Open weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Major credit cards accepted.
Maison des Crepes in Georgetown does not fit the popular image of a family restaurant and its clientele generally reflect its image. Which is no reason not to take kids there.
We've been doing exactly that on occasion since our son was an infant. In a recent return visit to the Georgetown restaurant, we found the food as well-prepared as in the past and the prices remarkably unchanged over the last few years.
Parking in Georgetown is, of course, a problem. When we arrived around 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening, it was impossible, and we quickly opted for a nearby garage on N Street west of Wisconsin Avenue for $2.35 with a quarter tip.
The restaurant was busy but not terribly crowded, and we were seated immediately at a candle-lit table near the Wisconsin Avenue window. The interior strives for the appearance of a country inn, with dark wood and high beamed ceiling. The French-speaking waitresses wear blue skirts and starched lace head coverings evocative of a storybook Old World image.
As it so happened, we were the lone famille avec l'enfant this evening. The restaurant does have boosters and high chairs, we were told, although they were not in evidence.
There is no children's menu, but there are a great many crepes bound to appeal to the younger set. Altogether, there are 28 dinner and 20 dessert varieties. The dinner crepes range in price from $2.50 for green peppers in tomato sauce with anchovies to $5.85 for crabmeat curry. Dessert crepes run the gamut from the $1.05 sugar crepe to the $2.75 version with pineapple preserves and Kirsh flambe (Hawaienne au kirsch).
To start with, however, my wife and I each ordered a $1.85 bowl of onion soup - a thick concoction loaded with onions and bread under a topping of melted imported Swiss cheese. Our six-year-old son enjoyed sharing my wife's portion.
Maison des Crepes' special salad has been consistently superb in our several visits. Our son's salad would have been better served while we ate our soup. However, all three salads arrived at once - egg white and yoke bits sprinkled over a bed of endive and bib lettuce in a delicate lemon-oil dressing, with just a trace of mustard.
With our meal, we ordered a small carafe ($1.70) of rose wine. The carafe contained enough wine for more than one glass each for my wife and me and the chilled light red was just right.
The crepes are large and thin and wrapped - not rolled - gently around their contents. Mine contained snails and mushrooms in a tasty sauce and cost $3.75. My wife and son had raspberry and strawberry crepes, both with whipped cream. The berries were not fresh but were nonetheless satisfying.
My wife and I had cappucino (75 cents a cup) which is essentially strong coffee with cream and cinnamon. Sorry to say, we could have saved $1.50 here without missing out.
By this time, we were unable to handle any of the French pastries which are enticingly on display near the cash register. With soft rock music in the background, we took our son to the back of the room, an open area where the crepes are made. The scene used to fascinate him when he was a toddler, and was a useful time occupier until our meal arrived. Now, it was passe.
Our total tab came to $19.76. With $2.75 for a tip, we had expended $22.50 for a very pleasant 90-minute meal.