I wanted empanadas, so I was going to try Sabatinos again, but as I turned from Franklin onto Cahuenga, I noticed a new restaurant, and had to give it a try.
Theres parking on Franklin, and about 15 tables outside in a loosely separated area. Also there are about 5 tables right on Franklin.
Inside, there are a bunch (say 25) of 2-tops and a sprinkling of people working on laptops, or reading, or writing. Some were actually eating. There is also a small room off to the side with a Persian rug, pillows and a low table where you can sit on the floor and enjoy yourself.
The menu has a section for savory crepes (ham and cheese, pesto, etc.) and sweet crepes (Suzette, PB&J, etc.). There are also salads and sandwiches. There is a pastry case with croissants, cupcakes and cake. There is also a large selection of coffees and teas, much like Coffee Bean or Starbucks.
The beef stroganoff crepe was delicious!!! It comes on a large triangular plate and the crepe measures about 7 inches by 7 inches by about a half inch thick. This is no dainty tubular crepe. The filling was not the traditional heavy-cream-and-sherry-in-a-thickened-mushroom-beef-broth. Instead, it was a tomato and mushroom sauce that was creamy and just thick enough to avoid being runny. It had some peppers in there just to add a little extra zing, but it was not spicy at all. This was just outstanding. I devoured it quickly.
I also got a ham and cheese empanada. This was also delicious. The crust had a breath of sweetness to it, but not so much that it took anything away from the filling. The tasty ham was diced into nice sized little chunks, and the melted white cheese had a nice aged flavor to it.
The crepe came with a choice of soup (vegetable), salad or French fries. I chose the salad, and was a little disappointed. It was fundamentally a small pile of iceberg lettuce, some of which had freezer burns on it, with a few pieces of shredded carrot, a couple pieces of raw red onion and some small pieces of chopped tomato. The balsamic dressing was good, but the salad was left wanting.
While waiting, I also saw another customer take her cobb salad back to the counter complaining that it was nothing more than a bowl of iceberg lettuce, and asking if they had any other lettuce. So I think Ill stay away from the salads.
The crepes, with a side order as described above, run about $7-$10. The empanada was $3, and an orange juice was $2.50.
The space is warm and inviting, and Ill bet it will get pretty crowded as more people learn about it. But its pretty big, so now its relatively empty. I will definitely be back to try the other items on the menu. Maybe tomorrow.
Solar de Cahuenga
1847 N. Cahuenga (at Franklin)