Exploring Philly // Little Spoon Cafe

My friend and I recently stumbled upon a great new casual breakfast spot, Little Spoon Cafe, on 15th and South, Philadelphia. The cafe is owned by area residents Jeanne French and Julia McMeans, who made sure that the cafe feels home-y and fits in perfectly in the neighborhood.

Everything from the decoration to the food feels comfortable and home-y. The window sills are lined with succulents in different-sized pots, the food is served on mismatched porcelain plates, and the water comes in Mason jars. While the food is not particularly inventive, it is classic and delicious. I tried the sweet potato hash, which came with three types of well-seasoned potatoes, sausage, and kale.

Little Spoon Cafe is a great casual spot for breakfast with friends, and a great addition to the neighborhood!

DETAILS
Little Spoon Cafe
1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 587-6559

Exploring Philly // Stargazy

I had been meaning to go to Stargazy, one of the top 10 restaurants in Philadelphia, for a long time now, so I was so excited to finally try it out a couple weeks ago.

The tiny and unassuming British meat pie restaurant is located on East Passyunk, the Philadelphia street famous for its good eateries. The special of the day, lamb, artichoke, and thyme, was delicious and hearty, perfect for a cold January day.

Stargazy, Philadelphia // blog.leahsprague.com

Pies are ordered at the counter and served on mismatched white plates, which adds to the appeal of the homey restaurant.

Stargazy, Philadelphia // blog.leahsprague.com

Stargazy, Philadelphia // blog.leahsprague.com

Exploring Philly // Hungry Pigeon

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 // blog.leahsprague.com

Hungry Pigeon, Philly // blog.leahsprague.com

Hungry Pigeon, Philly // blog.leahsprague.com

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 // blog.leahsprague.com

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 // blog.leahsprague.com

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.