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Are you sweet or savory? A review of Lamia’s Crepes

Are you sweet or savory? A review of Lamia’s Crepes

Jamie Relleva | Contributing Writer

If you share a love for French culture and cuisine, Lamia’s Crepes located in downtown Norfolk will surely make your taste buds go “Ooh la la!” Opening up last year, this Parisian-style restaurant sells freshly made crêpes and takes pride in its true French authenticity. Whether you have a sweet or savory tooth, your hunger can be satisfied anytime throughout the day from breakfast, lunch or dinner.

As soon as we step into the restaurant not only are we greeted with a friendly staff, but also we get to watch the process of making a crêpe from beginning to end. Owner Lamia Pappas has been learning the art of making crêpes since she was a child.

For those who do not know what a crêpe is, a crêpe is a thin type of pastry that is made on a cast iron-hot plate or frying pan. After the crêpe is poured onto the hot plate and spread into a circle with a rozel (a t-shaped wooden rake), it will be flipped with a spatula and your choice of toppings will be added inside.

Photo by Jamie Relleva

Before the process can even start, you must first choose whether you want a savory or sweet crêpe. Lamia’s Crepes has a vast selection of crêpes ranging from about $5 to $12, and it is worth every penny considering how big they turn out. Some of the savory crepes include toppings such as a variety of meats, swiss cheese, tomatoes, red onions, house-made sauces and more. The Bretonne, Poulet and Mediterranean are a few options to choose from on the savory side. For more cheese, meat or eggs there is an additional cost ranging from 75 cents to $3.

On the sweeter side of crêpes; toppings include Nutella, different fruit choices, salted caramel, chocolate and more. The Classic, German and Pomme are some of the options on the sweet crêpe menu and you can pick whether or not to add whipped cream on top. Additional cost for fruit is $1 and for ice cream is $1.50.

Photo by Jamie Relleva

Lamia’s Crepes recently added a beer and wine list to their menu. After a long busy day, you can stop by for a drink and relaxation. If you need an extra boost in the morning, then they serve coffee as well. However, if you do not drink either then they have soft drinks, tea and hot chocolate for those cold days.

If you are craving some delicious crêpes, but do not have a mode of transportation, then do not worry one bit. Lamia’s Crepes now offers delivery options such as GrubHub or OrderUp and you can reach them at (757)961–1181.

If you want to share your experience with your friends and family; Lamia’s Crepes does catering for occasions from weddings to private events. You can reach them at the same number listed for catering options. So grab your crêpe and enjoy great seating outside the restaurant.

 For more information about Lamia’s crepes and its upcoming events/specials, visit their website or their Facebook page

Lamia’s Crepes is located at 401 Granby St. in Norfolk, Virginia and is open daily. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.