Brunch is now served at Nick’s in Old City
Once upon a time I thought the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar was one of the most ridiculous concepts out there. The reason I went out for brunch was because I didn’t want to be involved in the Bloody Mary process. I just needed the vitamins (and vodka) in my body ASAP. But as I’ve matured, I’ve come to enjoy the nearly endless possibilities of a well-stocked Bloody Mary bar. And there’s a new build-your-own Bloody Mary bar in town.
At the rebranded Nick’s Bar & Grille (formerly Nick’s Roast Beef) in Old City, you can get a custom-built start to your weekend for just $6. Nick’s is offering up the neighborhood’s newest brunch with their new in-house smoked meats, bacon-beef burgers and other twists to the brunch routine.
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Earlier this week we told you about the complete redo at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk. But the Center City location is also getting an upgrade. Starting today, the cafe at 1602 Spruce Street is also serving booze. The drink list includes 5 beers, 1 dry cider, 2 red wines, 2 white wines, Prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Marys.
As for Plenty Cafe’s planned third location in Queen Village, that’s still under construction at 5th and Monroe Streets. The Queen Village location will be the biggest Plenty Cafe at 1,500 square foot. The corner is the anchor of owner Damon Mascieri’s Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.
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On Sunday, October 19th, The Bloody Mary Libation Party will be hosting their first Bloody Mary Festival at Howl at the Moon from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Libation Party will be gathering the 10 – 12 purveyors (bars and restaurants) that make the best Bloody Marys in Philly. Restaurants and bars supplying the beloved brunch cocktails include Ela, Nodding Head Brewery, Bar Ferdinand and more.
There will be expert judges voting for the best Bloody Mary. Each attendee will also cast a vote for their favorite Bloody Mary and help crown the title of “The People’s Choice.” There will also be local artisan food samples and music.
Bloody Mary Festival Tickets [EventBrite]
Philadelphia Bloody Mary Festival [Facebook]
Looking for a BYOB brunch this weekend? Consider the recently opened Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue. The Mexican restaurant could serve as a mixer for Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze residents who have a hankering for huevos. The attractively appointed space in the NextFab Studios building is open for weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to those egg dishes, Cafe Ynez offers mixes a housemade Mexican Bloody Mary mix that works equally well with vodka, tequila or beer.
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Jose Garces’ Garces Trading Company is rolling out a new brunch menu this weekend. Among the options is Brunch Steak Frites for the table. For $29 per person, guests can get grilled flat iron steak, sunny side up eggs, potato rösti, truffled sauce Béarnaise. A $22 prix-fixe option gives diners two courses, GTC coffee or tea and a basket of house-made pastries.
In addition to the prix-fixe options the menu is available a la carte. New options include French Toast with spiced brioche and served with confiture du lait and blood orange and Poached Scrambled Eggs with kale pesto, pecorino, and toasted sourdough.
Garces Trading Co.’s deep dish pizza will also be available along with a selection of sides like Maple Mascarpone Polenta.
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Brought to you by the The Strip Joint. No doubt inspired by the awe-inspiring bloodies served in Milwaukee.
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Have your own favorite Bloody Mary recipe? Don’t trust anyone but yourself to make your own Bloody Mary? Then you’ll appreciate this list of build-your-own-Bloody Mary-Bars.
Six Bloody Mary Bars Where You Can Make Your Own
Brunch returns to Bar Ferdinand on Sunday March 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Northern Liberties Spanish tapas spot will feature a new menu of Spanish inspired brunch dishes and bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
Highlights include Torrija Rellena de Manzana (a Spanish French Toast, made from cider soaked brioche stuffed with sautéed apples and golden raisins, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a brown sugar apple syrup), Huevos con Morcilla ‘Hash’ (poached eggs over Morcilla blood sausage hash and topped with a Piquillo Aioli), Egg Sandwich Española (brioche sliders with the classic Spanish Potato Omelette, house-smoked bacon, slow roasted tomatoes and aioli).
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The Trestle Inn which has been having fun on Sundays with its Drag Your Ass Outta Bed Brunch is now adding a Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch featuring classic Saturday morning cartoons projected onto the walls and accompanied by some of your favorite cartoon theme songs.
The same brunch menu from Sundays will be served and will include Trestle Inn appropriate breakfast cocktails like the Breakfast Sour, bacon washed bourbon, maple syrup, OJ and an egg white; a completely vegan Bloody Mary, spiced with our house pickle juice and garnished wit pickled veggies and much more.
It all starts this Saturday and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trestle Inn Brunch Menu (PDF)
Trestle Inn [Official Site]