Seeds and Stems: Hungry Pigeon Reviewed

The breakfast sandwich sandwich at Hungry Pigeon | Photo by Neal Santos

The breakfast sandwich at Hungry Pigeon KOs the Egg McMuffin | Photo by Neal Santos

The first time I went to Scott Schroeder’s new restaurant, Hungry Pigeon, I showed up for breakfast and liked it so much, I stayed for lunch. There was just something so … welcoming about the place. Comfortable. It felt cool without even trying (which, I suppose, is the essence of cool), and as though it had been living there forever, in its little corner on Fabric Row, rather than for just a few weeks: the pale wood, the tarnished and mismatched silver wrapped in a side towel on the counter, the birdcages everywhere. It just worked in a lo-fi, garage-sale kind of way that rich restaurateurs pay tens of thousands of dollars to try to mimic.

It didn’t hurt that I am, by nature, a lazy man and relished the excuse to just hang out there for a couple hours, scrunched up in a corner banquette seat, sipping tea and eating Schroeder’s one-punch takedown of the Egg McMuffins of our collective youth. His version is assembled from a house-made English muffin toasted on the flat grill, an egg done just tight enough to hold together as part of a sandwich, local jack cheese and, variously, bacon, ham, or chicken sausage—the latter being the perfect accompaniment unless you’re into scrapple, in which case the scrapple is even better.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Impeccable Design in Queen Village

636-68 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

636-38 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Photos by Ken Stager, PLUSH Image, via Keller Williams Realty

When you spend a few days every week scouring the Internet and the Philadelphia real estate market for houses to post online, you find that it can be little, random things that make a whole house stand out. This week’s Jawdropper, a house in Queen Village, has a few of those.

The first thing that catches your eye is the open foyer, and more important, the staircase that you see when walking into that foyer. It’s a magnificent floating, curved solid wood staircase. The railing is one continuous wood beam that has been bent and twisted to adhere to the shape of the staircase but also look like the type of thing you would see in a design showcase. This first floor makes good use of hardwood, as portions of it also have wooden beams and planks running along the ceiling. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Colonial Classic in Queen Village

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Want to live the life of an 18th-century suburbanite but don’t want to give up 21st-century comfort and convenience? Then check out this beautifully renovated trinity on a tree-lined block in Queen Village.

Back in 1782, when this home was built, this neighborhood was called Southwark, and it was Philadelphia’s first suburb. Actually, the neighborhood may be as old as Philadelphia itself, given the Swedish presence in the area prior to William Penn’s arrival in 1682.

This home, however, doesn’t totally show its age, because it was extensively renovated 25 years ago to bring its amenities up to modern standards while preserving its historic charm. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Private Courtyard in Queen Village

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 (in center of row above) | TREND Images via Solo Real Estate

A large part of the appeal of trinity houses is the character of the house. They’re often on tiny side streets, and the fact that they’re so small and so old adds an inherent vibe to them that you’re just not going to find elsewhere. This week’s Trinity Tuesday house has just that vibe.

First off, look where it’s located. It’s in a private courtyard in Queen Village. You walk up to the house on a brick walkway that looks like it was around during the days of Ben Franklin. Well, it almost was—the house was built in 1800. Read more »

Plenty Café Introduces Late Night Happy Hour

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

Every Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., Plenty Café of East Passyunk is having a late night happy hour. Here are the specials they’re offering:

  • $2 off N’duja, ricotta, and spanish tortilla toasts
  • $2 off kimci deviled eggs
  • 25% off all drafts and 10% off all cocktails.

There are also some new additions to the menu at the East Passyunk and Center City Plenty Cafe locations, including Spanish shrimp and a veggie skillet, as well as their take on the Peruvian lomo saltado, the Cusco Sandwich (pictured), with local farm-raised smoked brisket marinated in a blend of garlic and soy. The Cusco is topped with a mixture of sautéed peppers and onions, arugula, sliced tomato, and their house aji aioli. Plenty’s Michael Harding is willing to put the Cusco up against any beef sandwich in the city.

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Revamped Southwark Is Now Open

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The new brightened interior of Southwark.

Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.

For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.

D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square and both Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden. It was at Talula’s Garden that he met De Oliveira.

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Trinity Tuesday: Not Your Grandfather’s Trinity

Here’s the view of Queen Village | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trinity houses are inherently a bit outside the box. This house, however, is unique even for a trinity.

The Queen Village home on S 2nd Street has the familiar three-level set up, but it also has a wraparound porch (as you know, a favorite of ours), a shared patio, and a roof deck with planters and an irrigation system that has views of Center City. The brick exterior looks sharp with all of the foliage you could get growing, too.

The inside is a little more familiar. It’s got the cozy quarters that you expect for a trinity, but it’s multi-story fireplace is a real showstopper. The kitchen is pretty roomy, though, and has ample cabinet space and an interesting wood-tile combination on the floor.

It also has a spiral staircase leading from the hardwood-floored master bedroom up onto the roof.

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Hungry Pigeon Now Open All Day

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The Hungry Pigeon is now open | Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley quietly opened their Hungry Pigeon for dinner service last week. And now they’re officially open as an all-day eatery.

The menu starts out with a lengthy coffee service with offerings that go far beyond latte and mocha. A savory breakfast menu is served weekdays with O’Malley’s specialty, a selection of pastries. On weekends the breakfast and pastry options expand to include a short rib hash, French toast and a bread basket. Lunchtime offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and a selection of vegan sides. At dinner, Hungry Pigeon’s menu ranges from the small pan roasted pigeon to the large one pound pot roast.

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