If you’re a Will Ferrel fan, then you’ll remember that scene when Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights admits that he, too, loves “those really thin pancakes.” This was a funny tangent to my conversation with Clint Machamer, owner of Creative Crepes, Tahoe’s newest foodie favorite near Heavenly Village. These treats have bold flavors from savory to sweet, with breakfast options, too. Plus, it’s a fun experience as you watch the creations “fold” in front of you.
Clint spent much of his adult life in Breckenridge, Colo., where he cooked at many types of restaurants. It wasn’t until he experienced the fun interaction of cooking while customers watched, that he fell in love with this passion. “It’s a fun technique and you’re not just creating food, you’re creating an experience,” says Clint. It was at this moment when he decided to venture out on his own.
After mixing ingredients to invent a personalized crepe batter and numerous family taste tests, he finally perfected a unique recipe to go with both savory and sweet flavors. “I wanted something that would complement every ingredient on my menu.”
Starting with a farmers market stand and then growing into a mobile Airstream, he couldn’t keep up with the demand. “This was bigger than I originally thought, and customer feedback was tremendous, so I pushed further.” Finding solace in the mountains, he called every ski resort across the nation to find the perfect business location. The stars aligned and with just a U-Haul and no place to live yet, he relocated to South Lake Tahoe. Almost a year later, business is booming and Clint is enjoying life with his new bride, Chase, in their recently purchased home.
As far as for the crepes, personally, I’ve tried almost every flavor on the menu and then some, as you can create your own custom crepe. My favorites include the pesto turkey and Monte Cristo all made with premium Boar’s Head meats. For the sweet tooth, the strawberry shortcake with extra Nutella and Chantilly cream (homemade whipped cream icing) is my go to.
From the list of fresh ingredients, to handmade batter and sauces, plus the casual vibe, this place equals a delicious find when visiting the area. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention they have bottomless mimosas on Sundays and a great selection of beers and wine for the happiest of hours from 3 to 6 p.m. every day of the week. Need I say more, except … Yes, I love crepes.
4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd.,
South Lake Tahoe, CA
By: Meghan Burk