Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of “Excited about Eating” has me stepping out of my comfort zone as we visited Hazelnuts Crêperie.  
Now, I wouldn't consider myself a crepe-type guy. I tend to steer toward BBQ and chicken wings, but I am willing to try anything once. If you have never had a crêpe, it is a very thin pancake, usually made from wheat or buckwheat flour and is cooked on a crepe griddle. Their consumption is widespread in France. 

Hazelnuts Crêperie is tucked inside the lobby of a skyscraper in downtown Charlotte. 
Their menu offers a variety of sweet, savory, and vegetarian options. I chose a breakfast crepe, “The Mariachi”, which incorporates scrambled eggs, black beans, bacon, tomatoes, mozzarella, red onions, avocados, and Jalapeno cream inside of a perfectly cooked crepe. 
My wife also chose a breakfast crepe, the “Chevre & Mozz”, which integrates scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, olives, red onions, and goat and mozzarella cheese. 

As for my first crepe ever, “The Mariachi” was surprisingly good. I can truly tell you that I was not expecting the depth of flavor that melded together. If fact, I have never really liked avocados, but mixed with the Jalapeno cream, the taste was exceptional with just the right amount of kick.
The Mariachi
My wife’s “Chevre & Mozz” also had very deep flavors. For the most part, I do not like mushrooms or olives, but this combination was outstanding, and the goat cheese definitely was the star of the show.
Chevre & Mozz
For dessert we shared “The Chunkster” which consists of peanut butter, bananas, chocolate chips, trail mix and maple syrup. As a peanut butter lover, this crepe was a little on the sweet side. 
One dessert crepe cut in half
My wife, not being a peanut butter lover, felt that the peanut butter overwhelmed the crepe and for the most part, it tasted like a warm pb&j minus the jelly. Not one she would try again.

Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant for the crepe connoisseur or for anyone that has never tried a crepe. I would rate this establishment 4 spoons out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

Dora here, adding my two cents. Although I was excited to try a crepe, I really thought I'd be raiding the pantry by mid-afternoon, but that wasn't the case. The Chevre & Mozz and half the dessert crepe were hearty enough to last me until dinner. The fridge and pantry were safe. :)

Unlike last week, we left Bruiser at home, but still, parking was an issue. We ended up parking in a nearby garage and forking over $5. So, if you're heading here, make sure you factor in the cost to park.
Have you tried crepes? What fillers do you enjoy in your crepes? Do you prefer sweet or savory?

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Fiction Faith & Foodies: Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of “Excited about Eating” has me stepping out of my comfort zone as we visited Hazelnuts Crêperie.  
Now, I wouldn't consider myself a crepe-type guy. I tend to steer toward BBQ and chicken wings, but I am willing to try anything once. If you have never had a crêpe, it is a very thin pancake, usually made from wheat or buckwheat flour and is cooked on a crepe griddle. Their consumption is widespread in France. 

Hazelnuts Crêperie is tucked inside the lobby of a skyscraper in downtown Charlotte. 
Their menu offers a variety of sweet, savory, and vegetarian options. I chose a breakfast crepe, “The Mariachi”, which incorporates scrambled eggs, black beans, bacon, tomatoes, mozzarella, red onions, avocados, and Jalapeno cream inside of a perfectly cooked crepe. 
My wife also chose a breakfast crepe, the “Chevre & Mozz”, which integrates scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, olives, red onions, and goat and mozzarella cheese. 

As for my first crepe ever, “The Mariachi” was surprisingly good. I can truly tell you that I was not expecting the depth of flavor that melded together. If fact, I have never really liked avocados, but mixed with the Jalapeno cream, the taste was exceptional with just the right amount of kick.
The Mariachi
My wife’s “Chevre & Mozz” also had very deep flavors. For the most part, I do not like mushrooms or olives, but this combination was outstanding, and the goat cheese definitely was the star of the show.
Chevre & Mozz
For dessert we shared “The Chunkster” which consists of peanut butter, bananas, chocolate chips, trail mix and maple syrup. As a peanut butter lover, this crepe was a little on the sweet side. 
One dessert crepe cut in half
My wife, not being a peanut butter lover, felt that the peanut butter overwhelmed the crepe and for the most part, it tasted like a warm pb&j minus the jelly. Not one she would try again.

Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant for the crepe connoisseur or for anyone that has never tried a crepe. I would rate this establishment 4 spoons out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

Dora here, adding my two cents. Although I was excited to try a crepe, I really thought I'd be raiding the pantry by mid-afternoon, but that wasn't the case. The Chevre & Mozz and half the dessert crepe were hearty enough to last me until dinner. The fridge and pantry were safe. :)

Unlike last week, we left Bruiser at home, but still, parking was an issue. We ended up parking in a nearby garage and forking over $5. So, if you're heading here, make sure you factor in the cost to park.
Have you tried crepes? What fillers do you enjoy in your crepes? Do you prefer sweet or savory?

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14 Comments:

At February 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed reading about your "crepe" adventure.

 
At February 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Thanks, they were really good.

 
At February 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

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At February 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Ann. :)

 
At February 15, 2015 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Tanya Hanson said...

HimDora and Ernie, what a fun post and great pix. I had a peach crepe a thousand years ago in Paris....and quite a few times since. Have even made them but...a thousand years ago. Our favorite local breakfast place serves Swedish pancakes as an appetizer to everybody while you wait , a lot like a crepe with loganberry jam. Yum. Hmmm, I wanna go there right now LOL. Good job, guys. Xo

 
At February 15, 2015 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Thanks Tanya, if you guys ever get to Charlotte, you will have to give them a try.

 
At February 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

With us! <3

 
At February 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

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At February 15, 2015 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Tracy said...

Thanks! Now I will have to try crepes!

 
At February 15, 2015 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Definitely, Tracy!

 
At February 15, 2015 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

I think you will enjoy them Tracy, they made a believer out of me.

 
At February 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Robbye said...

Dora, Either my computer or Google were at it again over the weekend as it kept deleting my comments. I shall try once more then I give up (In which case if I do, I guess you'll never know I did).
Anyway, I love crepes. Most of the ones I make are sweet, I need to try a few savory and these sound delicious.
Ernie, you did a great job with the selection, descriptions and pictures!
Hope the weather isn't too bad your way today.
God's Blessings!
,

 
At February 16, 2015 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Hey Robbye,
I think it's Blogger. It's been acting kinda strange. Both Ernie and I had duplicated comments of our own. Crazy!

Not bad yet, but it's scheduled to moving in soon. How about your way?

 
At February 16, 2015 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Thanks Robbye, glad you liked the review.

 

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