New creperie -- five days old -- near the corner of Brighton and Harvard, inbound side, near Harpers Ferry and V. Majestic. It's in the space that used to be Beantown Dogs.
In fact, the interior space IS Beantown Dogs (a place I was sorry to see go out, because after a shaky start, they became a more than worthy replacement for Spike's Junkyard Giant Wads Of Flavorless Bread Dough): not a single thing has changed except the menu.
The menu is indeed most impressive: three house salads, a variety of espresso drinks, smoothies, soft drinks and (count 'em!) 68 different styles of crepe, broken down into Chicken, Seafood, Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey, Veggie and Sweet.
I went for a baseline reading and ordered my favorite style of crepe, which here is called the Ham Feast: ham, cheddar, green peppers and onions. The crepes are made fresh to order in full view of the room on your standard crepe-maker thingy, then filled, folded and, in this case, left briefly on the griddle to warm the filling through. Sit-down orders are served on square ceramic plates with flatware. Looks like takeaway orders are wrapped in foil and stowed in your basic styrofoam clasmshell.
The crepe itself could stand to be a bit more flavorful, but it was perfectly cooked, extremely tender, properly thin and not at all tough or chewy. This one came absolutely packed with diced ham, sharp cheddar and good quality onions and peppers. Very nice indeed.
But it was the smoothie I was most impressed with: unlike just about every other place I know of in town, this was not a prepared flavor mix blended with ice, but a Latin-style fruit shake: fruit, ice and your choice of water, skim milk or whole milk. That's it. There are five flavors, strawberry, mango, pineapple, passionfruit and acerola; I had pineapple but look forward to trying all the others.
The reason for the Latin-style fruit shakes is that the couple who run the place are Brazilian. And while they know that the last thing Allston needs is another Brazilian restaurant, they know the makeup of the neighborhood well enough to serve guarana and include both dulce de leche and plain ol' condensed milk crepes (the latter of which is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea, I think!) in the sweet and some definitely Brazilian-inspired combos in the savory crepes.
Most expensive thing on the menu by a long shot is a red caviar crepe (um...okay) at $9. 66 of the crepes are $6.50 or under, and most of them are well under $6. That delicious smoothie is a measly $2.75.
Seating consists of about four or five high tables with stools. This is definitely mostly a takeaway spot.
Open 7 days, 11 a.m. to midnight. Credit cards accepted.
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