Crepes truck adds French accent to lunch downtown
Updated 1:59 pm, Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tired of the same old turkey sandwich? Does the thought of a salad at lunchtime make you wilt?
Perhaps a mobile purveyor of continental cuisine may be just the alternate culinary accent to please the palate, and it's the latest addition to the growing menu of food outlets in downtown Fairfield.
Christophe Ensenat parks his bright yellow truck on the Post Road in front of the Fairfield Public Library just before noon every weekday, provided it's not raining. He hooks up a generator to the front of the truck, and puts out a yellow-and-white striped awning, before posting his menu and opening the service window to let passersby know that Christophe's Crepes is open for business.
"I've been coming for a few months now," the French native recently told the Fairfield Citizen. "I am in a truck because I want to meet a lot of people."
Ensenat said he used to cook for his family in Lyon, France. "I cook for a long time in France," he said. "Lyon is one of the best cities in the world for food."
But if people can't travel to France to sample the legendary cuisine, Ensenat said he's happy to bring a taste of French cooking to them.
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The truck's menu is simple -- four kinds of "savory" crepes, nine versions of "sweet" crepes and five different kinds of Belgium waffles. Prices range from $3.95 for a Belgium waffle with powdered sugar to $7.50 for a ham and mozzarella cheese. "This is not too hard," the chef said of his menu.
Ensenat will even give customers a card that entitles them to a free crepe after they've purchased six. He said he is already seeing repeat customers.
He said he hasn't thought of opening a restaurant -- yet. "It's very expensive to do," he said. "Maybe in the future, if I have success, I'll open something."
Meanwhile, customers can find his truck parked weekdays on the Post Road from about noon to 3 p.m., and Ensenat said he plans to be out there even during the winter months as long as it's not snowing.
For more information, contact Ensenat at 646-596-6879.