May 15, 2018

Philadelphia’s New Crop Of All Day, Every Day Eats

Philadelphia Restaurants Cater To Diners Morning, Noon, Night & In-Between

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All-day service at a.bar and a.kitchen, next-door neighbors at AKA Rittenhouse Square, begins at 7 a.m. and continues through late dinner service. Photo courtesy of a.bar
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Walnut Street Café opens for breakfast at 7 a.m. and continues through the day with Parker House rolls, a raw bar and refined dinners. Photo courtesy Walnut Street Café
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Café Ynez serves a Mexico City-inspired menu all-day, beginning at 8 a.m. Photo courtesy Café Ynez
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The menu at High Street on Market includes artisan breads and pastries, garden-fresh salads, handmade pastas, craft beers and progressive cocktails. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Hungry Pigeon's kitchen has perfected both basics and less familiar dishes with counter service by day and communal table service come evening. Photo courtesy of Hungry Pigeon
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Hunger doesn’t keep to shifts, so neither do Philly restaurants. Philadelphia has long had an all-day-and-night dining scene. But until recently, that scene was limited to diners and those famous cheesesteak spots. Today, in neighborhoods throughout the city and region, upper-scale restaurants have adapted meal service to a more flexible schedule. Food-centric cafes offer light fare, anytime. Finer restaurants transform from casual by day to upscale at night. The following are some of the region’s best bets for all-day eating:

Cafes & Casual Fare:

  • Café Ynez – Open at 8 a.m., this festive, Mexico City-themed spot (on the border of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze) serves brunch through dinner. As the day progresses, fruta fresca and chilaquiles give way to burritos and rotisserie chicken. 2025 Washington Avenue, (215) 278-7579, cafeynez.com
  • Co-op – With no break in service, this sleek, multipurpose restaurant in The Study at University City hotel keeps to the schedule of its University City customers. Early risers find egg sandwiches and granola; business lunchers come for the avocado bowls; late-night studiers can munch on smoked wings and cheese boards in the lounge. 20 S. 33rd Street, (215) 398-1874, coopphila.com
  • Front Street Café The Fishtown bistro emphasizes healthy cooking and welcomes all dietary persuasions. The range of menu items includes fresh juices, bananas Foster hotcakes, vegan scrapple sandwiches, cocktails, buttermilk fried chicken and even a late-night spinach-artichoke dip. 1253 N. Front Street, (215) 515-3073, frontstreetcafe.net
  • Manakeesh Café Bakery – A neighborhood gathering place with conveniently long hours, this Middle Eastern cafe in University City offers eponymous Lebanese flatbreads that are legendary, but the baked goods, juices and kabob platters offer other good reasons to visit. 4420 Walnut Street, (215) 921-2135, manakeeshcafe.com
  • Plenty Café – The concept of this Passyunk Avenue-born mini-chain: Serve easygoing fare with flexibility. That means a daytime menu (avocado toast, yogurt parfait) and an evening menu (burgers and small plates), with coffee, wine and cocktails throughout. 1602 Spruce Street, (215) 560-8684; 1710 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 909-8033; 705 S. 5th Street, (267) 758-6791, plentyphiladelphia.com
  • Res Ipsa – When a soup-specializing chef and a local coffee roaster join forces, the result is a kitchen with an elemental, homey approach. Diners pop into this minimal spot for a fried green tomato sandwich or house-made pasta with oil-poached tuna and black olives. 2218 Walnut Street, (267) 519-0329, resipsaphilly.com
  • Sabrina’s Cafe Not every Sabrina’s stays open through dinner, but the Fairmount, University City and Wynnewood branches do. On offer are extremely generous portions of hearty comfort foods—diner fare amped up with bold, eclectic ingredients. 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061; 227 N. 34th Street, (215) 222-1022; 50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, (484) 412-8790, sabrinascafe.com

Daytime Cool To Evening Elegance:

  • bar+kitchen – The AKA Rittenhouse Square’s sleek, side-by-side bistro and bar offer the glamour and convenience of hotel service, beginning at 7 a.m. with sit-down omelets and pancakes at a.kitchen and European-style coffee bar service (egg on brioche, lemon financiers, caffe cortado) at a.bar, before heading toward chic, seasonal lunches and dinners—always with floor-to-ceiling views of 18th Street. 18th & Walnut Streets, (215) 825-7035, (215) 825-7030, akitchenandbar.com
  • Cornerstone Part artisan market, part bar and restaurant, this Main Line gathering place satisfies at any hour. Tuesdays through Fridays, the market opens at 10 a.m., and the restaurant serves lunches of cheese and charcuterie boards, oysters, small nibbles and shareable plates. Weekends, there’s brunch: Swiss chard frittatas and amazing egg sandwiches. 1 West Avenue, Wayne, (610) 688-1888, cornerstonewayne.com
  • Double Knot – By day, the street level cafe serves gorgeous coffee, pastry and, for lunch, buns, bánh mì and bowls. At night, the speakeasy downstairs offers atmospheric and exquisite Japanese dining that includes sushi and robotayaki. 120 S. 13th Street, (215) 631-3868, doubleknotphilly.com
  • High Street on Market – This savvy, full-service restaurant in Old City specializes in the house-baked goods it provides to next-door sibling Fork. Breakfast (red-eye pastry, ginger yogurt) and lunch (beet-cured salmon toast, smoked duck Cubanos) are fab, but dinner steps it up with stunning pastas and a tasting menu. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988, highstreetonmarket.com
  • Hungry Pigeon – This all-day gem in Queen Village begins the morning with banana bread sticky buns and brown rice breakfast bowls. Lunch is followed by an afternoon snack and happy hour. Then, in the evening, the space transforms into a cozy low-lit bistro with a very approachable yet always special changing menu. 743 S. 4th Street, (215) 278-2736, hungrypigeon.com
  • Parc – Rittenhouse Square’s bustling French brasserie turns out wonderfully authentic omelets, cafes au laits and delicate green salads. Adding another layer of authenticity, Parc serves breakfasts, outdoor cocktails and multicourse dinners with the same hospitality. 227 S. 18th Street, (215) 545-2262, parc-restaurant.com
  • Suraya – Fishtown’s gorgeous café/eatery/bar/retail space delights with its many splendored colors and dining options. Diners can check in for a coffee and rosewater donut, a kabob and soon, a full-service dinner with a full bar. 1528 Frankford Avenue, (215) 302-1900, surayaphilly.com
  • Talula’s Daily Situated next to its more formal sibling Talula’s Table, this Washington Square staple provides sustenance from morning through night. Cafe seating accommodates casual takeaway breakfast and lunch eaters, and the room opens up at night for a proper table-service dinner with a monthly changing menu. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555, talulasdaily.com
  • Walnut Street Café A polished dining room transports diners to another time, no matter the actual hour, in University City. With homemade breakfast pastry, a raw bar and a refined dinner experience, replete with sommelier, there’s a meal for every occasion. 2929 Walnut Street,
    (215) 867-8067, walnutstreetcafe.com

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