Mar 2007

Sabrina's Cafe – Philadelphia

March 25, 2007
Cuisine: American (New), Diners & Coffee Shops

910 Christian St, Philadelphia 19147
At S Percy St

Phone: 215-574-1599

Shorty McForty’s Lemon Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes – with pistachios ginger cake topping, blackberries, berry vanilla syrup, lemon raspberry butter ($9.95)

Two Eggs Any Style with toast and home fries ($5.50)

Stuffed Caramelized Challah French Toast – with Farmers Cheese and Bananas topped with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup ($8.99)

Guess how long two friends and I waited for a table at Sabrina’s for Sunday Brunch? Two hours even with calling ahead to put our names down on the list. But honestly though, it really wasn’t a pain and definitely part of the whole South Philly brunch experience. We killed time walking through the bustling Italian market and gawking at tourists down at Pat’s and Geno’s. Fun!

We were seated around 2 PM at a table in the front room. It was a lovely early spring day so the windows were wide open letting in a pleasant breeze.

Luscious was in a sweet mood and ordered the pancake special–Shorty McForty’s Lemon Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes. The lemon and pumpkin were wholly present in the pancake, but the ginger was indistinguishable. She thought that the lemon raspberry butter was a great touch, but as a whole, the dish was overly tart.

Our friend Anna ordered two eggs over “super” hard, which came with multigrain toast from Le Bus Bakery and potatoes. It’s pretty difficult to mess up such a simple dish and Sabrina’s prepared it well enough for Anna to have no complaints.

I ordered the Stuffed Caramelized Challah French Toast. The thick slices of Challah were beautifully fried and stuffed with a velvety cream cheese and sweet bananas. The maple syrup was questionably vanilla, but good nevertheless. I generally eat Raisin Bran for breakfast, so this was wonderfully decadent and a welcomed change of pace. The portion was too big for one sitting and I packed half to go.

The best way to experience Sabrina’s is with patience and a hearty appetite.

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