SOWE Restaurant & Bar, Philadelphia (Take 2)

Anyone who knows me personally will be able to back me up on this…

I LOVE my birthday.  June 23rd.  It’s the best day of the year, my favorite holiday, and always bound to be an awesome time.

I don’t see a reason holding me back from talking about that day… two months later!  Why not?!

This year’s birthday was a little bit more tame than our parties in Atlantic City in the past… there was a lot going on this year around that week.  First, I had been cramming and studying every night for my exam I needed to pass for my new job.  Then there was extra stress at work leaving the old job.  There were also some other things too.  It just wasn’t a great time to go party.  So we ate instead.  And ate and ate.

June 23rd is always a fun day.

June 23rd is always a fun day.

I am one lucky girl- BOTH of our families joined Dave and I for brunch for my big day this year, and they came to us… in the city!  YAY!  Picking a spot that could take us all, that wasn’t crazy expensive and had something for everyone to enjoy was tough.  I was excited to come across one of my favorite neighborhood bar/restaurants and realized, hey- I haven’t had their brunch yet!  I picked SOWE Restaurant & Bar as my birthday brunch spot.  What a great decision.

SOWE held our reservation for 7 and saved us a table outside on the gorgeous day.  We ordered some coffees and bloody marys and were surprised by our FABULOUS server with a “happy birthday” on-the-house bottomless Bloody Mary pitcher instead.  Amazing!

I also have to mention that this was the second day I had my brand new camera!  I was so excited to snap some photos of our delicious meal and our pretty faces 🙂

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SoWe has a great bloody!

SoWe has a great bloody!

Here’s the lineup of what we ordered:

We started off by sharing the irresisitable Bacon Beignets (Brown Butter Caramel, Candied Bacon… oh my) for the table to share.

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The Birthday Girl and Mom got the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict (Two Poached Eggs Served Over Pan Fried Green Tomatoes, Creole Remoulade, Brunch Potatoes)

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Chopped Salad (Romaine Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Hard-Cooked Eggs, Haricot Vert,
Cucumber, Radish, Red Onion, Tomato, Crispy Chickpeas, and Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing)

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SoWe Burger (Half-Pound Angus Burger, Fried Peppers & Onions, Sharp Cheddar,
Naturally Smoked Applewood Bacon, Horseradish Mayo on Brioche) – also happens to be one of my very favorite burgers in the whole city!

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Grilled Cheese (Fontina, Sharp Cheddar, Heirloom Tomato and Bacon on Sourdough)

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and last but not least Peanut Butter n Jelly Pancakes (omg)!

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The whole crew had such a wonderful meal which made for an even better birthday!  Thanks for the Birthday Love SOWE!

Seattle, WA

It has been so long that I’ve been able to write about one of our fabulous adventures because we HAVEN’T BEEN ON ONE IN OVER A YEAR!  Dave and I finally saved up some time and money and went away together for the first time since LA last December.  What a nice and much overdue treat.

Why Seattle for such a short trip?  Dave’s new job has him traveling quite a bit in the next few months.  His first business trip this season was scheduled for Seattle on a Friday morning.  Friday morning… how perfect.  We decided to make a vacation out of it, especially since Seattle is just a train ride away from his family in Vancouver.

My adventure started at 4:00 AM on Friday.  EW.  I had to catch a bus at 4:30 to catch another bus to the airport for my flight out of Philly at 7am.  All went well and after a VERY LONG day on airplanes (I finished reading Paterno -loved- and started -and finished… and also loved)  Gone Girl I arrived  in Seattle at 3pm.  I met Dave who had already finished up working for the day at our amazing hotel, the Edgewater.

The Edgewater is a waterfront hotel that was made famous by this picture of the Beatles fishing outside their room in 1964…

"Fab Fishing" Photo Cred: BeatlesInterviews.org

“Fab Fishing” Photo Cred: BeatlesInterviews.org

…and more recently, was featured on “The Layover” with my all time favorite foodie Anthony Bourdain!

#OMGWeStayedAtTheSameHotel!!!??!? Photo Cred: HotelChatter.com

#OMGWeStayedAtTheSameHotel!!!??!?
Photo Cred: HotelChatter.com

Dave and I had a room with a balcony overlooking Elliott Bay, with a fancy bathroom, fireplace, and even this little guy to keep us company (they sell them in the store… I WANT ONE!! duh).

Loved our friend in our room!  So cute

Loved our friend in our room! So cute

The view from the lobby.  Just amazing.

The view from the lobby. Just amazing.

We dropped off my luggage and got started with some sightseeing right away… we had to take advantage of what ended up being the clearest, nicest day during our time in Seattle!

We walked down the pier and took a ride on The Seattle Great Wheel which provided a beautiful view of the city.

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Dave on the Ferris Wheel

Dave on the Ferris Wheel

Pretty view from the ferris wheel

Pretty view from the ferris wheel

Next, we decided we were going to walk through the city to the Space Needle.  The quick ride in the elevator brought us up to the observation deck which gave us a 360 degree view of the city… 520 feet in the air.  OMG!  The scenery was beautiful and this was the only day we could see the towering snow-covered Mt. Rainier.  I was awestruck by this mountain… I could not believe how big and gorgeous it was.

Space Needle!

Space Needle!

GORGEOUS view of Mt. Rainier from the Space Needle.

GORGEOUS view of Mt. Rainier from the Space Needle.

After the space needle, we made a pit-stop at the Pike Place Market.  You got it… the place where they throw the fish 🙂

We munched on some smoked cheeese “trail mix” (YUM) and walked around to check out all of the fresh fish.  We ended up grabbing a small bite to eat at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese store… wow!  We had a few samples, tried out a fancy grilled cheese, and munched on their famous Cheese Curds.

Lobster!

Lobster!

I wish I could have gone shopping at the market!  Check out the size of that shrimp...

I wish I could have gone shopping at the market! Check out the size of that shrimp…

Smoked Cheese Sticks & "Trail Mix" ... nom nom

Smoked Cheese Sticks & “Trail Mix” … nom nom

 

 

 

 

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Fiiiiish

Fiiiiish

Rows and rows of fresh flowers

Rows and rows of fresh flowers

As if our day wasn’t already jam-packed enough, we then headed over to Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners get crushed by the Angels.  We had such a fun time and tried some local favorites suggested by my friend Heather… Grounder’s Garlic Fries (OMG GARLICC!), Cheddar/Caramel Popcorn (I didn’t let Dave open this until we got back to the hotel for a midnight snack!), and later on, a Seattle Dog (Cream Cheese… whaaaaat?!).  We didn’t realize until we left, but at the ballpark in Seattle unlike in Philadelphia, you can leave the stadium and come back in!  I love it!  They have lots of shops and food vendors lined up outside the stadium so I imagine this would have been really cool to do.  Nice touch, Seattle.

Go Mariners!

Go Mariners!

Devoured this Cheddar-Caramel Corn ... yum!

Devoured this Cheddar-Caramel Corn … yum!

Pretty view from the ballpark.

Pretty view from the ballpark.

YUM!  Garlic fries!  We both agreed that Philly's Famous Crab Fries from Chickie and Pete's is better though :)

YUM! Garlic fries! We both agreed that Philly’s Famous Crab Fries from Chickie and Pete’s is better though 🙂

Enjoying the baseball game

Enjoying the baseball game

Next, we walked back to our hotel, stopping at a few bars along the way.  We dropped by a place that looked pretty cool called 1000 Spirits.  This would be the first of THREE times we’d visit this cocktail bar during our short stay in the city.  Dave and I loved this place!  With $5 martinis, two different happy hour times, a Happy Hour Wheel, and free drinks with a #1000Spirits tweet… we ended up having six delicious cocktails and an appetizer for only $24.  WOW!

Cocktail bar!  Got Dave into Dirty Martinis... mmm!

Cocktail bar! Got Dave into Dirty Martinis… mmm!

This is only about 1/3 of the bar!  OMG.

This is only about 1/3 of the bar! OMG.

Delicious cod cake.  Only $5 during Happy Hr.

Delicious cod cake. Only $5 during Happy Hr.

The next day, we had until our 6pm train to Vancouver to explore the city.  It was a little bit on the chilly side this day, so we decided to hit up the EMP Museum.  First, for breakfast, we stopped by The Five-Point Cafe as suggested by the Layover & Anthony Bourdain.  I obviously super-stalked the menu and decided we had to go here.  I mean, they have a “breakfast happy hour”… how could it be bad?  Boy was I WRONG!  BOO Anthony!  Boo!  Here’s the story:

We had an incredibly disappointing meal at Five-Point Cafe.  The service was just horrible.  I’m always the type of person to be super-sweet to servers, always understand, rarely complain, etc.  The first bad sign was how long we had to wait for our food.  It was maybe about twenty minutes before I started looking around for our food.  I noticed a few plates up by the kitchen window just sitting there waiting to be delivered to their tables.  Ten minutes passed.  They were still there.  Praying those plates weren’t ours, I asked another server (ours was nowhere to be found) to check on our orders.  They weren’t ours.  Whew!  Another ten minutes passed before our food came out (it’s now been about 40 minutes since we ordered BREAKFAST… this should not take that long).  I had ordered one of their famous Benedicts, the “Californian” with avocado and grilled tomato.  I was STARVING at this point and could not wait to dig in.  It looked delish.  I cut into my benny only to see no runny egg.  Whatttt?  My dish had been sitting so long that the egg turned hard… a hard boiled egg smothered in hollandaise.  I’m sorry, but this is just UNACCEPTABLE for a Benny, right?!  I had to flag down our server only to have her roll her eyes at me.  Great.  They brought out another dish for me 10 minutes later, having only removed the hard eggs and replaced with runny eggs and MORE hollandaise sauce.  Gross.  It was covered to the point where I couldn’t taste any of the food except the sauce.  Dave’s Corned Beef Hash (his version of my benedict… the “I don’t care about calories” breakfast-go-to) was served to him cold, which at this point was the least of our worries.  BOO!  What a disappointment.

What I thought would be a delicious benedict from 5-Point Cafe...

What I thought would be a delicious benedict from 5-Point Cafe…

Ended up disgusting.  I couldn't eat anything under all of that gloopy sauce.

Ended up disgusting. I couldn’t eat anything under all of that gloopy sauce.

Ready for a GOOD TIME after our terrible breakfast, we headed over to the EMP Museum of Music, Sci-Fi, and Pop-Culture.  This wasn’t only the coolest looking building ever… it was the coolest museum ever.  We absolutely loved it.

Photo Cred: Journeysinlightphotoblog.com

The EMP Museum is one funky building!              Photo Cred: Journeysinlightphotoblog.com

They had exhibits about Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Sci-Fi movies and TV, Video Games, Fantasy, Horror Movies, and even an entire area where you could play around with music.  Dave was the happiest person ever being able to go into a sound proof room and play the drums for the first time in years.  We also got to try out sound mixing too.  This place isn’t just for kids, it’s for big kids like us!

Center of the EMP Museum... so cool

Center of the EMP Museum… so cool

Dave's replaced King Geoffrey in the Game of Thrones in the fantasy section of the EMP Museum.

Dave’s replaced King Geoffrey in the Game of Thrones in the fantasy section of the EMP Museum.

Caught in the reflection of the funky EMP Museum building

Caught in the reflection of the funky EMP Museum building

My favorite picture of them all... the reflection of the space needle outside the EMP Museum

My favorite picture of them all… the reflection of the space needle outside the EMP Museum

We stopped by a coffee shop for a pick-me-up and went back to the Space Needle.  Our train at 6pm took us to Vancouver to visit with Dave’s family for a few days.  I could not believe how much sightseeing we got done in just over 24 hours!

Our 3-Day, 3-Night visit to Vancouver was amazing.  I have lots to tell you and tons of pictures to share of our amazing food adventure… so that will have to wait until later.  We arrived back in Seattle for one last day on Tuesday morning.

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After checking into our hotel, we took a nice long walk through the city, bringing us back to the Pike Place Market again.  This time around, we were able to buy some souvenirs and iced coffees at the very first Starbucks!  I was one happy, perfectly caffeinated girl.  We satisfied our hunger and oyster craving at Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar which was a tiny little hole in the wall place near the market.  Oysters were slurped and a super-garlicky salmon soup was shared.  Yum.

Watson's Oyster Bar menus are printed on brown paper bags.  Love.

Watson’s Oyster Bar menus are printed on brown paper bags. Love.

Amazing soup at the Oyster Bar!

Amazing soup at the Oyster Bar!

Happy to be in the very first Starbucks.

Happy to be in the very first Starbucks.

First Starbucks Store

First Starbucks Store

Our last dinner in Seattle ended up bringing us back to 1000 Spirits (why not?!) for some more drinks and grub.  Dave and I are absolutely going to miss this place!

I didn’t get my normal “OMG I want to move here” feelings when we were leaving Seattle.  Maybe it’s because I’m just loving our new place in Philly?  Or maybe it’s because we had a few days in Vancouver (the most beautiful city on earth) sandwiched in the middle?  Regardless, I had such an amazing trip and would love to visit again!  Who’s with me?

I woke up on the plane to this unbelievable view of Mt. Rainier... wow!

I woke up on the plane to this unbelievable view of Mt. Rainier… wow!

So Crêpe, Philadelphia

 

So cute.

So delicious.

So affordable.

(sorry, I just had to!)

So Crêpe is an adorable little BYOB restaurant on South Street that just opened up this past fall.  They serve both savory and sweet varieties of crepes, all using fresh and natural ingredients.  The crepes are even made with whole wheat or buckwheat, depending on what type you get.

Dave and I stumbled across So Crêpe on our walk home from the subway this past weekend.  What a lovely addition to our neighborhood!  We both decided on trying the “So Smoked” Crepe since we were stopping in for breakfast.

The So Smoked was a huge, and soooo yummy buckwheat crepe stuffed with smoked salmon, avocado slices, sour cream and chives.  MMM!  I couldn’t believe how much salmon was in there for only $8.50 each.  If only we saved enough room in our bellies to try a sweet crepe!

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I also do want to mention that the staff were just fabulous.  I loved how the kitchen was open and directly in the center of the restaurant.  The chefs chatted with us the whole time and I always like being able to watch them make the food.  I cannot wait to come back here and highly recommend it to anyone in the area 🙂

 

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat on South

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat is a very popular spot in Philly that just opened up a new location two blocks away from my apartment.  Honey’s is not only famous for their delicious brunch menu, but for their LONG wait.  The menu is a mix of classic Comfort & Jewish food creating some seriously tough decisions when ordering.  

Not to be cheap on a post here… but I think that my Yelp Review of the new Honey’s in my hood says everything that needs to be said.  This place rocks.  I’ll get to the point and tell you all about it: 

Alright… I’ll admit, this place is absolutely worth the hype.  Isn’t that so annoying?!

I’ve been trash talking the new Honey’s on South & 21st since opening weekend.  Really… I was just jealous walking by the CONSTANTLY packed restaurant having never been there.  Every single time I tried to go for brunch, the wait was at least an hour and a half, which is completely not do-able for this girl… since I’m starving about ten minutes after I wake up.

Easter morning seemed like an appropriate time to try it out, and I was right.  We were seated immediately (mind you, it was still only about 10:30)!

Atmosphere:  The restaurant is great, I love the decor, love the chalkboard displaying the specials, and the windows on south and 21st provide so much natural light… it was just gorgeous on a sunny Sunday morning.  There’s also four types of hot sauces and other condiments on the table so I was pretty much in love at first sight.

Look at all the condiments!! We were in heaven.

Look at all the condiments!! We were in heaven.

Service:  Constant refill of water and coffee is typically how I judge service for brunch, and Honey’s had this down to a science!  Our server was also very sweet and friendly.

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Food:  De-freakin-lish.  SO GOOD!  I decided to get an omelet rather than one of the specialties (which ill get next time) because I wanted to try the sides- Home Fries & Biscuit.  Boyfriend did the same but got the Latke.  Sides were so good.  Home Fries and Latke were both great but you HAVE to get a Biscuit and slather it with the softened butter on the table and strawberry preserves.  YUM!  I got a Spinach, American Cheese, and Sausage Omelet which I’d say is the best I’ve had.  Cooked perfectly and the type with the toppings mixed in (my fav) and the Sausage was a great choice- it caught my attention because it is homemade and I was very impressed.

One of the best Omelets out there, I love when the toppings are mixed in and not just in the middle of the cooked egg.  Mine had Spinach, Sausage, and Cheese.

One of the best Omelets out there, I love when the toppings are mixed in and not just in the middle of the cooked egg. Mine had Spinach, Sausage, and Cheese.

Dave's Omelet:  Spinach, Chorizo, and Cheese.  YUM!  He also ordered the Latke as a side which was perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle.

Dave’s Omelet: Spinach, Chorizo, and Cheese. YUM! He also ordered the Latke as a side which was perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle.

The Biscuits were so tasty with the fresh strawberry preserves on the table.

The Biscuits were so tasty with the fresh strawberry preserves on the table.

Overall, Honey’s is going to be a favorite of mine for a while, I think.  If you are dying to try it, like I was… I highly recommend sucking it up and waking up early to go so you don’t have to wait.

Visit Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat on South

21st & South Street, Philadelphia PA

Wonder where else we’ve done brunch so far?  Check it out!

Silk City

Silk City

Day by Day

Day by Day

Sabrina's Cafe

Sabrina’s Cafe

Day by Day, Rittenhouse Sq Philly

Apparently I’m on a brunch tour of Philly.  While I’m loving it, it totally isn’t on purpose.  Or maybe it is.  First, Dave and I have ventured to Fairmount @ Sabrina’s, Northern Liberties @ Green Eggs Cafe & Silk City, and now this past weekend we found our way to the Rittenhouse Square area for a BYOB brunch at Day by Day.

My first impression of Day by Day was not exactly a great one.  My large group of 7 called and put our name on the list and was told to arrive at 12:30 (an hour wait).  We arrived at 12:30 on the dot and was told the wait would be another 30 minutes.  BOO!  We were starving.  After taking a deep breath and rubbing my grumbling tummy, my day (by day) was immediately brightened  by something called an “Apple Jawn”.  How Philly.  Adorable.  One of our friends saw that you could purchase pastries to go, so he bought us one of their Apple Fritters (Jawn, duh) and Iced Cinnamon Buns to split while we were waiting.  They were sweet, sticky, and so so good.  Iced pastries are definitely enough to keep me patient.

Outdoor Pastries while we waited… the perfect touch.

Everyone dig in!

Part of our group 🙂 These are the clowns I was telling you about from my Israel Trip! What a great weekend.

Soon after we finished attacking the pastries like vultures, we were called in for our table.  Day by Day is a BYOB spot, so we brought along a big bottle of champagne, some vodka and bloody mary mix.  We got a pitcher of fresh squeezed OJ to go along (only $10 for the entire thing, which was surprising) and started off on our drinks.  OH- how could I forget to mention, they serve my absolute fav La Columbe coffee.  In heaven.

Cups and cups and cups! Coffee, water, OJ, Bloody Mary, etc.

To start off, after ogling at the special menu posted outside, we all decided to split the Pumpkin Stuffed Challah French Toast.  “HOLLA”!  It was ridiculous.  YUMMMMM!  It was def too decadent for one person to eat, so each of us having a 1/2 of a slice was perfect.

Pumpkin Stuffed Challah French Toast… say whatttt?

So good!

I went against everything I believe in about brunch and ordered a lunch item.  Gasp!  I went with the BLT w/ Horseradish Mayo.  The sandwich comes as is for only $6.50, which is ridiculous for the amount of food you get.  They give you an option of +Avocado and +Fried Egg for $1 each.  Yes please!  They actually forgot my avocado, but once I saw the sandwich, it was all okay… it is freakin’ huge.  I had to eat the thing with a fork and knife.

Somehow this is considered a sandwich! My BLT w/ HorseyMayo

This only lasted one bite! But it sure did look good.

Dave ordered what I thought was the best thing I tried there; the Chorizo & Sweet Potato Hash.  OMG.  It’s even better than it sounds, and you can add Scrambed or Fried Eggs on top of that too.

The Chorizo Sweet Potato Hash w/ Scrambled Eggs and Toast

Some other notable decisions were the Potato Pancake Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, and even just their Omelettes looked amazing.

So pretty- Smoked Salmon, Potato Latke Benedict

Our server was very attentive, good with coffee refills, and patient with our general 7-people-at-a-table obnoxiousness that comes with my group of friends.   He also happened to be wearing this Bill Murray shirt so we liked him even more:

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 Wired.com… 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?

 

Sabrina’s Cafe

Dave and I have spent the last month apartment hunting with our friend Adam.  It’s not easy, and it’s been a ton of work.  We’re lucky that we’re on no serious time crunch, because there arent that many place in our budget to choose from!  We have yet to find a place that is both right in price and all of the details we’re looking for.  I’ll keep you posted, and I’m SURE you’ll know when the three of us finally move out!

Last week, we had an appointment to see a place in Old City late Saturday morning.  (this was a few days before Dave broke his ankle!) Dave and I got up super early to get to my gym- he goes to lift and I take my Powerstrike kickboxing class, then we meet up for spin class.  What a great workout.  We showered, and wanted to head out into the city early since it was such a gorgeous day.

A few people have told me about Sabrina’s Cafe before and when I knew we’d be driving downtown in the area, I had to check it out on Yelp and give it a try.  Sabrina’s has a few locations but we went to the one in the Art Museum area.  They are known for their long waits during brunch… a sure sign the food is awesome.

When we arrived at Sabrina’s, we were told there was going to be a 15 minute wait.  The first great thing about this place is that we ended up only waiting maybe 4 minutes.  Score!  Our server was very nice and attentive.  Sabrina’s also serves my second favorite coffee (nothing beats illy), La Colombe… iced… in HUGE cups.  Love love love love love!!!

The menu is ridiculous.  Everything is interesting.  This place reminds me of somewhere Guy Fieri would visit on TripleD.  It just seems that every single item on the menu has a lot of thought and time put into it.  So many details… all of this made it nearly impossible for ME to decide what to eat.

Dave and I both ordered off of the daily specials menu which of course, has changed by now so I don’t remember the names.  But I DO remember what was in it… these were two of the most impressive breakfasts I’ve ever eaten.

Dave:  Breakfast Sandwich with:  a Broccoli Rabe Omelette, Chorizo Sausage, Pepper Jack Cheese, and Hot Pepper Jam on a Sarcone Roll.  WOW.  I mean, just look at this… it’s not like your typical egg sandwich.  This is an OMELETTE in a sandwich.  Wow.

Beth:  Egg White Omelette with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Red Peppers, stuffed with Sriracha-Avocado Cream Cheese.  Whatttttttttttt?  What was it stuffed with??  Yes.  Sriracha-Avocado Cream Cheese.  I’m jotting that one down… I have to try to make it someday.

 

Check. Out. Dave’s. Sandwich. OMG!

Broccoli Rabe in an Omelette. I mean seriously… wow.

My Omelette… humongous. Fab potatoes… LeBus Multigrain bread… side of perfectly cooked bacon? YES PLEASE!

Alright, Mr. DeMille… I’m ready for my closeup

 

Absolutely everything we ate was ridiculously amazing.  The potatoes were perfect, and probably one of the best breakfast potatoes out there.  Dave even loved Sabrina’s… the same guy who complained that I was walking through the city with my head down on my phone Yelp-ing my way to find the most PERFECT place to eat.  He admitted he was happy I remembered to try Sabrina’s.  We loved it.  I cannot wait to go back.

After a summer of terrible service experiences, Sabrina’s stood out in every way possible.  We’ll be coming back very soon and probably many more times!