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Review of Crispa Crepes – High End Crepes at Fast Casual Prices

Review of Crispa Crepes – High End Crepes at Fast Casual Prices

Crispa Crepes delivers some of the best crepes in Orange County

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For me crepes conjure up images of eating the paper thin pancakes, stuffed with sweet or savory ingredients during my visit to Paris. Unfortunately I have not found the same quality crepes in Orange County, expect at white tablecloth restaurants. .  My French co-worker regularly scoffs at the creperies in Orange County, “Tom, this is not a Crepe!” Good thing for my co-worker and myself, there is a new creperie at the North Park Plaza called Crispa Crepes and it is legit.



rispa Crepes Best Crepes of Orange County hadrianOwned by a French immigrant, Hadrian  Curs, serves ups crepes using his  personal recipe. After one bite, I could tell that these were the same crepes I tasted in Paris a couple years ago. Even my French colleague said that crepe shell tasted similar to his Aunt’s recipe.

The name “crispa” is actually the Latin root of crepes, meaning “curled.”

Having been open just over a month, Crispa Crepes has been wowing local customers with their made fresh to order crepes. Crispa crepes is a fast casual concept so you order at the counter and they call your name when it is ready. This format is casual, although the quality is high-end. The crepes are made with high-quality ingredients and made to order. The flavor and quality is equivalent to a sit-down restaurant. The crepes are made in the traditional fashion with batter poured over the hot griddles and spread using a t-shape spreader.

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20131008_183437The Crepes are stuffed with either sweet or savory flavors. The savory crepes come in a variety of flavors and are all served with a side salad. The classic French crepe is made with ham, aged Swiss cheese,  thyme and love.  This is the heart of Paris in this crepe and the owner’s love of the food comes through in this dish like a lover separated from the other half of his soul. This was my favorite crepe.



The other items on the menu are  flavor swath of international flavors. For example, the Indian crepe was complex and delicious. It is made with grilled chicken breast, lentils, shredded carrots, red onions, cilantro and a aromatic mild sour cream curry sauce.

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The Greek crepe was my second favorite crepe. It is made with grilled chicken breast, feta cheese, tomato, olive tapenade, thyme, spinach leaves, and red onion.

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The Moroccan crepe has nice aromatics like the spice market and a pleasure to eat. It contains grilled chicken breast, fresh basil leaves, olive tapenade shredded carrots hummus with cumin, tomato, and red onions .

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My third favorite was the Italian Crepe, made with Grilled chicken strips, pesto, tomato sauce, Swiss Cheese, red onion and basil. I loved the impact of the pesto and red onion and basil together on the flavor.

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For all the vegetarians out there, the chicken can be substituted with tofu. If you are strictly vegetarian, advise the staff so that can ensure you have an awesome experience.


Sweet Crepes

rispa Crepes Best Crepes of Orange County Crispa Crepe WholeI am not always a sweet crepes fan, but I loved these crepes. The Crispella is made with a house made chocolate hazelnut spread (similar to Nutella). It is dusted with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Hadrian says that he makes his own hazelnut spread because the palm oil in Nutella is bad for your health.

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The Vienna was my favorite sweet crepe. Made with sweet stewed apples, and warm caramel, cinnamon and honey. This crepe was a rockstar. The topping of honey roasted almonds gave this crepes extra whammy bar.  –

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Where: Northpark Plaza – 3945 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine

Hours: 11am-9pm

Cost: $5-8.25

Crispa Crepes Website: http://www.crispacrepes.com/
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Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. They look fantastic! Wonder if they have any gluten free varieties!!

  2. Those crepes look great! I like crepes allot..

  3. Does the owner, Hadrian come with the crepes? Looks yummy….and so do the crepes. Lol

  4. I would definitely be drawn to the sweep crepes.. Looks delicious!

  5. YUM!!! The Vienna looks decadent.

  6. I LOVE crepes! I use to always look forward to visiting my family friends in WA because they seemed to know how to make them perfectly!

  7. That Italian crepe looks soooo delicious!! I wants!!! yummm Wow I i’m craving some now =(

  8. Wow! Those look amazing. How lucky you are to try these and have this so close to you!

  9. I really like your pictures as much as your write up…so mouth watering!

  10. Looks like such an art making crepes!

  11. It’s dinner time here and I am really getting hungry for something like this after reading your amazing blog!

  12. I have only had sweet crepes but that ham and cheese one looks superb!

  13. Just ate but you are making me hungry again !! Those crepes are great and some are very original ..

  14. The Vienna crepe looks so good. They look like they are good sized too.

  15. These look amaizing! I love Crepes!

  16. I love good food! The savory crepes look incredible, each one you went over I wanted! Looking for ward to checking them out next time I am in So Cal!

  17. Now I’m super hungry. I love crepes and used to make them all the time. The dessert crepes look amazing! On my next trip to Orange County I will definitely try this place!

  18. I have not had crapes in a long time, I like em filled with sweet cheese

  19. That looks tasty!! I want give that a go one night!

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