Cafe Moustache: Not the Place for Crepes. But These Places Are

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This fig and goat cheese crepe did not come from Cafe Moustache; it came from Melange Creperie, just down the street.
It's safe to say that outside of being able to drink a lot of wine on the cheap during happy hour, I don't understand the allure of Cafe Moustache, the subject of this week's cafe review.

At risk of piling on any further, one of the most obnoxious sticking points at this French-style cafe in Montrose is the lack of good crepes. It's not that the kitchen is trying and failing to make crepes; rather, they're just scraping pre-made spongiform discs onto a plate and covering them with syrup.

What are you doing running a French restaurant when you can't even be bothered to make crepes?

Rather than aggravate myself further despairing over this question, I'm choosing instead to today to focus on the restaurants in town that do make crepes correctly. No pre-made crepes made this list.

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Buffalo Sean makes crepes fresh to order.
Melange Creperie

At the top of the pile, and not just because EOW blogger John Seaborn Gray can be found at the Westheimer crepe stand most days, is Melange Creperie, a true creperie after the French fast-food fashion. It may seem hard to believe, but Melange and its owner Buffalo Sean have been dishing up crepes since late 2009, veritable old-timers in the street food scene. The crepes are made to order here and the ingredients change by the day, keeping with what's in season and what Sean was able to buy at local farmers' markets. Of course, the old standby -- bananas and Nutella -- is always available.

CoCo's Crepes & Coffee

Again, hard to believe, but this little creperie has been going strong since 2006 and remains one of the most popular tenants in this urban development along West Gray. And although Eric Gerber once said that "real men don't eat crepes," even he admitted a soft spot for them at CoCo's, especially when filled with Moroccan sausage and enjoyed on the patio.

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La Mia

Crepe-maker Pierre Vomero is behind the batter at this new restaurant just outside Memorial Park. You'll get a true sense of the crepe -- which means "curled" in its original Latin form, crispa -- at La Mia, where the pancakes have a soft interior and alluringly crispy exterior that curls elegantly around fillings like spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese.

Brasserie Max & Julie

Although it's difficult not to order the gaufre salée (savory waffle) with creamed spinach, lardons and a poached egg for brunch at Brasserie Max & Julie, the crepes are equally good here, the local farmer's honey and lemon zest crepe being my personal favorite. And there's just something about dining in the thoroughly French bistro that almost demands you order one -- even if it's for dessert.



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Cafe Moustache - CLOSED

507 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

Melange Creperie

403 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

CoCo's Crepes & Coffee

218 Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Mia

5801 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

Ohhh, haven't tried Coco's or La Mia... Putting both on my mental list. Thanks!

csoakley
csoakley

Frenchie's (the Italian place in Clear Lake, not the venerable fried chicken chain) served up a pretty good crepe (it's been a while but I remember it being pretty good...I think).

The owner is a character. He asked what kind of dressing I wanted on my salad and I asked if they had French. He got all faux-indignant on me, "This is an Italian restaurant!! Why would we have French dressing?!?". Then I asked him "What's the name of the restaurant?". Between that and the crepes they are a bit identity confused but a respectable place to eat.

Jamie M
Jamie M

Wow. I feel like I missing out. I don't think I've ever had a crepe. It's a breakfast thing?

PatriciaO
PatriciaO

Highly recommend Melange Creperie.  Sean never makes a boring crepe, I swear if you have a Iron Chef style of challenge, he'll kick butt every time.  All ingrediants are fresh and seasonal.  Way to go Sean!

Mike
Mike

Jeannine's!!!!!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Jeannine's crepes taste pre-made to me. I'm not certain they are, but they taste that way. Same with the Broken Spoke.

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