100 Favorite OC Dishes, #39: Crepe Cakes at TeaArias

Crepe cake: Crepes on crepes on crepes!EXPAND
Crepe cake: Crepes on crepes on crepes!
Photos by Sophia Perricone

At the corner of Goldenwest Street and Edinger Avenue stands an unappealing shopping center. Every store and restaurant in the plaza is undergoing a much-needed renovation, taking away storefronts and replacing them with plywood arches topped with matching white and red signs. But one shop doesn't seem to conform to the construction—TeaArias. They decided to add their own banner to the construction site, advertising their signature teas and smoothies. 

The teas are sweet, the boba is chewy, and the smoothies are thick, creamy, and filled with healthy ingredients. But the real treat at TeaArias isn't advertised on their big banner nor their website. In a glass case near the cash register sits large cakes, which look normal at first glance. But move closer, and discover that they're missing frosting and have at least 25 layers—not of cake, but of crepes

Holy crepe!EXPAND
Holy crepe!

With only two crepe cake flavors at TeaArias—plain and matcha—the decision doesn't seem too difficult. But after sampling both, you'll realize that it is. The plain cake has a hint of milkiness to it, courtesy of the milk pastry cream between each layer, while the matcha flavor has green tea pastry cream smeared between each crepe, and is slightly bitter from the matcha powder dusted on top. Whether you choose plain or matcha, both cakes are sweet, creamy, and surprisingly light, a delicious combination that landed the tea shop third place in the Taste of Huntington Beach's dessert category. 

A cake worthy of an awardEXPAND
A cake worthy of an award

TeaArias' crepe cakes are baked fresh each day with the same process—crepe, pastry cream, crepe, pastry cream, repeated over and over again, 25 times. It's a procedure so easy, you could master it at home. But why do that when you can score a slice for $4.50, or a whole cake for $40? Enjoy! 

TeaArias, 7184 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-8780; teaarias.com

The List:

40. Bacon and Eggs at Break of Dawn
41. Combo Platter from The Halal Guys 
42. Sunflower Salad from PIE-NOT 
43. Watermelon Salad from Barley Forge Brewing Company 
44. Breakfast Burrito from Pedro's Tacos 
45. Salmon Toast from Haven Gastropub 
46. Croque Madame Sandwich at Café Beau Soleil 
47. Dean's Thai Curry Chicken Pizza 
48. Aguas Frescas at Mar and Terra
49. Bocatas at Olé! Spain Delishop 
50. Pan Con Pollo at El Divino Salvador Del Mundo 
51. Tacos al Vapor at Tito's La Especial 
52. Knafeh at Knafeh Cafe 
53. Yakiudon Nikkei at Aji Limon
54. Yakitori at Electric City Butcher
55. Tsukemen at Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai 
56. Ten Zaru Soba at Tanakaya 
57. Pink Cloud Sandwich at Alicia's Cookery 
58. Homemade Super Nachos at Taqueria Los Santos
59. Strawberry Banana Croissant at Cream Pan 
60. Pla Duk Phat Phet at Vientiane Thai Laos Restaurant 
61. Risotto Con Burrata at Taverna 
62. Pineapple Float at Jollibee 
63. Szechuan Fries at Wok N Tandoor 
64. Banh Xeo at Quan Mii 
65. Chanko Nabe at Torizo 
66. Hamshuka from Hummus Bowl 
67. The Reuben at A Market 
68. Everything Cake from Slice Deli And Cakery 
69. Spicy Shrimp And Eggplant from Brio Tuscan Grille
70. Crawfish Mac & Cheese from The Wharf
71. Malasadas from Dough Doughs Hawaiian Cafe 
72. Salsas from Salsa Bandolera 
73. Chorizo Breakfast Bagel at Spigas Bakery and Cafe 
74. Whole Chicken Combo at Falafelo  
75. Toothpick Lamb at Sichuan Impression 
76. Hainan Chicken Rice at Baos Hog 
77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave 
78. Garlic Shrimp Poke at Costco 
79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
80. Torta Cubana at Cancun Juice 
81. Adobo Bowl at Irenia 
82. Garlic Noodles at Krave Asian Fusion 
83. Broccolini at SeaSalt WoodFire Grill 
84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
91. Mexican Chocolate at the Pie Hole 
92. Biscuits at James Republic 
93. Mushroom Flatbread with Kale and Kumquat Salad at Lemonade 
94. Mexican-Style Gelatins from Santa Ana's Gelatina Goddess 
95. Hot Pastrami Caesar Salad at Bruxie
96. Jalapeño Pupusas at Las Cazuelas
97. Meatball Sliders at Fresh Brothers
98. Buffalo Cauliflower at Mead's Green Door Cafe
99. Raindrop Cake at Sunmerry Bakery
100. Doughrito at Surfin' Donuts


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