During our last visit to Philadelphia–which was to celebrate my graduation–we ate out for nearly every meal. Our AirBnB had a small kitchen, but we lacked the time and desire to cook. So, when Friday morning came and we needed one last spot to dine, our friend Nick suggested a place on Germantown Avenue called Cake. Here’s what we discovered when we had Cake for Breakfast.
What Piqued our Interest: Nick’s suggestion came with a phrase that couldn’t be overlooked, “their scones are to die for.” I’ve found little in life worth such a sacrifice, so the urge to see if a breakfast pastry could fulfill that sentiment overtook me (details later on whether or not the scones truly are “to die for”).
Average Price: $$ For the main plates, you can expect to pay around $10. Many of the side dishes and add-ons cost about $4. For the portions and quality of food, this is a fair price, though a little higher than typical breakfast fare.
Average Wait and Time of Day: None at 10:00 am On a Friday morning, we didn’t have a wait. There were only a few tables open though, so the potential for a full house existed. A table or two remained open form when we arrived until after we left around 11:00 (Nick did say that Saturdays and Sundays are more difficult to get a table than during the week).
Style: Casual/Upscale/Unique The atmosphere of Cake is truly one-of-a-kind. When the GPS said we had arrived, I didn’t realize that the conservatory beside where we parked would be our destination for breakfast. Obviously, the glass building didn’t house only plants–though greenery helped boost the experience–but it did set the foundation for must-try dining in Philadelphia. Small touches of color hung from the rafters in the form of cloth banners. Hanging slightly lower than them were paper lights that lined both sides of the building. We sat below all of this on dark wooden tables.
What we selected: Quiche du Jour & Morning Burrito There were plenty of options, and a couple I still have regrets for not trying, but the Quiche du Jour featured spinach, mushrooms, and goat cheese and we couldn’t pass that up. It was filled with fluffy eggs on top of the goat cheese, then topped with the spinach and mushrooms that from a flavorful combination once baked. We also chose the Morning Burrito mainly because it was paired with guacamole and our love for avocados runs deep. When you combined all of the flavor combinations in the burrito, it blended well. Without the guacamole, sour cream, and pico, however, the burrito by itself lacks a little something, but that’s not saying it isn’t worth the try, you just want to savor every bite with the full taste palate.
Brief Wanderous Description: Cake is all about the décor and the atmosphere, while the delectable food compliment them nicely.
Intangibles: Baked Goods Sadly, they had sold the last scone by the time we got there (they’d only been open for an hour, a testament to how delicious they must be) and we won’t know for certain if they truly are “to die for”. But when the waitress said Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake, we jumped at the opportunity. Judging from the aroma that filled the glass walls, everything Cake bakes is a savory treat worthy of indulgence.
Recommended? Highly From setting to selections, Cake is worth the visit when you find your self in the City of Brotherly Love.
Address: 8501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Phone Number: 215-247-6887
Hours: 9-3 Tuesday to Saturday and 10-2:30 on Sunday