What: The chicken pesto crepe

Where: Gabino’s Creperie, 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $13 for full size

Contact: 760-808-8150; gabinos-creperie.com

Why: The crispy cheese cooked into the outside.

When I think of crepes, I think of thin little things, usually sweet, often with Nutella involved.

Gabino’s Creperie has me changing my ways of thinking. At this delightful little hole-in-the wall near Kreem and Dead or Alive, the crepes are thick, savory … and oh-so-good.

On our recent lunch visit, the hubby and I decided to get three different full-size crepes to-go (seeing as Gabino’s seating is outdoors, and temps were already in the triple-digits). Our choices: The chicken pesto (with chicken, American cheese, lettuce, cherry tomato, red onion, pesto and a jalapeno/cilantro “secret sauce”); the turkey cheddar (with turkey, cheddar, lettuce, cherry tomato, red onion and the secret sauce); and the BBQ chicken (with chicken, lettuce, cherry tomato, corn, crispy onions and barbecue sauce). All crepes come with a cheese blend and chimichurri; a gluten-free crepe option and various add-ons are also available.

First things first: One large crepe is a sufficient meal, for even hefty eaters. The hubby primarily ate the chicken pesto crepe, while I devoured the turkey cheddar; we each took a bite of the BBQ chicken before putting it aside it for later.

As for the flavor: While all the crepes were quite enjoyable, the hubby lucked out by getting most of the chicken pesto crepe. The chicken was moist and delicious, and the pesto was the perfect complement. The lettuce was crisp; the cherry tomatoes were juicy and tasty.

My favorite element, however, which was present on all three crepes, was the cheese: It’s cooked into and outside of the crepe, meaning every bite has crispy, cheesy goodness.

As I write this, I keep thinking of that cheesy, pesto-y crepe. And my mouth is watering.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you, Jimmy, for making me aware of this place. I remember growing up in the South Bay with a restaurant called “The Magic Pan” and I while they have been closed for decades now, I couldn’t believe that there was no demand for another crepe restaurant. This is awesome news, and right here in the valley. Great review.

  2. Seriously Gabino’s is a treasure! We order every Sunday. Make sure you add jalapeños – they grill them into your crepe. And the Mama G’s sauce is additive.

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