Scout Notes: When Joseph Teshone traveled to Europe 15 years ago he fell in love with an idea -- ...When Joseph Teshone traveled to Europe 15 years ago he fell in love with an idea -- the classic French café and crêperie. Flashing forward to the present day, Joseph has managed to make his passion his business by opening DC Scoop Cafe, U Street's newest and tastiest sweet (and savory) spot. And while the crepe-making relies on years of tradition (Joseph had his staff train with a French chef who was able to certify them in the ways of the old country), the way Joseph revealed the business location to his wife was a little more untraditional. "I surprised my wife Judy after I signed the contract," he said, as sweet as Nutella. "This is something we've been talking about for over a decade and she was so happy to learn our dream was finally happening."
And what a perfect business partner. Judy is a chef herself. Along with the French chef, Judy helped concoct the menu that features over 24 varieties of crepes, as well as sandwiches and salads. "I do the taste-testing, though," said Joseph, whose recommendations to me to try the Nutella and Banana crepe on the sweet side, as well as the Veggie crepe (filled with spinach, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil) on the savory side, proved that his taste buds are spot on. Using a blend of whole wheat flour, the crepes were moist without being soggy and miraculously somehow light yet sturdy enough to hold all the delicious and fresh-chopped fillings. Pierre-Charles L'Enfant would be so proud.
Cash only until Jan. 12
24 varieties of crepes, $4.50 - $7.50
Gelato, $3 (small), $4 (medium), $5 (large)
Every day, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.