Time to do a happy hedgehog dance, vegans.
I’ll be 100% honest. I wasn’t that excited when the Skinny Pancake announced it would be opening a location in Hanover, NH. I guess I was more jealous than anything: jealous of those who would be able to walk in and have a menu full of items to choose from; jealous of the lunch outings I would miss out on; jealous of the cool live music I’d miss around dinner time when my tummy was grumbly. I was just a lonely little vegan in a world full of people who eat eggy pancakes.
But then—dun dun DUNNN—something unexpected happened. I was at a pre-party celebration for Skinny Pancake at King Arthur Flour (I know, it’s a little confusing). One of the kind SP employees offered me a free crepe. “Oh, no thank you,” I replied, politely. “I’m actually vegan.” To my surprise, the woman was ecstatic. “Oh! That’s great. Well, just so you know, we will be offering a vegan crepe as well as a black bean burger.”
A VEGAN CREPE? A vegan crepe. Yes, I heard her correctly. There would, in fact, be delicious options for me too—the vegan outcast. I practically hugged her and then skipped away dreaming of fluffy vegan pancakes.
I didn’t waste any time. The week SP opened, I was right there in line with the rest of ’em. “One UVegan crepe, please!” I shouted with a raised finger, like a child ordering ice cream for the first time. “One vegan crepe, coming right up!” I thought the host winked at me—yes, I do think we had a secret connection. “Your kind is definitely welcome here,” she seemed to be saying to me with her glittering eyes.
I had been in such a hurry to order my vegan crepe that I hadn’t taken a moment to admire the new restaurant—and boy, is it beautiful. Wood beams and farmhouse tables, lots of natural light, an open kitchen, and a long bar smack in the middle of the place. It’s a large space with plenty of seating. I didn’t feel cramped at all, although it was busy by the time my food arrived.
When my crepe was placed gently before me after a surprisingly short wait, I swear the sunshine shone right through the window onto my clean, white plate. I like to think of Skinny Pancake’s crepes like a little birthday present made just for you—outside, the package is neat, and tightly wrapped. But the real surprise is inside. My crepe was filled with veggies: onions, peppers, root slaw, pickled jalapenos, black beans. The actual crepe was super tasty as well, which was topped with guacamole and came with a side of pico de gallo. The consistency was almost like cornbread—definitely thicker than a typical crepe. It was seasoned perfectly and was a bit reminiscent of falafel (probably the chickpea flour used; I think I also tasted cumin.) I gobbled up the entire thing because it was so yummy. It was probably a little too much food for me for lunch; next time I’d probably save some of it to take home.
Vegan lovers: I also got the sense that there is an option to personalize the vegan crepe, which I will certainly ask about next time. By the way, vegetarians, I think you'll love SP's Veggie Monster (Cabot cheddar, fresh spinach, roasted red pepper, caramelized onions and basil sunflower seed pesto). A couple of my colleagues ordered this and it looked mighty tasty.
Of course, I also had a beer to wash down my lunch. And thankfully, SP has plenty of great, local beers on tap. I’m looking forward to going around dinner sometime soon to try the black bean burger and hear some of the live music they’ve lined up whilst enjoying a few of said brews.
Well, that’s it for now, folks. Until next time.
A Girl With the Hedgehog Tattoo Dreaming of Vegan Crepes
P.S. Have you noticed yet that Skinny Pancake has the same initials as Sylvia Plath? Coincidence? I think not.