'Toutatis', in Old Oakland, 719 Washington street. Charming old victorian neighborhood, just west of Braodway and Oakland's Chinatown. The name is very familiar for French people, it is a deity from old Gaul, and the exclamation of choice of Asterix and his comic strip buddies. The name told me that the crêpes would be authentic, and they sure didn't disapoint.
The savory crêpes (buckwheat, de rigueur) and the dessert ones are excellent, just as good as Ti Couz' but without the wait and the fuss.
The owner's French accent betrays his southern roots, but his parents are from Normandy and Brittany, so he knows about crepes and ciders and offers a selection of 3 Norman ciders, one of which is produced by his friend (apple cider is the traditional accompaniement for crêpes, but there is a very good wine list as well).
There is a very cozy patio in the back of the old victorian building which makes for a very pleasant brunch as well as a good selection of French comic books!
The prices are quite cheap; $5 for my 'complète' (ham, swiss and an egg), $3 for my lavender honey dessert crêpe. Parking is fairly easy in the neighborhood on weekends, BART is nearby and the neighborhood is quite safe. As well, I'm not sure if they're open for dinner. Phone is 510-465 6984.
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