The 2015 Best of Philly issue of Philadelphia magazine has hit the newsstands and the web. Here are the best breakfast and brunch picks for 2015.
• Sometimes, fast-food breakfast happens. So it’s better to be prepared and know what you should order than to go in blind and totally calorie bomb your day away on a breakfast sandwich. These fast-food breakfasts are all under 400 calories with no trans fat, a decent amount of protein and fiber, and lower sugar and sodium counts. So if you find yourself in McDonald’s at 7 a.m., refer to this list. [BuzzFeed]
Grubhouse, typically a breakfast and lunch spot, is hosting a pop-up dinner tomorrow night (Wednesday June 17). There will be the always underrated, breakfast for dinner, plus selections from the lunch side of the menu, and legitimate dinner options as well. We’ve got the specials below, but before you settle on anything remember that their Bacon cakes won Best of Philly in 2013.
In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 4th Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with chef Guillermo Pernot. Despite moving to New York, the two would occasionally do collaboration dinners at SPTR, including one feast I was lucky enough to be at with along with chefs Nick Macri and Gene Giuffi.
Hungry Pigeon will be a coffee shop by morning, a lunch spot in the afternoon, and at night, the lights will dim for dinner with beer, wine and cocktails.
• If you eat avocado toast for breakfast every morning, you’d think you were being healthy, right? But you need to throw some protein — which many folks’ completely skip at breakfast — on there to get the most out of your first meal of the day. Throw an egg or some hummus on there and you’ll be golden! [Women’s Health]
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.
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.
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.
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.