So here it is…breakfast in Philadelphia. Well, technically the suburbs, but you know. We’re finally settled in (sort of) to our new digs here and life is starting to come around to something vaguely resembling normalcy, so I figured it was time jump on TBGG and get this breakfast blog going in high gear again!! Choosing a spot for my first Philly review was actually a tough decision. I wanted to introduce myself to my future Philadelphia readers in a way that would encompass the soul of the blog, but I kept wondering, “How do I do that??” Should I start someplace big, like Reading Terminal Market? With an upscale brunch? Or a trendy breakfast spot in the city? Maybe a donut shop? Or do I start by showcasing some of Philly’s coffee scene? But after plenty of contemplation, I decided to go with my gut…literally. Mom & Pop diners and restaurants are the backbone of this blog and always have been, and Southeastern PA, and the surrounding area, most definitely has no shortage of them. These are the shops I love – the neighborhood spots where you’ll find a dining room full of regular customers doing life. These are the places the locals eat. Of course I also love the fancy and trendy places where every dish is an Instagram hit, but the Mom & Pop shops are dear to my heart. So that is where I decided to start.
City Restaurant is about 5 minutes from my house and is a place that’s been racking up 4 – 5 star reviews on Yelp (which I’ll probably be relying on more than usual until I get more familiar with the breakfast scene here). So, hearing the beckoning call of bacon and eggs and all things breakfast, we headed out to check out this little neighborhood gem.
Located right on Germantown Pike in Fairview Village, City Restaurant’s parking lot is roomy enough to accommodate plenty of visitors. We seemed to arrive right between the breakfast and lunch crowds, at around 10:30 AM, but the dining area was still half full of breakfast latecomers like us. The interior is clean and comfortable, with a mix of vinyl booths and tables. The servers greeted us immediately upon entering and invited us to find out own seats.
We started by ordering a couple of mugs full of familiar diner brown coffee. It was warm and satisfying. albeit a bit weak. Our server was friendly and talkative, just as you’d expect at a small shop. She told us that over the past year and a half or so that they’ve been open, they’ve become known for their fairly wide selection of eggs benedict dishes, and the waffles. We decided that both options sounded good, but then the daily specials card caught my eye.
The weekday specials are basically your diner standards: eggs, potatoes, meat & toast, and omelettes. I was pretty surprised that the bacon option was actually a dollar less than the others. At these prices, how can you pass that up??
I ordered the 2 Eggs with Scrapple Special ($4.99). It had been years since I tried my hand at the scrapple game, and wanted to give it a go. I know I’m in Philly now and you guys know all about scrapple, but for those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a breakfast meat found in diners and restaurants mainly along the Eastern PA/New Jersey/Delaware/Maryland section of the East coast. It’s made of a combination of pork scraps, cornmeal, wheat flour and spices, which are processed and then formed into a congealed loaf, where slices are cut off and pan-fried. I’ve determined that, for me, it’s a food that takes some getting used to…meaning I might have to try it a few more times before I develop a fondness for it 🙂 The eggs were cooked well – over medium with no runny whites, the potatoes were good (could have used some more seasoning), and the toast came buttered. Overall, pretty simple and tasty…and a steal at under 5 bucks!!
Their American Waffle ($8.99) is a customer favorite, and it’s easy to see why. This big, fluffy Belgian waffle came out warm and yummy, piled with enough whipped cream and fruit to make adults and kids alike gaze across the room in amazement as it’s being brought to the table!
This big, delicious dish was almost like a breakfast dessert. The toasty, cakey waffle had great flavor, and it cradled tons of fresh blueberries, strawberries and bananas, and had a nice dusting of powdered sugar to boot. If breakfast sweets are your thing, come here and order this! You won’t be sorry.
Overall, I really enjoyed breakfast at City Restaurant. It’s a charming little place with a great feel, and wonderful folks. The staff is super friendly and the servers are attentive. The food was seriously good – I can see now why they’re lighting up the online review sites with more stars than a clear, Summer’s night. I’m glad it’s just down the road from me, because this place might just become my regular go-to breakfast spot when I’m in a diner mood. I can’t wait to come back and try their benedicts and more of their other breakfast goodness!!
City Restaurant is located at 2974 W. Germantown Pike, Fairview Village, PA 19403. They’re open Monday – Sunday, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM and breakfast is served all day. For more info, visit their Facebook page.