Market Watch

Cafe Du Crepe at Bayou City Farmer's Market

It was a cold morning at the Bayou City Farmer's Market (the parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside). It wasn't as hopping as it's been in the past, with shoppers or vendors, but this was good for selfish reasons - the stalls were still full when we rolled in at about 9:30 a.m. There were satsumas, grapefruits and oranges, along with a variety of greens, green onions and tomatoes, in addition to the usual mushrooms, prepared foods, cheeses, soaps, crafts and meat.

We made it a point to stop by the crepe stand, Cafe Du Crepe, a recent addition here. It was a cold morning, and the prospect of hot food was really tempting. We've had these crepes before, once at a market at the UH campus (a veggie crepe that was all right, but cold by the time we got to it), and once at Bayou City (a tasty crepe with smoked salmon, greens and onions).

When we spotted the stand, which was parked in a virtual hot zone next to the weekly coffee vendor, we immediately decided we needed breakfast. The booth was enveloped in steam, both from the crepe maker, and from the coffee guys next door changing out their carafes. We were cold - we needed a crepe. We got the roasted chicken version this time, at it shined in this cold weather. When we lifted off the foil, most of the béchamel sauce had adhered to it, so it really didn't add much to the dish. But the crepe itself was fantastic, and we savored the ingredients while still warming up.

We weren't the only ones crazy about them -- a girl sitting at a neighboring table literally licked her plate clean. As long as there are cold market mornings like this, it looks like we will be going back for more.

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Becky Means