Dining Out: Sofi's Crepes offers fun French street food in Severna Park

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Along B&A Boulevard, Sofi's Crepes sells a classic French food that is both unique and familiar.

When you walk into the small shop, you see a combination crepe station and order counter in front of a huge blackboard depicting all manner of crepes. From classics like The Classic to crazy creations like The Godfather, the Thanksgiving Crepe and The Kevin Bacon, Sofi's has something for all tastes. The brightly colored walls are filled with French themed pictures, and there is a row of two-top tables all along one side of the restaurant for enjoying your meal. Although Sofi's Crepes is a small franchise, owner Abby Larkin puts her heart and soul into this interesting eatery, resulting in fresh food and good flavors.

The shop is definitely small. If you have a larger group you might consider taking everything to go. But, if you're looking for a quick lunch that isn't fast food, this is the place to be. Sofi's is always busy on a Sunday, yet we didn't have to wait long before we had hot crepes in hand. Folded into a triangle and wrapped to hold, each crepe is made on the spot with fresh ingredients and in fantastic flavor combinations.

A sign on the wall tells you how best to eat a crepe (peeling the paper as you go), which was good information to have as I probably would have made a mess of things without it.

The first of our orders was, of course, The Classic ($7.25). This crepe has rich melted Gruyere cheese, tasty ham and Dijon mustard. The first bite was a real pop with tangy taste. The combination of the cheese and ham were perfect, although I did feel that the Dijon may have been a bit over powering. Despite this, I ate several bites before remembering I was supposed to be sharing this.

Across the table my wife was already well into her Crepe Florentine ($8.25); wilted spinach and mushrooms with a saucy hot cheese (Gruyere and a Peppery Parmesan Sauce). The fresh vegetables were juicy and enjoyable, and the crunch from the sunflower seeds offset the soft textures nicely. The Florentine reminded me of a really moist quiche.

Our third selection was a BATS - bacon, avocado, tomato and sour cream ($7.25). This was all the best parts of a BLT, but with avocado and warm melted cheese. For a crepe like this fresh tomatoes and perfectly ripe avocado is essential, and Sofi's hits the mark perfectly.

While sitting in the shop and enjoying our last bites of lunch we saw several people in bicycle gear coming in through the rear of the shop. We then learned that Sofi's opens its back door to the B&A Trail, allowing people using the trail to have a nice lunch on seats set right along the trail. So, plan on dropping in while biking, hiking or stretching your legs on the trail.

We certainly didn't need that third crepe, but after a short pause we slowly started looking at the second half of the menu board: the desserts. After ordering them, we headed out back to sit in the sun and watching the people jogging or cycling by. The whole experience felt very Parisian, except for the pine trees.

Our first dessert selection was the Apple Crisp. The Apples were good, but they didn't come off as fresh-cut apples, even though they might have been. They were cooked with cinnamon, caramel and graham cracker crumbs. Though this was a dessert crepe, it came off as being a little too sweet for me.

The second was the Crepe Suzette. This classic dessert has a grand mariner (orange flavored liquor) sauce. We also opted to add fresh strawberries, which went with the crepe very nicely. The Crepe Suzette was perfectly done, with the just the right amount of sweetness and rich flavors.

Feeling full and happy, we spent another half hour just sitting and enjoying ourselves along the B&A trail. Sofi's Crepes provides quick food at a reasonable price. More importantly, the food is well made and full of fresh enjoyable ingredients, and, as they are also open with breakfast items, I plan on going back soon.

David Ludwig is a Chef Instructor at the HCAT Institute of Anne Arundel Community College. 

Sofi's Crepes – Severna Park

WHERE: 560 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146

PHONE: 410-647-6300

WEBSITE: www.sofiscrepes.com

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

LUNCH: $5 to $8.25

STYLE: Counter Service

CREDIT CARDS: All Major Cards

ACCESSIBILITY: Yes

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