Move over, waffles, step aside, pancakes. Crepes are quickly climbing the breakfast ranks. You don’t need to book a flight to Paris to indulge in this delectable dish; because Crêpe Crazy is serving both savory and sweet crepes right here in Dripping Springs.
Texas Crepes via Eastern Europe
The story behind Crêpe Crazy is truly a story of the American dream coming to fruition and is a rather inspirational one as well. While crepes, which are a cousin of the pancake but much wider and flatter, have culinary roots in France, Crêpe Crazy was started by two immigrants from Eastern Europe.
Owners and husband-and-wife team Vladimir and Inna Giterman were born in Russia and Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in the midst of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The couple first landed in Brooklyn, New York, but later relocated to Austin because it offered better educational opportunities for their children, Sergei and Michelle, who, like Vladimir and Inna, are deaf.
The couple toyed with various business ideas but ultimately decided that food was the way to go. Inna spent three years developing the menu before the couple launched their business, traveling to Belgium, Germany, Holland, and France to seek out culinary inspiration. In 2006, Crêpe Crazy was born as a food truck, and the couple, who run the business with their children, have been on a roll ever since.
“There just are so many different ways to offer crepes,” Inna signs. “You can have them at any time of day — breakfast, lunch, or whenever.”
From Savory to Sweet
Step inside Crêpe Crazy, and you’ll immediately see a sign by the counter reading, “Point and ye shall receive.” With a diverse menu offering more toppings options than most pizzerias, it’s not difficult to find the perfect crepe to satisfy any craving.
Popular breakfast offerings include the Cowboy Up (ham, bacon, scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, and salsa) as well as the Jammin’ Jam (whipped cream cheese, strawberry jam, powdered sugar, and caramel sauce).
Crepes are most commonly associated with breakfast, but the Gitermans offer a range of tasty crepes that are perfect for a hearty lunch or even a date night dinner. The chicken with basil pesto, the avocado, and turkey crepes are especially popular offerings, as well as the vegetarian-friendly items like the Meditterainan Medely (roasted peppers, feta, red onions, cucumber, hummus, and pesto).
And because no meal is complete without dessert, Crêpe Crazy offers a range of crepes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth with toppings such as Nutella, brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh fruit, whipped cream, marshmallow, graham crackers, and roasted walnuts.
While moving from Eastern Europe to Texas and opening a food truck was a definite gamble, it’s one that has paid off for Inna and Vladamir. The family now has two brick-and-mortar locations, one in Austin and one on Hwy 290 in Dripping Springs.
It’s family-run businesses like Crêpe Crazy that make Dripping Springs such a vibrant city and wonderful place to live. If you’d like to find a home here, reach out to the Caliterra team today.