French Is Fresh
Colleyville says oui to crepes and more at bright new French-style bistro
It's crepes for Colleyville with the opening of Crepes Bistro, a French-style quick-service creperie featuring gourmet street food. This sweet, family-owned restaurant does crepes both savory and sweet, plus galettes, quiches, and select French pastries.
Owner Yasser Alkazzazin is a former engineer who used his passion for food and his cooking skills to fulfill a dream to open his own restaurant. He took over a former Mooyah space at 5615 Colleyville Blvd., near the Studio Movie Grill.
"I'm French-American, and I know crepes very well," he says. "I live in the area and realized there was a void for this kind of food. And people in Colleyville are adventurous. They want new experiences and different kinds of food."
Alkazzazin is having a lot of fun with the menu, which includes classics like crepes Suzette and Nutella with fruit, but also original inventions such as the Tex-Mex with veggies, black beans, jalapeños, and choice of beef or chicken. A Nordic crepe has smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and dill.
He does salads and daily specials depending on what's in stock; recent offerings include chicken apple sausage, vegetable ratatouille, and a huevos rancheros crepe. You can get his specials in a crepe form or forego the crepe and order it as a "bowl," à la Chipotle.
His sweet options include gourmet combos such as the one he created with honey, cheese, and dried fig. The crepes are made with a combination of all-purpose flour and buckwheat flour, a common ingredient in crepes that happens to be gluten-free. Prices run from $9 to $13 for the shrimp Florentine crepe.
He has an amazing bakery case with crème brûlée, fruit tarts, macarons, croissants, espresso drinks, and hot chocolate. And he's getting a license to serve beer and wine.
"Everything is cooked to order, and you can see everything we do," he says. "The bottom line is that crepes are about fresh food, and that's very French."