Walk into Crepes + Kitchen on Wilshire Blvd. near La Brea Ave. and the friendly owner, Yafit Barades greets you with a warm smile. She is genuinely nice to every person who walks in the door.
On a recent visit, Yafit introduced me to the newest member of the cafe, Irene. Irene is known for making the delicious salads and sandwiches that locals eat inside the cafe or out on the sidewalk patio.
Irene and Yafit have started a sandwich delivery service during the lunch hour. They make grilled chicken breast baguette sandwiches with provolone cheese; classic Paris ham sandwiches; Roast beef; Brie with prosciutto; Feta with tabbouleh; Albacore tuna with Swiss cheese and roasted turkey with pesto sandwiches. They are placed in a French-style basket to deliver and sell to office workers nearby. The basket comes back empty within 30 minutes and is filled for another delivery.
The kitchen sells great organic coffee by Groundwork in 12 oz. and 16 oz. sizes offering a hot drip, double espresso, Americano, traditional Macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, dirty chai, chai latte and hot chocolate.
Yafit is an expert crepe maker. She prepared her Italiano with turkey, melted mozzarella and cheddar, fresh arugula, spinach, basil, tomatoes and roasted peppers. The thin crepe revealed a colorful array of ingredients.
Growing up in Israel, Yafit has fond memories of going to a crepe shop located next to the town’s movie theatre. They sold sweet crepes made with Nutella and a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with whipped cream. “It was an ideal treat after seeing a movie,” she said.
For dessert or an afternoon treat, come in to have her simple cinnamon sugar and butter crepe with powder sugar or her Nutella crepe with sliced strawberries and bananas topped with whipped cream. Not only is the food worth coming for, but these gals make everyone who visits feel special and at home.
New hours are Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Delivery service is available. Parking is complimentary valet behind the building. $ 5223 Wilshire Blvd. (323)933-3403. http://www.crepespluskitchen.com
This article was featured in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea Newspapers.