'grass roots cafe' in manayunk is a complete gem amidst the sorely obvious, over-trodden and -priced mediocres lining main st.
with a few seats outside and many more indoors in the terrace level, the cafe never aims to serve the masses. but rewards to those who do find the low-flyer! all ingredients are super-fresh and locally produced (read: did not travel many withering miles and moons to reach your plate). menu includes staples like omelettes but also interesting twists like a frittata. equal attention paid out to both open- and closed- sandwiches, accompanied either by a small mixed green (with a citric vinaigrette, i'm guessing?) or homemade slaw (not typical at all, red cabbage well-represented). OJ is super freshly squeezed, though I did love my "Fizzy Lizzy" grapefruit soda. portions are fair, even the biggest guys of us all left satiated. and the price points aren't those obnoxious, over-inflated ones usually found in hipper/hippier-than-thou cafes. just food that's well thought out, simple and good -- simply good.
as if the food alone weren't enough of a draw, the decor provides eye candy to munch on too. the octagonal(?) room sports a diff't color per wall. and the owner is committed(!) to local roots indeed: thank g*d he offered/asked my friends to de-vessel their starbucks into house cups.
i guess sometimes in life it pays to stay a bit off the main st.