Ok let me tell you that the food is delicious! The portions aren’t too large, nor too small, that you need to pat your belly and roll out of the cafe like many other nooks serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And don’t let the location fool you either. The upscale and growing community of Del Mar, CA certainly have many restaurants that are pricy, but this one cafe fits my budget: the “starving college student” budget. I can’t complain about that one!
I went with a few of my friends, including my boyfriend, to catch a bite and try out C&C (Crepes and Corks, for short) for ourselves. We were trying out a bite of each plate, and all of them were excellent. The ingredients and flavors used were fresh, airy, and melded very well together.
I had the Proscuitto and Brie Panini which was just the right size for me, and the cheese and proscuitto flavors weren’t in competition with one another. I have had brie off of the wedge and it has a slightly sweet cheese taste, and proscuitto is just cured and salted. The melted creamy brie version in this panini did not come as greasy as does other melted cheeses in sandwiches either. Oh and let me not forget the absolutely great thing they added in this sandwich: pesto mayonnaise. Ohhhh that in itself was divine.
My boyfriend did what caught his eye first and that was the Egg & Cheese Crepe. Short and simple and still pleasing. Their description on their menu for the Egg and Cheese Crepe stated that “2 farm fresh eggs, melted cheddar/jack blend and Black Forest ham, smoked bacon, or grilled chicken” were in it.
My friend, Diana, ordered the Meat Lovers’ Omelet, I believe. The description has “Bacon, Black Forest ham, Portobello mushroom sweet red onion, with melted cheddar/jack blend” in the omelet. Now if you were wondering how big the omelet is, it fits within a standard-sized skillet, and not like the uber big ones at IHOP or Dennys you can’t finish without either taking it home, asking for someone else’s help in eating it, or leaving it on the plate as you leave.
My friend, Randy, ordered the Florentine Crepe, which was one of the items on the menu I considered ordering as well. What sold me was the Portebello mushrooms and spinach in the crepe. Its entire description allows for “2 farm fresh eggs, Portobello mushrooms, sweet red onion, baby leaf spinach, melted mozzarella cheese”. And just as sumptuous as that sounds, it tasted really good too.
My other friend, Agatha, ordered an entree crepe called The Del Mar. I’m assuming this is a specialty and/or favorite of the locals due to the name. Oh, and boy does it live up to being a goodie-goodie. “Grilled chicken breast, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushroom over melted mozzarella cheese and fresh basil”…um hello! artichokes and portobello mushrooms under one roof/crepe? The crepe was drizzled with the pesto mayonnaise on top and it was so so good. I think the next time I may get that one. Also, doesn’t her plate have THE best lighting? Jealous. Hehe.
Now you know what is sort of funny? Prior to going to C&C that morning I researched online to see what I should order, and boy was my top list long! Haha. I didn’t number them from most favorite to least because that would be too hard to do, considering I haven’t tried any of the foods yet. However, my list was originally:
– Raspberry Chicken Crepe
– Florentine Crepe
– Proscuitto and Brie Panini
– Dulce Banana Crepe
– Banana Bahama Crepe
Wow. Now I want to go back soon. I can also add The Del Mar to that list now.
Would I recommend this place? Totally! However, I don’t recommend the Red Velvet Cupcake they have there. My friend Diana bought one and it could have been more dense as a cupcake and more moist, but she did say that their frosting was good; just not the cake portion itself. Sprinkles was better.
If you want to know more about this cafe or where to go, click: http://www.crepesandcorks.com/index.html.
In addition to this restaurant review, I have also cooked up two things I had a few hours ago that I will add (pictures, anyway) later in another post. It was like an ethnic night of two dishes that were French and Kenyan. Wow different parts of the world, right? I had prepared a practically-took-half-the-day Boeuf Bourguignon that I adapted from a recipe I found online and Julia Child’s techniques, and Irio, which is like an updated version of the mashed potatos. Hope I made your mouth water a bit. Until then, happy eatings!