Monday, July 20, 2009
I spent half my life not loving breakfast. I don't know what my reasoning was as a child, but I just wasn't a fan. I distinctly remember eating only the white portion of a fried egg, leaving the yolk to bobble on the plate all by itself. Exceptions were made anytime for my mother's cinnamon french toast, but only for pancakes when they were eaten in lieu of dinner. Sometime in my college years, things changed and I consumed eggy breakfasts with abandon. I've come to terms with my love of breakfast, and indulge in a luxurious breakfast or brunch only occasionally. Recently, Jess and I headed to Rittenhouse Square to enjoy the beautiful weather and have a leisurely breakfast at Parc.
Not a traditional French breakfast by any means, I still had to try to the Eggs Benedict at Parc. I found it to be an excellent version of this eggy morning starter, with perfectly poached eggs, thin sliced salty ham and one of the most lemony hollandaise sauces I've had the pleasure to eat. If you're an Eggs Benedict fan, the version at Parc is sure to satisfy you.
Two eggs cooked any style you want, in this case, sunny-side up, are served with some very good breakfast potatoes. Loads of caramelized onions and spices are sauteed with the potatoes until everything just melds together into a mighty fine breakfast potato.
A bowl of mixed berries was adorable. But more importantly, the berries were just the right ripeness for serving. Everyone has been served under-ripe fruit at sometime by some restaurant, but at Parc that is unlikely to happen. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are garnished with a simple mint leaf and provided the perfect accompaniment to my eggs.
Since I've been on such a jam kick lately, we decided to order the tartine with jams in order to compare our homemade versions to Parc's. The french baguette is a dream, lightly toasted and served with softened whipped butter. The jam is good, but I'm happy to say, mine are better.
But Parc definitely has something special going on in the bakery department. We grabbed some baguette to take with us so my delicious homemade jams, like this one, have a swift delivery vehicle to my mouth.
227 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103