Traditional and delicious!

What: The Vive La France Crepe

Where: Crepes de Paris, 245 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $12.95

Contact: 760-464-0991; (site outdated)

Why: It’s tasty and different.

If you drive a little more than a mile down Palm Canyon Drive from Crepes de Paris, you’ll find (if you’re really looking for it) Gabino’s Creperie.

Gabino’s, which will be soon opening a second location in Indio, has been earning accolade after accolade for its huge, unique crepes. Meanwhile, Crepes de Paris has been flying under the radar—but its crepes, while being decidedly more conventional, deserve accolades, too.

Crepes de Paris is part of a smallish Southern California chain (although you would not know that from the semi-functional Crepes de Paris website; the Palm Springs location is not listed, even though it’s been open for 2 1/2 years) offering omelets, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, French onion soup and all sorts of crepes—sweet, savory, breakfast-focused and rolled to-go crepes.

We visited Crepes de Paris for a recent weekend lunch; we had the restaurant to ourselves, other than one other party that arrived later. We ordered several things—including the French onion soup, which was worthy of an endorsement itself—and we agreed that the best thing we had was the savory Viva La France crepe. A crepe with shrimp, red pepper, Parmesan and a wine cream sauce, it was utterly delicious. We wished there had been more fillings/toppings—one corner of the crepe was just, well, crepe—but at $12.95, it was still a good value.

We really enjoyed our visit to Crepes de Paris; from the service to the food to the vibe, everything was lovely. We’ll be back—and we hope we’re not the only customers there next time.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...

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