Friday, August 17, 2007

Where to eat good crêpes in Paris?


Just behind the Georges Pompidou Centre, on the small place at the corner of the streets Brisemiche and Saint-Meri, a good address to tastes crêpes not lacking in originality is the Crêperie Beaubourg. Here I show you my choice, the Larzac crêpe (ham, gizzards, egg, salad). You have to get there early to get a spot on the terrace, but eating inside means you'll have a quiet spot to enjoy your homemade delicacy. This one was particularly good as you can see by the texture. Mmmmmm. And if you want to make your own, here is the recipe.

25 comments:

  1. looks great, but where is the bol du cidre? I always make a point of bringing lots of tins of gesier back from France, to make salads, but I rarely tell people what they are before they eat 'em.

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  2. Looks gorgeously fresh, though i'm craving a sweet crepe now. Cherries and cream. Ohhhh....

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  3. Oh What are you doing to me?! Showing these things.. so parisian!
    I miss all delicacies from France. Speaking of Cidre, I saw a piece on CNN saying Cidre is very popular right now in the UK. Wonder if that's correct.
    I tried some Cidre at Mont Saint Michel since it's onde of its specialties - along with those fabulous omelettes - and it was pretty good!

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  4. for sure that's going on my list for next May. There's a really good place David Lebowitz mentioned on his site that we checked out, but it's quite a ways out -- the 15th, I think. This looks great! and the Pompidou Centre's pretty central. I've always like gizzards/gesiers so was very pleased to see how commonly they're integrated into Parisian salads, etc.

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  5. Miam!!! You just reminded me of that crèpes pan I bought for the Chandeleur. I should try your recipe. Did you know that we add beer in the batter in Belgium? It makes them lighter.

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  6. A quick hello from warm and humid Fort Miami ;) (Well, I wanted to escape the rain and the cold didn't I?!)

    You're right Ham I did not have cidre... I don't drink alcohol remember! I did not know cider was popular in the UK actually. Is it really?

    Materfamilias. David must have referred to the Montparnasse area which is famous for its crèpes (you'll find many crêpes places there actually).

    Eliane. Beer in crêpes ? No I dod not know that, but why not, it sounds linke a good idea as long as you don't poor so much in the batter that it becomes too watery.

    Oh I love crêpes - but Pancakes aren't that bad either ;)

    Time for me to go to bed and try to catch up on my jet lag.

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  7. I grew up with crepes because my mom didn't know how to make a regular thick pancake. I never did like the regular pancakes. Fortunately my wife makes crepes, savorier or sweet. Even I can make a crepe. But the shellfish Galette that we had in St. Lo tops them all. Unfortunately it takes a special griddle to make the crepe crispy and I have to wait to go back to St Lo.

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  8. Sounds & looks yummy, but I think I would want mine sans gizzards! I never had a savory crepe until the first time I came to Paris and had one that I ordered from a sandwich stand - hey even those are quite tasty!!

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  9. my mother made palachinta(sp) the Hungarian crepes. Julia Child said to let the batter stand a while before you cook them, a trick my mother used on hers as the palachinta held their shape that way.
    Go to Tamarac Fl and my mother will make them for you, Eric

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  10. Thanks for that Eric.
    My family and I are going to Paris in a few days time and we will try the place out.

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  11. Hey all,

    I usually don't advertise, but another great crêperie is in the 11th quarter, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud.

    Not so "good looking", but typically "breton" and delicious! The price is quite friendly too.
    If I weren't on a diet right now, I would go and grab one for lunch...

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  12. Gizzards?!!? Eric, Eric, Eric!!! Do you know what those really are, and you still eat them? They are just one notch above tripes in my book.

    But - even though I am not overly fond of sweets, I do love crêpes. Haven't made them in years, though. And, Eliane, I am from northern France, and my father always put beer in his crêpe batter. The reason he gave was that beer contains yeast and that it would make the batter rise somewhat.

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  13. Ironically, I've never had a crepe while in Paris, but I had a wonderful authentic French crepe in Stockholm, Sweden. My friends and I even ordered in french which made us a hit with the staff. :)

    This one looks yummmmmy, Eric, gizzards and all. Fresh and inviting. As with everything, it's all in the presentation, non?

    Passez un bon week-end tout le monde. Anyone from TEXAS here? I hope you and your loved ones are all safe.

    Loraine

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  14. Oh there's our Eric, remembering us even in the gorgeous sunshine. Ahh. I haven't had crepes today Eric but i DID buy more croissants! Miam as you would say. I'm so jealous of where you are right now.

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  15. That picture made me so hungry that I had to step away from the computer to go fix something to eat! Thanks for the tip. I like crepes a lot, both savory and sweet ones, but I think I'd rather have it without the gizzards ;) Oh, and a good glass of chouchen (spell?) afterwards is always welcome :-D

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  16. Oh la la!! I am starved after looking at that photo!! I love the hearty crepes with the Dordogne or Auvergne ingredients...but a Breton Galette with fruits de mer will suffice also!!

    Watch out for that Hurricane in FLA Monsieur Eric!!

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  17. Is that a little rat behind the crepe?

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  18. "Is that a little rat behind the crepe?" LOL !

    "Watch out for that Hurricane in FLA Monsieur Eric!!" It's OK, it's gone now... Off to Mexico apparently. Pfffff. Close

    PHX CDG. I bet your mother would really be surprised. Knock-knock. Who's there? Eric. Eric who? Eric the Frenchman that your daughter sent over to taste your crêpes!

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  19. The crepes in that place are very, very good. I like the terrasse in the summer. I can't remember the name of the crepe I always order, but it has ham, cheese, onions, mushrooms and creme fraiche......oh, I'm hungry now!

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  20. I wouldn't mind a Frenchman knocking on my door to taste my . . . crepes.

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  21. the crepe place I'm thinking of that David Lebowitz recommended is out around the Bastille somewhere -- I'll have to look it up. Definitely not near Montparnasse, but I think he's mentioned several there as well.

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  22. Not nearly as exciting as this crêpe, but I used to eat a crêpe fromage almost every day on the way to class. A great portable munchie!

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  23. That looks fantastic, we'll make a point of going there in December when we're next in Paris. We usually go to a crepe restaurant in the 16th, just off of rue de Passy, but although it's good, it's not great. Love looking at your photos every day. Thanks, Andrew
    Mallorca, Spain

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