Walter Mencken 10:05 a.m., April 30
Orange Blossom: Batter Matters
Ooh. Tongue-zipper! That's the thing you remember about crêpes here: the crêpes themselves. The batter has the tang of orange zest. Like shavings of the skin of oranges. Plus, cinnamon and a “vanilla beer batter."
Whatever, they’re tasty in themselves. But you can bring it on home by ordering the signature orange blossom crêpe with orange honey butter ($7.95).
Why signature? Because this is the Orange Blossom Café (224 South Cedros, Suite B, Solana Beach, 858-847-3105).
Orange seems pretty much to be Anna Gomez’s theme. She’s the lady who started this place, right across the road from the Cedros Avenue Design District Quonset hut shops, and the Belly Up.
It has a nice li'l patio outside where you almost feel out in the countryside.
And an inside full of blackboard menus...
... and quotes of the day.
I’ll be honest: crêpes have never, like, moved the earth for me. They always made me think of undercooked tortillas. But here they’ve made an effort to lift the basic batter up into the world of flavor.
Sweet crêpes, it’s that orange thing. For savory crêpes, there’s an herby, cheesy taste going on. Plus, they promise you get a little Blue Moon beer in them too. It works well with the Mediterranean salad crêpe (with spinach, roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, and most important, feta cheese and pesto, $7.45).
Oh. On special today: a crêpe with white and dark chocolate inside and raspberries on top. Gotta get down for one. Can just imagine that chocolate combo mixing with the orange zest in the batter.
I tell you: batter matters.
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