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By Kristin Detterline | February 22, 2017 | Food & Drink
What's brewing at Philly's cool new all-day cafes? Everything.
High Street’s sweet and savory baked goods are an all-day indulgence.
It wasn’t so long ago that the only place you could dig into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the hangry-making moments in between was the diner. Enter the all-day café, a new way of eating out that feels overdue for Philly. After all, Europeans have been enjoying hand-poured coffee and fresh-baked bites whenever they please for centuries.
Ellen Yin’s nationally recognized High Street on Market (308 Market St., 215-625-0988) and Michael Schulson’s coffee-meets-sushi concept Double Knot (120 S. 13th St., 215-631-3868) were among the first. They’ve been joined by neighborhood newbies like chef-duo Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley’s Queen Village corner café Hungry Pigeon (743 S. Fourth St., 215-278-2736), where the family dinner menu is a coveted reservation, and Plenty Café’s (705 S. Fifth St., 267-758-6791) third outpost a few blocks away.
Here, brothers Anthony and Damon Mascieri have assembled a menu of global bites that pairs well with 18 beverages on tap for beer, wine, and, yes, a trio of coffees. Meanwhile, over at Rittenhouse’s Res Ipsa (2218 Walnut St., 267-519-0329), a collab between ReAnimator Coffee and Stock chef Tyler Akin, chia seed parfaits give way to Italian fare like garlicky spaghetti and clams and whole fish with salsa verde. One visit to any of these comfortable cafés and you’ll be glad the diner finally grew up.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NEAL SANTOS (HIGH STREET SANDWICH); JASON VARNEY (HIGH STREET PASTRIES); SPENCER STARNES (PLENTY CAFE)