Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday Brunch at Anita's Crepes


On Saturday morning I met Matt at Anita's Crepes (4350 Leary Way NW, Seattle 98107 or www.anitascrepes.com ) for brunch. It was a gorgeous, sunny morning and apparently a lot of people had the same idea as us. When we arrived the place was absolutely hopping and we ended up sitting at the bar (in the exact spots in the picture above) so we didn't have to wait for a table. I actually liked sitting at the bar because we got to peek into the kitchen and see all the elements of a french kitchen at work, including a GIGANTIC, industrial stand mixer whipping up the 'chantilly' (whipped cream) and the many, many kitchen staff hard at work.

I had been wanting to visit Anita's since I read about it in Seattle Magazine's 'Best Breakfasts' issue earlier this winter. I love french pastries/breakfasts (who doesn't?!?) and Seattle magazine crowned Anita's crepes the best in town. Plus, they only use fresh, local and organic ingredients in their dishes. I think it is a completely luxurious treat to eat a decadent meal that I can feel good about putting into my body. Unfortunately with this luxury comes a certain price point . . .

That being said, the prices at Anita's are a bit steep. I ordered an apple confit crepe with chantilly ($9), a side of potatoes ($2) and a glass of champagne ($10). Once you add in tax and a tip this is a $30 breakfast, which is a lot of money for something that was very delicious but barely satisfied my hunger. Matt ordered a full breakfast (cinnamon crepe, eggs, and sausages), a bowl of french onion soup and coffee (which came in its own small french press!) and his breakfast was about the same price. Needless to say, we will not be planning a weekly excursion to Anita's, but it was a very nice treat and perhaps in a few months we will be back.

The staff at Anita's is very friendly and accommodating, not frenchy-snobby-fru-fru as one might expect. The waitress didn't even give it a second thought when I asked her exactly what 'chantilly' was. The staff was also very kind to the children that were present and believe me some of the children were acting like little brats.

So, if you are ever feeling in Ballard on a weekend morning, with pockets that are a little fatter than normal: stop by Anita's for an escape to Paris via crepes and champagne (with out all the snobby non-sense)!