sure the crepes are fine and everything – but this place shoulda stuck to making burgers – because that’s where they really shine…who are they kidding? For a place that’s “French” why is there no gravy? What a rip off!

However, they do make up for many of their imperfections with their cheap, cheap beer. Whoo! $10.34 for a pitcher of Granville, $4.31 for a 2 oz drink. Those are some hard prices to beat, especially in the middle of downtown. This is pretty much the entire reason we go there so frequently. Because we’re sure not going for the service; which ranges from half-assed to non-existent.

What else…um…this location is the best because they have a patio. The music is usually decent – but way too loud. And they tend to be showing bond flicks on the tvs – which is infinitely better than watching CNN or sports highlights.

The defining moment that totally sums up Cafe Crepe was realizing that the ‘napkins’  are in fact just pieces of bounty paper towel.

Pretend you’re visiting Alberta – get the burger and beer.

Open: 9am-12am

Parking: NO!

Reservations:NO!

Decent service:NO!

Please note: The other locations have the same menu but may not have such awful service.

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Perfect pairing:

Jawbox – Novelty

With this album Jawbox brought us post-hardcore intertwined with grunge. Yea, Dischord! Awwww, I miss 1992 – when the terms pop-punk and emo weren’t considered blatant insults.

or

Modest Mouse – We were dead before the ship even sank

Much like drunken yelling, this album is catchy but light years away from pretty. Listen to it and Isaac Brock will somehow make all your personal failures seem funny.

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2 Responses to Cafe Crepe

  1. shokutsu says:

    I believe the UBC outlet is now closed.

    shokutsu
    @ http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/

  2. Alan says:

    “CB’s drive in, anyone?”

    Not sure that will resonate with your target audience. Out of curiousity, I looked up CB’s to answer, among other questions, what the hell does CB stand for anyway?

    Answer: Classic burgers and fries. Uh, okay. I guess the fries aren’t classic enough to earn their own letter. Here are some other quotes from my ‘research’.

    “Customers talk about the “mysterious” seasonings that accompany the burgers”.

    Wow! These burgers taste so mysterious. LOL.

    “Considering how inexpensive their entrees are, you can afford to try them out”.

    This is likely the first time I remember a fast food offering described as an entree. But I do agree that I can usually afford a $5 ‘entree’.

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