March 15, 2009

Crepes and Small Plates Rock My World

My friend Jen came to visit this weekend so we hit up La Creperie on Sansom St. on Friday night and then Alfa on Walnut St. on Saturday night.

La Creperie was cute but I had hyped it up a lot in my head while passing it for three straight years before going in. Crepes were fine. Not out of this world but not bad. Good times reminiscing because Jen and I met while studying abroad in Paris, so the whole crepe theme brought back lots of memories of grabbing them from the crepe stands on the street. No joke. We do hot dogs, they do crepes.

It was a Friday in Lent so I didn't get anything with meat in it, although I wish I had cause there were a LOT of options on the menu that looked good. We got there abotu 45 mins before the kitchen closed so it was awkwardly quiet but whatever. It's a BYOB too so that's handy and keeps price down. All told a good spot to grab a bite. Maybe better for a cute little lunch on a weekend than dinner, but convenient in Center City. La Creperie Beau Monde is still the best crepe spot in town, but you have to hop a cab all the way to Queen Village for that. If you have time, its well worth the trip.

It was too late for dessert when we finished, though, so we headed half a block to Tria for one last glass of wine and their unbelievably delicious Nutella pannini which made my night.

I probably hadn't been to Alfa in about a year so I was a little thrown off by the changed menu but it was still really good. Best part was that we got the little table for two just insight the front door, so that we could people watch out the window all night. Plus, Alfa does get pretty loud, so it was easier to hear each other there. I've sat at the tables in the back before and you kind of have to shout.

Food was great - we just wanted something small and Alfa has a good selection of apps and "small plates." Would highly recommend the BBQ Shrimp Mac n' Cheese. I have been obsessed with mac n' cheese lately and this one definitely hit the spot, plus it had a couple tasty shrimp on top with a good level of BBQ - not overkill which I don't like. We also got little burger sliders which were good, especially cause the mini rolls were cooked to a perfect crisp around the edge.

Good times! Next up: brunch somewhere, once Bradd gets home from his second weekend away!

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