As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of brunch. It takes a lot to excite me enough to write a review on eggs and pancakes. But every now and then, there are some brunches that blow me away, that have me swearing I’ll wake up early every Sunday morning for it. Brunch at Supper had this very effect on me.
Both the ambience and the food make Supper one of the most pleasant dining experiences in Philly. The restaurant is deceptively spacious. Boasting two floors, the first floor is bustling and lively, with patrons sipping bloody marys at the bar and eager diners watching chef Mitch Prensky and co. in action through the open kitchen. By contrast, the second floor offers a much quieter, more serene environment, perfect for a relaxing and leisurely Sunday brunch.
Even more splendid than the setting was the elegantly rustic brunch fare. Chef Mitch Prensky incorporates local, seasonal ingredients and Southern flavor into his dishes, updating many tired, overdone brunch classics into something magical. Take his Supper Benny ($15), for example. While retaining the requisite poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, he replaces the english muffin with buttery grit cakes and adds mustard greens and country ham, which is more reminiscent of prosciutto than Honeybaked. The result is better than the original, especially with the sides of crispy breakfast potatoes and crusty bread.
The same can be said for Supper’s chilaquiles navidad ($14) and dixie biscuit ($13). The chilaquiles were zesty and smoky, with the addition of chorizo and tomatillo-braised corn tortillas. Two perfectly poached eggs sat atop the tortillas, making for a hearty meal.
The dixie biscuit was even heartier (and artery clogging, in a good way): two scrambled eggs, country ham, and pimento cheese tucked inside a flaky buttery biscuit, served with creamy grits on the side. It was love at first bite with the biscuit, and the grits were addictively delicious.
In addition to savory egg dishes, Supper offers “sweet stuff” as well, including red velvet waffles, gingerbread pancakes, and a cereal buffet. I will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. And when I do, I’ll blame Supper for successfully converting me into a brunch addict.
926 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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