Bye Estelle, Mood Cafe Quietly Moves In

Photo of the original Mood Cafe

Filed under things we missed: Mood Cafe has quietly replaced Cafe Estelle at 444 North 4th St. The beloved brunch spot has been taken over by the Indian restaurant that has three locations in West Philly, Desi Village, Desi Chaat House and the original Mood Cafe. This new Mood is open seven days a week, has a menu sprawling with Indian delights and also delivers.

The menu served at the new Mood Cafe is the same as that at Desi Village and includes classic favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. So next time you’re in the mood for Indian be sure to check it out.


Six Pack: French Toast In Philly

Editor’s Note: This week, we’re going to be introducing our new army of interns to you, the Foobooz readership. And it occurred to us that what better way for you to get to know them a little then for them to tell you all about something they loved to eat? Thus, we set them each to assembling their own Foobooz Six Pack, focusing on something they craved.

Amanda Shulman is our next contributor. This is what she had to say for herself: “I’m Amanda Shulman and I’m obsessed with anything edible. As a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, I’m officially studying political science, but have also made it my personal mission to study the Philly food scene. I write for UPenn’s 34th Street Magazine as well as, and am also the author of my own blog, I love to cook, eat, talk about/write about food, and couldn’t be happier to be living in a city where so many people feel the same way. If its edible, I’ll try it–especially when topped with a fried egg or some truffles.”

Sometimes the only way to kick your day off right is with a big pile of ridiculously fluffy and deliciously deadly French Toast. Let’s face it, anything with this much sugar automatically makes those rough mornings a little sweeter. Check out these spots for the ultimate guilty pleasure that is basically an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast. Not that we’re protesting.

Stuffed French Toast at Sabrina’s Café

Whats stuffed with cream cheese, topped with bananas and vanilla bean syrup and is the size of your head? The stuffed french toast at Sabrina’s. It will do exactly what its namesake implies–stuff you–and will also start your morning off in the sweetest direction.

Sabrina’s Cafe [Italian Market]
910 Christian Street

More french toast this way

Cafe Estelle Closing Soon

Cafe Estelle, the always praised bruncherie in the awkward location at 444 N 4th Street is calling it quits after fiive-years. Owner and chef Marshall Green says he’s closing up shop at the end of September.

Green tells Michael Klein that after a vacation and some fishing, he’ll figure out what’s next.

Next for us, at least one last trip to Cafe Estelle.

UPDATE: Adam Erace talked to Marshall Green earlier today.

Cafe Estelle to Close [The Insider]
Cafe Estelle [Official Site]
Adam Erace talks to Marshall Green about closing Cafe Estelle [Meal Ticket]

Cafe Estelle Offers Special Dinner

On Monday, July 18th Cafe Estelle is hosting the latest in its series of Monday night dinners. The meals that offers a chance to see what chef Marshall Green can turn out when it isn’t brunch time.

The dinner includes seven courses highlighting some seasonal greats for $75. BYOB. Reservations for the communal table dinner are required.

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Around the Web: Pies, Fare, El Rey Lunch and Local Cheese Plates

Adam Erace demands we immediately eat the pie at Cafe Estelle. Sounds like a plan to us. [Meal Ticket]

Mac & Cheese checks out the new Fare on Fairmount Avenue where vegetables certainly don’t take a back seat. [Mac & Cheese]

We agree with Midtown Lunch, the $10 express lunch at El Rey is a deal worth partaking in. [Midtown Lunch]

Philly Phoodie rolls out to Trenton to check out De Lorenzo’s tomato pie and it looks out of this world. [Philly Phoodie]

Two Eat Philly’s food crush on Peter McAndrews only grows as they check out the $34 Turista menu at Modo Mio. [Two Eat Philly]

Ashley Primis tips us off to the fresh and local cheese plates available at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market. A plate for 10 will set you back $50. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Living on the Vedge makes sure to get to Horizons one last time before it closes this Saturday. The Crunchy Korean Seitan Tacos sure look good. [Living on the Vedge]

Quick Bites: Rapper’s Delight, Serafina Opening & Perrier’s Donation

Mayor Michael Nutter thrilled Karaoke participants at McGillin’s last night with his now classic rendition of Rapper’s Delight. No teleprompter was needed.

Serafina is opening next week. The official “pasta cutting” is Tuesday and the opening to the general public will follow.

University City Dining Days are from July 14th to 28th. Biba Wine Bar, JG Domestic and Baby Blues BBQ highlight the newcomers. Participating restaurants will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $30. []

Sweet Elizabeth’s has opened on Main Street in Manayunk. The bakeshop seerves up everything from cupcakes to wedding cakes. [Meal Ticket]

Marshall Green of Cafe Estelle is the latest chef to plant his own garden. The 5×25 foot garden goes in next to the kitchen next week. [City Paper]

Georges Perrier donates $75,000 to West Catholic for their culinary program. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Around the Web: Rybread’s Crabby Sandwich, Bacon Pancakes & More

The Rybread at Rybread | Midtown Lunch

Midtown Lunch has us planning a lunch-time sojourn to Fairmount with its account of the Rybread signature sandwich, the Rybread. [Midtown Lunch]

Say what? Say bacon pancakes. We knew that you could. [Row Home Eats]

Midtown Lunch says eat the shawarma at Sahara Grill. [Midtown Lunch]

Mac & Cheese thinks Circles is the best Thai if for no other reason, they deliver to her house. [Mac & Cheese]

No Space, No Problem for these Chefs

Felicia D’Ambrosio has an article in today’s City Paper highlighting some local chefs and how they deal with their tiny kitchens.

Among the cramped kitchens around town:

  • Cafe Estelle
  • Fond (12′ x 20′)
  • Mercato
  • Sycamore (9′ x 15′)
  • Watkins Drinkery (6′ x 8′)

Little Boxes [City Paper]

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