Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Peanut Butter Jelly Time

The list of peanut butter sandwiches posted outside drew me into Cafe Loftus. More a coffee shop than anything, but it also fills in that peanut butter sandwich niche. I was hoping for sweet-ish bread and pillowy peanut butter with fresh add-ins. It didn’t quite meet my expectations, but it is at least another vegetarian lunch option and an easy thing to grab with your expensive machiatto.

The most interesting sandwich to me was the almond butter and apple sandwich. The sandwich was served on standard size wheat bread and was heated on a sandwich press. It didn’t taste bad, but almond butter is grainier than peanut butter, so I found it a little dry. The apples weren’t quite right, instead of being crisp and adding texture or soft and roasted and adding flavor, the raw slices did neither.  The sandwich costs under $5 and comes with potato chips.  Other options include Nutella and bananas and honey.

If, A. peanut butter isn’t your thing, B. you don’t like ordering something you could so easily make at home, or C. you need some damn meat in your lunch- DiBruno sandwiches are also available. They are prewrapped, making it fast, but clearly not as fresh as getting it made to order at DiBruno’s itself.

At the very least, I was happy I got to grab a “vintage” aka day old yummy poppy seed muffin for only $1.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Vegetarian and meat sandwich options
  • Big windows that are open in nice weather
  • The sandwiches can be pressed
  • La Columbe coffee is offered
  • I like hipster barristas

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • I could probably make a better pb&j at home
  • Coffee drinks are pricey, as expected
  • I hate douchey barristas

Cafe Luftus, 136 S 15th (@ Sansom St), 215 988 9486


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