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crepes at cafe dada

bjt | Sep 18, 2003 12:08 AM

My husband and I ducked in to tiny Cafe Dada for the first time last night thinking we'd just grab an iced coffee to take along on our evening walk with our little one, but a couple finishing up with their dinners raved to us about the crepes and our son starting climbing on the bench by the door and then we saw that the crepes were a mere $2.25 a piece, $3.00 if you wanted to add a vegetable . . . so we did a "why not?" and decided to sit down and try the crepes. (when you have an 11 month-old and he's happy about the same time you're hungry and that occurs whilst you're standing in a tiny but tidy place that serves food, you sort of have to go with it).

I ordered the cheese with crimini mushroom crepe and my husband ordered the cheese with roma tomatoes. Our waiter was quick and gentle and seemed to be speaking in sort of an Italio-English blend but I was easily distracted by my son attempting to deconstruct the paper napkin dispenser, so who knows.

anyhow, to cut to the chase, I found my crepe to be absolutely lovely--it was light in texture and cooked to a golden brown, there was just enough cheese (gruyere, I think) to bind the sauteed crimini mushrooms which had a hint of oregano(I was worried it would be all gloppy with cheese which it wasn't)and then it was sprinkled with a grated cheese on top, just a smidge, I think it was romano. My husband ate his happily and said it reminded him of the crepes at Le Creperie only lighter in texture (I believe Le Creperie's are made with buckwheat flour)and cheaper. We weren't sure about the techno-esque Euro music that was kind of loud but it wasn't totally blasting. My husband joked that it almost made him feel hip . . . for about 2 seconds.

I also ordered a cup of the potato soup for my son but he was more interested in the napkins. It was okay, a chicken broth with carrots, potatoes and celery. Not bad, not inspired.

They also serve pizza and salads, I wished we'd ordered a salad as well to mix up the starches a bit, but we'll try that next time. The little one started to get squiggly so we had to end the spontaneous dinner. So it looks like we'll have to go back for a serving of dessert crepes . . . it appeared that they had nutella and a classic lemon and butter, but there a couple of other options that I didn't register.
oh and they don't serve booze, just coffee, tea and such.

Like I said, it's tiny, 6 or 8 tables max. It's pretty bare bones on the inside, but not depressingly so. They have odd hours, it appears they're open from 3:00 pm -10:00 during the week and then open till midnight on Friday and Saturday. I didn't get the exact address, but it's right across the street from the Middle Eastern Bakery on Foster, between Clark and Ashland in Andersonville.

I'd love to hear comments if anyone else has eaten here.


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