“Who gives a crepe…we do!”
3125 N. Calumet Avenue
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm / Sunday, 8am to 2pm
Parking: Free in lot
Cost: Under $10.00
Don’t let this little strip mall eatery fool you. It’s a hidden gem. Clean and casual with it’s bench seating around the perimeter of the restaurant, J.D.’s Crepe Company is a quaint type of place where you can enjoy family or friends over conversation and great food. The diverse menu ranges from sweet or breakfast crepes to signature savory crepes to panini’s, soups and salads – allowing for dining at any time of the day.
I will say, I was at first a bit confused by it’s coffee house-gourmet-cafeteria style atmosphere. For some reason, the fantastic quality of the food did not match up with the fact that I had to order at the counter and use the self-serve style soda dispensers for drinks. Coffee and drink cups were disposable but the food was served on plates with silverware. Service was friendly and prompt with the food being delivered and cleared from your table. Do you see what I’m saying here? In all honesty, I felt the food deserved a waiter/waitress style ordering style.
Part of being at a crepe specific restaurant is the uniqueness of the cooking process. You are able to watch them make and build every crepe right to order. Possibly this reason alone is why it’s more of a cafeteria style. If you were sat straight to a table, you would totally miss the magic art of crepe creating. I have never seen or heard of a crepe maker before. Crepe pans? Yes, but not an official crepe maker. Where has this super heated machine been all my life?
First, they completely oil the flat surface with a brush. Depending on if a half or whole crepe is ordered, they ladle a designated amount of batter on to the maker. Here’s the cool part: a little wooden crepe spreader is then dragged in circles to create a designated thickness of the batter. Once the crepe is cooked on one side, a long wooden crepe turner is used to flip the entire creation. At this time, the fresh fillings are added. Once the crepe is finished browning, it is folded and served.
The beautiful part of a crepe restaurant is you can either choose from one of their signature dishes or your can build your own. I decided on a whole Cheese Blintz topped with apple filling and walnuts.
Said dish was delicious, even better than I thought it would be. The texture of the crepe was a perfect tender chewiness. I was concerned about such a large portion and it being too sweet, but sadly for me I ate the whole thing. Matter of fact, all six of us at the table cleared our plates. My husband ordered the whole Greek Breakfast Crepe which was stuffed with scrambled eggs, fresh baby spinach, sliced mushrooms, red onion and feta cheese. Definitely a recommendation.
Overall, if you aren’t looking for anything fancy but need a place to relax with a groups of friends and enjoy really fresh food, J.D.’s is your place.
So…who wants to meet me there?