Happy Birthday to Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns one  today. And from now until Friday, July 25th, the first twenty people a day who recite, in their best Lady Gaga voice, the words “pink polka dot” will get a free Funfetti cupcake.

Also, over the course of the week, twenty-five customers will receive a pink polka dot inside their to-go boxes, redeemable for a gift certificate.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Is Now Delivering

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Kerminator Pizza – now available for delivery.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe is kicking off delivery today. Pizzas, pastries, hot pockets and more are just a phone call away. In addition to now offering delivery, Kermit’s has refreshed its hours and menu. The bakery and pizza shop is now open at 8 a.m. daily, with delivery starting at 11 a.m.

Menu additions include breakfast hot pockets, seasonal items like pumpkin blondies and sweet potato pop tarts. The “Kerminator” pizza which has been a special recently, is now a permanent member of the menu. The Kerminator is topped with choucroute, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked ham, gruyere and creme fraiche.

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Where We’re Eating: Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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When Adam Ritter first described his ideal customer for Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, I wondered just how many people out there were looking to grab a pizza, salad, and cake for a party all from the same place and all on the same day. But now that this combination bakery and pizza shop is open, I find myself inventing such scenarios. It’s your birthday? How about I bring a massive antipasto salad of shredded genoa salami, pepperoncini and roasted red peppers? Eagles game? In addition to that sausage-and-pepper pizza, would you prefer a fruit tart or the “24 Carat” carrot cake from pastry chef (and Next Great Baker competitor) Chad Durkin? The possibilities here are endless, and so is the potential at this collaborative effort between Ritter (who also owns the Sidecar and Kraftwork gastropubs), Durkin, and Sidecar chef Brian Lofink. After months of testing, the triumvirate is turning out a pizza crust that’s thin but not Neapolitan, with a winning combination of crunch and chew. The sauce is slightly sweet, but not saccharine.

On the bakery side, Durkin has been set loose, whipping up fresh breads daily as well as cookies, house-made pop tarts, a phenomenal butterscotch pecan brownie, and other tantalizing confections.

Not everything is a runaway success—the chicken spaetzle soup lacked any chicken (which kind of makes it an automatic failure), but maybe that’s for the best, since the house-smoked chicken added to a salad had too many bits of cartilage and sinew. But these are small hiccups for the ambitious bakeshop on the border of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze.

My biggest question remains, how am I going to rationalize eating three croissants on a Saturday morning?

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe
2204 Washington Avenue
267-639-4267

First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Has Us Excited by Weekend Breakfast Opportunities

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe is officially opening on Monday, July 22nd but will be offering limited service Wednesday and Thursday for their Twitter and Facebook fans.  That’s all well and good but what really has us excited it Kermit’s weekend plans.

It is on Saturdays and Sundays that Kermit’s will be offering their croissants and bagels. We’ve already tried Chad Durkin’s croissants and haven’t been able to shake our lust for more buttery goodness since. But bagels at $1.25 a piece also has us thinking that weekend breakfast will begin on Washington Avenue.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Menu (PDF)

 

Kermit’s Bake Shop Gets Close

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a pre-noon hour checking out the progress at Kermit’s Bake Shop, the pizza + bakery from Adam Ritter (Sidecar and Kraftwork) opening at 2204 Washington Avenue. Ritter, along with chef Brian Lofink and pastry chef Chad Durkin are in the final stages of preparation. I was able to check out the progress and sample pizzas and some of the pastries.

The pizza is a traditional American pie, not the Neapolitan variety that is so much the rage. Ritter wants it to remind you of the pizza of your youth, but better. Yesterday, Lofink was still playing with the sauce, tweaking the sweetness and amount of herbs.

The storefront will offer takeout and delivery, there will be no room to eat inside the surprisingly large space. That space is full of mixers for Chad Durkin’s baking operation. Durkin, who appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker is producing cakes, fudge, pastries and yesterday, croissants. I got to try several and am still obsessing over the egg and herb filled one.

When Kermit’s Bake Shop does open it will offer ordering by mobile phone and a fleet of eight custom bikes offering delivery.

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Update on Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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We snapped this shot of the now under construction Kermit’s Bake Shoppe on Washington Avenue yesterday morning. We also reached out to owner Adam Ritter (Sidecar Bar, Kraftwork) for a status check. He tells us that test batches will start this week and they are thinking they’re about a month away from opening the pizzeria + bakery.

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