Silk City, Philadelphia

Oh, Hurricane Sandy…  First you prevent me from buying Edy’s Slow Churned Peppermint Ice Cream which was finally on sale in fear of you taking out our electricity.  Not cool.  Then, you don’t take out our electricity.  Somewhat cool.  Then, Sandy, you destroyed the entire Jersey Shore and probably our beach house.  NOT cool.  Next comes a free day off of work on Monday… VERY cool.  But I guess along with that is the millions of dollars of damage and people without electricity all over the east coast.  BOO, Sandy, BOO.

Amazing pic of Sandy from Space, and some others too from… click on the pic for more

My biggest complaint turned RANT from Hurricane Sandy of the day is that she took out the power to most of the businesses in my work area… including a few traffic lights.

Rant #3:  Learn how to drive, people.

(probably a series of rants about driving eventually)

One of the down traffic lights on my daily commute and daily errand run is on a 4-way intersection.  One of the streets comes from a curve where people tend to drive WAY fast.  How is it that EVERYONE that drives in this direction towards where I’m stopped… doesn’t understand the simple concept that you need to STOP at a non-functioning traffic light?  Is that so hard to do?!  

The PA Traffic Laws clearly state: 3112.c. (2): Red or completely unlighted signal shall stop in the same manner as at a stop sign, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign.

Obviously no one would know the law word for word… but ISN’T THIS COMMON SENSE?  You don’t just speed through a 4-way intersection just because the guy in front of you did?!  I have had to go through this intersection maybe 10 times already since Tuesday.  EVERY SINGLE TIME I have to wait because people are speeding on through without stopping.  WTF?!!??!  

My favorite radio morning show, Preston and Steve even complained about this exact intersection earlier this week.  It’s not just me.  Drivers of Lower Merion:  learn how to STOP!!!!  Your busy life isn’t any busier or more important than mine or anyone else’s.  Learn how to drive safe or don’t drive at all.  GRRR!!!

Okay, I’m done.  I feel a little better.

The silver lining to my flat tire last week was that Dave and I were “stuck” in the city until Sunday morning, when we could put my donut on.  This meant that we could do brunch (only the best meal of the week) with Mike & Mer.  If you would have seen how excited this made me, you might think I drove over a nail on purpose 🙂

This makes me laugh.

Mike, Mer, Dave and I ventured a few blocks over to the Northern Liberties section of the city to check out funky-dunky Silk City.  I had to share the Yelp listing with you, becuase I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen and will NEVER see a description like this… you know including Breakfast/Brunch & Dance Clubs in one.  Wow.

Silk City is a huge restaurant which apparently turns into a dance club at night.  They have a large outdoor seating section, the club section, and then in the middle a classic diner seating complete with a breakfast bar and all.  If this place isn’t “hipster” then I don’t know what is.  (Dave is laughing, because I really don’t totally get “hipster” yet and am constantly asking if something is “hipster” to him.  hehe)

How cute and colorful?

When we arrived, there was luckily no wait.  Love this.  We decided to enjoy what was probably our last Sunday of nice weather and sunshine and sit in the outdoor area.  The decor here is adorable.  We didn’t have to wait long to order our drinks, which were DEE-LISH.  I only wish the Bloody Mary was a little cheaper… I would have ordered one… or two.

Dave ordered the Bloody Maryabsolut vodka, house mix, fresh horseradish, cilantro, herbs, pickled tomato, olives & cornichon garnish.

Mer and I ordered the Pimm’s CupPimms, fresh lime, ginger beer, cucumber, mint.

Mike went with his signature (yes it’s officially your signature drink now) Raspberry Vodka & Diet Coke.  Which is really awesome too.

The bloody was great, but my two thumbs go up for the Pimm’s Cup… I think I have a new love for Ginger Beer.  So yummy.

I almost finished my drink before remembering to snap a pic! MMM

After we ordered the food part of our meal… the restaurant started to get more and more crowded.  We had to wait a pretty long while to get our food (boo) and even longer to get a check and to pay.

Regardless of the spotty service, Silk City was pretty awesome.  As for our food, everything was really good.  The menu is huge, which despite giving me that terrible ordering-anxiety, I do think is a huge plus for a restaurant.

Dave and Mer picked one of the specials:  an Omelette with their house-made Chorizo, Peppers, Cheeze, Guac, and some other good stuff.  You can tell from the pics this omelette was STUFFED.

Mike ordered a special Breakfast Sandwich and I chose the Chilaquiles:  layered baked corn tortillas, salsa verde, rancheros sauce, marinated avocado, queso fresco and queso oaxaca, pico de gallo, sour cream, over easy eggs, and house-made Chorizo.

Really good potatoes too…


Special Omelette of the day.

This was so good! Yummm


We all agreed that the food was good and that we’d want to come back and try more.  For those of us keeping track, Sabrina’s Cafe in Fairmount is still my favorite brunch spot in the city.  I’d love to see Silk City gettin’ down and funky with it as a Night Club after dinnertime! Who’s comin’ with me?


6 thoughts on “Silk City, Philadelphia

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  2. My husband and I used to live in Philadelphia (13th and Walnut), I am glad I stumbled upon your blog because we talk about how much we miss some of our fave restaurants. Silk City was high on the list. Great blog!

      • Ooh I would say take the time to explore Reading Terminal Market for sure. I would walk in there with like $40 and come home with tons of food. We really love Sabrina’s and when in doubt get your cheesesteaks with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone.

        Also, try Memphis Taproom in Kensington, it is veg and vegan friendly but they also make amazing fried pickles and non-veg food.

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