Well, Craig LaBan dropped another review (of Loie) where he gave the restaurant only one "bell" but mentioned how much he enjoyed the food in the review...????!!!! (see also, Bella).
Regardless, my wife and I went to Loie to check out their brunch on Sunday around 12:00. Not too many people there, which was surprising, given the Rittenhouse art festival; they were seating people in the "bar" area next to the windows or outside, which was fine with us. Service was efficient and impeccable.
After ordering, we were offered a choice of either homemade blueberry or cranberry walnut bread, with an amazing applesauce spread (no, not apple butter) with nice hints of cinnamon...worked very well together.
I ordered the quiche special: brie, scallions, garlic and crab. YUM!!! It was an individually-baked quiche, just like France; flavors melded together wonderfully, and it was served with a mixed green salad on the side with a nice, light balsamic/olive oil dressing. My wife had the challah french toast with carmelized peaches and toasted almonds. YUM again! Not dry, not runny...perfect french toast, also with great flavor execution.
Oh, and I almost forgot (should I disclose this discovery? Oh well, I want them to succeed, so why not)...for a limited time at weekends...complimentary bloodys (me) or mimosas (my wife)! And they were VERY good!
What was the TOTAL bill for this sleepy-eyed delicious dining experience? $21.80, not including tip. Unfrickin' believable.
It is clear (previous conversations about Loie exemplify this) that the kitchen operates best (and clearly on all cylinders) when the restaurant isn't particularly "hopping"--but I cannot wait to go back.
Thought you might all like to know.