I hit the South St Diner before Headhouse this morning. I had never been before, but had not heard good things.
Apparently they got new ownership about 4 months ago. Our waitress told us that they are now open 24 hours , the menu has been expanded and they make many more things in house, like the salad dressings and soups. She mentioned that they have a homemade snapper soup. I had to try it, and it was really excellent. There are so few places to get this, and even fewer casual places. A big bowl was $4 and damn it was good. No Sherry served on the side, but plenty was used in the soup. Dunno if they use real snapper, but the flavor and texture was on point. As good as it used to be at the old Oyster House.
I was also really happy with the home fries, which were definitely not frozen (I'm looking at you, Melrose Diner) and of a style I have been looking for in Philly since I moved here from Ohio. It's lightly mashed, pre-cooked potatoes with a super crispy edge and very soft inside. Delicious.
The french toast was also serious business--3 huge slices of brioche stacked up with sweet cream cheese, strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream holding it all together and presented very nicely. Not going to give Sabrina's a run for their money, but very good.
I'll definitely be back here and it's good to have a solid late night sit-down option that it closer to CC than Oregon Diner.