Ravenous Crêperie Review
Photo by Janine Kritschgau
This weekend, hundreds of parents will flock to Saratoga Springs to visit; despite the stresses that showing family around campus might bring in the midst of the semester, we recommend capitalizing on their company as an opportunity to explore downtown and enjoy some good eats. Last week we reviewed Wheatfields, and this week we will introduce a few other restaurants.
Eating at Ravenous is like getting a hug from a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Except that friend is also feeding you a crepe while you listen to Sinatra. This eatery will satisfy your breakfast and lunch needs (they also have a dinner menu filled with dinner crepes) without costing an arm and a leg; you can order a drink and a hearty crepe (one order will do) with side of a salad or fries for roughly thirteen dollars. It should be noted that, although this restaurant has an extensive menu of savory and sweet crepes, very few of the options are vegan (many of the savory crepes rely on egg for the fillings). The menu does state that they can make most sweet and savory crepes gluten free, for those with a gluten intolerance.
The quality of food at Ravenous was almost paralleled by the quality of service. Although one drink order got lost in the mix, it was eventually retrieved with not further issue or attitude. Service was fast and pleasant.
The location itself is ideal; nestled on Phila Street perpendicular to Broadway, Ravenous is easy to couple with a stroll around downtown. The interior is cozy and clean, with seating for parties of various sizes, although some spaces are more comfortable than others. If seated at the counter, for example, the sun is intense, and somewhat blinding, midday.
We can personally attest to the Grandfather’s Garden Crepe (mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes) and the Lumberjack (with no bacon). Our Canadian friend accompanied us to verify the authenticity of the poutine, and found it pleasant. We are fully confident in Ravenous’ ability to serve up a delicious crepe.
This is a great brunch place to go with your parents, but do keep in mind that the restaurant is very small and does not have a lot of seating. So, you might have to wait a while for a table because they do not take reservations for parties less than six for brunch or lunch. Though, you can consider calling in advance to place yourself on the waitlist.