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.
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