Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekend brunch.

Happy weekend, friends.

It's going to be a lovely, spring-like weekend in Philadelphia. Perfect for walking around the city, dog or sans dog. If you'll be out and about and looking for somewhere to grab brunch or lunch, check out The Morning Glory Diner. I went last weekend with my friend Tina - per her recommendation. It was incredible.

Here are a few highlights and tips for your dining experience. If you go on a weekend, you'll see this when you walk through the gate.

Here is what you do: sign the sheet of paper where you can opt for a seat at the counter, at a table or the first available. Try to not walk through the door. As you get close to the door, you'll notice a giant stop sign posted on it. If you do go this weekend, waiting outside won't be so terrible. We arrived at noon and were seated at 12:50.

I'm not an incredibly patient person when it comes to waiting at a restaurant, especially if I'm standing, outside in the cold, as we were, but I will tell you that what you will eat, is worth every.single.second of that wait.

Once you are [finally] seated, you will notice a few steel jars on the table. Inside, you will find homemade jam made freshly at TMGD.

After perusing the menu, I opted for one of the specials. Crab and spinach hash. I mostly ordered it for the two poached eggs. However, the best part was the giant biscuit. It's even good without the aforementioned homemade jam. But it is 10,000 times better with the jam slathered all over it. It was so good, I debated ordering an extra biscuit to take home.

A few tips if go to TMGD:
  • They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait.
  • Try not to enter the restaurant if you see other diners waiting outside. Of course you can walk in but you'll be met with glares from said diners.
  • Hit an ATM before you go as they are cash only.
  • They do not serve alcohol, so if you are looking for a little hair of the dog after a rough night, keep reading. 
After leaving the TMGD, Tina and I went to an old standby: The Royal Tavern. Try one of their special mimosas of the day. This was a blackberry mimosa. Their bloody mary's are quite amazing as well.

They do serve brunch, so if you're looking for a boozy brunch, this is a good option for you. Just be warned, your tater tots may be cold when they get to you. 

After TRT, we went to see our buddy, Tom, at Beau Monde, which happens to be my all-time favorite brunch spot in the city. If you go, try the bloody mary or have Tom make you a gorgeous pink mimosa. This one has champagne, Chambord, orange juice and cranberry juice.

If you're eating at Beau Monde, they serve La Colombe coffee and I recommend the mushroom and swiss crepe - it's the only item I order when I go. Hey, when you find something amazing, stick with it.

If you can't get out for brunch - pick up this neat candle that I bought one recently in January at The Clover Market. It's a lovely scent and it does remind me of a jazz brunch.

Enjoy your weekend, no matter what you do.

Your friend,

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