- Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
- 503 South 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
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- Cuisine: Coffee
- Price: $
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Mahari Bailey hopes her coffee-and-crepes spot, Rue 52 can aid in the revitalization of 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. Adam Erace stops in to check out the crepes.
Despite Rue’s thematic Francophilia (hours listed bilingually, a Tumblr billed “nouvelles”), the crêpes are not so true to form, based on the same batter for both sweet and savory versions and overstuffed to American portions. That said, crêpes are like pizza in that even an average one is still pretty great, and Rue’s proved no exception. The classic trifecta of Nutella, bananas and strawberries (the Ben Franklin) absolves all wrongdoing in its warm, gooey embrace. Apples and caramel had the same effect, and were surprisingly less sweet than you’d think.
Rue 52 [Official Site]
West Philadelphia, your crepe dreams have come true. Creperie and espresso bar Cafe Rue 52 is having its grand opening today, from 3 to 6 p.m.
While the cafe has already been open for a few weeks, today is your chance to meet the staff members, get your face painted, and even ride a pony. While these events are only till 6, free coffee is being served all day with the purchase of a food item and other food specials are being offered.
Cafe Rue 52 [Official]
Two new restaurants are adding to Baltimore Avenue’s already full restaurant district. The first is Hibiscus, a vegetarian café that opened two weeks ago at 4907 Catharine St. Though they are currently without an online presence, Hibiscus is in full swing serving up smoothies, juices, vegetarian and vegan fare from $2 to $10. A full menu to post online is in the works as are concrete hours, but for now Hibiscus is open from 10 to 8 p.m. every day.
The second addition, Rue 52, is a creperie and espresso bar coming to 503 S. 52nd Street. Rue 52 will serve a Philadelphia twist on traditional French café fare from 7:30-6pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30-7pm Friday and Saturday, and 10-6pm on Sundays. The café plans to open to the public on September 15th but will confirm it via their Facebook and Twitter as the date moves closer.
Rue 52 Cafe [Official Site]