Being a good Citizen and eating crepes

Citizen is a mighty cute place, cuddled up against Werner’s Crash Shop in lower Queen Anne, which is convenient if you want a crepe while you get some auto-body work done on your car.

Actually, you can also get sandwiches, salads and pastries here, but I came for crepes. I would have liked the window seats across from the wine wall if I was flying solo, but for two of us, the upstairs loft area was cozy and quiet. (Until the crowds came, that is. Then it was cozy and loud.)

I’m so easily tempted by sweet crepes, but at this dinner hour, the two of us decided to start with savory choices. First up was the apple-smoked bacon with sharp white cheddar and basil, drizzled with maple syrup. Bacon and maple’s usually a winning combination, and as with the recently described “chivito,” how could it hurt to top it with a fried egg? The flavors worked well together, but the crepe didn’t wow either of us, especially for eight bucks and an extra half-buck for the egg.

Next up was a crepe with sauteed mushroom cream sauce, caramelized onions, paprika-infused goat cheese, and spinach – topped with house-made creme fraiche. Again, the flavors worked well, but we were a bit disappointed, as we were expecting more than just a few mushrooms. (Now that I’ve typed the description, perhaps I should have realized it was mushroom sauce, and not mushrooms.)

I know there are many people who love crepes, but perhaps I’m one who prefers to wait at a street window or cart for the kind made right in front of me, touched with a hint of fruit, Nutella, or even a dusting of powdered sugar, and then folded up and eaten out of hand. Still, Citizen is the kind of place I’d send my crepe-loving friends, and where I’d like to sit with a cup of coffee while awaiting car repairs next door.

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2 Responses to “Being a good Citizen and eating crepes”

  1. December 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    When I’ve been there the crepes were lacking too.


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