Have you ever had a Crepe? "Like the ones at Denny's"? You ask. Kind of, but not really. I am talking about the real thing, like the ones you get on a streetside cart in Paris. "How in the hell would I know what those are like?" you exclaim, "I've never been to Paris, unless you mean Paris, Texas in which case yes, I had crepes at the Denny's". No Bubba, you really should try the real thing and I am going to tell you where you can get an pseudo-authentic crepe right here in DFW. Why pseudo-authentic? Let me 'splain, Lucy.
A crepe (pronounced 'krep' if you must know) is a pancake and before you ask, not like the ones at Denny's or even IHOP. They originated in Brittany (which is part of France, not England) and are very thin and made of buckwheat. If you get chance to watch them make one you will notice that they pour the very thin batter on a grill and shape it with a spatula instead of dumped from a bucket into a frying pan like the ones we are used to eating. The crepes themselves are quite authentic and quite delicious. Now here is where the pseudo comes in, the fillings are quite un-French, which should please the France bashers out there to death.
Scott Hoffner, the chef and owner of the establishment, graduated from Johnson and Wales University and was a chef at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and is now the personal chef for Dallas Maverick Tyson Chandler. Scott is also a bit of a panderer, which can be a little annoying, but is truly a nice fellow that loves to chat, he also has created some dandy crepes for you to enjoy.
The restaurant itself is in Addison is a tiny building in a parking lot on Beltline that has been a hotdog shack, a cell phone store, a flower shop and only god knows what else. Finally the little shack has found someone who can make it something other than a home of broken dreams. It is so tiny in fact that you will notice as you walk in, the there is nowhere for you to sit your weary bones down and enjoy your new favorite treat. In fact, if there are more than 3 people inside you will be able to touch strangers inappropriately and then be able to convince them that it was truly an accident, you pervert. They do have several tables set up outside behind the store for you to use at your leisure.
Flipping Out offers you breakfast crepes (no, not like Denny's, let it go) like the Mile High Club which is Danish Ham, smoked bacon, egg, bell peppers, onions and swiss cheese smothered with a bacon mushroom cream sauce all tucked nicely into the crepe. The crepe is folded into a cone so that you can eat it like a sandwhich.
You can get Savory crepes like the Tyson Chandler (hmmm, now where have I heard that name before) which is roasted chicken, spinach and mushroooms smothered with a creamy bacon cheese sauce, again tucked into a crepe. Or my favorite Lemon Chicken, herb crusted and served with asparagus, parmesian and lemon cream sauce.
Or go for a desert crepe like the Nutella served with the hazelnut chocolate, strawberries and bananas.
This little restaurant that could serves up crepes which will be familiar, yet unfamiliar to those who know crepes and an exotic delight for those who only know those served by you know who. Give it a try and thank Scott for taking the risk, you will be happy you did. Oh, and try the coffee, it's dandy.
Flipping Out Crepes and Coffee