NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> I think I’ve died and gone to foodies heaven.
In the past few months not just one creperie has opened its doors in Newtown, but two!
The newest is Bon Appetit Fine Foods of Newtown located next door to the new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store on South State Street. They opened on Sunday, April 27 inside developer Allan Smith’s phase one Steeple View project.
I have loved crepes since I was a kid, although it wasn’t a crepe that first whet my appetite for the tasty treats.
When Perkins was a pancake house and they boasted a yellow sign, they served what they called “roll-ups,” which were hot, thin pancakes rolled up with warm strawberries and whipped cream inside. They were to die for.
Unfortunately, when Perkins rebranded itself as a family restaurant and changed the color of its sign to green, the rollups disappeared from the menu.
While roll-ups weren’t exactly crepes, they weren’t true pancakes either. I describe them as the thickness of a pancake with the light, airy taste of a crepe.
So for me, I am thoroughly enjoying the two newest additions to Newtown’s food scene - Bon Appetit and the Pappilon Cafe On Sycamore Street which I wrote about a few weeks ago.
Both are serving a delicious selection of crepes and other sandwich selections and both are offering a delicious product.
Bon Appetit announced its opening on its Facebook page: “Having fun on our first day in Newtown. We are enjoying a warm reception. The crepes, chocolate Babka and macaroons are a big hit this morning. Bon Appetit.”
On a recent Saturday I ventured inside to check it out.
Their menu board is chock full of sandwich and crepe selections, which are made to order. And there’s plenty of seating both inside and outside to enjoy your selections.
I ordered a White Chocolate Strawberry sweet crepe and boy, was I in heaven. It combines my two favorite things - white chocolate and crepes. It was delicious!
Their other sweet crepe selections include Italian Banana (Nutella and bananas), Choconut Swirl (Nutella and peanut butter), Peanut Butter Powerhouse (peanut butter and banana), Fresh Exotic (bananas and strawberries), Spanish Treat (Dulche De Leche Sauce), Carmel Apple, Belgian Classic and White Strawberry.
Their savory crepes range from the Classic (eggs, ham or bacon and Gruyere cheese) to the SouthWest (roasted chicken, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and chipotle sauce) and the Popeye (prosciutto, goat cheese, baby spinach, roasted red peppers and tomato).
They also make an extensive selection of classic sandwiches (BLTs, Ham and Cheese, tuna and chicken salad, Sloppy Joe and more), four different wraps, nine signature sandwiches and four salads including a Classic Caesar; greens, goat cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries with lingonberry vinaigrette; and a chef salad with celery seed dressing.
Patrons will also find a variety of retail market items including imported gourmet cheeses from around the world, hand-picked gourmet specialty items, gourmet gift baskets, a variety of coffees, European style desserts, chocolates and fresh crusty European style baguettes.
And for those lovers of Cadbury chocolate, there’s two pieces of good news - they carry the real thing - Fruit and Nut bars and one of my favorites, the Flake bar. I haven’t had one since my trip to England more than a decade ago. If you like melt-in-your-mouth creamy chocolate you’ll love this bar. Just a heads-up. It lives up to its name so have a napkin handy.
“At Bon Appétit, like in a traditional European household, there is nothing more important then what goes on your table day in and day out,” says the company’s website. “This is where you lay your pride, creativity and originality on the line. We take that same authenticity of Europe and leave it at the grasp of your finger tips. So why not take pride in what you eat and eat well? Bon Appétit.”
Bon Appétit Fine Foods has been serving the Princeton area since 1967. It started as a small Northern European delicatessen store by a small Danish couple. In 1989 the store was acquired by a Belgian family that brought more regional authentic European elements to the store.
In 2009, then Vice President of Store Operations for Dean and Deluca William Lettier purchased the store and has brought his knowledge, business expertise, and passion for exquisite food.
Bon Appétit has since grown to offer one of the best gourmet food experiences along the east coast. From high end restaurant quality prepared foods to that hard to find cheese you once had in Europe to the French style baguette you didn’t think existed on this side of the Atlantic to seasonally imported truffles, Bon Appétit offers a uniquely exquisite food experience that everyone can appreciate.