Parisian Crepes In Seattle

Enjoy a cup of tea and a bite of sweet lemon and pancake; La Cote brings Parisian street food to the

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In Paris, where crêpes are considered street food, it’s easy to make a warm, quick, mobile meal of a thin pancake filled with Nutella or slices of ham and Gruyère. And while a handful of crêpe stands have popped up—most notably the yummy buckwheat versions at the U-District and Ballard farmers’ markets—I’m still content to sit a while and bask in the cool French blue and crisp white interior of La Cote (Madison Valley, 2811 E Madison St.; 206.323.9800), which opened in its quaint corner spot in January. A cup of the Paris tea (a floral mix of currant, honey and citrus from Harney & Sons) gets me in the mood for the simple, pure pleasure of the crêpe citronnée ($5), a soft, warm crêpe wrapped around a sheer slurry of fresh lemon juice and a few pinches of sugar. Pull off a tender piece, sweep it through the pretty dollop of freshly whipped cream alongside and marvel at the bursting lemon flavor, as refreshing as a run through the sprinkler in summer.

Photo by Danielle Leavell