If it werent for the traffic backing up on Southlake Boulevard and the jets en route to D/FW Airport screaming from the sky above, youd almost think you were in a tropical paradise.
Palm trees on the patio? Check.
A dining room with a breezy white-and-lime-green color scheme? Yup.
Snowflakes? Wait what?
Snowflake & Crepes Cafe is the sing-songy-named new restaurant opened in February by Stephanie Chen, a restaurateur who got the idea for her business after visiting relatives in San Francisco who operate snowflake (or Taiwanese iced desserts) shops.
The luscious fruit-laden meal-ender has become trendy on both coasts Chen says there are a few places that sell them in Houston, too but now we can say weve heard it all: Southlake, with all its chain eateries and shopping destinations, is on the cusp of a food trend.
Wedged at the back of a near-industrial complex just south of Texas 114, Snowflake & Crepes Cafe is a bit of a challenge to find.
But you may want to plug it into your GPS, because once our collective thermostat turns to the furnace setting this summer, youll want to eat this treat again and again.
It should come as no surprise that we had our dessert first. Our only problem was choosing from the seven kinds of snowflakes, most of which have a fresh-fruit base. The Pink Lady ($5.25) was calling our names: strawberry-flavored ice with strawberry sauce, passion fruit pieces and juice-infused boba balls. The plate was gorgeous in presentation, with the ice forming elegant ribbons. The pieces of fruit added welcome texture, too.
The iced part of the snowflake tasted very much like a good fruit sorbet, and Chen confirmed that its healthy: She estimates it is 80 percent fruit, 10 percent milk and 10 percent water.
For us, however, it served as more a palate-primer than cleanser.
Nine savory sandwich-like crepes are on offer, as well as seven types of sweet crepes. We tried the ham and cheese sandwich, which comes with a small cup of mixed salad greens topped with an unusual, granular ginger dressing ($5.95) as well as the Dallas ($6.95; roast beef, ham, corn, mozzarella and mayonnaise). Both were essentially wrap sandwiches, though the wrap here was a well-made and fluffy, if under-seasoned, crepe.
The former sandwich was better, since the shaved ham seemed to play well with the crepe, not weighing it down. The Dallas, like its namesake, tried a little too hard (ba-da-boom). With its questionable mix of overcooked roast beef and a random sprinkling of corn, we didnt waste much time on it.
A banana and nutella sweet crepe ($4.75) was chock-full of the sliced fruit but it made for a somewhat boring dessert.
The day we visited, the special was the ham and cheese, plus any boba tea, for $8. On the drive back to Fort Worth, we savored the mango version (a mix of green and jasmine teas), which featured more of the tasty, chewy tapioca balls than wed ever had in a boba-tea drink.
Snowflake & Crepes needs a bit of time to settle in, but we hope it does just that. The stellar snowflakes are reason enough to risk getting lost in Southlake.