Hickory Lane American Bistro
Hickory Lane American Bistro

Hickory Lane American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hickorylanebistro.com/
  • Phone: (215) 769-2420
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday and Friday : 11:00 - 3:30pm

    Bar Menu and Cocktails, Monday through Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

    Dinner: Monday through Sunday: 4:30 - 10:00pm.

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

    Bar Menu and Cocktails, Monday through Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Albert Alvarado Jr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.
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  • Special Events: Please call and provide details on what type of event to determine if Hickory Lane can be a part of your engagement.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corinthian Ave
  • Public Transit: SEPTA Route 48 and 7
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking with a public lot next to Eastern State Penitentiary. Parking lot is owned by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

    Valet Parking - Friday and Saturday Night
A word from Hickory Lane American Bistro
Hickory Lane American Bistro features cuisine founded in exceptional, fresh and local ingredients prepared under expert technique by Chef Albert Alvarado Jr. Formally of Green Eggs, and his team practice classic techniques and modern food science in the creation of simple yet delicious and beautiful food. Hickory Lane offers Lunch, Dinner and Brunch in a elegantly rustic dining room with plenty of outside cafe seating. Featuring an eight seat copper bar that sets focus on simplicity. The bar showcases old world and new world selections of beers and wines while the cocktail and drink options are made from classic recipes with new twists and spirits. Hickory Lane is ideal for a quick bite, leisurely meal or exceptional fare. We are located across from the historic Eastern State Penitentiary on the corner of Fairmount and Corinthian Ave. Feel free to stop by or make a reservation, either way you will remember your first visit and that is what makes you will want to come back.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Hickory Lane American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (32)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (23)great for lunch (11)special occasion (10)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)romantic (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Unmet expectations
    LivetoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first time at Hickory Lane. Regrettably, probably our last. The cheese trio app was delivered containing three remarkably small morsels of cheese with an incongruous amount of bread and accompaniments. I requested medium temp for my burger but it was well past that when it arrived. In addition, the cheese added no flavor to the meat. My wife echoed the same. The couple we dined with ordered egg dishes wish were both cold and the poached eggs were cooked well beyond best texture. The restaurant is cozy and the staff friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food I've had in a while
    RyanAndMel
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The service was superb, and this was the best food I've had in a while. I had a perfectly cooked steak frites (medium rare), and the mac and cheese w/ pork was incredible. We would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • please fix your website information
    lobos
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The atmosphere was very nice and the food varied and good. However they need to fix their website....NO WHERE ON THE PRICE FIX MENU DOES IT GIVE A DAY OF THE WEEK.....IT SAYS 4:30 TO 6:30 AND THAT IS ALL. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY DID NOT HONOR THEIR MISTAKE.....ALL THE WAITRESS SAID WAS IT RUNS FROM MONDAY TO THURSDAY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    XXOXFood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good food and great service. Good spot for vegetarians and carnivores. Only wish they offered regular lunch or dinner menu on weekends since we visited late in the afternoon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I'm literally obsessed with their veggie burger. It's amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate Evening Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We showed up early for our reservation but they had no problem accommodating us. Service was prompt and friendly. The entrée was the high note, both of our dinners were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable & Something I'd go again
    GuyThatLikesToDate
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I'm not one for writing long reviews, because I for one don't read them! But if I had to make a list of Pros and Cons, it'd go something like this: Pros: Atmospherically the restaurant is a small, quaint, and verging on the romantic. (Of course the romance depends what other diners you have sitting next to you, we had a boisterous group, but once they left, it felt like we were the sole customers there.) The food was beautifully presented and nicely cooked. I'm no foodie, but with the exception of some dishes needing an acquired taste, everything was exquisite, to say the least. Lastly, the service! I can't speak for everyone that have dined at Hickory Ln. but our waitress was remarkable. She was knowledgeable & charismatic. Con hi prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for bruch
    Alina
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was great, high energy at Sunday noon, not a place for deep and quiet conversations. Loved the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    jean1
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a wonderful server named Sara. Food has been delicious every time we have been there. It is a bit over crowded. Their summer mixed drink line includes a blood orange and basil margarita that is very tasty. Overall a good experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our group of 5 had dinner here before going to the Terror behind the walls. Had a reservation for 8:15 and they seated us promptly. The food was excellent --- Of course it was noisy and hard to hear each other, but to be expected. Would definitely go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous onion soup
    NessaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The French onion soup was really excellent. Two of us had their very good burgers and one had a pasta dish. Everything was enjoyable. It was too cold to eat outdoors, but there is a nice outdoor area for warmer days.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Spot
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Met a colleague there for a friendly chat. We sat outside and enjoyed the Fairmount neighborhood scene. Delicious fare and cool smooth wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    livetoeat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Four of us went to brunch after a charity run. The food was ok, but it all came out at different times which was kind of annoying. Nothing was that spectacular. My husband ordered the mexican breakfast as it was highly recommended. It was just soggy tortilla chips in a red sauce with a couple of small pieces of sausage. His was the last out, so I'm not sure why it was so soggy anyway. I also asked for toast when my food came out it took at least 20 minutes to come out. I was done my food at this time and I had also waited to eat until my husbands food came out. Our waitress was great, attentive, apologetic for how the food came out and how long the toast took.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Jive123
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was fun, very good food. Kind f just classic american. Basically it was just what I wanted it to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch in Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A small spot but very nice. The staff is excellent and the food is even better. The grits are real; not out of a package. And it's topped off with a perfect piece of thick, crispy bacon! The pork belly just melts in your mouth. The beet salad is very fresh and not overdressed. Pay attention to the specials because you'll want to order each one. They even make infused liquor for your brunch drinks. Hickory Lane is a must when you're in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot!
    eph09
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place to head for brunch, partly because it's in Fairmount and thus not mobbed by crowds like the popular brunch spots in Center City. I was able to easily make a reservation that day for our party of 7, and we sat in the cute outdoor seating with nice views of the penitentiary and Fairmount Ave. Another thing I appreciated was the extensive menu that included several vegetarian and vegan options because we had a vegan in our group. They seemed to have a lot of great sweet and savory brunch dishes, some unique ones as well as some classics. My pork belly eggs Benedict was delicious. They also have an entire menu of mimosa flavors although I didn't try any of them this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, wine, people watch & service
    Happycouple
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outdoor seating has a view of the towering Eastern State Penitentiary, which was really amazing. Our waiter, Harrison, was awesome. Food was delicious. We had a fabulous mushroom bruschetta and a five-onion soup to start. I had the pork option which had an amazing sauce and beautiful presentation. It was perfect. My husband had a pasta dish that was great. It was a little loud outside because of the location, but we expected that and didn't mind the chance to be right in the action. Great spot to people watch. Inside looked beautiful. Next time we are in Philly again, we will stop by here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twist on brunch
    bcreviewer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice to find an upbeat, fun vibe brunch place. I had pork belly benedict, cooked perfect w some crispness to it, giving wonderful flavour to whole dish. The other dish we ordered was their special w lox and was delicious too ! Not happy about latte, would of liked a bigger cup, but will return !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    Melissa
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food and perfectly suited for the Fairmount neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Horrible food never tasted anything so bad not one dish edible didn't complain never come back
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch and Dinner!
    KTMCVVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here for both brunch and dinner. For brunch, they have an awesome mimosa list! Dinner was fantastic as well. I ordered the cheese platter for appetizer, as well as the squash fondue and Steak Frites. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Dinner or Brunch
    fairmounter
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been several times for brunch and just recently for dinner. Food is excellent - good quality ingredients, well prepared, good-sized portions. It's priced fairly for the quality of the food. Really appreciate as well the variety on the menu and the different price points - there's something for everyone. A good pick if you have guests who want to try something a little upscale but not out of their comfort zone. Service is friendly but seems to come in spurts - at our recent dinner, our server disappeared for long stretches of time. It was nice not being rushed, but things did drag a bit. Not that big a deal though, and would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 237 reviews are from the Hickory Lane American Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great neighborhood brunch spot!
    JanMarieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been here twice and it is my new favorite place for brunch. Beverage menu is interesting, service is delightful and the food does not disappoint. We have had the specials both times and they were amazing. Once a chicken and waffles benedict and the other was peanut butter cup French toast. Totally decadent and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local restaurant, good prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was wonderful and the service was great. The only negative was that it was very warm inside the restaurant. Since it was a stormy night, everyone was inside and even though they did lower the temperature, it was still too warm. BUT, I definitely will be back and hopefully it can be a night when the windows are all open.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Weekend Brunch in Fairmount
    Tomato
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Hickory Lane, on a corner in Fairmount, is a small restaurant with outdoor seating. It's casual décor and wonderful wait staff provide a relaxing place for brunch. The creative assortment of waffles, pancakes, eggs and lunch options look and taste terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the French Toast for Dessert!
    JanMarieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Met a friend here for brunch, nabbed a great table in the shade and had a wonderful meal. The server was friendly and attentive. When they did not have the wine I ordered she had recommendations and brought me tastes without me having to ask for it. We both had eggs Benedict, mine the special chicken and waffles Benedict (delicious) and my friend the classic. We shared the special "peanut butter cup stuffed" french toast for dessert and my friend summed it up best saying "I'll never be able to have plain French toast again". It was ridiculously good. I will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Celebration!
    FunkyMama
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wonderful menu! Mark is a great waiter! We all loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a terrible experience. The place was so noisy you could not hold a conversation. The food was adequate. The food looked better on the menu than it appeared on the plate. I do not enjoy soggy potato slices at room temperature Some of the windows were open so there was no air conditioning. It was just not for us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hickory Lane Bistro
    nschmid15
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The staff was very pleasant and efficient. Food was deliciously prepared, but be prepared, they are rather small plates (a man may not find it fulfilling). I really had a nice time eating outdoors with the penetnetary as oir backdrop. I would recommens it and I would most likely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuonaCenaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We haven't been to Hickory Lane in about a year, and the restaurant has changed in unfortunate ways. The meals we ordered were good, but the temperature requests for the fish weren't followed, and overall the meals lacked the inventiveness of a year ago. We were there on a very busy Friday night, and the hostess was clearly overworked and clearly disgruntled, acting almost as if our presence was an inconvenience and making us wait for a table that was already set for service. The seating is very close and the noise level high making conversation difficult; it was much easier to hear the conversations going on at the next table than it was to communicate with my partner. A very un-notable wine list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunate bad experience
    df88VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have been to Hickory Lane a handful of times and always pleased by both the food and the service. Unfortunately this night failed to meet those expectations. Despite having a large number of empty tables outside, we were told we could not be seated outside (the same tables were empty when we left after out meal). The hostess was less than helpful or gracious about the seating arrangements and when our food came out out of order (appetizers before wine!) she did not do as much as apologize. Seating aside, it was clear the staff was stretched thin and the hostess made no effort to apologize or accommodate us while we were sitting right next to the door and had all of the traffic from the kitchen and patrons interrupting our meal
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  • Cozy spot for a special occasion!
    2diners
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    So glad we took advantage of this quality setting to celebrate a special time. Loaded with atmosphere, the small tables contribute to the intimate feeling inside this neighborhood restaurant. Our service, by Sarah, was outstanding! Our entrees were done to order and served with a notable presentation. Delicious food, friendly staff and moderate prices will bring us back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Had the Hickory Burger and it was one of the best I've had in Philly! We split the brunch special which was the Oreo French Toast and we all loved it at our table. It was perfect! Definitely going back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our first brunch at Hickory Lane was great! The pork belly benedict was to die for. I had the biscuit and gravy benedict special. The Chef should make this a menu staple. The biscuit melted in my mouth. My Daughter is a big smoked salmon fan and she said the platter was the best she ever had. We can't wait to go back when we're in Philly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True Neighborhood Gem
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I can't say enough good things about Hickory Lane. The food is over the top. The bartenders make very good drinks. The wait staff are super. It is a small space, but I never feel crowded in. In a neighborhood with plenty of places to eat--some within eye shot--this is the best around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have dined at Hickory Lane several times prior and have always had a wonderful time. However, on Mother's Day, they seemed rushed and unorganized. We were eating with two toddlers and the hostess forgot to tell the server that we were seated. We waited over 10 minutes for our server, and we finally had to ask the bartender to alert our server of our presence. Because we had waited so long, we asked if the kitchen could rush an order of French fries for the children. We were told the kitchen was too busy. However, we saw many orders of fries going out to other diners. Our food was unbelievable delicious and we will go back. We think perhaps for special occasions, they should serve a limited menu and hire extra staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    KyleToro
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been to HL 5 or 6 times now and i plan to continue. Brunch is perfect, especially when the weather is great. Dinner is quite sophisticated without being over the top. My wife, as well as our parents, love HL. It's worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!!
    JPav
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Living in Fairmount, I previously looked at the menu for Hickory Lane and wasn't excited, so I had not been - until this weekend. A friend recommended their brunch and I thought, "Why not?!" I am SO thankful - it was truly outstanding! The mimosas (I chose blood orange and "mystery"!), the Pork Belly Benedict, the Churro French Toast - OMG. The food was truly fabulous, and it's now my go-to spot for brunch. The service was also great, and even the staff in the (tiny!) open kitchen were very friendly and thanked us all as we were leaving. I can't wait to return for lunch, dinner, brunch again....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot to celebrate spring!
    FairmountFoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went with friends from out of town, for an early Saturday dinner before a dance performance. The experience was lovely, from start to finish. Relaxed atmosphere, great food, and hospitable service. I can't wait to try it again, maybe for weekend brunch or late-night drinks and apps.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't be late
    Like2DineVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Showed up at 6:25 and was told that the Pri Fixe, which ends at 6:30, was not available. Received a rude reply when I asked for it. First and last time eating here.
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