With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For Crępe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American — the store’s owner, Mark Owen — to give a cręperie a name that takes all the pretense out of Continental dining.
“Crępes have sophisticated flavors, but we wanted to make sure to have a fun, frivolous name to be more approachable,” Owen said. His logo depicts a woman dragging a man by his tie, presumably to eat crępes. “I don’t think people are going to have to be dragged here — once you get (acquainted) with the menu, you’ll be hooked.” Crępes are like a cross between a tortilla and a pancake, and typically come in two flavors: Savory, which are designed to serve as
lunch wraps, and sweet, which are made to hold desserts. For Crępe Sake features four kinds of batters, including buckwheat and gluten-free.
Lunch options include the Jambon (with ham, spinach, mushroom and brie) and the Eiffel Tower (turkey, bacon, spinach, tomato and cream cheese). On the sweet side, there’s the Fraise (strawberry, pecans, cream cheese and chocolate drizzle).
For Crępe Sake also features Zingerman’s coffee, which you can either pump from an airpot or have it made fresh to order — including grinding the beans to order. Cappuccinos and espressos start this week.
Drinking and shopping
And for those who like a different kind of buzz while grocery shopping, Horrocks recently obtained a tavern license, allowing guests to enjoy a beer or wine while pushing their cart.
“We have no tables or chairs, so there won’t be a bar to sit at, but the idea is to be able to enjoy a wine or craft beer to enhance the shopping the experience,” said store manager Dan Dunn.
Horrocks typically features 10 styles of wine and has 30 craft beer handles, although Dunn said those won’t all have beer on them.
(While you´re enjoying your beverage, pick up a copy of City Pulse by the main entrance. Horrocks is a new distributor.)
For Crępe Sake (inside Lansing City Market) 325 Market Place Drive, Lansing 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon- 4 p.m. Sunday (989) 723-8995, facebook. com/fcslansing
Horrocks Farm Market Tavern 7420 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday (517) 323-3782, shophorrocks.com