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Marin Farmers' Market creperie

Sharuf | Nov 1, 2002 11:41 AM

At the farmers' market in the Marin Civic Center there's now a crepe food stall. They have drum-shaped cookers that produce crepes about 12" in diameter. They make sweet ones and savory ones, with prices ranging from $3 to $7. The prices seemed high for what is, essentially, street food.

(The guy over at the India food stand has upped the price of his samosas to $2, so maybe this is a trend?)

Two Thursdays ago I had the $3 butter, lemon and sugar crepe. Very good! Yesterday I had their egg, creamed spinach and cheese crepe. $6 and a disappointment.

The guy asked, in a thick French accent, if I wanted mozzarella or shee-DARE. I asked for a repeat on the 2nd cheese and he said "shee-DARE, uh ched-der". Cheddar seemed a strange choice for crepes -- one would expect maybe Gruyere instead. I asked for mozarella, assuming it would be fresh mozarella. Nope, it was the packaged, pre-shredded rubber ball kind.

I wasn't watching when he put the egg on but it sure seemed tiny. Maybe he ladled raw egg from a bowlful. The cooked spinach got ladled on, and the whole thing folded up. The creamed spinach was among the worst I have ever had. Stringy, with a sauce that had virtually no cream or flavor, and that iron-filings quality in the spinach that makes your teeth feel like sandpaper and your tongue shrivel. You sometimes find this in frozen or canned spinach.

Will I go back -- sure, I'll avoid the spinach and probably stick with the sweet versions. Do wish they'd upgrade the cheese, and a few herbs wouldn't hurt.

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