Friday, November 8, 2013

Monsieur Demarcus French Crêperie

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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Monsieur Demarcus French Crêperie opened several weeks ago in the old Neely's site on Jefferson in Victorian Village.

The transformation from barbecue joint to cafe is remarkable. Inside is a pretty, understated space (to be expanded in the future) — tile floors, white walls accented with black trim.

French touches abound — the waitress looking chic in a red beret; the tunes (Edith Piaf?) — but miraculously avoid being hokey.

The lunch menu is rather extensive, starting with salads that range from mixed greens topped with apples and a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette to a salad with field greens or baby spinach served with chicken salad.

There is a French onion soup, of course, and a veggie/vegan soup as well. Sandwiches include the Le Jardin with sauteed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella (gotta try that one) and the Victorian Village with grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella that is dressed with pesto.

Many of the crepes are vegetarian, including the Lourdes with asparagus, Swiss, avocado, and roasted tomatoes, and there are many as well that feature classic flavor combos like the La Maison with ham and cheddar.

But we came to eat crepes, and there are plenty to choose from — 21 savory crepes and 17 dessert crepes on the lunch menu. (There was a suggestion I title this post "What's this Crepe?".)

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My coworker could not resist the Crepesadilla ($9.50) simply because it's called the Crepesadilla. This massive crepe is filled with chicken, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and a choice of mozzarella or Swiss cheese.

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I ordered the earthy Le Creusot ($10.50), with wild mushrooms, Swiss, Spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.

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The third member of our party got the C'est Magnifique ($13), which is sauteed mushrooms, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, and caramelized onions in an herb crepe. That sounds magnificent to me.

We all happily cleaned our plates and then ordered the Nutella-filled Biscous Chocolat ($8) to share over coffee.

Other desserts: the S'mores with dark chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, and fluff and the Nancy with goat cheese, fig jam, and dates.

Monsieur Demarcus French Creperie, 670 Jefferson (528-8799)

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