No one really finds themselves twirling or performing summersaults when thinking of crepes. Antoine Elie, the face behind Flip Crepes, aims toward making his crepes trendy and just as notable as quick eats like cheeseburgers and hot dogs; only his version, he reminds, will be "fast good" versus fast food.
Located inside the French Market, the venue makes sense, not to mention Elie's interpretation stemming from his grandmother's recipe brought from France as well as his world travels as a flight attendant inspiring many of his creations. His take involves healthier alternatives, using ingredients like wheat flour and buckwheat and doing his best in avoiding high fructose corn syrup products.
Currently, Flip Crepes sees a substantial lunch and evening crowd occupying mostly commuters and the downtown business lunch crowd. Now that he's seen his afternoon business flourish, Elie hopes the breakfast set will receive his concoctions with as much enthusiasm. A free coffee special with any breakfast crepe certainly gets the snoozer up and tumbling.
Served like a burrito, the crepes come stuffed with a range of options - from eggs and ham, to imported French cheese and smoked turkey. I couldn't resist the banana nutella decorated in rum-soaked raisins, nuts and sweet chocolate. Keep a look out for a Flip Crepes stand in any number of this summer's street festivals.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: David-Anthony Gonzalez