A whole day to ourselves in Las Vegas! My daughter-in-law, why do we need to put ‘in-law’ in there I wonder, it is such a ponderous heading, decides on crepes for breakfast. She has seen a place on the food network she’d like to try. She has read through many of the four hundred reviews (who does that?). Only five are iffy.
Checking a google map (or what were we checking?) it should only be 23 minutes away. I am not a crepe person but have decided to take one for the team. We decide to leave my car in valet and catch a cab .. can’t be more than ten bucks right.. maybe twelve.
The cab driver is young and chatty and we are having a great conversation when I notice the meter edging up to over eighteen dollars. This is in American money so that is a gazillion in Canadian. “Holy crap .. where is this place?” I spit it out uncensored.
“It’s in Henderson” he replies. Even I, directionally challenged as I am, know we are in for a huge cab bill! As the ride progresses we are transfixed on that dam meter! Did I mention I am not a crepe person? Real people eat bacon and eggs and toast.. well maybe an omelet once in awhile but toast for sure!
The higher the meter the more animated our conversation.. omg is there no end in sight? As the meter inches up to forty dollars I am now calculating the ride back and the money difference and figure we haven’t even eaten a thing yet, but we are in for well over a 100 dollars already .. that’s two kazillion Canadian!
Forty five dollars later .. with tip.. we may be from Canada but we know what it is like to live on tips (she in hotel housekeeping and myself as a waitress.. I put myself through hairdressing school on tips, in my first life). I let daughter-in-law pay .. ponderous heading is appropriate now.
We put on our big girl panties and ‘suck it up’ .. what else can we do? ‘Crepe Expectations’ is a little hole in the wall in a strip mall, with a tent, tables and chairs, out front to create a patio. This had better be good I am secretly thinking as we enter the crowded interior. It is just as a diner should look, kitchy.
Lou, the owner, a big bearded happy guy .. greets us and says “hello gorgeous, what can I get for you?” or something like that, he had me at ‘hello gorgeous’ and I am liking him already. Daughter-in -law pipes up that I don’t like crepes, ponderous heading is really appropriate now. Lou laughs and says “that’s ok , my dad felt the same way and he now eats here twice a week.”
Lou takes us in and feeds us and waters us and listens to our cab ride story. I become a believer in crepes and we decide to order a second round! We have a ringside seat up at the counter with a glass partition facing all the action with four crepe rounds, and each staff member working flawlessly like a well oiled machines, to serve the continuous flow of orders.crepe expectations
Crepe Expectations hours are from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm each day. He has a family and a life, he explains to us. He does all his own shopping for ingredients’ (I have the biggest blueberries in my lemon curd blueberry whipped cream crepe, that I have ever seen). He also makes everything in house including his own sausage.
This big teddy bear of a man decides to make it his mission to hook us up with Uber .. I download the app but have long forgotten the password to my gmail account. So it is my daughters turn (I know.. basking in Lou’s ambiance and fed and watered , my mood is much improved.. this has been a great adventure) and she is successful!
Sometimes you just need to go with the flow and see where it takes you.. this one took us to meet Lou! Did you know you can get a bacon lettuce and tomatoes crepe? Who needs bread phhhffft!
We need more people like Lou and more of us need to be like him. We said our good-byes almost two and a half hours later and he even came out and gave directions to our Uber driver that was having trouble finding us. Lou also deposits a ring into my hand that I had taken off in the ladies room, to use a marvelous scrub, that was on display in there for our use.
What a great start to our day and now we have Oscar.. our Uber driver and we get to rate him (five stars) and he gets to rate us.. but that is another story.. 18.00 please, insert smiley face here!