French crepes would take some beating in the Pancake Hall of Fame — if there’s not one, there should be. These ultra-thin pancakes originated in Brittany in northwest France, way back in the 13th century, but have since become beloved the world over.

They can be either sweet with fillings like fruit preserves, syrups or chocolate, or savory, famously with ham and cheese, melted to perfection.
Watching them being prepared is true culinary theater, as the batter is slowly coaxed to perfect consistency before being expertly folded over.