Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Underappreciated Crepe Returns!

This morning Karen and I took a break from our usual breakfast routine—Einstein's on State Street (a bagel of some variety and a a small coffee for me. A plain cinnamon raisin bagel and a 32 ounce Diet Coke for Karen. At least I can proudly say that I switch up the bagels and "smears" every now and then.)

Feeling usually adventurous at 6:30am this morning, we decided to try Bradbury's, a new coffee shop and creperie on North Hamilton Street, near the capitol. With a name like Bradburys and a location off the capitol square, I was expecting something more pretentious and pricey. Luckily, it was anything but that. The place was quaint and friendly, and offered a great indie vibe with its fresh ingredients from local farmers, handmade pottery, and the soothing music of Sufjan Stevens from a boom box. This was my kind of place.

The very small menu offers espresso, coffee, tea, crepes, and scones, but they seem to do it all well. The crepes are available in both sweet and savory. Wanting to experience both ends of the spectrum, we shared two crepes—the ham and brie and the featured crepe, which was delectable combination of yogurt, honey, and walnuts on a buckwheat crepe. The ham and brie crepe, a usual suspect on the menu, features fountain prairie farm ham, brie, west star farm winter spinach, and a hint of maple syrup. I also enjoyed a delicious (and beautiful) Americano.

Bottom line—I love this little place. I most certainly will be back for more. Finally, someone has brought the underappreciated crepe back to Madison. And Bradbury's does it with style and grace.


kels said...

crepes for only $5 that what i see! These are the things i miss about big cities;)

Ben Weiner said...

My little sister works at Einstein's. You should ask for Cecilia next time you're in.

kristinleigh said...

are you serious? I eat at Einstein's 3-4 times per week. And everyone there knows Karen...they all know she's the plain cinnamon raisin bagel with a 32 oz. diet coke woman who works at the Office of Admissions. I'll ask for her next time! Does she ever work in the morning?