After hearing so much about Hungry Pigeon (which just celebrated its first birthday recently!), my friend and I were excited to check it out. Plus, it is near the Italian Market – my new favorite place to buy groceries (but more on that later!).

The restaurant/cafe has a very trendy (indie), cozy atmosphere. Plants everywhere, a neutral color palette, a self-service station with different glass water containers and silverware nicely wrapped in pretty cloth.

Hungry Pigeon, Philly //

Hungry Pigeon, Philly //

Hungry Pigeon, Philly //

We tried the ‘breakfast bowl,’ which was rice porridge bowl with kimchi, lentil sprouts, and spicy egg was more subtly flavored than I expected. It tasted as healthy as it looks and sounds. It hit the spot on a cold winter morning because it felt very wholesome and cleansing, but I wouldn’t order it again.

Hungry Pigeon, Philly //

The real star of the breakfast was the banana bread sticky bun. This was recommended by Bon Appétit’s Instagram not once but twice in the last month, so I knew it had to be good. But wow – it was even better than anything I could have imagined. Soft like a cinnamon bun, but had the layers of a croissant. The sticky, crunchy outer layer complete with nuts and banana put the whole thing over the top. I asked the waitress, but unfortunately she said that the recipe was top-secret.

Hungry Pigeon, Philly //

Overall, I would definitely come back here. The sticky bun is a must order, but I’ll probably try something else from their perfectly simple menu.


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