Plenty’s Rittenhouse Starts Serving Booze Today

plenty-center-city-940Earlier 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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“The Bloody Mary Libation Party” Is Throwing a Bloody Mary Festival

Bloody Mary FestivalOn 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]



Weekend Brunch at Cafe Ynez


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.

Check out some photos of Cafe Ynez »

New Brunch Options at Garces Trading Company


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.

It ain’t brunch if you ain’t drinkin’ » 

Brunch Returns to Bar Ferdinand with Bottomless Bloodys and Mimosas

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).

Full menu and the bottomles drink pricing »

Trestle Inn Adds Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch

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]

One Block, Three Very Different Bloody Marys

The other day, because I didn’t really feel like hanging out at the office and because I thought that a little midweek afternoon consumption was a good idea, I decided to head out for a Bloody Mary. This action was also spurred by a text from Preston & Steve personality Marisa Magnatta, who has the week off and wanted to do a Bloody Mary tour of Philadelphia. Joined by a Comcast SportsNet on air talent who shall remain nameless, because apparently Comcast is a lot more concerned about stories featuring their talent drinking than is WMMR (shocker!), we actually managed to find three delicious and distinct Bloodys within one block of each other, from 1421 to 1516 Sansom Street.

Given that the weekend is almost upon us and a time when folks tend to seek out these things, I thought I would share. Read more »

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