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August 12, 2005

Another Crepe and She's Le Happy

What's red, hip, and covered with fake flowers? It must be Le Happy, the cute little creperie/bar located about 16 blocks due west of my place. I went out for a solo crepe dinner last night to celebrate a good financial month of July, and it was an extremely pleasant experience.

Le Happy is a small, eye-catching establishment at NW 16th and Lovejoy. The exterior is bright yellow, with dark wood furniture and warm red walls inside. Having read the Citysearch profile of Le Happy, I was a little tentative to try it for the first time alone. Most Portland restaurants are very friendly and accomodating, but I've come across a few that relegate parties of one to uncomfortable seating areas and terrible service. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded at the romantic Le Happy. There are two eating bars, and the friendly staff put me at ease immediately. I was not even the only person there by myself for a light dinner.

I had the Faux Vegan, a savory buckwheat crepe with spinach, creme fraiche, crimini mushrooms and goat cheese, paired with a glass of tempranillo. The portion was small, but excellently prepared and presented. Le Happy also offers a "make your own" option in addition to the regular crepe menu selections. I am intrigued and will definitely be back to try it. The prices are more expensive than Vivace and Chez Machin, but Le Happy is my new favorite for a relaxing, laid-back gourmet treat. They open at 5pm, with happy hour discounts in effect between 5pm and 7pm weekdays. I suspect I may become a regular!

Posted by mara at August 12, 2005 12:56 PM