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Under the Oak Cafe, has anyone been?

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I have started shopping at the Weaver's Way Food Coop where they sell a lot of locally made food. I picked up some brownies for a dinner party that were made by Under the Oak cafe. These were the absolute best brownies I have ever eaten. They were fudgy, dark chocolate, rich. I cut them up into small bites like fudge when I served them and it was a knock-out dessert with some fruit on the side and whipped cream.
I later bought some cinnamon knots that came with a small container of cream cheese icing. These were the perfect cinnamon buns, not too sweet, buttery, nice cinnamon flavor and a perfect size.
After these two fantastic purchases of baked goods, I am curious to check out their cafe for brunch or lunch.

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  1. sounds intriguing...
    here's what i found!undertheoakcafe.com
    804 Oak Lane Ave.
    215-924-1410
    Cafe/Coffeeshop, North Philadelphia

    Nestled in a lovely stone cottage, Under the Oak Café’s cozy interior holds about 20 if you count its antique love seat and pillow-lined window bench. The pastries alone are amazing: Palm-size cinnamon knots are impossibly soft, sugary but not cloying — perfectly spiced. House-cured salmon comes with a very good bagel and three giant capers — stems still attached — as well as red onion and tomato. A spinach quiche proves that the kitchen knows its way around whipped eggs. Even the turkey stew has a light touch: The broth is rich but nowhere near congealed, and it comes over a buttermilk scone, giving the dish a profile a little like a dressed-up pot pie. Red lentil cakes are sautéed to a thin crisp but retain a pillowy texture within, and marry excellently with shaved carrots smothered in oil and Moroccan spices. It’s hard to find fault with this member of the Buy Fresh Buy Local alliance. The coffee is from La Colombe; the tea is loose leaf. And most importantly, the folks serving you seem genuinely to love what they do. Open Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    1. I have not been there, but I have family and friends around that part of the city and everyone really likes it. I think it would be worth checking out if you're not too far.

      1. I've been. It's very, very small, with a menu to match, but everything they have is good. The quiches are excellent, as are all the baked goods. I love the scones. I'd call ahead before you go, though, as their hours have seemed somewhat sporadic lately.

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        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

          I'll second this description of the restaurant itself, and have to mention a pink lemonade cupcake from their stand at the Piazza farmers market this summer that was to die for.

        2. Yes and its fabulouus. I agree with the others... it is VERY small.. but cute. Great for a light lunch or brunch. Good quiche, good meatloaf sandwiches, their soups are always delicious. They have these little cinnamon knots with cream cheese icing that are addictive. Great coffee too.

          1. I'll go along with everyone else - cute little place delicious little menu! I don't eat sweets but their peach (&ginger?) iced tea was to die for!

            1. I have been and LOVE it. The food is outstanding. The place is very, very small, and the tables are close together. Over the summer they were only open Thurs-Sat, so definitely check the hours. Oddball location.....

              1. I went once to check it out, and while it was very cute and the coffee was good, at the time I was not eating white flour so I was disappointed when they didn't have anything made with whole wheat flour. And I went hoping for breakfast, and there were no egg dishes, just the quiche. If that's not an issue for you or anyone you're with, tho', check it out! The people were friendly, and the trees in that neighborhood are stunningly beautiful right now, all shades of orange, red, yellow.

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                1. re: lauracohenromano

                  Good point. They don't have much that is gluten-free either, which is why I don't go as often. Like I said - very limited menu, but if you like and can eat what they have to offer, it's terrific.

                  1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                    Under the Oak is on Facebook, so I just got an alert that they now have a website: www.undertheoakcafe.com. It looks like they are adding cooking classes, weekly dinners, and catering. I live close by and have been to the restaurant several times for brunch or lunch. Cozy, friendly atmosphere...especially nice in the warmer months when you can sit outside. Very close to the Melrose Park train station and a pretty part of the city. They make an amazing quiche! The small menu hasn't changed much in the last few years, and I'm happy to see some new activity.

                    1. re: refinnej

                      Thank you for your posts! Our website was just finished and we have added a schedule of cooking classes as well as Chef's Table dinners on Friday evenings, starting in December. My name is Dave, I'm the new chef - I hope to see you there - stop by the kitchen and say hi!

                      1. re: chefaugie

                        That sounds great! Are you also the baker?

                        1. re: thehungrything

                          Robert does most of the baking!