No, not a Dr. Seuss book, but a hipster brunch-style joint with four locations in and around Philadelphia. Green Eggs Café is known for maintaining an eco-conscious philosophy. Each location recycles aluminum, glass, plastics, and all paper products. The food and organic waste is composted, and also not put to waste. They prohibit the use of all styrofoam products and plastic bottled beverages. All take-out containers are biodegradable and are made from corn, plant materials, and sugar.
This is the choice son David made for celebrating his birthday, and we were more than happy, along with his girlfriend Vyktorya (both shown below), to give it a go on a recent Sunday. Although you will not find any green eggs and ham on their menu, they are dedicated to serving high quality food at a low cost to their patrons—lucky us!
The have both inside and outside seating, but invariably you are going to have to wait outdoors before you are shown to a table. Thank goodness the weather was cooperating. Part of the appeal for me was not only people watching (we were at the Northern Liberties location which is an eclectic area of town), but scrutinizing the meals as they were brought out. Holy Supersize Batman, every single entrée was ginormous by anyone’s standards.
We decided to have a peak at the menu while we were waiting for seats. The categories are chunked into Eggs, Sweet, Skillets, Savory and Sides; plus you are given a Specials Menu once seated. Unbeknownst to us, it is a cash-only place, but luckily there is a convenient ATM machine by the restroom. It’s also BYO, and many patrons brought bottles of champagne to make mimosas with their carafes of orange juice.
The choices are as eclectic as the diners, and it was extremely hard to narrow down our selections—except for David who had eaten there before and knew he wanted The Kitchen Sink again. It comes in a huge cast-iron skillet with three scrambled eggs, sausage crumbles, Gruyere cheese, potatoes, peppers and onions, all topped with a homemade jumbo biscuit and country-style pork sausage gravy. I saw most people either splitting it or boxing up at least half to take home. Not David, he ate the entire thing!!
Vykky follows a plant-based diet and chose the vegan option of the Breakfast Burrito. I surprised myself and also got the same entrée, but not vegan. This was a large habanero tortilla filled with eggs, corn, house made pork chorizo, Tex-Mex cheese, peppers and onions, accompanied by Pico de Gallo, sour cream, avocado salsa and fire roasted red pepper black bean sauce. Vykky also ordered a side of the Rosemary Potatoes (these too are large) and shared with the table. Needless to say, neither of us could finish and asked for doggie bags to go.
Russ went rogue and ordered from the Specials Menu getting the Chicken Italiano Sandwich, substituting Spanish Fries in place of the regular variety. This monstrosity was assembled on a toasted cheese focaccia bread with grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, broccoli rabe, oregano, garlic, grilled tomato, salami, melted provolone and smothered with a roasted garlic aioli. A valiant effort was put forth to finish it, but while he was able to knock off the sandwich, Russ had to surrender at least half of those fries to take a ride home with my leftover burrito.
Even though none of us ordered from the Sweet section of the menu, I couldn’t help but gape at the heaping portions as the waiters brought out French Toast orders (Crème Brûlée, Stuffed Salted Caramel Banana, Stuffed Cookie Dough), Red Velvet Pancakes, and Belgian Waffles. I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at them!
I highly recommend trying out Green Eggs for brunch if you happen to be in Philly. The other three locations are at Dickinson Street in South Philly, Locust Street in Midtown Village, and Gaul Street in the Port Richmond section.