There are plenty of famous people associated with the city of Houston, names we hear mentioned time and time again: George W. Bush, Beyonce, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer...and Buffalo Sean of Melange Creperie. Among the ranks of the aforementioned, Sean Carroll (a.k.a. Buffalo Sean as he is affectionately called by Houstonians in a nod to his hometown in upstate New York) is the only one to become a legend in Houston for his world-class crepes and, as of recently, his tendency to pop-up in the most unexpected of places, crepe cart in tow.
Carroll first became known as "that guy who made amazing crepes on Westheimer and Taft" six years ago—unfortunately "made" is now the operative word in that description. After a five-year stint at the busy Montrose intersection, Carroll has decamped to greener pastures, setting up shop at H-E-B's Montrose location on West Alabama the first half of the week and at the Eastside Famers Market just off Richmond on the weekend. But no matter where you find Buffalo Sean making crepes and cheerful banter, a crowd is sure to gather.
Inspired by the vast array of foods available in Houston and the melting pot of cultures from all over the world, Carroll's crepes are not only made with the freshest seasonal ingredients he can find, but they are unique in their flavors. The Chinese-inspired jianbing crepe for example, one of my personal favorites, was a suggestion made to Carroll one of his regular customers. Made with egg, cilantro, green onion, plum sauce and as much spice as your heart can handle, it is truly a one-of-a-kind creation.
In addition to this rotating line-up, a few crepes are on the menu on a regular basis, including ham, egg and cheddar—with the option of fresh basil—and the ever-popular strawberry, banana and Nutella. And as an insider tip, brushing up on your geography before a visit to Melange Creperie may be of the essence—Carroll is a geography buff and loves to describe the spice levels of his various crepes via the names of certain states and how hot they get. In other words, if you want your Chinese jianbing with Indiana levels of heat, you may want to double check what Indiana summers are like first.
Though he's possessed of a sense of humor that won't quit, Buffalo Sean also has plans as big as his personality. "I have grand plans to open a few restaurants," he says, "and a lot of street carts to liven up the street culture in Houston." While he diligently works towards finding a space for his first bricks-and-mortar location for Melange Creperie in Montrose or the Heights, Carroll is keeping busy with his regularly scheduled pop-ups at H-E-B and the Eastside Farmers Market.
While many suffer some major feelings of anxiety and FOMO (fear of missing out) on where Carroll will be cooking up crepes next, for the time being you can rest assured that his current schedule is set in stone: H-E-B on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays through Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays at the Eastside Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon. Can't keep track of all those time? Follow Carroll on Twitter, where he always keeps his fans up-to-date on the latest location for all their crepe cravings.