Local eatery serves French cuisine

Posted by Erin Dillon

Ravenous is the one and only crèperie in Saratoga Springs. Do not go to this local eatery expecting a run-of-the-mill French flapjack. Rather, prepare for a unique experience that will fulfill your wildest crèpe dreams.

The restaurant is family-run and has been open and thriving for more than a decade. Ravenous has definitely won over the crèpe-lovers of Saratoga. The place is hoppin' at all hours, especially weekend brunch.

Ravenous is open for lunch and dinner and for brunch on the weekends. Currently hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, but check out the Ravenous Facebook page for updates.

At 21 Phila Street, it is easy to overlook the small and subtle Ravenous. But do not just walk by. A friendly and sweet-smelling environment waits right inside. Customers are seated quickly and provided with an attentive wait staff. The kitchen is partially open, so while you wait for your food the crèpe masters can wow you with their skills.

Ravenous offers a variety of both savory and sweet crèpes along with its famed pommes frites. After reading the menu, it is clear that Ravenous tries to use organic and local products whenever possible. Many of the savory crèpes come with an organic salad, and the sweet crèpes are served with a homemade whipped cream.

The varied menu makes Ravenous a great place for any casual occasion. I visited twice: once for a dinner date and again for brunch with the girls.

For dinner, I ordered the Ratatouille crèpe along with pommes frites. The filling of eggplant, sweet peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, fresh basil and Herbs de Provence was absolutely delicious, but more delectable was the crèpe itself. The chefs at Ravenous have mastered making a crèpe the star of the meal. The organic side salad was simple but also very good.

Now, do not get thrown off by all this ‘French-sounding' stuff. Ravenous has crèpes with names like Taj Mahal and Chili Con Crèpe. Quite global!

Whether it is dessert or breakfast on your mind, sweet crèpes by Ravenous are sure to satisfy. An array of fillings, including berries, bananas, lemon curd and chocolate-hazelnut spread, make for crèpes more interesting than the ones you made in eighth grade home economics.

For Saturday brunch I had the Merry Berry crèpe, which is filled with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. It was classic and certainly hit the spot. I also ordered organic apple juice. Yum!

Each meal I ate at Ravenous was fresh, quick and very tasty. The prices are not too high with most dishes costing between $6 and $13. And Ravenous has plenty of options for the vegetarian folks out there.

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