Austin’s Flip Happy Crepes

Dinner, Heroes, Local Heroes, Recipes
on March 1, 2010
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

In Austin, Texas, kitsch combines with Irish culinary culture in a successful business known as Flip Happy Crepes. In a city known for barbecue, Tex-Mex and Southern comfort food, crepes could easily be ignored, but Austinites love the unexpected. They have become enamored with savory crepes stuffed with roasted pork, caramelized onions and white Cheddar and have been swept away by sweet dessert crepes with vanilla pastry cream and fresh berries.

Andrea Day Boykin discovered the trailer creperie concept on a visit to Ireland and persuaded her friend Nessa Higgins that they could sell crepes. They purchased an old metal trailer and called upon the expertise of Day Boykin's chef husband to help develop recipes. For the last four years, they have spent five days a week flipping and stuffing crepes for hungry customers.

"We get to eat crepes every day, too," Higgins says.

While the trailer ambience makes cooking gourmet fare fun, the business wouldn't have lasted without the women's dedication to creating great food.

"It's all about the flavor," Higgins says. Colorful red and blue tables under large oak trees provide al fresco dining for locals and visitors, who come to savor taste combinations like the Special Moroccan-a thin crepe folded around pieces of smoky chicken, tangy feta dressing and roasted vegetables. Order with a salad for a complete meal, or sample a sweet confection with French pressed coffee. Breakfast crepes are served on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

By Beverly Burmeier, a food writer in Austin, Texas.