A March 2006 trip
to Philadelphia by zabelle
Quote: Philly offers an endless variety of restaurants, theaters, and more than enough fun for many weekend visits.
The menu offers a vast array of crepes, both savory and sweet. If crepes aren’t your thing they have salad, soup, and appetizers. I saw the cheese and fruit platter and it is gorgeous. Crepes are however, my thing. There are many combinations offered, and they will custom make whatever combination you would like. I decided to do a breakfast combination of scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, and roasted leeks. Al opted for the steak and eggs with crepes and bearnaise. His steak was not inside his crepe, it was folded on the side. We ordered a red bliss potato and onion home fries.
As good as the savory crepes were, it was the sweet crepe that bowled us over. We shared a baked pear crepe and opted for the addition of creme Anglais. The pears were perfectly sweet, still firm enough to keep their shape, but soft enough to melt in your mouth. Choosing pear was a hard decision with the like of mixed fresh berries, bananas, apples, toasted coconut, toasted almond, and chocolate being offered. Any of their desserts can also be had in a glass.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2006
624 S 6th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
Copa, Copa Banana, the hottest spot north of oops that Cabana not Banana anyway this still might just be the place they are singing about. Located on South Street, where we all know all the hippies meet, this is a hot spot for lunch in an area of hot restaurants.We arrived at 2pm and it was loud, lively, and pretty well-packed with people. It was St. Pattys day, so maybe that explained it, but it was really hopping in there until just about 3pm. We were seated almost immediately, though having to walk through the bar, which is smoking (and was very smoky), was not a pleasant experience. If you are lucky, you will get a window seat and be able to have a Paris-like people watching experience. South Street really does offer it’s share of characters. We, however, got to sit along the inside wall with myself facing the window and Al facing me.Considering how busy it was when we arrived, I was very impressed with the service, we were constantly monitored and I was sipping on my Key Lime Martini very quickly. People all around me were enjoying either Martinis or Margaritas, this is defiantly a watering hole. Their claim to fame is their hamburgers, I asked for a to go menu but they don’t have one. Too bad, but they offered some really interesting toppings. We started with a giant shrimp cocktail. It was six jumbo shrimp, served in a Martini glass. There are two sauces served; a sweet and spicy cocktail sauce, and one that taste more like Russian dressing. The shrimp were huge, and at first I was afraid a bit dry, but they had been beautifully spiced and the sauce was so good that we decided we wouldn’t change a thing, and frankly, we were sorry we had only ordered one.I ordered the Charleston burger, done in the low-carb style over romaine (I could have chosen spinach). It is smothered in cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and grilled onions. Al had Brighton, which was bacon and cheddar. These were some of the simpler options they had, lots more with an eclectic array of ingredients. There are plenty of salad and chicken choices if burgers are not your thing. We were very satisfied with our choices, good meat cooked perfectly and served nice and hot.We still had some money left on our gift certificate so we opted for coffee and a shared carrot cake. I am going to recommend that you never try to eat this cake alone. It was huge, more than two people could even finish. It was very good carrot cake, dense and moist, with a perfect cream cheese frosting. I really liked this place and the Mardi gras decor gives it a light and fun feeling.One word of warning: the restrooms are dark and frankly scary, pass if at all possible.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006
344 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19149
+1 215 923 6180
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2006
Dutch Eating Place
Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Upstairs at Varalli
1345 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
118 North Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107