Restaurant Snapshot: Little Choc Apothecary Brooklyn, NY

We set the scene for this Restaurant Snapshot in a quaint little café overlooking the bustling streets of Brooklyn. Warm smells of freshly brewed tea and chocolaty smooth coffee beans waft in the air as the fresh atmosphere and décor wash over you. Little Choc Apothecary is such a calming and relaxing place to go grab brunch with a friend, sit and work for hours, or even just grab a quick lunch. This café produces some of the best crepes around, and trust me when I tell you, that you’d never guess they were a completely vegan and (almost) gluten free establishment.

This fact obviously only makes it better for me, but don’t go blabbing to your non-vegan friends just yet, in case they decide not to try them on principle. First, make them try the crepes and then when they fall in love with them, like I know they probably will, you can finally tell them the great news, theses buggers are totally vegan!

To be honest, I am a huge crepe fan; I’m a bit obsessed. But let’s be real, what isn’t there to love about crepes. They can be both savory and sweet, come on, that’s amazing! You can literally eat them for every meal, morning, noon and night, and I would totally do that! Wait a minute, this sounds like something I should actually try out one of these days, and soon. Anyway, I have always had trouble finding a crepe place that fit my dietary needs. Either the batter wasn’t gluten free/vegan or if the batter was all clear, there would be very few options for toppings and fillings, and what is a crepe really without the filling.

I was so excited when I happened to stumble upon this place during one of my frequent foursquare searches. Side note, foursquare is an awesome tool for finding restaurants and cafes. I can just type in my dietary restrictions, price point and location, then voilà it shows me tons of great options to choose from. I highly recommend checking it out the next time you’re in charge of picking a place to meet for food or drinks with friends.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program, aka crepes.

Personally, I am a big fan of the savory crepe. Now, I’m well aware that I am probably in the minority here, but savory crepes are my jam guys. I do like sweet crepes too, but the majority of the time I go to The Little Choc Apothecary, I tend to gravitate towards their savory options.

The burrito and breakfast crepe are probably my two favorites that I have tried. Everything that I’ve gotten there has been great, but those stand out to me in terms of flavor and fillings. They both have mushroom bacon, which I will admit is one of my favorite things ever. The burrito crepe also has homemade cashew cheese sauce, which is amazing, guys seriously if I could just get a side of this sauce to drink, I totally would do it, it’s that good.

The breakfast burrito is pretty standard and a good tofu scramble is always tasty, but with the added crunch of the coconut bacon and cucumber, I know it seems strange, but it totally works, this crepe excels to a whole new level.

I have also had the ‘pizza’ and’ garden of eaten’ crepe, both very tasty, but just not my favorites. I am very interested in trying the ‘room for mushroom’ crepe because it sounds wonderful. Let’s get real though, I’m interested in eventually trying all of them, and I’m sure that I probably will very soon.

As far as the sweet crepes go, I’ve only ordered one, sorry dudes. I got my crepe filled with homemade vegan Nutella and strawberries and it was very tasty. They don’t have pre-made options for their sweet crepes like they do for their savory counterparts. Instead, you get to choose your own fillings and toppings. The first two toppings are free, and then it costs 50 cents per each additional item you add on after that.

Now, apothecary is part of the name for a good reason; they serve up an expansive array of loose-leaf teas, along with several specially crafted, medicinal blends.

Such as their sniffles blend that contains, feverfew, lemon balm, and hyssop. This will help clear up your fever and allergy symptoms.

They also make a digestion tea blend, to aid an upset stomach. This includes alfalfa, dandelion, ginger, and peppermint.

Afternoon tea is also offered on their menu, in both sweet and savory options. This includes a pot of tea, a scone with clotted cream and jam, 1 slice of cake and 2 cookies for the sweet option. For the savory, they offer a pot of tea, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a savory crepe and 2 cookies.

While they do offer other coffee and espresso based drinks, I suggest sticking to the loose-leaf tea options. They are unique and a special treat that you just can’t find everywhere, unlike these other café staples.

The Little Choc Apothecary is a whimsical and inviting space that serves up some damn good food. I highly recommend you check them out if you like crepes, tea and a nice place to chill for a few hours with friends or a good book.

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Restaurant Snapshot: The Flint Crepe Company Flint, MI

The Flint Crepe Company is a small little gem in the heart of downtown Flint, that popped up in 2011 and has quickly become a local favorite, and for good reason I might add. Everything at the restaurant is homemade or bought locally including milk, meat and vegetables. Each crepe, coffee or latte is made to order right in front of you so you can see that they are only using the best and freshest ingredients. They also have gluten free crepe batter, which is a must for me, but also a great option for them to have for their customers. Another great thing about them is that they can make almost any crepe vegan. They have tempeh which can easily be substituted in for any type of meat and then simply ask for it without cheese. I’m not going to lie, it is much easier for a vegetarian to get crepes there than a vegan because they just have to sub out the meat. A great majority of their sweet crepes are made with some type of dairy in them, thus I have only gotten the chance to try out their savory options. They do allow you to create your own crepe, which is a great option as well; you don’t have to substitute anything because you are choosing exactly what you want to go in it.

They also have great coffee and lattes at The Flint Crepe Company and they offer both almond and soy milk options, which is fantastic since I try to stay away from soy as much as possible; I also happen to just like the taste of almond milk better than soy milk. For the short time The Flint Crepe Company has been open, it has made quite an impact in the coffee world. It was named as the third best coffee shop in Michigan in MLive’s Michigan’s Best Coffee Shop Challenge with John Gonzalez.

I have tried the Rueben and the Fall Harvest Crepe, as well as making my own concoction a few times and I have yet to be disappointed with my choices or my meal. The same goes with the coffee. I have had the chai latte, the regular latte and a cappuccino, all with almond milk of course, and have enjoyed them all.

If you ever find yourself in the downtown Flint area, I would highly recommend stopping by The Flint Crepe Company and trying out one of their sweet or savory crepes, depending on your mood, or just grabbing a quick, but good, coffee or latte to go.

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