Simply defined, a crepe is a thin, flat pancake, but Icosium Kafe proves that there's much more to this sweet or savory dish.
The menu at this sunny Algerian cafe is laden with almost 20 types of crepes, as well as a smattering of soups and salads. The namesake crepe is a heady mix of roasted peppers, basil, goat cheese, caramelized onions, tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic and spinach. Despite its ample size, odds are slim that you'll leave anything behind on the plate. Savory options range from the button-downed traditional (apples and brie) to the downright tie-dyed (muenster, avocado, sun dried tomato tapenade, cilantro, scallions, bell peppers and sunflower seeds). While most of the combinations will leave you smacking your lips, a few will have you raising your eyebrows—olives, pineapple, cilantro and ricotta? We'll take a second helping of the tried-and-true, thanks. If you want to steer your own ship, Icosium offers a bevy of mix-and-match fillings, including salmon, hearts of palm, cashews, ranch dressing and cream cheese.
If you split the savory and save room for the sweet stuff, you'll be amply rewarded. The Labella (banana, Belgian chocolate, almonds and coconut) and the Yussuf (butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins) are two of the most popular dessert crepes, and one bite will reveal why. Honey, nuts, nutella and every imaginable combination of fresh fruit are also available, with ice cream and sprinkles on hand to customize your creation. Crepes generally range from $6.95-$8.50.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Rockwood