Ol’ Ernestine may have been onto something and, if you find yourself at Raintree Restaurant on San Marco Avenue, it’s likely you’d agree. Sometimes, you just need to say “Why not?” and go for the dessert.
While Raintree is long famous (they’ve been in business for 36 years) for its fabulous cuisine as a full service restaurant, it might just be the dessert menu which is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of that particular culinary rainbow. And, of all the desserts on that menu, it’s the made-to-order crepes that are in the limelight. There are four of these little gems, and each is as delectable as the next.
The Granny Smith Apple Crepe is the French pastry equivalent of a slice of Dutch apple pie. Granny Smith apples and golden raisins fill the crepe, while more apples and a sweet caramel sauce adorn the exterior. A streusel topping completes this wonderful sign off to your dinner.
The Cappuccino Ice Cream Crepe is exactly what it sounds like. Set in a pool of raspberry puree, ice cream is wrapped in a crepe and topped with ganache and white chocolate, blueberries and shaved almonds.
The Mixed Berry Crepe features blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, all generously spread over the top of a vanilla ice cream-filled crepe. Don’t let this one sit too long. The ice cream will melt quickly as a result of the warm berries poured over the top.
The Cinnamon Banana Crepe is Raintree’s most popular crepe. It’s served “Foster style” (although without the flames), boasting cinnamon bananas drenched in banana liqueur, dark rum, brown sugar, and butter.
It bears mentioning that, with the exception of the white chocolate and the ice cream, everything is prepared or produced in house, from the crepes to the banana slices. The care that goes into every ingredient is evident in every bite (every single, decadently delicious bite).
Yes, Ernestine Ulmer just may have been right.