French-style crepes are available at Kelly's Crepes at the corner of Fourth and A streets in Ashland. Restaurateurs Kelly and Steve Sacks were looking for a project that could be kept simple, so the husband-and-wife duo opened an outdoor food cart that offers affordable, hot-off-the-griddle crepes — along with garden seating. They also wanted to do something unique, and they knew of no other outdoor kitchen offering crepes.
A recent visit caught perfect weather on a Saturday morning. Though the foot traffic was steady, it was the right time of day to catch one of the tables in the Zen-like garden. There were shady and sunny spots, and I chose a table where I could sit with the warm morning sun at my back.
Savory and sweet selections are available at the creperie, along with gluten-free options. For the savory palate, look for crepes with variations of egg, bacon, ham or cheese. These traditional-style breakfast crepes sounded substantially good to me that morning.
There are also crepes that tout pulled pork with Carolina-style slaw; tuna with sliced cucumbers; spinach with goat cheese, pine nuts and a drizzle of garlic butter; and hummus with olives, goat cheese and cucumbers. Prices on the savory-style crepes run from $5.50 to $7.25.
To top off the sweet tooth, there are crepes stuffed with Nutella and sliced banana; raspberries with mascarpone and chocolate sauce; cinnamon and sugar; fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar; and — the one that nearly cannot be refused — strawberries with homemade lemon curd. In fact, the lemon curd is Steve Sacks' own recipe. The sweeter crepes range in price from $4 to $5.50.
Kelly Sacks prepares her large crepes on commercial griddles imported from France, the only place they're available, she says.
The breakfast-style crepe with egg, bacon and cheese was topped with a hefty drizzle of sour cream and was plenty to satisfy my appetite. It was the perfect weekend warrior's breakfast — not heavy enough to slow me down, but quite satisfying. Yet, I couldn't let the sweet lemon curd and strawberry crepe get away. This yummy version was stuffed with sweet, fresh strawberries, and the delicious lemon curd seemed to soak right into the soft pancake. Garnished with a small dollop of whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar, it was a tasty treat for a Saturday morning
Kelly's Crepes is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The venue offers outdoor seating and take out, though I was told that the crepes are better fresh off the grill. Kelly Sacks also has brought back Ashland's Tightwad Tuesdays: All crepes are $1 off. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are available.
The creperie opened in mid-June, and I overheard Kelly Sacks say that it would close in September. So, if you want 'em, get 'em while they're hot.
— Laurie Heuston