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Solar Crepes Cart Launches in Ballston

by ARLnow.com — July 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm 2,130 13 Comments

There’s a new food cart on the scene in Arlington. Solar Crepes serves savory and sweet crepes, as well as coffee, cold drinks and snacks, all from a small, brightly-colored cart across Fairfax Drive from the Ballston Metro Station.

Owners Danna Andrews and Camille Dierksheide are trained chefs who share an interest in the environment, local food and good nutrition. That interest is apparent with the cart’s focus on sustainable, and locally-grown organic food. Many of the ingredients come from Lancaster Farm Fresh, a cooperative of growers in Pennsylvania.

Danna and Camille started to turn the vision of the cart into reality last September. They already owned their own catering and personal chef businesses and thus had a head-start on the culinary component of the cart. Danna’s French grandmother-in-law even helped out, supplying a family recipe for the cart’s popular chicken crepe.

When deciding where to operate the cart, the Alexandria residents say Arlington was a natural choice. Launching a food cart in Arlington, they said, was much easier than the District, where authorities had stopped giving out permits and returning phone calls. Alexandria, meanwhile, does not currently allow food carts.

“Arlington was honestly the easiest place to open up a business, they’re so business friendly,” Camille said. “Everybody was so helpful, they just made it really easy.”

Danna and Camille launched cart on Tuesday and were pleasantly surprised by the warm reception from curious local workers and residents.

The menu is constantly changing, with an emphasis on daily specials and seasonal items. On Wednesday, the savory specials were a tomato, basil, eggplant and mozzarella crepe and a bacon, spinach and cheese crepe. Fresh peaches were being sold from a box for 75 cents, while Toy Cow Creamery smoothies and Saratoga Springs water were on sale from an ice bucket built into the front of the cart.

Solar Crepes is just serving lunch now, Monday through Thursday, but Camille says they plan to start serving breakfast soon. Also in the works, when they can gather the funds: two 90-watt solar panels to power the cart and provide a more tangible explanation for its name.

See a review of the food at Solar Crepes here. More photos after the jump.

  • http://eatmoredrinkmore.com EatMore DrinkMore

    Thanks for the link!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqLPRhWGuH8 I’m a crêpe

    Damn, this is awesome. What a welcome addition to Ballston’s food selections. Yet another reason why Arlington is such a great place to live.

  • Deb

    When I tried to view the website for this place, I got a snarky message about my browser being out of date (“Have you heard — we’ve landed on the moon?”). Yeah, no kidding, it’s not my choice to use IE6, it’s something I’m forced to do at work because the IT people won’t upgrade and won’t let me install anything else. But it’s pretty clear from the page I saw that these folks are in love with themselves, and so is their website guy. Happily, there are plenty of places in Ballston where I can get lunch served by nice people who respect their customers’ intelligence. They deserve my money; arrogant food cart people can go jump in a lake.

    • RebelYellow

      You shouldn’t be surfing for pleasure at work anyway.

  • david

    Geez Deb. Angry much?

  • Deb

    Nope, not angry at all. Just don’t need arrogance in my life. And I’m allowed to look for places to have lunch.

  • Joey

    It’d be awesome if, after they taste some success, they could stay open late at night. There’s nothing in the way of food in Ballston when the bars let out.

    Though I don’t know if they had to agree to have limited hours to get their permit?

    • TGEoA

      t’d be awesome if, after they taste some success, they could stay open late at night.

      When you figure out how to make the sun stay out at night in Arlington, let me know. But until then you have a good chance of getting elected to the CB.

      • Grover

        Next time you ought to try reading the article before launching a snark offensive, TGEoA.

        Solar Crepes isn’t really “solar” yet. They have *plans* to purchase solar panels in the future, making the name more apt.

        You and “Downer Deb” took all of the fun out of reading about this great new local food option.

        • TGEoA

          First of all, crepes suck. Combine that with snooty enviros and you’ve got one annoying business model.

          • Matt

            Hi TGEoA, the salmon crepe I had at Solar Crepes was delicious…recommend trying one from there before writing off crepes universally. I welcome businesses like these into the Ballston area.

  • http://ArbourRealty.com Genevieve

    We’re so excited about this! We even posted in on our Arbour Facebook page!

    • SolarCrepesPR

      Genevieve, thanks so much for the shout out on your FB page! Look forward to seeing you at the cart!

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