Having a crepe machine will ensure your crepes are smooth, even, and perfectly round every time. As you have probably tried at home this is hard achieve with regular pans. While sizes and features can vary they all usually consist of a large round heating element with a non-stick griddle to spread out the batter evenly.
Depending on your needs and whether you are cooking at home or need one for your restaurant you can expect electric crepe makers to range in price from approximately $60 to over $300. They will feature an adjustable thermostat and provide restaurant-quality crepes at home.
According to the Webster's Dictionary a crepe is a thin pancake. Anyone who's had the opportunity to go to Paris knows that crepes are wholly different from pancakes. If the number of crepe vendors on Paris street corners is an indication of their good taste, then it's safe to say they're delicious. Last February my husband, who is American, was fortunate enough to go to Paris. Having never eaten a crepe before he wanted to see what he was missing. He enjoyed them so much that he was stopping at every vendor he met on our walk, tasting not only the sugar coated ones, but also the chocolate and the jelly covered ones. For only 10 francs, why not?
Some regions of France are famous for their particular style of crepes like tantimolle of Champagne, landimolles of Picardy, and chialades of Argonne. In the Auvergne, Lorraine, and Lyonnais districts, crepe batter is often enriched finely sliced or pureed potatoes for dishes like bourriols, criques, and matafans.
Typically crepes are served warm and are filled with a thick sauce. If you are interested in the style served on the streets of Paris, just serve it plain with a light coating of powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, or some jam, and fold it in half twice.