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Breizh Pan Crepes Is Bringing the French Touch to the Charleston Region

By Elisha Neubauer

If you've never had a crepe, you are truly missing out. This delectable cuisine is a staple of France and has since been adopted by countries around the world. The recipe was brought to France in the early 1200s by the Crusaders and became a fundamental part of the French diet as the main ingredient grew so well in the region.

Similar to a really thin pancake, crepes are crafted from buckwheat flour. Although the name implies otherwise, this ingredient is actually a member of the rhubarb family not the wheat family, which makes it gluten-free.

Celine and Patrice Rombaut were both born and raised in France, hailing from Brittany, the western region of France. In a land filled with incredible pastries, candies, and foods, it is no surprise that the pair developed a passion for cooking. Both trained by master chefs from the Ecole des Chefs, the pair immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina and began a new path in life: bringing authentic French crepes and culture to the area.

"We opened this restaurant because we would like to bring this culture to Charleston through our authentic French crepes," they said. "We hope our patrons ,tourists and Charleston natives, can discover and learn more about our country and beautiful region."

As the couple sought to bring the feel of French culture to their new home, the décor and ambiance echo the same sentiments you would feel walking into a café in France. The space is filled with various pictures and maps depicting French life, while French music pipes in throughout the room. Large, open windows stream sunlight into the building, making it feel cozy and comfortable to all who visit.

For those unfamiliar with crepes, it may be hard to wrap your head around an entire eatery based on one type of food, but crepes are exceptionally variable. They can be savory or sweet. They can be dinner, lunch, breakfast or even dessert.

"Our favorite crepe on the menu is La Complete," the couple said. "It is a traditional savory crepe from Brittany with Swiss cheese, ham, and an egg that is a perfect meal for breakfast or lunch." The popular sweet crepe La Phare is made of white flour with strawberries, bananas, Chantilly cream, and a homemade chocolate sauce that is made from 64-percent cacao and cream.

In addition to offering delicious crepes in a warm and welcoming environment, Breizh Pan Crepes offer several different ways to enjoy their delectable fare. One is through a private restaurant party, and the other is through off-site catering.

"Quality ingredients are the key word and make the difference: natural, healthy ingredients," they said.

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