I’ve said before that I think “lets just go here” is a recipe for disaster when walking around town in terms of food, but once in a while, it just works out – as it did at the Continental (another one of the Starr restaurants like Butcher & Singer).
Breakfast after a late night. We head into the Continental, are seated in one of the super-comfortable booth almost immediately. Inside, it’s a mix of retro and modern design that just equals cool. The booth we were in had seats similar to the bench seat in an old car. The tables were formica and chrome – but not in the greasy spoon diner kind of way – more in the midcentury Charles & Ray Eames kind of cool (but come on, not that cool).
Anyway – service was friendly and like every other place in Philly – ridiculously fast. There was no wait for a table, and as soon as we sat down, we were brought little port glasses filled with essentially a cranberry slushie (for complete lack of a better description) – as a ‘palate cleanser’. This was not the Melrose diner.
Our server recommended the Chicken Biscuit as the cure for what ailed us, so I ordered that and T had the eggs benedict while S had the Protein Platter. The other lads enjoyed their meals, and I have to say the chicken biscuit was very, very interesting. It is a sandwich made with a soft, buttery biscuit as the bread, with a piece of very crispy fried chicken inside, with cheese on top of the chicken, and a layer of fried onions and bacon mince on the bottom of the chicken. Sounds delicious enough. The end result? Super delicious, super-rich. This thing was some southern-food fantasy, adding insult to the injury I caused myself the previous evening with the steak at Butcher & Singer. After eating half, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to finish it, so I took it apart and tried tasting some of the components – none of them tasted particularly great, but put together as a sandwich, this thing was awesome. Just what I needed to get back into the day (and the Flyers game we were about to go see).
The biscuit came with a decent helping of very tasty hash browns – more like large cubed french fries, cooked up with peppers and onions, these were actually some of the best hash browns I’ve ever had. The coffee kept on coming – and the coffee was dark and strong – more like an americano coffee than actual American coffee which I usually find to be incredibly weak and watery.
Indeed a lucky find, this was a great brunch with the guys. Definitely a restaurant to come to with friends any morning (and probably any night), where the food is good, the setting is fun, and nobody will leave hungry.
Brunch for three with three mains and coffees, $45.
1801 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 567-1800