If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you have eaten as many crepes as I have. So when my boyfriend and I went on our Philly food tour last year and saw online that Alton Brown was on Best Thing I Ever Ate talking about Beau Monde‘s crepes, we had to add it on our list of places to visit.
In the episode “Under Wraps,” Alton named two crepes, one savory, one sweet, as the best things he ever ate that are wrapped. If you like pears, you would like the dessert crepe, which is pear, chocolate and chestnut creme. The pear wasn’t overcooked, the chocolate and chestnut creme were a good combination and complimented the sourness/sweetness of the pear very well, but I did not like it because of the texture and grittiness of pears. This, however, is personal preference.
The savory crepe, mushroom, swiss and almond, was perfectly cooked. They chose the right cheese for the crepe and the almond provided a crunch — it’s just the textural element that it needed. The crepe is very light which I liked. I highly recommend Beau Monde as well, as the service staff is very friendly. We told them about the food tour we were doing, that we mapped out our destinations and that we were walking to each one. They thought that was a very cool thing to do.
In Warwick, NY, there is a French restaurant that serves crepe called Le Petit. My boyfriend took me there for breakfast one weekend and I ordered an asparagus, ham and swiss which I liked very much. I love asparagus, and though I thought the swiss would be too strong, it ended up just right. One caveat is that though the food is great, the inside of the restaurant is crowded and really hot. We went there while it was raining so we unfortunately did not have the option of eating outside and were a little uncomfortable.
If I am, however, to talk about the best crepes I ever had, I’d have to say they are on board the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship. It was a few days into the cruise when we learned that there was an on board restaurant serving only crepes called Bistro on Five, and with only $5 we can have anything we wanted. So we gladly paid the price and quickly found out that the banana with nutella (my boyfriend’s favorite) and dulce de leche (my favorite) crepes were out of this world.
They also had savory crepes that were good enough for me to be able to pretend to eat a ‘real’ meal so I can earn the reward of having the desserts afterwards, such as a vegetable crepe.
When we were in Monaco, we did have crepes there as well and they were good, but not memorable enough an experience as I would have thought. My one regret is that because my time in Paris was so limited, I did not get the chance to have a taste of their world-famous crepes. I just have to come back, don’t I?
Beau Monde Restaurant rating: 8 out of 10
Beau Monde pear, chocolate and chestnut creme crepe rating: 7 out of 10
Beau Monde mushroom, swiss and almond crepe rating: 8.9 out of 10
Le Petit Restaurant rating: 6.75 out of 10
Le Petit asparagus, ham and swiss crepe rating: 9 out of 10
Celebrity Constellation Bistro On Five Restaurant rating: 9.25 out of 10
Celebrity Constellation Bistro On Five banana nutella crepe rating: 9.25 out of 10
Celebrity Constellation Bistro On Five dulce de leche crepe rating: 9.5 out of 10