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Metro Crepes at Citicorp Center

nja | May 22, 200304:01 PM

There's a new crepe place called Metro Crepe inside the courtyard of the Citicorp Center at Sansome and Sutter. I decided to give them a try for lunch today. I may give it one more try, but for now I'll call it Not Recommended.

They have a fairly long list of crepes, about 12 with meat (now that I think of it, I don't remember seeing anything other than chicken, turkey, or smoked salmon), about six vegetarian, a few sandwiches.

The meat crepes were all named after cities (how cute) and had ingredients that a Californian might think are used in those places. :) Paris = ham and Jarlburg, L.A. = smoked turkey, sundried tomato, and cheese; New York = smoked salmon and cream cheese; also Florence, Bangkok, etc. I selected the Athens, with chicken, sauteed mushrooms, fresh tomato, feta, and artichoke pesto.

They did not make my crepe fresh. "Crepes made fresh daily" a sign says, though "to order" would have been better. They pulled my crepe from a pile and threw it onto one of the four stationary crepe grills. The artichoke pesto came out of a jar (didn't catch the name). The other ingredients were added, then the crepe was wrapped in foil, paper, and put inside a triangle shaped box. A selection of hot sauces (Cholula, Tapatia, sriracha, Tabasco, etc.) is available for use at the pick up counter.

The only tasty part of the crepe, the only part that seemed to have any salt at all, was the feta. The rest of the ingredients were bland. The mushrooms were more steamed than sauteed. The pesto was very garlicy. Hot sauce helped, but not that much.

The best part is the location. The courtyard of the Citicorp center is a great place to have lunch. It's a marble courtyard with a glass ceiling and several christmas-lighted trees. I've always liked brown-bagging here. Metro's obvious presence at the entrance of the courtyard gives the impression that you need to eat at Metro to sit at a table in the courtyard. That doesn't appear to be true, but it's keeping the crowds away.

Any good crepes downtown? I've read mediocre reviews of the Crepe King over on Howard.


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