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“Both sweet and savory crepes...both amazing.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Point Chaud Cafe and Crepes

Point Chaud Cafe and Crepes
1736 14th St NW, Fl 1, Washington DC, DC 20009-5082
202-588-8877
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Ranked #440 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: My review: Fantastic and original Crepes, the brunch Crepes were delicious and the price was a lot less than what we thought it would be. Very friendly staff, the food was very European. This place is a must for breakfast!
Kansas City, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Both sweet and savory crepes...both amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Yes, real men do eat crepes (as well as quiche) -- and as soon as you walk up to Point Chaud and watch the experts making crepes in the storefront window, you'll see why. These aren't the dainty, delicate crepes you're probably picturing in your mind. They are hearty. They are hefty. And they are fantastic. I've never had crepes like this before.

First, they're really big -- about 14 or 15 inches in diameter. And they're thicker than any crepes I've eaten in the past. That thickness is there for a reason; these crepes are designed (and I really mean "designed") to stand up to being STUFFED full of delicious ingredients.

It really is fun watching these masters swirl the batter onto a piping hot flat stainless steel surface. In the few seconds it takes for one side to firm up, a second crepe goes on, smoothed and leveled with a little wooden paddle. Then the crepes are flipped, and while they finish cooking, the ingredients are prepared on another flat surface. My favorite savory crepe is called the DC Brunch Special: a mouth-watering tumble of turkey, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese. All this is heated together in a sort of scramble, and then scooped onto the crepe, which is then folded over into a half-moon.

It sounds simple, but there's something amazing about the subtly sweet crepe batter that lifts these flavors into a different place, a more elegant place. And this is where the hearty thickness of these unique crepes is needed. As you eat this plateful of goodness, a lighter crepe would just disintegrate and get lost, but not these babies...they stand up to all the richness and flavor, holding everything together right up to the last bite. Trust me: you WILL leave full.

I was in DC for 10 days, and visited Point Chaud several times but I never did try one of the sweet crepes. I just craved another savory crepe too much! There are lots of options for ingredients, with numerous pre-determined combinations, or you can select your own ingredients.

If you're looking for someplace fancy, or for a business breakfast, this isn't it. It's set up like a coffee shop. You order and pay at the counter, and are given a number to take to your table. Your crepes are brought to your table when they're ready. The tables are small and a bit crowded together in the small space, and there aren't many of them.

No this place is all about the crepes. If you want something delicious, unusual and utterly SATISFYING, Point Chaud is a great way to do something different for breakfast.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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USA
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137 reviews 137 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Best Crepes I've Every Had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I love crepes and I've had them at every 5-star place and hole-in-the-wall you can imagine. After trekking all over the world, Point Chaud Cafe and Crepes absolutely has the best and most affordable crepes. I prefer the savory crepes over sweet kinds. My friend and I both ordered 1 savory crepe each and split a sweet crepe (sort of as a desert). We were STUFFED!

Everyone who works at Point Chaud is wonderful! For D.C., the prices are fair - a lot of the chain restaurants will charge twice as much for the same food you can get at any one of their chains. Drinks are good, service is friendly, crepes are amazing! I can't wait to go back! Definitely the best crepes I've had so far.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hayward, California
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

A nice little restaurant near Thomas Circle in NW Washington DC. They have an extensive menu of sweet and savory crepes. The sweet crepes are a great alternative for breakfast, filled with jams or nutella or fruits. In the savory group are breakfast crepes with various combinations with eggs. There are also crepes that would be great for lunch with fillings of vegetables and meats. Lots of combinations. The crepes themselves are pretty good, but not the greatest crepes around, maybe just a little over cooked. For drinks they have some prepackaged juices and waters, and then some espresso based drinks from a Lily Espresso machine. I'll go back for more as I'm tired of the bagel and other semi-standard breakfast options at the other coffee shops around this area.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Carbondale, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

It was located near our hotel. We stopped here on our way back to it, decent prices. The food was great. If you like crepes, I recommend stopping here.

Visited May 2012
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Lawrence, Kansas
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

So glad we stumbled across this place while walking back from dinner. Perfect for breakfast or desert.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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