(Elisabeth Richardson) A crepe restaurant that’s also a European Gastro Pub? Yes, please. The Crepe Cellar has become one of my favorite spots for a laid back lunch or dinner in the NODA section of Charlotte, NC. I’ve been there a few times; here are my favorite picks.
Start with the I Like to Party Margarita: Cazadores Tequila, Respondo Tequila, beebop tart and savory liqueur, fresh grapefruit and lime juices, spicy creole bitters. LOVE. The fresh juices and top-shelf tequilas make a huge difference in flavor. It also serves craft beer and French press coffee.
This generous serving of Blasted Brussels Sprouts tossed in arugula pesto comes with French bread. Savory and delicious. Plenty of mussels for 2-4 people, depending on appetite.
I know. I know. You go here for the crepes, but the Fish & Chips lured my husband in because it was voted Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best.” And they were the best. He ate every last bite. Served with fries and purple slaw. A word about the slaw. I know that in the South there are many forms of slaw—some like mayonnaise based, some like vinegar based, etc. But this one is my favorite.
Almost to the crepes. But first: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. The Buttermilk Fried Cordon Bleu sandwich was amazing. The chicken was perfectly done and crispy; accented with Coppa Americano ham, Gruyere, maple Dijon spread; and presented on a crusty French baguette.
The first time I visited, this was on the special board and it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back. It’s a fresh crepe with chicken, mushrooms, goat cheese, red peppers, and greens. Always check the special board.
I’ve also tried the Spinach and Wild Mushroom Crepe with caramelized shallots and goat cheese. It was tasty as presented with purple slaw, but a friend of mine has had it with chicken and says it adds another dimension to the flavor. I’m definitely going to try that next time.
And you can’t leave without dessert. Everything looks amazing, but I’d start with the traditional Crepe Suzette served in a Grand Marnier butter sauce with vanilla bean ice cream. The Bananas Foster and Brownie in a Blanket also looked scrumptious. Maybe get a sampling of several and split them around your table.
Since it’s a small restaurant, either come early or plan on waiting a few minutes at the bar. It’s closed on Mondays, but opens at 11:30am, Tuesday-Saturday, and 11am on Sunday for the brunch crowd. Try parking in the lot behind the restaurant, but we often park on the street or just pay at the lot a block away. If you come during the day, I’d leave some time to explore Noda. The shops carry unique items—jewelry, imported clothes, incense, home décor, art, etc.—and are definitely worth a browse. Ruby’s Gift and Pura Vida Worldy Art are my favorites.
Looking for an upscale dinner in an upscale setting? Check out my review of Bernadin’s.