You can tell AB Crepes is new just by looking at it. It’s clean with new paint, new chairs, new tables and no scuffmarks on the newly cleaned floor yet. But that will change soon enough, because the food is delicious.
The restaurant had only been open for a couple of weeks when I went in for breakfast. I tried the “Monday Morning” crepe, under their breakfast options and the Mediterranean, a savory crepe. Both were delicious and completely different.
The Mediterranean was like a Greek salad, but on a crepe. It had tomatoes, olives, spinach and feta cheese. I had it without the cucumbers that normally come on it. It was simple, but fresh and good.
The Monday Morning was more like an omelet. It included one egg, jalapeños, cheddar cheese and avocado. I was a little skeptical about the avocado at first, even though I love them, because it seemed like a strange combination, but it was a good contrast to the spicy jalapeños. The nice part about this cheesy crepe was that the cheese, egg and avocado held it together nicely, so it wasn’t as messy as the Mediterranean.
I was there at 8:01 a.m. — literally right when they opened, so my party was the only one there. It took about 20 minutes to get the food, which seemed fairly quick considering they were just turning on the stoves when I came in and hadn’t finished setting up chairs and filling up the hot water.
The prices were fair. They were definitely much less expensive than a lot of the restaurants downtown. I paid about $8 for a crepe and tea, and the person I was with paid about the same. And it’s worth pointing out that the crepes are bigger than dinner plates when they aren’t folded. The crepes ranged from about $5 to $8, and included savory, sweet and breakfast options.
It’s much different in atmosphere than some of the other creperies I’ve visited. Magdalena’s in Fairhaven is a traditional French creperie with the menu and atmosphere to match. But I like that AB crepes is different. It feels more like downtown Bellingham — and more unique. It’s not as expensive either.
It also has late and early hours, making it good for breakfast and after-bar snacks. They open at 8 a.m. and close at midnight Sunday and Tuesday, but are open until 3 a.m. every other day.
The walk-up window makes for easy access, too, and the menu is posted at the window.
One constructive thing I would say is that the hours are not posted on the window, which is a little confusing. Granted they are open most of the time, but the first time I tried to go was a Monday — the only day they’re closed.
As far as downtown restaurants go, I would say that it’s pretty good. Pelmeni is $6, which is the cheapest downtown meal I know about that’s open late at night. But this offers a better variety and it’s something new. I plan on going back for a dessert crepe at some point.