Crepe & Coffee Palace

September 13 2009 - 11:56 PM

Tucked away in an unassuming storefront on Clark, Crepe and Coffee Palace offers a unique ethnic eatery to Lincoln Park: the Algerian creperie. For those of you who live further north, an additional sister location in Andersonville might fit the ticket.

The restaurant offers both sweet and savory crepes, but the savory options are the real stars of the show. These are served with a cup of soup, your choice of either sweet potato or chicken cilantro.

If you are accustomed to thinking of crepes as dainty dessert items, you will be pleasantly surprised at the robustness of the Algerian dinner crepe. Pictured here is the Crepe Iberica, which came stuffed with housemade olive tapenade, ricotta, pistachios, pineapple, cilantro, and mixed greens. On another occasion, I tried the Crepe Marrakech, filled with raisins, cream cheese, carmelized onions, almonds, sundried tomatoes, and baby spinach. Though most of the filling ingredients are not specific to North Africa, there are a couple of items (merguez and rosewater) that you can incorporate for an Algerian accent.

After you’ve finished your savory crepe, there are a number of dessert crepes to investigate. The classic nutella and banana crepe came loaded with whipped cream and other sugary goodness. You can also opt to add a scoop of ice cream for good measure. Brightly colored cocktail umbrellas festooned our plate for the ultimate this-is-why-it’s-great-to-be-six feeling.

On the Saturday evening that I was there, the restaurant was surprisingly quiet. So, do come out and support Crepe and Coffee Palace if you are looking for a light (on the stomach and the pocket) meal with a North African twist.

Crepe & Coffee Palace
2433 N. Clark (and Fullerton)
(773) 404-1300