I actually had someone angry with me once because I said that It’s Just Crepes wasn’t my favorite. It’s okay– we’re good now– but the reason I wasn’t big into it is because when I think of crepes, I think of delicate crepes filled with simple ingredients: lavender, lemon, sugar or nutella, for example; or if we’re going for savory, just simple ham and cheese. It’s something you can stroll down the street while eating and not worry about making a mess. It’s Just Crepes isn’t street food (as crepes are in France), since they’re so overstuffed. You have to sit down and eat it (and maybe even use a fork). That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, I’m always happy to try places again– so I did.
It’s Just Crepes isn’t simple. Most of their crepes are more like wraps– instead of a tortilla, they use a crepe–with all sorts of creative filling combinations. It’s pretty unique to the area, and a fun concept. They’ve been expanding– there are now two downtown locations and a Northern Kentucky location. We popped into the Court Street location on a Saturday for breakfast. Well. One of us got breakfast. I went for something more lunch-y.
The menu is broken down into Sweet and Savory, and there are a few price variations under each. The Better Half picked the Benedict crepe, one of the more breakfast-y crepes, filled with swiss cheese, ham, sliced tomatoes, spinach and hollandaise sauce. I went with the Southwestern, filled with Pepper Jack, chicken, onions, red peppers and chipotle mayo.
The crepes were overstuffed and very filling– I couldn’t begin to finish mine. I liked the southwestern combination: it was fresh and flavorful and just a bit spicy. I’ll definitely order it again, however, I’ll ask for less chipotle mayo next time. It provided some nice spiciness, for sure, but it was a little too sloppy.
As for the Benedict, I think this would have been better if they hadn’t used hollandaise from a mix. I know- hollandaise is hard to keep around for something that could be an occasional order (though they have two crepes that feature it), but the odd, congealed consistency of from-a-mix hollandaise makes me wonder why they don’t just use a lemon mayonnaise that might be easier to keep on hand but still approximate the Benedict flavor.
We didn’t want to ignore the sweet side of the menu, so on the way out we grabbed a nutella-filled crepe. Perfect– a little messy (but it’s chocolate, so who cares?), but not so messy that you couldn’t walk down the street while eating it. Simple.
I think that when I go back and I’m looking for a quick lunch to take away as I walk, I’ll stick with the simpler crepes– ham and cheese, nutella– and leave the more overstuffed varieties for when I have time to sit down. For the price ($5-7 for a good sized portion of food), it’s not bad for a downtown lunch.