When I told my advisor that there is a French crêperie in Knoxville, he seemed a bit skeptical, and I guess I was too… How could a region that produces greasy fried chicken, sweet potato fries and all other artery clogging foods have a place that has delicate crêpes? Well, we gave The French Market Crêperie a try before we left today.
Since the Dogwood Arts Festival pretty much brought all of Knoxville to Market Square, where the crêperie is located, there was an extensive wait. So as we waited (somewhat) patiently at a table outside, we munched on some delicious macaroons (Figure 1) that appeased our hunger until the meal was brought out. These macaroons are the size of Sprüngli macaroons, but are not quite at that perfectly smooth and fresh texture. Yet, the flavors were not overly sweet, making these a lovely, light snack.
When Bob tasted his Parisian style crêpe, which is a buckwheat crêpe with ham, cheese and a fried egg on top (Figure 2), he was delighted that they used a satisfactory, unsweetened ham and had the egg cooked just right. He did mention that the crêpe was a bit thicker than the ones in Paris.
I had the turkey, spinach, artichoke, cheese and fried egg crêpe (Figure 3), which unfortunately did not have a catchier name. In any case, all the ingredients worked in harmony, and the fresh artichokes really made the dish stand out. Plus, they didn’t use deli turkey! What a delightful, filling meal before our flight!
- Be prepared to wait for the food – they seem to cook everything a bit slowly, but it’s worth the wait!
- Sit outside if it’s a nice day out – enjoy the view of Knoxville’s main street!
- Try the unsweetened peach iced tea. It has a very natural flavor to it.