Spruced Up Luncheonette Food from Cousin’s Grubhouse

Cousin’s Grubhouse, a luncheonette in South Philly, was revamped under new ownership in March of this year, though I have no idea what the previous Cousin’s was like.   Few luncheonette style places like this are left  in the city; the kind Guy Fieri would visit on Triple D.  The menu includes all the breakfast staples you can think of, plus meat filled sandwiches, and things like hot dogs with peanut butter and bananas, chicken and waffles, and pancakes stuffed with bacon. Its a lot of comfort food to choose from.

Tator tots come plain, or wrapped in bacon, and are good at any time of day.

From the lunch section, a trio of pan fried tilapia tacos ($7.50) come with a full filet in each taco and a tangy dressing, plus sour cream and hot sauce. I only didn’t love the stale-ish store bought tortillas.

Got to love a place with a “sausage of the day”. It was bacon and onion sausage, probably the only reason I strayed form ordering just a side of bacon. This was a rocking sausage, full of porky flavor. I was told they are made locally, but not in house.

The breakfast options should not be overlooked. Three slices of salted caramel covered french toast are a steal at $6.50. Its a smart, indulgent yet simple plate, embodying the spirit of Cousin’s.

Next time, I would incorporate more bacon in to my visit. Either wrapped around tator togs or  a hot dog, or inside a pancake.

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

  • Casual luncheonette vibe
  • Huge breakfast and lunch menu
  • $1 delivery

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

  • Closes at 3pm

Cousin’s Grubhouse, 2340 S. Hemberger St. (by 23rd and W Passyunk),  215 334 3525


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