Two weekends ago, I went to Jones for the first time with seamstress extraordinaire Allison and a Frenchie friend. We went for brunch. Between us, we got the monkey bread, baked mac and cheese, salmon benedict, and the protein plate—deliciousness all around. The menu features several vegetarian options (many with avocado!), and if tomato juice and vodka is your thing, they do customized Bloody Marys.
A friend suggested I start chronicling my restaurant non-adventures, since I love food and, frankly, I think with my stomach. There are three places I’ve been to recently that are worth mentioning.
Toyotomi is a sushi place near my house. I have no idea how authentic this place is, and there are several non-Japanese items on the menu, but the food is quite tasty and the staff is friendly. It’s rather tiny, though, so I wouldn’t recommend it for large groups.
Birra is basically a fancy pizza and beer place. The beers selection is good and there are some interesting pizza topping combinations, like duck or figs and goat cheese. They also do a tasty Irish Coffee. It’s another fairly small place, though, and probably not suitable for large groups.
Molly Maguire’s in Pheonixville (about an hour to the west of Philly)- I went there for brunch the other day with my friend M, and it was absolutely delicious. When we went, it was rather quiet, but it was an off hour. If you do go, I strongly recommend the eggs benedict.
Philly, along with much of the rest of the country, is having a heat wave, or une canicule. The temperatures yesterday and today have hit the 100s (that’s about 38 to 40-something in Celcius).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go be a melted puddle—an Anju fondue, if you will.