-Supper is the food-baby of husband and wife duo Mitch and Jennifer Prensky who also own their own farm called Blue Elephant Farm. With such incredible ingredients right in their back yard (literally), you can bet your boots the food here is fresh, seasonal and super local.
-Despite the otherwise-telling name, I had read so many fabulous reviews of Supper’s brunch that I thought it would be a perfect pick to celebrate a birthday with my partner’s family.
-Supper has been named one of the Top 50 restaurants by Philadelphia Magazine for the 3rd year in a row.
-From the outside, Supper looks a bit like a classic British pub, painted in moss green with rich red wood trim.
-Inside, the space has a bit more of a comfortable American farmhouse vibe outfitted with seating on two levels and outside.
-On the main floor there is a beautiful full service bar, an open kitchen and a variety of banquette, deuce and round guest tables. The second floor features an additional bar, lounge-like seating and a variety of dinner tables.
-The rooms are warm, inviting and bright, with lighting contributed from the organic lamp-shaded drop lights and the generous sides windows. The walls are painted a pale uplifting yellow to contrast the whitewashed exposed brick details, stunning wooden floors and the playful orange banquettes.
-When we arrived for our brunch reservation at 1:30 PM, the place was more than half empty. By the end of it, I think there was only one other table in the house. Later our hotel concierge commented that he didn’t understand why it was such a “sleeper” but that it was highly regarded as a really fabulous dining choice. With so much space to fill, I really hope Supper draws a bigger crowd at supper.
-My partner and I arrived an hour before the rest of our family but the manager was gracious enough to seat and accommodate us immediately. They were also very good about discretely getting a birthday candle ready for our birthday girl’s dessert.
-Service was very friendly, and attentive with water glasses and drinks, but the kitchen was little slow. Despite so few diners in the house, it seemed to take a long time between ordering food and receiving it- the meal took about 1 1/2 hours and we didn’t dawdle at all.
-Drinks, on the other hand, came very quickly, as the servers had the time to bang them out, so at least we were occupied by that.
-Supper is one of Philly’s many BYOB’s but there are plenty of reasons not to bother bringing your own. From about 10 craft beers, cheeky original cocktails ($8-14), a dozen International wines by the glass ($8-12) and reasonably-priced bottles ($40-120), you’re going to probably want to drink at Supper.
-At brunch, there are all the usual liquid suspects including Mimosas, Bellinis, Irish Coffee, and regular coffee and tea, and they also offered about 5 or so signature cocktails.
Sangria Blanca ($8)
Sauvignon Blanc, Melon, Cucumber, Lemon, Limoncello, Honey, Mint Syrup with Club Soda
Simple and refreshing- an easy daytime summer sipper.
Just Like Heaven ($8)
St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Sparkling Wine
My favourite of the bunch- I loved the floral flavour enhanced bubbles.
Cherry Bomb ($10)
Tequila, Cherry Bitters, Lime Juice, Sour Cherry Quinine Syrup
A sweet yet stronger drink than the aforementioned two. I liked the mild bitter bite of the quinine syrup, but I thought the drink could have used a touch more lime to balance out the sweet.
-Supper’s menu is American comfort fare featuring a range of International inspirations that change to reflect the seasonal nature of ingredients. Most of the menu items are shareable so that tables can order a good variety of items to share.
-On the first Sunday of every month, there is a Sunday Supper where meals are served family style beginning at 6:30 PM
-The dinner menu is divided into snacks, charcuterie and cheese platters, veggies, grain based dishes, meats and fish, sides and desserts.
-At brunch, when we were dining, there are more than enough items to choose. From eggs with pimento cheese or grits, to sweets like dessert-style French toast or blue corn pancakes, to lunch items like sandwiches and deep-fried hot dogs, and side dishes of breakfast meats and biscuits. They also have a super cute “old school” cereal buffet where you enjoy as much as you want for $7. Sounds like a good option for the kids, but let’s be honest, I was tempted to pay $7 just to try the cookie crisp (which as a kid, I saw commercials for but couldn’t get it in Canada).
Banana Cream Pie French Toast ($15)
Banana Custard, Fresh Banana, Nilla Wafers, Salted Caramel
Honestly, some of the best French toast I’ve ever tasted. The thick-cut bread had been generously soaked in the custard to yield a texture of moist bread pudding on the inside. After the soaking procedure, I’m not exactly sure if they used a deep-fryer or just pan-fried the heck out of that puppy, but man, did it ever make for a golden crust. Paired with sweet creamy custard, crunchy cookies, fresh banana and luscious caramel, I almost licked the plate.
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup ($11)
Pickled Jicama, Corn Truffles, Aleppo Pepper
This was from the “lunch” area of the menu, and was a very generous portion of soup. I loved the combination of the creamy puree with the umami-rich corn truffles, sprightly jicama and mild heat of the Aleppo pepper. A nice light dish to balance out the rich French toast.
Caramelized Onion Hash Browns ($5)
Wicked crispy hash browns that were flawlessly seasoned. Definitely worth an order as a side.
Lemon Meringue Doughnuts ($8)
Lemon Curd, Toasted Meringue, Broken Pie Crust
I will never turn down doughnuts, and these babies didn’t disappoint. They were crispy on the outside, and ethereal within, with the sweetness balanced out by the bright lemon curd. Admittedly, I found the pie crust a bit redundant as there wasn’t any excess curd to moisten it up. Having said that, I thought this was a very tasty treat.
Humongous Dark Chocolate Cake ($12)
Chocolate Sauce, Cocoa
We ordered this as the birthday cake of the day and my goodness, was it ever rich. I’m not a chocolate lover, but even I found this deeply satisfying. One bite and you’ve probably got your fix. That’s the way chocolate should be.
-I wasn’t sure how much the bill came to since it also included four other people’s food and drink, but I thought in general the prices were fair. This isn’t a cheap eats brunch spot, and its sophistication does seem a bit out of place in the “hip” South St hood, but I thought it was a tasty choice. The food was very tasty and well prepared, the drinks were agreeable, and I liked the bright, inviting and cheerful atmosphere. I think it made for a really good option for bringing family when you don’t want to be rushed through a leisurely weekend meal.
-Supper is open for weekend Brunch and Dinner 7 days a week, with reservations available online.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.