Saturday, August 09, 2014

Crepes of the South Carolina Upstate

I'm not sure if the upstate of South Carolina has been having a crêpe-olution or if I simply haven't been paying attention.  Regardless, there are (at least) three tasty places you can enjoy crêpes in the upstate!

1. Mon Amie Morning Cafe
2601 East Main Street, Ste. 21
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
Wednesdays - Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm

Mon Amie features an extensive meal with breakfast, lunch, and dessert served during all open hours.  Menu items range from traditional French dishes to American twists on French dishes to sweet and savory crêpes.  Of all the crêpes in the upstate, these are my favorite in texture, and the cafe is so charming on the inside, along with extensive covered outdoor seating.  (Withhold judgment from the strip mall parking lot with paving in need of repair and step inside!)

I ate at Mon Amie with Nathaniel, who had the Garbo Crêpe for lunch while I had the New Orleans Nicoise Salad.  We split the Raspberry Tru ffle Crêpe for dessert, and it was decadent, filled with a homemade raspberry cream and Nutella.  I'm sad Spartanburg is an hour from where I live because I can't wait to go back. Highly, highly recommended.

2. The Passerelle Bistro Crêpe Cart
Falls Park, Downtown Greenville
Wednesdays - Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm

What is it with crêpes and Wednesdays through Sundays?  I work 10-15 minutes from downtown, so I zipped down one Wednesday at lunch to try out this crêpe cart.  That day they were only offering very traditional crêpes - lemon sugar and nutella.  The website says the menu for the cart includes Nutella, ham and Gruyere, roasted pork, chicken salad sandwich, and drinks, so it is definitely possible that the expanded their offerings due to popularity.

I have no picture. I got to talking to the crêpe-maker, who is a student where I work, and completely forgot.  But if you know where the Falls Park Bridge is downtown, it is just at the entrance to the bridge where Passerelle the restaurant is located.  These are sold like typical French crêpes would be - as street food, intended to be eaten with your hands as you walk around.

2 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC
8 am - 8 pm Tuesday - Thursday
8 am - 10 pm Friday - Saturday
10 am - 3 pm Sunday

This brand new restaurant just opened a week ago unofficially, and just this week officially. We had contributed to their kickstarter and got invited early. The hours are generous and the space is inviting (I prefer the outside, because the inside gets a bit loud!).  The same menu is served all day long, with sweet or savory crêpes, waffles, and coffee from Counter Culture.  

I've gone three times, and they are really getting into the groove even when it's busy (and it has always been busy!)  The best deal is called "Together is Best," which is their slogan - a lemon-sugar crêpe and a cappuccino.   One of my co-workers really loved the fiesta crêpe, which has beans, corn, chicken, salsa, and sour cream. I love that we have a place like this in Travelers Rest!  If the parking lot is full, you can park across Main Street near the tourism bureau and walk. The outdoor area is great, even in the rain, and you can choose from tables or benches.

The first time we went, pictured below, Nathaniel had the Chocolate and Caramel crêpe with a latte, and I had the Banana Nut with a cappuccino.  I've heard the salted caramel latte is also amazing, so I will try that next time!

Do you know of more Upstate crêpes?  Leave me a comment and I will go exploring!