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First bite: A crepes cafe in Gig Harbor

There’s the double fold, the half fold, the roll-it-up-like-a-sandwich-wrap. Crepes come in all kinds of configurations around here.

I’m not picky about the presentation of crepes, just so long as those crepes come with a lacy texture. I want them to taste more delicate and eggy than rubbery or chewy. My favorites come with sauce or cheese to meld several layers of ingredients. Fresh herbs are a flavor bonus.

A quick first bite at the small cafe inside the newly opened Harbor General Store in Gig Harbor turned up thin-and-lacy crepes, in savory and sweet versions. The store joins two other local creperies I appreciate — Savor Creperie in downtown Tacoma and Occasions Coffee and Crepes in Gig Harbor.

The Harbor General Store menu listed five sweet ($6-$8) and four savory crepes ($7-$9), with the build-your-own option from a list of ingredients. One crepe ($9) combined thick-sliced chicken breast with a generous smear of nutty tasting pesto, which added plenty of flavor and texture, and fresh tomatoes and spinach leaves. Another came with prosciutto generously stacked four layers deep ($9), a sprinkle of warm goat cheese to marry those rich layers and a drizzle of a sweet surprise, warm honey.

Both crepes came with that delicate, eggy texture I like in a crepe, and had been left on the griddle until lightly browned. They were double-folded into triangles, but I liked the texture and composition more than the plating. A dessert crepe was prettiest, with a drizzle of chocolate, but the two savory crepes showed up with no garnish or flourish.

Order crepes at the counter and they’ll be brought to your table. Prepare yourself for a wait. Our crepes came out one at a time. One member of my party was nearly done eating by the time the other crepes arrived.

Find cafe seating to the left of the front door. To the right, find a small grocery store and bakery display, as well as ready-made food for takeout meals. The cafe also serves espresso, sandwiches and other light cafe fare. Check the daily specials sheet.

Find Harbor General Store at 7804 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor; 253-358-3241 or harborgeneral.com.

ALSO TRY

Savor Tacoma Creperie: Tom Vigue’s downtown Tacoma creperie, Savor, just celebrated its second year in April. Find more than two dozen crepes — both savory and sweet — and an occasionally changing menu. I appreciate that the restaurant has a generous hand with housemade sauces. Fresh herbs frequently dress up the plates. Crepes come flanked by salads or fruit; or sometimes both. This is the best crepe destination in the county, if you’re keeping track. Get the smoked salmon crepe. 1916 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-365-5534 or savorcreperie.com.

Occasions Coffee and Crepes: Also in Gig Harbor, find a tiny grab-and-go crepes cafe inside the building that also houses St. Anthony’s Prompt Care. Owner Ray Wainwright, a graduate of South Seattle Community College’s culinary arts program, operated Occasions as a catering company before turning it into a small creperie more than 10 years ago. Wainwright turns out tender crepes that he treats as wrappers for his roll-up sandwiches. Get the chicken, bacon and avocado. 4700 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor, 253-851-2576.

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