Archive for 'cafe'

Why you need a pastry you don’t know how to pronounce: the Kouign Amann from Rival Bros

Rival Bros successfully made the cross over from truck to a cafe in Graduate Hospital last year. Not being a coffee person, it was the baked goods that brought me in, especially knowing they come from the genius bakers at High Street.  Tables are scarce, so you may need to prepare yourself for a to-go order like I had to.

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Petit Roti, A French Cafe without the Hate Crimes

A French rotisserie opened this winter, bringing the relaxing French cafe experience to Washington Square West without any of the rampant, disgusting, violent anti Semitism that you’d find in France. How nice.

Petit Roti specialized in chicken; chicken sandwiches and whole roasted chicken. Takeout is easy, but its also nice to relax at a cute table and people watch out the window facing 11th street.

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Use a Big Fork with Sandwiches from Little Spoon

When Little Spoon first opened at 15th and South, I was impressed by the brunch, especially the pork belly and biscuit. I almost made myself sick by devouring the plate like it was a competition.  I was also feeling the Zooey Deschanel level of adorability inside- patterned wallpaper, little plants everywhere,  and (obviously) mason jars for everyone.

Knowing that Little Spoon can cook up some killer pork belly, I returned for lunch, to get some on a sandwich.

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Measuring Density at Knead Bagels

Knead Bagels opened in November inside the ever-changing deli spot on Walnut Street. The two things I may be most picky about are pickles and bagels. But  once I heard of the enticingly creative bagel flavors like togarashi and porcini, it was time to judge away.

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Jewish Hoagies with your 6 Pack from 19 Degrees Cafe

19 Degrees Cafe fills a much needed beer to go and sandwich gap in the immediate neighborhood of the West side of Christian Street. They use Boar’s Head deli meat here. Their sandwiches are consistent and customizable, plus the beer selection is actually pretty solid.

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Green Tea Ice Cream Topped Liege Waffles from Carina Tea & Waffles

 Carina’s Tea and Waffles is a new cafe located in UPenn’s International House, though you can access it through a separate outdoor entrance up a set of stairs to the left of the International House. As the name suggests, you will find many  iterations of tea and Belgian style waffles inside.

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Toasty Drinks and Crepes from Global Crepes and Local Shakes

Unfortunately, I have been less than impressed with the crepe places here in Philly, see: here and here. They tend to be overpriced and underwhelming. Have you had the same experience? But when I read the menu for Global Crepes and Local Shakes, which opened in the Italian market earlier this winter, I was slightly hopeful.  Inside, the cafe has a super zen setting, complete with relaxing music and cute lamps.

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