Thursday, May 17, 2007
Saturday was a beautiful day and Alison and I were in need of food, as quickly as possible, preferably served to us in an outside setting. Wanting a little more than greasy diner eggs, we headed to Northern Liberties and grabbed an outside table at Azure.
The brunch menu has many options, but none were jumping out at me as the ideal brunch order. Actually, what sounded really good was the Monte Cristo sandwich, but it was one of the few Brunch items I've eaten and posted about previously, so it was off limits. I was almost lured to the French Toast, but it was stuffed with banana and peanut butter which sounded far too heavy for the hour.
Alison tried one of the three versions of eggs Benedict that Azure offers. She opted for the Azure Benedict, English muffins, grilled ham, poached eggs and hollandaise. The other versions involve smoked salmon and spinach as well as a crab cake Benedict.
I ordered the pancakes, served with mango butter and blueberry compote. Unfortunately, as you can see from the picture, no blueberry compote came with my pancakes, and upon asking the waitress about it, she informed me that they were out of blueberry compote that morning. Would have been nice if I knew that before I ordered, because I really only ordered the pancakes to see what the blueberry/mango combination was all about. She did bring me a small plate of fresh blackberries as a substitute, but I'm sure this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't questioned the absence of the blueberries. That said, the pancakes were decent and the mango butter was awesome.
Even with the blueberry mishap, I like Azure. They make a mean mojito, which I enjoyed alongside my pancakes. Check out Azure for brunch and if you're in the mood for people and dog watching sit outside.
931 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Between Laurel & Poplar