In the downtown area of Silver Spring Maryland, Fenton Cafe has been serving fantastic crepes for over a decade. I don’t get there often enough, but when I do the food is always fantastic.
The cafe is located right on Fenton Avenue, a few blocks south of the shopping area on Ellsworth Drive. It has been there as long as I can remember. I’ve found very little online about it, but a Yelp review indicates that the cafe opened in April 2011. I don’t know who owns it, but it has the look and feel of a small, family run business.
Fenton Cafe has a dizzying array of both sweet and savory crepes. There are 15 savory crepes to choose from and whopping 32 sweet ones.
The sweet menu includes 12 Nutella options, either by itself or with various combinations of fruit. Fruit centered options include apple, blueberry, lemon and several with banana or strawberries. Also of note are two ricotta cheese items, with either apple sauce or jam. Savory crepes include one with chicken, 6 items with cheese, 3 items with turkey, and one with tuna. Vegetarian options consist of a spinach crepe and an eggplant crepe. Fenton Cafe also has a couple of sandwiches, but I always get crepes. There is also a small selection of coffee beverages.
On a recent trip I had Sauteed Spinach (#13) for my savory and Sweet Banana (#4) for my sweet crepe. I am very picky about crepes, but Fenton’s meet my standards. Both crepes were perfectly cooked – light and fluffy with no hint of browning – and thick with ingredients. The spinach comes with caramelized onions, feta cheese, and sun dried tomatoes. I don’t recall seeing any sun dried tomatoes, but there was plenty of cheese and onions. Overall, I was quite happy with the dish.
The bananas in the sweet crepe were mixed in with a brown sugar butter sauce, making for a delicious combination. I was a little surprised that the bananas, while warm, were not cooked down. I was expecting them to be sauteed. That didn’t bother me, but people with an aversion to raw bananas should be aware. The crepe is served with whipped cream, but I was not impressed. It tasted like it came from a can. Despite that reservation, I thoroughly enjoyed the crepe. I would definitely order it again.
The staff at Fenton Cafe is friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is laid back and casual. Ordering is done at the counter, but the good is brought to your table. Although there seemed to be a fair amount of people doing take out. The last time I was there my order was promptly taken and the food came out quickly. But it also was not very crowded that day. Several years ago, I was there and it was busy; it took quite a while to get served. Things may have improved since.
Fenton Cafe has a fair of indoor seating. That was not always the case, but I think the cafe expanded into the space next door. It is now twice the size that it used to be. There is also a small amount of outdoor seating, which is perfect on a warm spring day.