Sweet and savory crepes make up the core of the restaurant’s offerings, although customers can also find a selection of breakfast and lunch items like paninis, waffles, and omelets. “We’ve expanded our menu over the years, but crepes are what keep our regular customers coming back,” Adelle says. “You can order more traditional French crepes, and then there are some from our imagination that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.” The restaurant’s most popular crepe combinations are The Roma – with ingredients like turkey, roasted red tomato, pesto, and Havarti cheese – and The Royale, featuring Nutella and fresh strawberries.
On top of the menu expansion, Adelle’s Creperie has grown in other ways, from increasing the staff to adding catering as a service. In 2018, the restaurant acquired its first food truck. According to Adelle, “The food truck was a huge thing for us. It allowed us to bring our crepes straight into the community at events around town and really educate people about a food they may not be very familiar with.”
Being an asset to the Chattanooga community is important to Adelle, which is why the creperie regularly offers food and services to benefit local foundations, including the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and March of Dimes. Adelle’s also opens its doors for the French Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting, as well as hosts students from local schools.
“We host the first-grade class at Normal Park every year, which I always look forward to. We do a crepe-making demonstration, and the students get a chance to ask me questions about my business. They’ll tell me that they want to grow up and own a business too! That’s the most rewarding part, showing them that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to follow their dreams,” Adelle says.