April 29, 2010
There’s a reason Cafe Estelle won Philly Mag’s Best Brunch spot in 2009. Many reasons, actually.
It’s the expertise of Chef Marshall Green, who cut his culinary teeth at high-profile spots like Fork, Django, Ansill and Meritage. It’s the house-made breads, pastries, sausage, mozzarella cheese, ice cream, club soda and mayo. It’s the investment in a healthful and sustainable approach to food, including organic brown eggs, naturally raised free range meats, and fair trade, organic chocolate and teas.
Mainly, though, when it comes down to it, the reason Cafe Estelle has arguably the best brunch in town is because the food is just so damn good.
Start off with the coffee – it’s bottomless, self-serve, and you’ll be sent home with a take-home cup, too. The best deal on the menu is the $4.50 breakfast sandwich – bagel, cheese, meat, and impossibly creamy eggs. Nothing you order will break the bank.
The thick-cut French toast is sinfully rich (vanilla ice cream in the morning!) but sugary-mapley-delicious and worth every bite. Especially if you wash it down with a glass from the Bloody Mary bar (BYO vodka), complete with homemade mix and cornichons, olives and celery.
The waitstaff is friendly and savvy, the pungent perfume of sharp coffee and oven-fresh bread are a surefire hangover cure, and the off-the-beaten-path location is a pleasant escape from the city. What more could a bruncher ask for?
444 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-4124