When we ate at the tasty City Coffeehouse and Creperie in St. Louis in July, I lamented the fact that we didn’t have a good creperie in Kansas City. Boy, was I wrong! This morning, we ate brunch at Chez Elle Creperie Coffeehouse. Not only was it amazing, but it was also located in the up and coming Westside neighborhood at 17th and Summit. Local foodies may know that Westside is also the location of the celebrated Blue Bird Bistro and Lill’s on 17th.
Chez Elle is located in the renovated Summit Theater building, location of the first movie theater in Kansas City that showed movies with sound. The decor reminded me of the wonderful restaurants in Asheville — artsy, urban hippie and European.
But let’s focus on the stars of the show — the crepes. My husband and I split the savory Bonjour crepe filled with bacon and cheese, and topped with scrambled eggs. We also split the Citron crepe filled with lemon curd and strawberries topped with fresh whipped creme. Both crepes were surprising light and bursting with flavor.
I wish there was space to describe all the rest of the crepes — twenty two in all. The Suisse with Black Forest Ham, asparagus and Hollandaise sauce, the Mon Cheri Amour with cherries, vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream in a chocolate crepe … all I can tell you is that you will have a heck of a time choosing.
Even the ladies’ restroom is cute at this place!
Chez Elle has wonderful French decor, an interesting history, an urban neighborhood, wonderful food and coffee that just makes me happy! What else could a person possibly want in a restaurant?