A Well Rounded Breakfast: Philly’s Best Bagel Based Sandwiches

Spread Bagelry, the Standard | Photo by Jason Varney

Spread Bagelry, the Standard | Photo by Jason Varney

Wanna know if someone has ever spent any time living in New York City? Just take her out for bagels anywhere outside the five boroughs and listen to her go on for days about how no bagels are as good as New York City bagels. But you know what we do have? Some of the best regional variations you’re going to find anywhere (and the exceptional breakfast sandwiches made from them), plus our own booming local bagel scene. Here are six operations that take a backseat to no one.

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Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Tasting Scratch Biscuits with Mitch Prensky

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The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.

Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.

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Avenue Kitchen to Start Serving Breakfast

These are from the "Embellished Pancakes" section of the menu

These are from the “Embellished Pancakes” section of the menu

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why do so many restaurants only serve it on weekends? Well, the folks over at Avenue Kitchen understand that the breakfast-free life is no way to live, so they’re launching a breakfast menu on Monday, March 2 that will be available 7 days a week from 7 am to 3 pm.

You read that correctly. You can get breakfast for lunch at Avenue Kitchen. They’re breaking all the rules.

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RECIPE: Light and Fluffy Winter-Veggie Frittata

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I’ve officially reached my limit on revelry. Although wine and cookies every night sounds like an excellent idea, my body needs a major break. This breakfast represents my re-entry to healthy living in the new year, and as I write this I’m feeling better already.

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Knead Bagels Opens on Walnut Street

knead bagels squareKnead Bagels, which promises to fill Philadelphia’s perpetual need for more bagels has opened at 725 Walnut Street. Adam Willner, who got into bagel-making when he was chef at Matyson is behind the kettle at Knead. The bagel shop offers a single bagel for $1.50, $13 for a bakers dozen. The menu includes traditional bagels and toppings as well as bagels flavored with pastrami spice, togarashi and porcini. Knead also offers egg sandwiches and coffee by Elixr.

Knead Bagels will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. till they sell out on weekends.

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Green Eggs Cafe Goes Southern

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Green Eggs Cafe is preparing to open two more locations: one in Philadelphia (the exact location has not yet been revealed) and one in Miami. Yup, Green Eggs is following in the footsteps of Stephen Starr and Kevin Sbraga and heading to Florida.

The Cafe in North Miami will open in the next several weeks. This location is set to be the Cafe’s “largest by far.”

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