Yeah, pancakes are good and all, but have you tried crêpes? They're thin, pillowy pancakes of goodness filled with fruit, ice cream, chocolate, or meat. They can be bought at creperies, restaurants, and food trucks in various parts of the U.S., and since crêpes originated from France, what better place than to enjoy some in New Orleans? To celebrate National Crêpe Day on February 2, visit these five eateries for a delicious crêpe!
If you're a Loyola or Tulane student, Crêpes à la Cart is the best place for a late-night snack. Founded in 2004, they boast over 50 varieties of crêpes. Their best-selling crêpes are the Sunrise Crêpe, Chicken Florentine, and my personal favorite, Fruit & Chocolate, which is filled with your choice of Nutella, chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips with strawberries, bananas, or mixed berries. It's no wonder Esquire thinks Crêpes a la Cart serves one of the best breakfasts in the city! 1039 Broadway St., 504-866-2362, crepesalacartnola.com
Originally set up on Maple Street in 2014, this cute little café not only serves gourmet waffles but also crêpes inside a half-eaten waffle! Guests can enjoy a variety of crêpe flavors such as blueberry, Southwestern, and dulce de leche for brunch. Sweet and savory (as well as kosher friendly and gluten-free), Waffles on Maple has something for everyone! 4650 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-510-4900, wafflesonmaple.com
Did you know that Piccola Gelateria also serves homemade crêpes? Owned by sweet couple Ross and Ria Turnbull, this hidden gem serves gelato, sorbetto, coffee, and crêpes--all made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. For those wanting the best of both worlds, order a Gelato Crêpe, a traditional crêpe topped with your favorite flavor of gelato or sorbet and topped with whipped cream. If you're just stopping by for lunch or dinner, order a Prosciutto, Italian Cold-Cut, or Vegetarian Crêpe! 4500 Magazine St., #5, 504-493-5999, piccolagelateria.com
What can be even better than fresh, sweet, and homemade crêpes? Serving them late at night, of course! If you're hanging out on Canal Street, stop by Amorino for their signature crêpes, which is filled with organic gelato or sorbetto, topped with your choice of chocolate, caramel, or Gianduja (Italian chocolate hazelnut) sauce, and served with homemade whipped cream. This giant dessert is perfect to share with friends! 637 Canal St., 504-510-2398, amorino.com/en-us
While IHOP is famous for their unique pancake varieties, they also serve crêpes! You have a choice of Strawberries & Cream crêpes, which is topped with glazed strawberries and vanilla cream drizzle, or Swedish Crêpes, which is topped with sweet-tart lingonberries and lingonberry butter. While IHOP doesn't have that many crêpe varieties, it's the best restaurant to eat at if it's the only breakfast joint near you! Multiple Locations, ihop.com/en