Global Crepes and Local Shakes, which has been “a few weeks from opening” at 1309 S. 9th St. for about a year now, has actually finally opened for real. Promise.
The shop, as the name suggests, sells crepes influenced by global flavors and shakes made from ice cream or yogurt, but it also has some light fare of waffles, paninis, wraps, snacks, coffee and other choices.
Liza Hussain, who owns the shop with husband Kashif, got her start in crepes with a popular crepe stand at the Christmas Village at Dilworth Plaza (then LOVE Park) next to City Hall. Regulars asked where to find her during the rest of year so often that she decided to go for it with a year-round shop. Of course, she didn’t expect contracting, licensing and equipment delays to last 18 months. She’s been paying rent on the corner space since July 2012.
That’s all behind her now, though, and she has opened a shop inflected in both decor and menu with her and her husband’s heritage. She’s using a version of her grandmother’s Brittany-style crepe recipe and his Indian background (raised in Pakistan) can be found in items like the lassi yogurt drinks.
There is also house-made hot chocolate, Burmese, Thai and other teas, a Kashmiri Chai, which Liza called “a luxurious, healthful and warming blend of house-made Kashmiri green tea, almond, and spice (not ‘spicy’).”
For the quick breakfast set, they also have breakfast bagels with eggs, or any number of toppings, and a big espresso beverage selection. They serve Joe’s Philly fair trade coffee.
Find them on Facebook here. Opening a 7 a.m. every day but Sunday, which will open at 10. Closing at 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.