Philly Crepes, Not Steaks
As a vegetarian visiting Philadelphia, I always miss out on the city's staple -- the cheesesteak. If I ordered a cheesesteak, hold the meat, I'm pretty sure the city would not feel any brotherly love toward me.
While the town has innumerable eateries serving plant food, Beau Monde turned me into a crepetarian. The restaurant at Bainbridge and Sixth streets serves crepes that taste just like the ones cooked up on Paris streets, but without the dusting of curbside exhaust. At the French brasserie, which is cozy with a fireplace and close seating so you can share ordering tips and body heat, diners choose from two types of crepes (savory or sweet) and various fillings. I opted for a wheat crepe with apricot compote and apple slices, though I could have gone into omelet territory (e.g., scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, Swiss cheese), the steel-stomach arena (olives, leeks, caramelized tomato sauce) or full-on dessert mode (nutella, ice cream, toasted almonds).
The plate-size crepe was substantial enough to fulfill two of three meals. However, my friend, who ate only the French onion soup and a few bites of my crepe, had to stop by Geno's on the way home to get a cheesesteak.
Beau Monde, 215-592-0656.
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