By Michelina DelGizzi
Part coffee house, part crêpery, Mr. Crêpe is tucked in the heart of Davis Square in Somerville. Mr. Crêpe offers its customers soups and salads, but students, tourists, and locals flock here for Mr. Crêpe’s namesake: crêpes, jam-packed with sweet and savory goodness. Not sure what a crêpe is? Think very thin pancakes, topped with any combination of fillings: vegetables, meats, fruit, chocolate, even marshmallow fluff, and wrapped up into a delicious little (or monstrously-sized as is the case here) epicurean delight. Though a popular breakfast spot, Mr. Crêpe cooks up crêpes throughout the day. In fact, if you’re lucky enough to snag a spot by the open “kitchen”, you can watch the crêpe-makers working their magic. When I stopped in for lunch a few weekends ago, the place was packed, and for good reason.
Self-seating allows athletic crêpe-consumers to race each other for a table. Surprisingly, we managed to score one by the window, which offered a great view of the square. The tables are a bit crammed together though, so it was an obstacle course making our way from the register to the pickup counter and back to our seats.
The flavor pairings on the menu are delicious. My crêpe boasted fresh spinach, Portobello mushroom, and basil, while my dining companion (read: boyfriend) ordered the special: breakfast sausage, fresh spinach, cheddar cheese, and sliced apples. If you’re the creative type, you can build your own, choosing from a variety of cheeses like fresh marinated mozzarella and feta goat cheese, to treats like caramelized onions, avocado, and even merguez, a spicy lamb sausage. A “SuperCrêpe” gives you even more options, like adding eggs or smoked chicken. An extensive vegetarian menu provides plenty of options for non-meat eaters as well.
After our savory crêpes, I was stuffed, but my boyfriend had been eyeing the sweet crêpes since we’d walked in. So, we kept it simple and ordered the Nutella and strawberry crêpe. As delicious as we had imagined it would be, the Nutella smothered the strawberries in chocolate-hazelnut perfection.
With portions that could feed two, Mr. Crêpe is a good deal. Crêpes range from $6.00+ for a “gourmet savory crêpe” to over $8.00 for a “SuperCrêpe.” Sweet crêpes range from about $5.00 to almost $8.00. Our bill came to just about $25, and we rolled out of Mr. Crêpe happy, satisfied, and as stuffed as our crêpes had been. Mr. Crêpe is so cool, it doesn’t even have a website. On the weekends, Mr. Crêpe morphs into a groovy study spot for hungry students to pitch their academic camp. Wi-fi keeps you working, a selection of coffees and teas keeps you caffeinated, and free “Somerville tap water” keeps you hydrated (yes, that’s on the menu).
Take the red line to Davis to check it out for yourself.
Where: 51 Davis Square (corner of Elm and Dover Sts.)
Fits: A student’s thrifty budget
Take: Your hungry boyfriend who thinks crêpes are lame
Why: Because it’s been a while since you proved him wrong
Michelina DelGizzi is an incoming Friedman student who said the word “crêpe” too many times and now just thinks it sounds weird. She also, thankfully, dates a man who doesn’t think crêpes are lame.