Welcome to Philly, Walnut Street Café! Set in the gorgeous FMC tower building, this new, sparkly, all-day restaurant creates a gourmet bridge between Center and University City. The café lives on the lobby level, in the corner space of the super swanky new Stay AKA, which on its own is worth a detour. I loved the combination of light, airy wood and cool glass fixtures, the cozy bar and lounge, the open kitchen counter, and the easy, sophisticated dining room.
The team running Walnut Street Cafe are an impressive collection of Michelin starred talent. Expect an interesting and varied wine list, hitting all price points, with choices of old and new world bottles and 50 by-the- glass selections. Add the Café’s excellent cocktail program, house-made sodas, happy hour specials, and outdoor seating, and you’ve just found your new go-to for drinks with friends.
But Walnut Street Café does much more than a stellar happy hour. Melissa Weller, Pastry Chef extraordinaire, churns out an outrageously delicious breakfast pastry and bread program. I daydream of the cinnamon rolls, croissants, and foccacia. Weller is also responsible for the brioche hamburger rolls, which are perfection. For lunch and dinner, the Café serves up the freshest seafood towers, flatbreads, pastas, a great selection of salads, and myriad vegetarian options—basically, there’s something for everyone. Think blistered shisito peppers, pizza-like flatbread with creamy clam and chili oil, squid ink pasta Arrabiata with rock shrimp and golden tomatoes, and grilled delicata squash with maple and honey glaze. Finish it off with a phenomenal dessert, like the ice cream sandwich made with life’s most chocolatey cookies and house-made mint ice cream. Rival Brothers Coffee provides the happy ending!
Breakfast with the boss? Drinks with the besties? Dinner with the in-laws? Walnut Street Café has it all covered. Check out this decidedly different, versatile, sophisticated restaurant in one of our city’s newest spaces.
2929 Walnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania +1 215 867 8067 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope Cohen is a chef, author, and food/media consultant. She has hosted over 400 cooking shows, working with Philadelphia chefs as well as those both nationally and internationally renowned. Hope likes to wander and is known to travel far and wide in search of interesting food, drinks, and destinations.