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Cheap Eats: Creeping across the Triangle in search of crêpes

Parlez-Vous Crêpe is one of the first food trucks to hit the road in these parts, and — thanks to an extensive and ever-changing selection of sweet and savory crepes — still going strong. You can even get your crêpe made with a gluten-free, dairy-free batter.
Parlez-Vous Crêpe is one of the first food trucks to hit the road in these parts, and — thanks to an extensive and ever-changing selection of sweet and savory crepes — still going strong. You can even get your crêpe made with a gluten-free, dairy-free batter. jleonard@newsobserver.com

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of that classic French contribution to the cheap eats repertoire: crêpes.

Coffee & Crêpes

315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary

919-233-0288

coffeeandcrepes.com

Choose from a wide variety of sweet (bananas Foster, cinnamon bun) and savory (chicken cordon bleu, spinach ricotta) crêpes at this family-owned island in the sea of national chains at Crossroads Plaza.

Crêpe Traditions

Two locations in Raleigh and one in Chapel Hill. See website for address and phone.

crepetraditions.com

Inventive fillings such as balsamic beef, pad thai and Biscoff cookie have proven so popular that the Chapel Hill original has quickly grown into a small local chain with locations on Hillsborough Street and at North Hills in Raleigh.

Daily Grind

10970 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville

919-864-8775

dailygrindnc.com

You’ll feel so virtuous after downing the Power Crêpe (egg white, spinach and feta) that you may just treat yourself to the Black & White (seasonal berries, Nutella and almonds, topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream) for dessert.

Note: Daily Grind is temporarily closed for renovations. Work is nearing completion and owner Jay Ahmad expects the restaurant to reopen by late September.

Parlez-Vous Crêpe

parlezvouscrepe.com

Food truck: see website for location.

One of the first food trucks to hit the road in these parts, and — thanks to an extensive and ever-changing selection of sweet and savory crepes — still going strong. You can even get your crêpe made with a gluten-free, dairy-free batter.

Provence

203 W. Weaver St., Carrboro

919-967-5008

provenceofcarrboro.com

The Crêpe Bretonne Selection, a Sunday brunch offering that lets you design your own crepe — ham and gruyere? roquefort and poached pear? — starts at $8, providing a rare opportunity to experience this elegant restaurant at Cheap Eats prices.

Rue Cler

401 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-682-8844

ruecler-durham.com

Another bargain-priced admission ticket to a fine dining establishment. This one’s offered for Saturday and Sunday brunch, and the fact that the $10 price for a gravlax, duck confit or vegetarian crêpe includes a salad or pommes frites makes the deal that much sweeter.

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