Crêpes à Latte Serves Up Chicago’s Best Dessert

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You wouldn’t know it from all the attention they receive, but cupcakes aren’t the only sweet in town.

Case in point: the crepes at Crêpes à Latte the café, which just earned a Chicago’s Best for desserts.

Sure, the café at 1840 W. Irving Park offers its share of savory crêpes. But why would you order ham or avocado when you could have caramel apple pie or bananas foster? I made that mistake once, trying to act all virtuous and everything, but I won’t make it again. The dessert crêpes are delicate, the fillings sufficiently decadent, though not overly so, and a welcome departure from too-sugary frostings (see: cupcakes). If your tooth is sweet, this is not the place to exercise self-discipline, it’s the place to give into your cravings. For a true indulgence, wash your treat down with a frozen hot chocolate, which is kind of like a milkshake only better, with deeper and richer flavor.

Crêpes à Latte opened in April 2010 and is the brainchild of spouses Michael and Hailey Rosenstein. The pair has recreated the look and feel of an outdoor Parisian café, if said café were indoors and designed by Tim Burton. Not to steal from the couple’s marketing materials, but whimsical is the only word that suffices.

The crêpes couldn’t be fresher; they’re made to order, in full view of patrons. If you’d like, you can watch your batter swirled to perfection or amuse yourself with Barrel of Monkeys while you wait. I could go on and on, but I’m making myself hungry.

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