Staycation Day 4

We started Day 4 of Staycation by trying a new (to us) breakfast place, Green Eggs Café. We’d walked by several times in the past but were always put off by the long lines on the weekend. We figured a weekday morning was the perfect time to try it without the crowds. I had a breakfast burrito and Tom had a shrimp & grits eggs benedict. Honestly, the food was only so-so, but it was nice to be out for a leisurely breakfast on a Monday – it made it feel much more like staycation!

Breakfast burrito at Green Eggs Cafe

Breakfast burrito at Green Eggs Cafe

When we got home, my new MacBook Air had arrived, so we spent a little time at home setting up the new computer and relaxing.

For lunch, we ended up at Tria, which is one of our favorite wine bars, but we don’t get there nearly often enough. We snacked on some olives, white bean dip, and broccoli rabe bruschetta, then shared a wonderfully gooey three-cheese panino, along with a few glasses of wine. Again, it was really relaxing being there on a quiet weekday afternoon while other people were at work!

Grilled Cheese at Tria

We had some more quiet time at home until it was time for dinner, when we headed down to East Passyunk again for dinner at Le Virtù. Le Virtù had been on our list of restaurants to try for a long time, and it easily met all our expectations. I’m not sure there’s anything I love more than regional Italian food served simply in a casual environment. It reminded me a lot of my favorite Italian restaurant in Long Beach, La Parolaccia. The wine list featured reasonably priced Italian wines that paired excellently with the Abruzzese food. Every dish we ordered was absolutely wonderful. We each had a half-order of pasta for our primi and a meat dish for our secondi. I started with the gnocchi affumicati, and Tom had the taccozzelle. All the pasta was homemade and delicious. Next up, I had the porchetta, and Tom had the polentone. We loved the fantastic Italian flavors created from local ingredients. I honestly can’t wait to come back and work our way through the entire menu.

Smoked potato gnocchi, Lancaster County lamb shoulder ragu, pecorino Canestrato at Le Virtu

Taccozzelle, house-made Abruzzese-style sausage, porcini, black truffle, Navelli saffron at Le Virtu

Roasted Berks County pork shoulder, cannellini beans, broccoli rabe at Le Virtu

Creamy polenta with braised meatball, sausage and Berks County pork rib in tomato ragu at Le Virtu

We had originally hoped to stop by Stateside afterwards for cocktails, but they were packed. We walked up East Passyunk only to find that Southwark, Kennett, and Tapestry were all closed (it was a Monday, after all). We ended up walking back to The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., one of Philadelphia’s speakeasy-type cocktail bars. We actually hadn’t been there since last December, when my brother Mike came to visit. It was great to be there on a weeknight when it wasn’t crowded. The drinks had all changed since last time we were there, of course, but it was great to sample this season’s selections. I had “The End of You” (Ransom Old Tom, Hayman’s Old Tom, Cynar, Noilly Pratt vermouth, served up), and Tom had a “Chain Linck Fence” (Germain-Robin craft method brandy, Rittenhouse rye, green chartreuse, Fernet Branca, cane, Bitterman’s xocatl mole and Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas bitters, served on a rock).

(We got quite a bit of walking in today – Tom mapped our walk from home to dinner to drinks and back, and it turned out to be at least 7 miles!)