Wanderlust Wednesday: Sabrina’s Cafe

“Name your favorite brunch food and I guarantee they have it.”

Philadelphia has yet another showstopper brunch location, and that is Sabrina’s Cafe. Pancakes, waffles, stuffed French toast, burgers, brunch specials, coffee, the list goes on and on. Now.. if you didn’t gather from a previous post of mine, I am a ginormous fan of Green Eggs (see review here). Like, I’ll rave about it until the end of time.

But… Sabrina’s is a huge contender for my #1 spot. This is one of the most outstanding brunch spots in Philly.

 Now, on with it.

I’ve had everything from breakfast food (French toast) to lunch goodies (burgers/sandwiches). Though a small detail, coffee is obviously v important to me on a Sunday morning, and they always provide me with copious amounts of that as well.

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I have to say, French toast is a favorite of mine anywhere. In particular, the Stuffed Challah French Toast at Sabrina’s is especially tasty. Layered between two thick slices of French toast is a combination of cream cheese, bananas, and honey. A brunch-goer’s DREAM.

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I have also had their Black Angus burger with lettuce, tomato, provolone, and sautéed onions. Cooked to perfection, this burger was enough to feed two people! But obviously, as you can guess, I ate it all. I have to mention it was complimented by some of the best fries around.

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My fiancé decided to try the brunch special of three burger sliders, topped with ham and other delightful condiments. I have no doubt he liked it because he also devoured the entire meal and cleaned his plate. We also continue to come back fairly consistently, so…

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If you’re in the area, there are five Sabrina’s locations: Italian Market, Art Museum, University City, Wynnewood, and (the only Jersey location) Collingswood. It might also help to note that, at least at Wynnewood, you can call ahead and put your name in! I’m just saying, there’s a reason we are returning customers.

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Bareburger

“Solid restaurant with a kickass menu.”

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This is the place I pigged out the day before a 10-mile race down Broad St. in Center City, Philadelphia. I didn’t stop running the entire time, and that’s unusual for me, so I’m giving all of the credit to Bareburger, located at 1109 Walnut St.

This place proved a lot more impressive than my first glance into the window. First of all, it’s a sit-down. Like a real restaurant – designated to burgers. Really quickly, please let this sink in because if it doesn’t sounds like an absolute dream already, lemme go more into detail.

We each ordered the “standard burger,” which is topped with Colby cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, and special sauce between a brioche bun. I added avocado and my boyfriend fiancé added bacon!

The burgers are outstanding. Very fresh ingredients and juicy beef patties. They weren’t too big or slim either, the perfect size. And if that’s not enough to convince you to stop by, take a look at the fried goodies we added to the order.

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Onion rings and fries, served with FOUR different sauces: smoke sauce, special sauce, habanero mayo, and curry ginger ketchup. Something for everyone’s taste buds.

Bottom line – the food is killer, the atmosphere inviting, and the wait staff are very friendly and willing to go into depth about their menu. I would highly recommend and will definitely be returning to this location. I’m so happy I got to try it out!

All my Philly friends: ever been here? Is there another place like it?

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Devil’s Alley

“Just… so delicious. And FAST service.”

Bringing you another foodie article on a go-to Center City Philadelphia restaurant, this time featuring Devil’s Alley! Located at 1907 Chestnut St, it’s an easy walk from Center City. I’d like to add we went on a Tuesday evening around 6:00 pm, and walked right in to be seated. This place had a great atmosphere, killer inside décor, and super friendly staff. The inside felt like you were outside, despite it being the middle of winter. Green all around, potted trees, and garland strung throughout the upper level provided for a cozy, yet casual setting.

We started off the dinner with two ciders, considering they were only THREE DOLLARS for happy hour. Insane, right? So obviously we each ordered one. Then taking a look at the menu, this place has a lot to offer as far as American food is concerned. Great-looking sandwiches, tasty starters, and a variety of burger options. My friend had been there before, and knowing how good it was, she couldn’t stray far from the buffalo chicken sandwich (bleu cheese on the side).

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Being a sandwich person myself, it was between the pulled pork and crab cake sandwich. I’m a big fan of asking the waiter’s opinion, regardless of them being biased or not. He informed me the crab cake was his favorite, so crab cake it was! And honestly, I was not disappointed, I’m a proud seafood lover (even though I live in the land of the cheese steaks!). So I ordered the crab cake sandwich, topped with lettuce, tomato, and sriracha aioli sauce.

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When it comes to food, I’m not hard to please, but this was delicious. Prices were on point too. Overall, I had a wonderful first experience with Devil’s Alley, and can’t wait to go back!

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Wanderlust Wednesday: The Continental Mid-town

Me to the waitress: “Does two appetizers, one dinner entrée, and two desserts sound like enough for two people?”

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Continental Mid-town is located at 1801 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. The portions are plenty, the atmosphere eclectic, and the menu diverse. I truly don’t think anyone would be disappointed trying this food for the first time. Continental is a bi-level restaurant, with the top floor overlooking the bottom. Complete with a mixture of booths and swinging chairs, this place proves to be unique in a city that can seem uniform.

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The menu is full of dishes designed to share with your party, hence the reason we had no idea how much was too much while browsing our options. We started out with French onion soup dumplings covered in melted cheese (DELICIOUS). Then we shared a plate full of shoestring fries accompanied by a spicy mustard and cheese steak eggrolls with a sriracha ketchup.

I have to say… the flavors were out of this world! Everything was cooked to perfection and served beautifully. We thought two appetizers and an entrée to split would be enough. Alas, we moved onto desserts individually. I went with the Blond Bombshell, which is a blondie brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped topping, and sprinkled with little candy bites with a drizzle of caramel sauce. My boyfriend chose the cinnamon toast ice cream sandwiches stuffed with cereal milk ice cream, snickerdoodles, and caramel sauce.

Wonderful, delightful place to dine and I am ever-so-thankful for one of my best friends introducing the idea to me.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pub on Passyunk East (POPE)

“That cheeseburger though…”

This week’s wanderlust feature centers around The Pub on Passyunk East! Located at 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, this pub is a must-visit on your list. If you haven’t gathered by now, I moved to South Philly about five months ago. Alas, my blog is accompanied by Philadelphia food articles, which I’m sure many of you can appreciate.

When it comes to exquisite pub food, I am all ears… and also hungry. I’m talking big burgers, crispy fries, homemade dipping sauce, and great brews on tap. I have been to the Pope three times, and have had the burger twice and the Reuben once. I’ve also watched three of my friends down the Reuben and have no problem doing so. This is a place you will clean your plate, even after eating an order of nachos or fries as an appetizer.

The Pope Burger is juicy and topped with melted cheddar cheese, grilled red onions, and basil mayo. O.M.G. Then the Reuben is loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. You can’t miss when you order either of these items, and you won’t walk away hungry!

The feel inside the Pope is very casual, as you seat yourself anywhere you can find a table and a server will be right with you. I’d actually like to pause and really address the wait staff at this place: SO FRIENDLY. I have never met kinder servers. They answer every question, are super patient with you, and even clued me in on their fry dipping sauce (which I’m obsessed with).

I would also describe the interior as rustic-looking. With brick walls and an old-timey wooden bar, the atmosphere just screams pub, in the best way. Speaking of the bar, I haven’t been to the Pope yet on a weekend night to drink, just for dinner, so I’d be curious as to what that atmosphere turns into as well. Each time I was there I tried a cider on tap, and I wasn’t disappointed. I should also mention their happy hour during the week ends at 6pm, so if you can get there beforehand, your drafts are ½ price.

To end on a foodie note, you need to go and try that burger, and the Reuben, and the nachos, and the Chesapeake fries. Everything is cooked to perfection and will curb any hunger. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food is bangin. Definitely worth stopping by the next time you’re in the area. To end this note, I’m just gonna leave a picture of the Reuben here.

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