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Breakfast near Rittenhouse Square

Philly Ray Oct 2, 2011 06:48 PM

My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary at Lacroix on Thursday evening and we will be staying over at the Rittenhouse Hotel afterwards. We could just have breakfast at Lacroix on Friday morning, but I'd like some suggestions for other places. I was thinking maybe Parc. Any others?

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    urbanfabric RE: Philly Ray Oct 3, 2011 06:58 AM

    I'd say either room service at the hotel (it's all coming from the Lacroix kitchen) or Parc. If you want something not as fancy, Le Pain Quotidien on Walnut (although a chain) has some nice simple options.

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      PhillyA RE: Philly Ray Oct 3, 2011 09:49 AM

      It's been a year or so since I've been, but I used to do a simple breakfast at Parc a couple times a month. I loved it.

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        Buckethead RE: PhillyA Oct 3, 2011 10:12 AM

        I like breakfast there too, especially the little basket of baked goodies.

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          DaisyM RE: Buckethead Oct 3, 2011 03:34 PM

          Happy Anniversary! A short walk to Parc would be perfect. Love their baguettes.

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        Holly Moore RE: Philly Ray Oct 6, 2011 01:53 PM

        Consider A.Kitchen at 18th and Walnut. They bake their own English Muffins, which are excellent. My favorite breakfast is the Gruyere popovers with poached eggs, country ham and hollandaise.

        P.S. Why don't more restaurants do popovers? Rephrase. More popovers, please.

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          cwdonald RE: Holly Moore Oct 6, 2011 02:53 PM

          Perhaps the same reason restaurants don't do more Yorkshire Pudding... need to be hot out of the oven, and very easy to screw up.

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            Holly Moore RE: cwdonald Oct 6, 2011 03:23 PM

            Understood. But there was a time in my formative years that popovers were more common and could drive customers to a restaurant. I hate to think that skills have diminished over time.

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          Philly Ray RE: Philly Ray Oct 7, 2011 01:06 PM

          We ended up at Parc, and while the food was good, the service was just so-so. Our server took our drink orders (an iced tea and a cappucino). My iced tea arrived and it seemed to take forever for the cappucino to make it to the table.

          Then, my wife received the wrong dish. But since the one she ordered and the one she got both had poached eggs, we didn't realize this until after a few minutes. By the time we flagged down the server and waited for the correct dish, I was pretty much done with my meal. So much for enjoying breakfast together.

          So while the food at Parc was good, the service was a real let down after the amazing meal we had at Lacroix the night before (review of that coming soon). Ultimately, we kind of regretted not just going back to Lacroix for breakfast. But there's always next time...

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