The latest darling of Philly food is Walnut Street Cafe and I am fully on board. Situated, basically on the Walnut Street bridge, this cafe opened in June and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner.
The space is absolutely gorgeous. From the couches to the maticulous bar area, I really loved every piece of furniture in there.
Most exciting to me, though, are the baked goods. Baker Melissa Weller is doing things that make me real happy.
The biggest happy maker is that she makes khachapuri, a Georgian, calzone-like treat previously only found in Philadelphia at a very odd and far away Georgian restaurant called My Uncle's Backyard. The dough with handlebars is stuffed with cheese and a fried egg. They are best shared. Walnut Street's are stuffed with feta and cheddar and french ham, instead of the typical Sulguni Georgian cheese. It is $12 on the brunch menu.
For more dough, meat, and cheese, the breakfast sandwich ($8) stuffs a delicious biscuit with sausage, egg, and cheese. I runnier egg or creamy sauce would have been the only improvement here.
For a more adventurous option, black scrapple is totally fancied up here with romesco, black rice, a fried egg and a scattering of hazelnuts. Scrapple and hazelnuts is a fun, unexpected pairing.
The cafe was awesome enough to bring out a chocolate mouse dessert to celebrate my mom's birthday that was so delicious it was demolished even though we were totally full at this point.
The menus at other types of the day are so different; I have a million reasons to come back her. But I have my eye on the chocolate hazelnut kouign amann which was devastatingly sold out when we were there. I can't think of a better pastry.
As a fun side trip, go next door to the Cira Green roof for a view of the city.
Walnut Street Cafe, 2929 Walnut Street, 215 867 8067