A small unsuspecting strip mall in Tempe, AZ, that is where we found Crepe Bar. They were formerly know as "Truckin' Good Food," and a food truck. Given their success on wheels they moved into a more land locked location in July 2012, I am sure glad they did. I rarely have time to make it out to our local food truck functions so I am thrilled to be able to taste this amazing food on my schedule.
This establishment justifiably boasts about their local/regionally fresh ingredients and beverages. That is a great thing about local small businesses, they support other local small businesses, and that is the #1 reason I love to know about these little places. Support Local!
When we first arrived, we quickly pushed two tables together because we were having a Sunday breakfast with our great friends, The Kims (Bri and Tim). This is a seat-yourself kinda joint and the atmosphere is very casual, in fact, customers are to order at the counter. (You all know how I feel about that). But, because the traffic in this establishment is constantly moving, the line doesn't take long and the food comes out fairly quickly so it doesn't seem to bother me so much. Keeping the counter ordering must be an homage to the ol' food truck days. It would be easy enough to have one, maybe two, servers work the floor. Which they pretty much already have, as some very nice gals deliver your grub and beverages and check back with you frequently. The service is really great there. I also love the lack of uniforms. All the staff is dressed in their own hipster way.
This was Bri's and my second time at the Crepe Bar, last time we came with the lovely Mandy from Dash it All. We all enjoyed it so much I had to bring my husband along for another go 'round. I may be addicted to the lovely and light crepe.
But let's get down to the nitty gritty. The food.
I ordered the "vanilla bean custard *| berries + chocolate." I really enjoyed it but I ordered the berries for a little bit of freshness. To my disappointment, there was some sugary syrup on them that just wasn't fitting with my palate this morning. The crepe was amazing on its own, so I saved the berries for Pat. Last time I ordered the "“strudel” *| chocolate fudge ~ candied walnut ~ pure maple syrup ~ maple butter" which I HIGHLY recommend. But I have a bit of a sweet tooth in the morning.
Pat and Tim Kim ordered the manly, savory choice of the "breakfast burrito| chipotle crêpe ~ egg & bacon ~ queso ~ avocado salsa" which was also outstanding. I will most surely order that next time we visit. The gal that delivered our plates pointed out a "side" of chipotle salt that one can put on the crepe to spice it up a little more. Pat devoured that.
Bri ordered the "first time| Nutella ~ banana brûlée," same thing she ordered last time (contradicting the name entirely). She didn't eat the whole thing, and the baby inside me was still hungry after finishing mine, so I happily volunteered to finish hers. It was really quite amazing. The brûléed bananas are fantastic! I love anything brûléed, put it with breakfast and I say you have an A+ meal! The hipster in all of us was intrigued by the Nutella.
The freshness and the lightness of this breakfast (or lunch) is enough to make me want to return. The way we could sit and talk for as long as we want really makes us want to return. Pat says there are a few kinks they could work out, but I think they are really pretty great. (Keep in mind, they do not have a bathroom, so tinkle before leaving the house).
We collectively give the Crepe Bar !!!
I really hope this gem takes off and is able to stay open in their hidden little location. Try out the Crepe Bar and let us know what you think! Trust me, you won't regret it.