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

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:

Plenty Café Rittenhouse

1602 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19103


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


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


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

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


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