Food of the Eighties, Magic Pan crepes
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A restaurant chain sold these wafer thin meals with filling inside. It was popular on both US coasts, but it wasn't so successful in-between.
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grl - August 07, 2008 - Report this comment
my husband and i took a trip to the mall of america and they have a magic pan crepe stand there! he ordered an original chantilly crepe. it had apricot preserves and bananas inside and whipped cream and candied almonds on top. it was delicious!!
Rose - August 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I was just sitting here thinking about The Magic Pan. Used to eat there often in the 70's or 80's. One in particular in Beverly Hills near Rodeo Drive. WHAT HAPPENED?????
Michelle - September 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Not successful in between the coasts?! I grew up in the Dallas, Texas area and used to eat at the Magic Pan in Northpark Mall regularly in the late 70s and early 80s. Myself and several friends still talk about it and miss it!
Bruce - September 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Magic Pan in Northpark Mall Dallas was my favorite place! I loved going in and seeing all the crepes on the pan slowly turning on the spinning stove top in the front of the resturant as you walked in. Chicken ala King was the best!
Renae - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Vegas has several of these little crepe kiosks (not sure if they are called "Magic Pan"). The crepes are good and just fun!
Rebekah Maria - October 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I worked at the Magic Pan in Denver in Larimer Square (cir.1978). I used to make the crepes. It was located near enough to my college, where I could walk to work after classes. I learned how to make those crepes, and crack all those eggs. It was wonderful. I had a "thing" going with one of the guys in the kitchen. We used to sneak out during the afternoon lull, and make out in the alley. We had to be careful because that alley was well traveled. Oh la la! but at times, not. At any rate, it was a complicated time of my life. and "Emiliano" a nice Italian young man in the kitchen, and I had a good thing going. He only spoke Italian but as it turns out it didn't matter AT ALL! He and I eventually broke up, since his English was limited and so was my Italian. I ended up eventually leaving the crepe maker position. I'm sorry to say. Me and "Emiliano", college, crepes, and my major in Ballet and Modern Dance. I'll never forget those times, how young we all were, and how wonderful it was. Once in a while when I walk by that particular alley, I remember all the crepes I made and all the fun we had! and how ALIVE we all felt!! I never go by Larimer Square now but that I remember the Magic Pan, Emiliano, and our hiding place in the alley where we made out. Rebekah Maria
crystal - January 09, 2009 - Report this comment
My dad and I used to go there very often, it was really a treat. It was located in St Louis and I still remember those seafood crepes and the wonderful salad with slivered almonds and a light vinegrette! I sure wish that place was still around!
susan - January 18, 2009 - Report this comment
i remember first being introduced to crepes at the magic pan and introduced a lot of my friends to that place. we absolutely loved it and i haven't had a decent crepe since. i remember going back there once only to find out the restauant closed down. then i drove out about 30 miles to another location only to find out that location closed also. no place ever came close as far as i'm concerned and many friends have asked whatever happened to magic pan. would love to have them open up again. crepes are more popular than ever and i would love to have another magic pan in the bay area. there was nothing like it. hope to see another magic pan soon.
Rosemary - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Went to the Magic Pan in Washington, D.C. every payday for lunch; was the absolute best meal and I looked forward to the Chicken Divan and the Mandarin Orange Almond salad. I still think about how delicious it was, and was so disappointed when it just disappeared. I too hope that some entrepreneur will hear us all and try to get the Magic Pan going again...it was just too good to let go of. And yes, I think we all remember those days in our lives and eating at the Magic Pan & watching them make the crepes in that special way, that leaves a good feeling inside!! I hope they bring it back!
Leanne - June 28, 2009 - Report this comment
We used to have Magic Pan at a few shopping malls in the Toronto area too...it was great to sit there and watch them actually make the crepes!
Elle - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh loved loved LOVED the Magic Pan in Beverly Hills. My mom took me there one day every week after shopping. So delicious, so decadent! I was so young then….
Joyce - August 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved the Magin Pan in St. Louis. What happened? Isn't there anybody who sees a market for these wonderful crepes? I haven't found any other crepes like the Magic Pan. I sure wish.... oh well.....
Non - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't say I remember eating at a Magic Pan, but I've never had a crepe quite like I just had at a little shop in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The Monte Cristo was simply divine with ham, turkey and swiss and of course, raspberry jam. Oh my gosh it was to die for!
Diane - October 28, 2009 - Report this comment
My husband and I have eaten at the Magic Pan's in NorthPark in Dallas, Larimer Square in Denver and the one in Aspen many, many times. It was our favorite restaurant for years.I can still taste all of the good food. Quaker Oats, who run them into the ground,controls the name and recipes.
Annette - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
As a young girl I will never forget our frequent trips to Larimer Square in Denver for the Seafood Crepe...mmmm, can still taste it. Why do all the really good restaurants go under. Just isn't fair....The entire experience lives forever. Bring it back Quaker Oats.
Sue - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
My friends and I used to go to the Magic Pan in Dallas, at Northpark. I truly miss it. I lived on Park Lane by Greenville, just across the highway from the mall. My roommate and I used to go at least every other week. I loved watching the crepes spinning by, being made while we waited for a table. We always started with a salad. They came to us in HUGE wooden bowls. Great! Then I used to get a Stroganoff crepe (I think it was). We were always too full for a dessert crepe. We went once just to have a dessert crepe, and it was heaven! Ice cream rolled up in the crepe with a hot praline sauce poured over it, with whipped cream on top. We always made room for a dessert crepe at the end of the meal after that! I was just telling my nephew about it today. He didn't even know what a crepe is! He's missing out. I need to find my old crepe pan and give it a go again!Aaaah, nostalgia!
Mary Sand - January 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I worked at the Magic Pan in Beverly Hills 1979-1983 while in nursing school at Mount St. Mary's College. I sure miss those good easy times. Would love to have a Cherries Royal.
Gigi - February 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Magic Pan!!! It was great. The restaurant was always packed. What happened??
Lisa - February 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Was on here looking for Magic Pan's Cherries Royale recipe. Anyone ever tried to recreate it with any luck? I managed to recreate the Spinach and one of the Chicken Crepes, but never tried the Cherries Royale. What was the filling? I am unsure. If I knew I would give it my best and let you all know if it worked. Let me know if you remember what it was....yum! It was by far the best thing I think I have ever had to eat.
Frank - February 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I ran the Canadian Magic Pan operations in the mid-late 80's. The food was truly wonderful... especially the desserts. I operate a restaurant now and some of the inspiration for menu items come from items that were popular 25 years ago... you know what?... people still love the flavours. It truly amazes me how after so many years, so many people remember the Pan so fondly. There is a site where you can get up to date info on the Pan and the alumni of the pan. themagicpanproject(dot)com Cheers
Frank - February 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I actually first started working at the Pan partly because of the Cherries Royale...and the Chantilly ...and the Praline crepes. Filling for the cherries crepe ingredients are icing sugar, creme cheese, almond extract...topping was brandied bing cherries. MMMMMM
Jan - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I use to eat at the Beverly Hills, CA location way back when often...sure wish they were still around...all the good ones fade away!
David - March 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to love the strawberry dessert crepe, although since I was a kid, I can't really describe it very well. Can anyone fill in the gaps for me? It was a strawberry sauce, whipped cream, maybe with cinnamon? Any advice or recipes appreciated! Frank, do you remember or have access to a recipe? Thanks!
Marc - April 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the record for the most sautés served at any Magic Pan located East of the Mississippi River in Toledo Ohio at the Franklin Park Mall.
Cindy - April 23, 2010 - Report this comment
My Mom and I used to eat at the Magic Pan at the South Coast Plaza In Coasta Mesa CA. We loved all the crepes. But our favorite was the split pea soup. They served it with a bit of sour cream and some sherry. The BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! They also served fried crepe with parm. cheese sprinkled on top with the soup. I miss that place.
Nicole - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh my how I remember how much I loved the Magic Pan. I frequented both the Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills location and then when I moved to San Francisco the one on Sutter Street downtown. I have missed it so much but I can recreate some of it at home. I was a big fan of the spinach souffle crepes. At home I make a thin crepe and fill it with Stouffers Spinach Souffle and top it with a cheddar wine sauce. Scrumptious. You can also make the the orange almond salad with butter lettuce, slivered almonds, mandarin oranges and a tart vinagrette. I also loved the Potage St. Germain (pea soup) with a dollop of sour cream and sherry. Still I really wish it would come back!!!!!
KLARA - April 29, 2010 - Report this comment
MY HUSBAND, THEN MY BOYFRIEND USED TO EAT AT THE MAGIC PAN BEVERLY HILLS AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK THIS WAS IN THE LATE SEVENTIES. IN THE EIGHTEES WE TOOK OUR CHILDREN TO THE ONE IN THE SOUTH COAST PLAZA IN ORANGE COUNTY THEY LOVED THE CHEESE BALLS WITH THE MUSTARD SAUSE. THEN SUDDENLY THE RESTAURANTS DESAPEARED. WHAT A PITTY. WE MISS IT TO THIS DAY.
jack york - May 29, 2010 - Report this comment
i started at the 13th magic pan @ northpark came there from cumberland mall. i was then an opening team kitchen captain in the south. when i left i there were 114 magic pan's ray mitchell was a genius in opening them. if anyone has the recipe for the CR dessert please find me on face book. found my first love sue m. what great time @northpark mall!great people great memories!!!! jack york c.e.c.
Shelley - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to eat at the magic pan with my mom about 25 years ago but I remember it being kind of expensive. I loved the crepes. That may be a reason it went under. We only went for special occasions since she was a single mom. We live in Michigan.
Cathy - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Chantilly Crepes were my favorite! Magic Pan was in Boston and Braintree, MA. Best crepes ever. My friends and I still talk about them. Too bad they are not around anymore.
Esther - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I frequented the Magic Pan in Beverly Hills. The crepes and salads were the best. Especially miss the parmesan sprinkled fried crepes. I so wish they would return. My friends and I were just remembering the good times we had there today.
Daniel - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
What happened to this wonderful place....... I am with the other people in Dallas, Me and my friends loved to dine there and did every chance we had. I am not real clear about the coast thing either. I went to the one at North Park Mall and was sorely dissapointed when I recently tried to take my son there to enjoy the same awsome food I did but to no avail.
Shari - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
G'day...I'm a naughty girl...back in mid '70's in San Jose,CA, THE MAGIC PAN served the 'best crepes, salads & soups on the PLANET', so... unable to control my inhibitions, I uhhh 'permanently borrowed' the hardbound MENU-BOOK (it read like a alphabetized dictionary or encyclopedia-- it'swonderful! Guess what? I still have it out 'on lend ', but alas, no recipes, just great descriptions of everything on offer! At one stage, I too successfully re-created the butter lettuce/toasted slivered almond/mandarin-segmented salad' & some of my favourite crepes. YUMM!!! So, ask away, but I'm in AussieLand now, so anyone wishing to query its content will have to contend with the TIME DIFFERENCE. Patience will have to prevail, but I will endeavour to return all your questions with a reply, definitely! Cheers mates!
Carl - December 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the Magic Pan restaurants in Aspen, CO and Northpark Mall in Dallas in the '70s, and we started making them ourselves in FL using pans I believe we bought in the Aspen location. Mmmm, my mouth is watering for a chicken/mushroom crepe(s). I may go home to see if we still have those pans...
Karen and Tom - December 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn MI was the wonderful Crepery that my (then engaged) husband and I worked at. We wore cute uniforms, I had white peasant blouse, black or blue opaque hose, and dirndl type dress. Three rooms to dine in: Banquet, Garden and ?. Winston and Winchell bartended. Nice manager couple-Patty and ?, favorites incl country beef, Beef bourguignon, chicken elegante/divan, ratatouille, ham and cheese palacintas with honey mustard sauce, st jacques,wonderful spinach and also orange almond romaine salad, potage st germain (pea) soup, cherries royale and blintzes, and all the ice cream filled crepes, and we enjoyed free meals during our shift. We were sorry to marry and leave that luscious place and all the nice people we worked and partied with!
Tom - December 27, 2010 - Report this comment
This is Tom (of Karen and Tom - see above). So many nice memories of working and eating and having fun at the Dearborn Magic Pan. We actually worked there in 1976-77. So wish they were still around.
Ted Hirstein - January 17, 2011 - Report this comment
We made special trips to St. Louis OFTEN to eat at the Magic Pan located in the Frontenac Plaza... over a 3-hour drive from home, but ALWAYS worth it! No one has ever come close to duplicating their spinach salad, Chicken Divan crepe, or Southern Praline crepe. How I wish they were still open!
Linda - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Back in the 70's ( the last century), my brand new husband, his family and myself dined in the Magic Pan that was in Philly,Pa. To this day, the meals I had there remain my favorite. When the restaurant closed, I was sad. I did learn to cook crepes and have come close to some of their recipes. It's nice to know, there are so many others than have shared like experiences.
emerson - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
the majic pan in south coast plaza was the bomb. I lived at bristol and mc arthur and ate there with mt parents on sundays.
Angi - February 12, 2011 - Report this comment
My friend Martha and I used to frequent the Beverly Hills Magic Pan almost weekly. I was able to carry on the ritual in Orange County, California & Dallas, TX. Now I make them myself, but it would sure be nice to have them around again. They have been missed!
Claire - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Magic Pan in Minneapolis, MN was one of the best places to eat; miss it alot the seafood crepe was great and I still make the madarin orange salad.
rusell sell - March 27, 2011 - Report this comment
does anyone have pictures if the banguettes in denver? Anyone out there fron roger ashton unit 73'-77' sell.russell10@gmail.com
Lizzie - April 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I can remember going to The Magic Pan in Woodland Hills, CA at the Promenade Mall after shopping with my Mom, I must have been in jr high at the time. I loved the chicken divan and spinach souffle crepes and the monte cristo sandwich...ahhh, to be young and not counting calories...HA! I always finished with a mocha crepe for dessert. ...why oh why did you have to go...?
Sylvia - May 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I too miss the Magic Pan in Dallas, it was one of my favorites growing up. Potage St. Germain and Spinach Souffle Crepes! Please bring it back! Dallas is the land of great restaurants, there is room to bring this real original back!
Kelly - June 19, 2011 - Report this comment
To Marc(Toledo MP)...too funny to see your post here. If you're still checking this site...you set a record? lol....I actually do remember the restaurant was rocking that night! You looked so cute in your chef's hat.... To Rebekah and Rusell, just missed you at Larimer -I transferred from Scottsdale in 1980 then to Toledo in 1981. I was a manager in 1985 when we got word of the restaurant closing (informed on Saturday, doors locked on Tuesday) The story we heard was that Quaker Oats had sold the entire chain to a father and son from Texas for $26 million, then the rstaurants were systematically closed down for a tax write-off...it also had something to do with the mall leases, where a lot of the MP's were located. Anyway.....it's great to read about all of the fond memories - there are so many! - and I'd love to see the Magic of the Pan resurrected!
Tim - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Growing up, we lived a couple of hours northwest of Dallas (Wichita Falls) and always loved to get to take a daytrip to the big city - and eat at the Magic Pan. I can still taste those crepes with the incredible mushroom filling....my favorite. The big wooden bowls of salad...the crepes riding the carousel to golden perfection...someone bring back the PAN!
RahzC - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
My husband and I used to visit the Magic Pan in Detroit Michigan in the 80's. It was wonderful! I'd love to find some of the recipes for their crepes and for the little appetizers we'd stuff ourselves on before our entree. The appetizers were great and just enough not to spoil the appetite for your entree; I believe they were sprinkled with parmesean cheese and served hot!!!!!!! This was the best restaurant and we miss it sorely
RahzC - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG...I just read the post from Karen and Tom (Fairlane Magic Pan in Dearborn, MI) I wish it would reopen, restaurants like the Magic Pan simply no longer exists and I think its a shame. The foods from the menu you mentioned above,were phenomenal and make my husband and I realize just how much we take good cuisine for granted. The Good Girls Go To Paris Creperie in Detroit, MI (Midtown/WSU) area is fine, but doesn't come close to the Magic Pan. Man I wish I could get those recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kathy - August 24, 2011 - Report this comment
No one has mentioned the Magic Pan that was in Springfield, PA (Philadelphia suburb). I used to go there with my siter for the Cherries Royale *the BST", but had to have the seafood crepe or pea soup with sherry first! Wish the Magic Pan would come back, but I was happy to find all their recipes in cookbook form on the internet.
Kathy - August 24, 2011 - Report this comment
If you search for Magic Pan recipe book, you can perhaps find the recipes printed by a former manager at Magic Pan (i.e. jingles.org)
Montreal - November 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Best restaurant in Montreal - upstairs of Les Terrasses!! Best appetizer: cheese fritters with yummy dipping sauce. Best dessert: mocha crepe... Orange Almond Salad deserves a shout out too!
Brad - December 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I do remember the Magic Pan at the Springfield Mall, in PA. Went there with my parents a few times when I was a little kid. I seem to remember getting a crepe wrapped hotdog there. Was that one of their menu items? Since you're from Delco you may remember, crazed gunwoman Sylvia Seegrist shot up the Magic Pan during her mall shooting at this location, killing a 2 year old boy waiting outside of the restaurant with his parents for seating. That was on October 30, 1985.
Rich - March 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to work in the magic pan at the south shore plaza in braintree mass around 1980. Actually made the crepes on the big wheel. All the waitresses gad short french skirts, this was a great thing for seventten year old to watch. Wish they were still around.
Jean - March 11, 2012 - Report this comment
My husband and I in our dating years went to the Magic Pan in Dearborn, MI often. Wonderful memories and delicious food. I would love to go there on our anniversary but can't seem to find one anywhere. great place!
lori - April 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I think it is crazy that there are other people out there searching for information about The Magic Pan! - I am craving their crepe that was stuffed with a bar of vanilla ice-cream and then had a coffee reduction syrup on top with pecans : ( I make this at home all the time! I am 39 in 2012 and I miss this place like no business - why can't more information be found about them - maybe someone needs to re-open one! if any of you have worked there know that recipe as well as others please notify me ; ) haklor@satx.rr.com
Alex C. - May 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked in the Magic Pan in Lakeforest Mall located in Gaithersburg, MD back in 1985-86. Worked my way up from dishwasher to salads, to entreés, desserts and finally to saute. The food was pretty damn good. To this day, I still make fettucini carbonara and the chantilly or strawberry crepes. I read somewhere else that these restaurants used a crepe making machine. Not in my store. I had it down to a science. A large napkin soaked in butter, a tub of batter and 8 small pans upside down on the circular burner going around. Grab a hot pan, swipe it on the butter, dip lightly into the batter (sizzle sound goes here), place back on burner for one trip around. I could make hundreds of crepes, no machine. List of my favs that I can remember: Monte Cristo Sandwich, Chicken Cashew, Steak Diane, Fettucini Carbonara, Fettucini with Chicken and Spinach, Chantilly Crepe, Strawberry Crepe,Chocolate Mousse, Praline Crepe, Cheese Fritters with honey mustard dipping sauce, Chicken Marsala, Chicken/Veal Picata, Chicken with Lemon/Thyme. Many crepe dishes like Chicken Divan, Spinach Sufflé, Seafood Newburg. Always, always fold the crepe lightly and make a nice "smile" with the curved edge! My store closed down and I had the choice to go to a different store, but I decided to change direction. In fact, the very last store was a few miles from me outside Washington, DC. To this day, I'm kicking myself for not copying down some of the sauce recipes from that place. That's the key. I too would love to make some of those old recipes again. Good times.
Jeff - June 02, 2012 - Report this comment
We went to the one in Indy and we loved it. They made a drink called the Frozen Rose one year for the 500 Festival Queen- love to have that receipt- I have googled it and it is not the same-
Rachael - June 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I was just a kid when my family would take me to the Magic Pan restaurant in Dallas (in the 80's). The memories are wonderful!!! Would love to be able to recreate some of the recipes, now that I am old enough to cook and love doing so! Trying to make contact with anyone who has good versions of the recipes, or working knowledge of them. Please contact me if you have such and are willing to share..
Susan - July 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked at the magic pan at Lennox Square in Atlanta GA while attending Georgia State. I hosted, served and made the crepes, while dressed in my green derndle. (not sure of the spelling) I left in 1979. I remember how much I loved the orange almond salad. I make that salad today and the only thing i can't duplicate is the sweet and sour dressing. The spinach suffle was stoufflers, but the cheese topping was a magic pans recipe. It was a unique place. Too bad they went out of business. I'd like to sit a a table this time and be served.
Patricia - July 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a trainer for Magic Pan in the Detroit area from 1977 to 1979. I remember the recipes for Ratatouille,Chicken Divan,and Potage St Germain if anyone wants them. But I cannot remember the recipes for the seafood crepes, and they were fabulous. There were two kinds? Please email me at: iglass@comcast.net
donkeydan - August 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Worked at the Pan in the Houston Galleria from opening in August of '77 until Nov '77, then again from Nov '79 until Mar '80...some of the best food ever at any restaurant I ever worked at! Anyone at Quaker Oats paying attention?
Allison - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
We used to eat at Tha Magic Pan at South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa, CA all the time. It was so good.
Sylvie - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG NOTHING and NOWHERE like Magic Pan spinach souffle crepes with roasted potatoes AND rice cheese fritters to start and KILLER chocolate mousse for desert !!! My sister and I used to eat at the Toronto Eaton Centre location from the time we were 12 years old ! We both had jobs and every dime went on treats to the Pan!!! Years ago I met a manager who used to run another Canadian location , she told me my spinach souffle crepes were actually Stouffers spinach souffle filling and Jello brand choc mousse !!! WHO THE HEK CARES what company produced those items !!! All I know is that it's been years and I've lived in two countries since and I'm never able to replicate the deliciousness ANYWHERE in the world !!! Magic Pan RIP
Alexander black - August 27, 2012 - Report this comment
i helped open 20 MagicPans and worked there for15 years and LOVED it!!
Alexander black - August 27, 2012 - Report this comment
If anyone knows about pans inStLoius,MO. Email me atBlackalexander@comcast.net
Brian - September 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I have figured out the recipe for the Magic Pan Cheese Fritters and now serve them at the restaurant where I work. Take a trip to Minneapolis for a real, living Magic Pan!
Alyx - September 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Me and my boyfriend use to frequent the Magic Pan by the Del Amo Torrance Mall. Boy was it good, I rave about it still. I used to love the Abonddanza Sandwich and the Stroganoff Crepe dinner special and the Cherry Royale. The cute waitress in their black dirndles where so adorable. Someone with half a brain, would notice all the hub bub for years over this forgotten gem and RE-OPEN one..for crepe's sake...they would make a fortune, but only if they kept to the same good recipes and qualities they had before.
Mary - September 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked at the Montgomery Mall Magic Pan from 1977-79 as a hostess. Best job EVER! My two younger sisters also worked there. Loved getting in early to make the crepe batter. We would make three huge vats everyday and would have contests who could crack the eggs the quickest using one hand. For years the durndels (one red one blue), head scarves and aprons hung in a closet in our family home. Great place to work and you got one meal free a day... My favorite was the crepe deep fried in a bowl shape and filled with honey, fresh fruit and vanilla yogert, and the cream de menthe chocolate, dark chocolate poured over the crepe filled with ice cream!! The restaurant was ALWAYS packed with a wait. Fun memories....
beji - September 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I miss you soooo much Magic Pan crepes! I came weekly with friends, family and/or clients. We all loved you. Won't you please come back to Georgia and Greenville,SC. You would be a big hit in both locations!!!
Patrick Tarzian - October 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I read most of these posts, but I did not see any posts regarding the Magic Pan in the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. They had the most exquisit crepes and at a fair price. Where in the heck did they go????? I need a crepe....St. Jaques Seafood Crepe or the Chicken Divan Crepe. Please let me know. wepayitforward(dot)com. patrick@skyadman.com
mojohono - November 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a "waitron" during lunch at downtown Mpls Magic Pan several years in early 80's. We were packed 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Last time I checked, Mpls was "in between."
Cindy - November 21, 2012 - Report this comment
The Magic Pan at the Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto, Canada - how we loved to eat there! I really don't ever remember having a bad meal! From the salad (always orange almond) to the entree ( mine was usually the St Jacques & the spinach souffle) and then dessert: cherries royale or the one with pecans, praline, ice cream and a perfect crepe to hold it all together! What a shame they closed! A busy, successful chain of restaurants all closing! Makes no sense! :(
Brenda - January 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Magic Pan at Brookwood Mall in Bham was great. Chicken Divan, Orange almond salad and a Chantilly crepe were a heck of a meal. They were all over the south then poof! I was thrilled when I found a walk up Magic Pan at Mall of America
Mark Holdridge - January 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to work at the Magic Pan in late 70s or early 80s and loved all their food as well as all the wait staff and mgt.And cooks I miss it very much! does anyone out there know if its still there in downton Denver ,Larrimer Square??????
Mark Holdridge - January 10, 2013 - Report this comment
Icant believe i mispelled downtown,anyway does anyone know the recipe for the monte cristo sandwich???? alwase my favorite of the Magic Pan. I cant rember if those were crepes that were deep fried or some great kind of pastry dough, THEY WERE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joe Coppola - January 17, 2013 - Report this comment
There must be a manager or chef out there who worked at Magic Pan who could reopen one or at least the concept!
Beth - February 10, 2013 - Report this comment
Finding this comment board is blowing my mind. When I was in college in the 60's in San Francisco Bay Area, I think that was the first Magic Pan, the original, before they sold out to a big corporation. My first fiance took me there. Years later, I was back in Northern Va, right outside of Washington DC, and discovered a Magic Pan at the Tyson's Corner Mall. My late husband, who was then my boyfriend would take me there every other Saturday night, I could not get enough of the place, and we thought it was very reasonable. He proposed to me there in 1973. Then we got married, continued to go there. Then in 1975, took our baby son there, who was so good, never made a peep. When we bought our first home in 1976, after we left the settlement office, we went there to celebrate. We ate there for a few years on our Anniversary since we had then moved to another area in Northern Va and just did not go to that Mall anymore. My favorites were the split pea soup with the sherry on top, Chicken Divan or St Jacque crepe, the orange almond salad and the strawberry or Chantilly crepe for dessert. Finding this blog brought back many fond memories. Now my husband has passed, my son is 40 and goes to hip eating places,I am retired and go out to lunch or dinner with the "older retired ladies" Wish that Magic Pan was still around. No one has ever opened a crepe type place again. Perhaps the problem Quaker Oats had was they located all of them in TOP malls and the rent was expensive. Restaurants in big Malls have a hard time making a profit unless they have a big bar business and Magic Pan did not. Thanks for the memories.
Excaliber 63 - February 11, 2013 - Report this comment
What a great story, Beth. You are why KISS wrote the song, "Beth." Turely awesome!
jim crawford - February 17, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to work at the magic pan in KC and then in mpls, really enjoyed the people I worked with wish we could have a reunion.I used to make the crepes on the wheel out front, and also worked in the kitchen still got some receipes.
Jill - February 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Hey Jim Crawfish ... Put the recipes on here and I'll give you a special girt~
Curt - March 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at The Magic Pan at Del Amo Mall in Torrance, Calif. for almost 4 years till they went out of business. God, was it FUN. It helped that I was late 20's at the time. Going to work was like going to a party every night. After they closed an inferior place opened on the spot and went out of business in no time. I finally saw a bulldozer riding over its plot and have since moved away. Del Amo Pan was a training center for managers and every six weeks or so we'd get new ones. They all were going to reinvent restaurant, but would go and come and we never saw any changes, but for the worse. When Quaker Oats sold them to a private family and it bean to skid immediately. I'm still besty pals with a guy who I met on my second day on the job, 33 years ago!
Rose - May 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Can anyone tell me for absolutely sure if there was or was not a MP in Rosedale Shopping Center, Roseville. MN. Thanks.
Karen - August 11, 2013 - Report this comment
It wasn't the crepes I remember as much as the Potage St. Germaine soup with the little warm pitcher of sherry! (At the Magic Pan in Boston, near Back Bay.) When my sweetie Michael and I came up from New Haven to visit my family we treated ourself to soup and crepes.
Buffy - December 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved Magic Pan! I am making the pea soup right now :) NON, yes the crepe place in Frankenmuth does have an AWESOME Monte Cristo - thanks for reminding me, will have to go there soon :)
Charlie - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the Magic Pan episode of Seinfeld? Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!
Charlie - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Popular nationwide from the 70's- 90's
Charlie - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
There is an 80's commercial with Scott Bakula for Magic Pan on youtube. However it doesn't really look like they're eating crepes
Lee Kendrick - March 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Mom and I would eat at the Magic Pan in The Galleria in Houston and order the "Garden Nibblers for Two" and wish I knew how they were made. Need the recipe. Mom and I both miss this dish.

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