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.
Residents of Graduate Hospital have two new spots to get some Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Kermit’s Bake Shop has a collaboration with Little Baby’s and Peddler Coffee. The Coffee Coffee Cake Ice Cream features the strong flavor of coffee and bits of coffee cake. You can get it by the single-serve cup at Kermit’s at 22nd and Washington.
And over at Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat at 21st and South, they’re serving Honey’s Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuit ice cream.
Get them both soon, these collaborations have a way of vanishing.
Looking for some last minute sweeties for your sweetie? Barbuzzo and Kermit’s have you covered.
Barbuzzo is offering its Budino Is for Lovers two packs at Verde (108 S 13th Street). The two-packs are $15 and can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe at 22nd and Washington has several special Valentine’s Day offerings. Among the goods that the bakery is offering are a Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese butter cream centers and cocoa krispies covered in chocolate ganache. Pink and White Cookies with pink and white fondant over black and white citrus shortbread cookies. Kermit’s URA 10 Sweetheart Cake is available in blue, green, yellow and of course pink. The cake can be customized with other Candy Hearts appropriate sayings like “Love Bug,” “Cutie Pie” and “Hot Bod.”
Join Kraftwork for a Labor Day party. The Great Boogie Woogie party is happening in a warehouse at 1526 N American Street and there will be live music, food trucks and beer from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Music will include acts from New Orleans, Manitoba and New York combining for a day of electro-rock, N’awlins flavor and Afrobeat. Beer will be provided by Ithaca, Troegs, Victory and Goose Island.
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]
It’s Fall and apples are springing up on menus all around town. Here are six apple dishes or drinks that we’re coveting.
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.
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
First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.