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Pesto and feta chicken crepe worth the wait at Mountain View’s Crepevine

Close-up of the Tuscany crepe at Mountain View's Crepevine.

Close-up of the Tuscany crepe at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

Whenever I venture out for brunch on a Sunday morning in the Bay Area, I always have to remind myself to have a snack before I go.

This helps prepare for the long wait that is bound to happen, and I tend to become increasingly hangry (that feeling of anger due to hunger) after the first 20 minutes of waiting for a table.

This past Fourth of July weekend, the line was out the door at Mountain View’s Crepevine, known for using fresh, organic and locally-grown ingredients. We had 10 ladies in our party, and I didn’t grab my snack (ugh).

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the waitstaff. It took about 25 minutes before I got to the counter to order my food, but the staff was already setting up our table while we waited in line. Although the place was crowded, the staff had a great handle on traffic control and getting diners to their seats in a timely fashion.

The Tuscany crepe at Mountain View's Crepevine.

The Tuscany crepe at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

Dish of Choice

I ordered the Tuscany, a crepe filled with chicken breast, mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted almonds, provolone, feta and pesto. The dish is served with potatoes or fries (I chose fries) and organic mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. A gluten-free option is available for $1 more.

Along with a glass of sangria, my order cost about $22.

The Taste

Crepevine did not skimp on the ingredients. My crepe was jam-packed with tender chicken, which was moist and savory from the rich-flavored pesto. The pesto was a bit on the thin side, but it made for a great marinade for the chicken.

The crepe itself was light and crisp on the edges, and there was a generous amount of strong, hearty feta. The almonds added a toasty flavor and interesting texture to the dish. The fries were thickly cut, crispy on the outside and not greasy.

The Sangria at Mountain View's Crepevine.

The Sangria at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

The mixed salad was a welcomed fresh and light contrast to the rich, thick crepe, which was big enough to split with another person, in my opinion. There was a lot of food for a good price, and I took half of the entree home for later.

The sangria was strong, but not knock-you-on-your-butt strong, and there were plenty of fruit slices to add a great tropical flavor. I was hoping the restaurant had a white wine sangria because the red wine version tends to be a bit heavy for warm, summer weather. It was still a good cocktail worth trying.

Other Details

Crepevine has 10 locations throughout the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area. The Mountain View restaurant is located at 300 Castro St. For more information, call the Mountain View location at (650) 969-6878 or visit www.crepevine.com.

 

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The “Just Like Apple Pie” crepe tastes like the name says at Mountain View’s Posh Bagel

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The “Just Like Apple Pie” Crepe at The Posh Bagel in Mountain View.

I wanted to avoid the Black Friday madness, so I headed to downtown Mountain View, which has a quaint little shopping area and a diverse offering of restaurants. I was looking for a reasonably-priced place to enjoy a cup of coffee and maybe a sandwich. I came across The Posh Bagel.

Don’t let the name fool you. The eatery has lot more to offer than just bagels.

Dish of Choice

I decided to go with the “Just Like Apple Pie” Crepe, which cost about $6. It was made with caramelized apples and cinnamon spice inside a warm crepe (a very thin pancake that is known for being a part of traditional French cuisine), sprinkled with powdered sugar and outlined with whipped cream.

The Taste

It was delicious and not overly decadent. Like the name says, it does taste like apple pie, only without the crust. The only thing that would have made it better would be a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (I only eat apple pie a la mode). It was a good-sized crepe that took up most of the plate, but I didn’t feel like I was going to burst out of my jeans after eating it.

The Ambiance

The Posh Bagel is a nice, laid-back place to have a sandwich or a cup of coffee. The eatery seats about 25-30 people, and it has floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow a lot of natural sunshine to come through. There is also outdoor seating available.

Other Details

The Posh Bagel has a variety of sweet and savory crepes, as well as bagels, salads, soups, baked goods and coffee and espresso drinks. It also offers sandwiches, which customers can have on a bagel, croissant or focaccia bread. Dining in and take-out are available.

The Posh Bagel is located at 444 Castro St., Suite 120, in downtown Mountain View. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (650) 968-5308.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in bakery, crepes

 

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