There’s nothing better than crepes and coffee with girlfriends. So when my best girlfriend was in town over the weekend, we headed down the street to finally check out Point Chaud, the new creperie on 14th Street. (This of course, meant we fit in three brunches in one weekend. All for you, Bitches.)
Serving only coffee and crepes (with one quiche special), Point Chaud is absent of surprises. So, if you’re craving a good cup of Joe (they serve Illy) and a crepe, you know where to go. They have around 50 options for crepes—both savory and sweet.
If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, like my BFF was, you can get a whole-wheat crepe packed with veggies—she had spinach, avocado, and mushrooms. The other savory variations work like this: pick a cheese (cheddar, feta, or Monterrey jack), then pick some veggies (olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado, spinach, onions, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and more). And, if you’d like, throw in some protein: chicken, turkey, or eggs.
Of course, if you know me at all, you know I went straight for the chocolate. A chocolate-banana-strawberry crepe made with Belgian chocolate and topped with whipped cream was in order. It’s hard to screw up a chocolate crepe—it was delicious; the fruit was fresh; I was a happy girl. Other sweet options run from simple crepes topped with butter and sugar to a variety of Nutella or chocolate and fruit combination.
My one criticism of Point Chaud would be the poor décor—it’s like they couldn’t decide between a sparse modern look, as evidenced by the counter top and mod light fixtures, and charming French bistro, as shown by the precious water cooler and old-fashioned French movie posters on the wall. Either their decorator is bipolar, or they didn’t have one.
But Point Chaud does have charming outdoor sidewalk seating, which, on this occasion, included an attractive (straight!) male with a puppy. I can’t guarantee he’ll be there when you go—but he certainly improved the ambiance.
Best of all, the total bill for a cappuccino and a crepe is around $10—not bad for brunch in the District. And, if you need some place to write or study—they have free Wi-Fi.
The bitches say: A- (due to the poor décor), if you’re judging it as a crepe café, and not overall brunch spot.
Point Chaud Café and Crepes
1736 14th St. N.W.