The Place: Magdalena's Creperie
Where: Downtown Fairhaven
1200 10th Street Suite 103
Bellingham, WA 98225
When: 9am-4pm Mon.-Fri. and 8am-4pm Sat. and Sun.
So, today was my birthday (yep I'm an Aries) and I decided to treat myself to some crepes as my friend and I hopped on the bus and went to Fairhaven to see all the different shops. We ended up passing by Magdalena's Creperie and I thought well its my birthday and I've never had crepes before but I've always wanted to try them because everyone says that they are so good. So my friend and I went in and ordered some crepes. Well it was a pretty small place so I expected that it would just be a place where you just walk in and order. I was wrong. I'm always unsure of what to do when that happens and felt a bit like and idiot. But I just explained that this was our first time there and the waitress handed us some menus and told us we were free to look them over and if we wanted to stay we could sit down afterwards. (I thought that was a very tactful way of letting us know how things were done there) Since it was my birthday I wanted to get something sweet so my eyes immediately went to the 'Sweet Crepes' section of their menu (they also had a small section of desserts separately but I wanted to stick to crepes). Before I get to what I ordered though let me back up a little and tell you about the place. Also I have to say I have never had crepes before so I have nothing so far to compare these to.
When I walked into Magdalena's I was greeted by about 10 or so tables all with adorable yet chic wicker chairs and there was, I believe, a song in french playing mildly in the background. They whole atmosphere of the place seemed so cohesive and really seemed to say 'this is what I am'. There were photographs lining the wall displaying some of their different dishes so deliciously that was really all the decoration it needed. The whole restaurant seemed welcoming and screamed French (of course it may have been just because of the association with crepes since the owner is in fact Polish) while the dark walls and vivid photos added an element of modern chicness (is that even a word?). Another thing that made it even more awesome is that they use local food and produce and all of their meats, vegetables, soups, and baked goods are all prepared or baked daily from scratch.
After perusing the menu for a bit I knew which one I wanted, or mostly wanted as the case was because I was torn between trying a more seemingly traditional fruit one and the one I was thinking of ordering. In the end I decided to go with what first caught my eye the most which was #35 and my friend got the #38. I have to say that I really enjoyed my first crepe experience although after taking a quick glance at the savory side of the menu I wish that I had gotten one of those too but we had already eaten a small meal earlier.
My friend and I both tried some of each others' and they both were really good with slightly different textures (I apologize in advance for the slightly blurry pictures, I tried to take them well and this is how they came out).
|Fresh fruits, powdered sugar topped with white chocolate $9.00|
|Nutella, banana, powdered sugar topped with dark chocolate crepe $6.50|
Recap: Good sweet crepes with great balance of flavors and texture. Good portions for an decent price with a great atmosphere and its a local business that supports local. The server was friendly but seemed a little stand offish towards the end.
Update: I went back to Magdalena's recently and tried some of their savory crepes. I had a baked one that was delicious and kinda tasted like a baked lasagna since it was covered with gooey cheese. However my two friends who went with me also got savory crepes one of which were baked and I wasn't too impressed with theirs. They seemed to be lacking a certain crispness I was hoping for from the crepes and the chopped ham that was in them wasn't very appetizing at all to me. Mine was pulled pork which was so tender though so I say give them a try because you might enjoy them but try them more for the filling and not for the crepe. Also mine seemed pretty loaded but theirs seemed a little sparse in anything but the ham. My fried really enjoyed our pre-meal salads that came with our baked crepes which was a mixture of very fresh greens and had a light dressing with a bit of bite provided by some dijon mustard.