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
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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.
Two locations in Raleigh and one in Chapel Hill. See website for address and phone.
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.
10970 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville
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.
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.
203 W. Weaver St., Carrboro
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.
401 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham
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.