Philacatessen | Plenty Café: Plenty of Locations, Plenty of Options

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Tomato soup Photos by Keri White

The three Philadelphia locations of Plenty Café are modeled after the grand cafes found all over Europe.

They focus on high-quality specialty coffees available all day, as well as a full bar, and handcrafted, high-quality food. They launched first in the East Passyunk neighborhood, then branched out to the Rittenhouse Square and, most recently, sprouted in Queen Village.

The three cafes share similar — but not identical— menus, and all feature natural, organic, local ingredients. Each offers a strong selection of all day breakfast/brunch items such as eggs, frittatas, shakshuka and French toast. They serve Lancaster-roasted Square One coffee, a large selection of loose teas and they make all syrups and flavorings in house. Small bites such as olives, kimchi deviled eggs, and cheese boards start the more lunch- and dinner-oriented selections, and there is a nice array of sandwiches and toasts on offer as well.


I popped into the Queen Village location one cold December noon and found the corner café to be bright, warm, and friendly.

My friend and I opted to ward off the chill with their tomato soup, and we also split the roasted beet salad. The soup came in a generous portion — and it was everything you want tomato soup to be: slightly sweet, smooth, warm and comforting. It was garnished with snipped chives, croutons and served alongside several crusty slices of ciabatta. The salad was beautifully presented; the vegetables were cut in ribbons, set in a generous bed of housemade ricotta. The pistachio “dukkah,” an Egyptian nut and spice mix, was a perfect foil to the relatively sweet ingredients that made up the salad.

The dinner menu branches out into familiar, but appealing territory — small plates include many items on the all-day menu. There are several pastas on offer, all made in house, and main courses include a burger, an herb-roasted Lancaster chicken served with grilled asparagus and whipped potatoes, pan-roasted salmon with fregula sarda, roasted tomatoes and fennel salad, and a grilled hangar steak.

Roasted beet salad

The bar menu is extensive, with a wide selection of aperitifs (fortified wines such as sherry, Lillet, bitters like Campari, and many other less familiar options), digestifs, cocktails, beer and wine.

There is a limited dessert menu — chocolate torte, affogato and flan, and there are also some pastries and muffins baked in-house to accompany the coffee/tea selections.

If you go:

plentyphiladelphia.com/

Plenty Café Rittenhouse

1602 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

215-560-8684

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Plenty Café East Passyunk

1701 E. Passyunk Ave.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19148

267-909-8033

Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday 7 a.m. to midnight

Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight

Sunday 9 a.m. to  10 p.m.

 

Plenty Café Queen Village

705 S. Fifth St.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

267-758-6791

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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