Today, I’m continuing my series on hidden gem restaurants – little cafes tucked inside office buildings, scrunched between bigger businesses, or operating out of other businesses. The common theme is they’re difficult to find and seem to operate just under the South Sound culinary radar.
Today’s featured cafe – Occasions Coffee and Crepes in Gig Harbor.
This restaurant tip came in a handwritten letter from a reader: “This place has delicious crepes.” A week before, I had spotted the sidewalk sandwich board for Occasions Coffee and Crepes and circled the St. Anthony Hospital’s Prompt Care Building three times before realizing the cafe was tucked inside the front building entrance.
Ray Wainright, a graduate of South Seattle Community College’s culinary program, started Occasions as a catering company before converting to a kiosk in that building 12 years ago.
Four years later, Occasions moved into its cafe space – a cubbyhole with seating along the corridor outside.
The menu is savory or sweet crepes, panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and coffee.
Designed as grab-and-go food – think of the savory crepes here as hand-held sandwich wraps, not the stuffed-and-folded crepes you might find in Vancouver, B.C., creperies. The made-to-order crepe sandwiches carry a tender bite and sturdy texture, wrapped in a paper jacket to hold their shape.
A chicken, bacon and avocado crepe ($7.95) was rolled and sliced on the bias, full of seasoned chicken breast and bacon strips glued together with a drizzle of Caesar dressing and melted Swiss. A roasted red pepper and spinach crepe wrap ($7.95) was sharp and sweet from an oily sun-dried tomato pesto paired with creamy feta.
A chowder on one visit was creamy and full bodied; grab-and-go salads in the deli case were exceptionally priced ($4.25-$5.45) for quality and quantity.
For more traditional fold-over crepes, look to the dessert menu.
Occasions Coffee and Crepes
Where: 4700 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-851-2576
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays
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