Juices, smoothies, crêpes and bowls: $9-$13; cocktails & wine:
$4 (shots) to $14
Casual, coffee-bar crêperie, with cocktails, beer and wine
G.N.A.R. as a breakfast crêpe; The Crespelle
as a sweet crêpe
278 Hanson Ranch Road | Vail | 970.470.4028 | crespellevail.com
What began as a temporary, pop-up crêpe shop for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships has become Vail’s popular, permanent health-conscious restaurant, earning tripadvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence — and rated No. 1 by Tripadvisor.com as the best dessert in Vail.
Crespelle, located near the base of Gondola One, focuses on fresh, healthy, filling crêpes, smoothies and juices.
Chef Michael Jasper earned his degree at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and now takes pride in his juice, smoothie and
Every juice is made in-house, daily, and all of Crespelle’s recipes blend perfectly balanced ingredients, so, for instance, even people who don’t like beets can drink in the health benefits of the vegetable, mellowed by the crisp flavors of ginger, orange and carrots in the Morning Start. And the Go Green doesn’t overpower with kale and spinach. The Hangover is a refreshing start to any day. Jasper jokes with kids when they order it, but even if you’ve never had a hangover, this watermelon and blueberry blend — with a kick of cayenne — will rev your engines.
In creating the juices, Crespelle researched the health benefits of each ingredient and concocted delicious mixes, with no sugar added.
“All of our juices serve a purpose, whether it’s for cardiovascular health, good skin, respiratory (issues) or digestion,” Jasper says. “You can ask for a juice that caters to a certain health benefit.”
Every crêpe, from hearty breakfast crêpes like G.N.A.R., filled with eggs, cheddar cheese, turkey sausage and hash browns to a variety of lunch crêpes ranging from blends of seasonal vegetables, provolone and sun-dried tomato pesto, to pulled chicken, Gruyére, ham and more, uses gluten-free crêpe batter. In fact, Crespelle accommodates people with the most complex of food allergies.
“You can come in here and have at it and not feel bad,” Jasper says.
Smoothies range from acai berry and banana blends to rich and stimulating banana, peanut butter, almond milk and dark chocolate, with a shot from Crespelle’s espresso bar.
Despite its focus on health and allergy-free offerings, Crespelle still understands the need for a little indulgence, be it in the form of sweet crêpes, milkshakes or its extensive beer, wine and cocktail selection.
Whether you prefer Irish coffee cocktails, mimosas and bloody marys or 10th Mountain Moonshine or the decadent Chocolate Orange, with Godiva chocolate liqueur, Grand Marnier and coffee, you’ll find plenty of options.
In fact, one of Crespelle’s most innovative alcoholic offerings comes in the form of its Juicetails: blends of liquor with healthy, freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. Take the Rum Rebound, for instance, with its cucumber, green apple, mint, honeydew, coconut water and Bacardi mix.
Plus, Crespelle offers one of the best happy hours in town, with $4 shots and daily specials.
Crespelle also serves nitro coffee — it’s one of the first in Vail to offer this trendy, cold-brewed coffee held in kegs for a crisp, mildly carbonated coffee.
Crespelle’s bright atmosphere, punctuated by stainless steel countertops and recycled, beetle-kill strip paneling makes it a casual place to enjoy a drink, coffee, fresh juice, smoothie or its large (think huge New York pizza slice) crêpes. But it also caters to the active mountain lifestyle by offering its upscale cuisine to go; in short, it provides something for everyone.
The Fitz’s menu sources all its meats from Colorado, and many of the whiskeys in its collection are Colorado-made.