When I went to ASU back in the day, there was mostly fast food on campus. It’s nice to see some delicious eats coming to campus. Yelp gave us Elites a chance to dine at one of The Crepe Club’s locations. I love the story of this place about three brothers coming from Syria to attend ASU. They got their degrees and then started up a crepe cart on campus. It became so popular that they opened their own restaurant at the Biltmore. Recently they opened up this permanent location right next to Old Main on ASU campus. I got two mini crepes so I could try both a sweet and savory one. The creme de lemon was nice and warm and I enjoyed the delicious lemon aftertaste. The chicken florentine is packed with flavor – grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella cheese. Super good! This location has a walk up window with an outdoor patio area with tables and shading. I got a nice visit from Maria the operations manager who offered me a yummy macaroon. The Crepe Club is a nice addition to my old digs.
A couple from New Orleans started this part market, part restaurant in 2013. French Grocery specializes in French, Cajun and Creole foods. The outside of the grocery may not look like much, but the decor and the service makes you feel welcome upon entering. You basically order your food or drink at the service counter and find a table to sit at and eat. They have a couple of huge deli cases full of pastas, meats, cheeses and desserts. They also have an enormous collection of French wines that are displayed beautifully throughout the store. I’ve been here a couple times now, but haven’t had the opportunity to grab anything off their lunch or diner menu. But the BBQ shrimp po-boy and muffuletta sandwiches look amazing. The cochon de lait sandwich is also on my must-try list. I came in for some beignets and coffee the last time I was here and took home some yummy macarons for dessert. They have quite a variety of them to choose from. My personal favorite is the salted caramel one. Today I stopped in and took home some of their homemade cinnamon almond butter. This place has been a nice addition to the Phoenix area and gives me some good throwback memories of my visit to New Orleans.
The first time I visited Délice Bistro was on a walking food tour of Tempe. It’s a European-style pâtisserie (a type of French or Belgian bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets) that makes their pastries and entrees from scratch. They are located off historic Tempe’s Mill Ave near ASU campus. In addition to their wonderful parties, they serve European sandwiches, soups and salads (made fresh daily). When I came here last, I had a nutella crêpe with some coffee. They also have a variety of breakfast entrees that include omelets, croissant french toasts and eggs benedicts. But you can’t come here without trying one of their delightful desserts or hand-dipped Bouchée chocolates. Today I had a carrot cake with some coffee from Peixoto. It was delicious and made for a nice late afternoon snack.
I love making crepes. Crepes are made from a liquid batter (usually made of eggs and flour) that is cooked in a frying pan and then folded and filled with a filling of your choosing – ham, vegetables, fruits etc. Crepes come from the Latin word crispa, which means “curled” and are popular in France. I made blueberry/banana crepes this morning with cinnamon rolls.