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Standard Tap Brunch - WE were dissapointed.


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Standard Tap Brunch - WE were dissapointed.

Steve | Apr 13, 2003 02:24 PM

I know I may be in the minority here but thought I should at least express my opinion. That now said………..

After reading only glowing comments about how “special” brunch is at the Standard Tap in Northern Liberties we decided today to try it. Because we didn’t want to wait for table we went at 11:45 and because I was told the upstairs is quieter for conversation we waited until 12 noon when the upstairs room opens. It’s less noisy up there but it appears there is no “non smoking” section anywhere is the place and it was smoky.

Okay, so much for ambience – the place seems to draw larger groups than towo, but I was there for the “creative food” I heard about.

The menu was on the board. Only 2 omelets and eggs benedict and French Toast and Quiche were listed. The rest were sandwiches like Ham and Cheese and BLT. Noting looked creative but we tried the best we could and ordered the spinach and cheese omelet (my partner) and the Andoulille (sp?) sausage and cheese omelet. ($9.00 each). I had coffee and she had a mimosa. The spinach omelet was okay but not great. The potatoes were only lukewarm chunks, which were deep fried with no seasoning. My omelet had ONE link of sausage which had been sliced. No bread or rolls came with it and we asked if we could have some. The waitperson – not exactly enthusiastic – asked if we wanted toast. If that was all they had we’d take that. I figured we would have a choice of bread. Well we got the most boring commercial loaf bread white toast and those foil packs of butter. I asked if she had decaf coffee for my refill and she said “no”. The mimosa was fairly small. The bill came and low and behold this mimosa was $7.00. So without anything extra and adding a fair tip our brunch was $33.00 for the two of us with only the mimosa and my coffee to drink.

There are so many other places that serve brunch and, not only, fairer prices, but also better food. As we walked around the neighborhood the food looked great at both Pigalle and even North 3rd. (I noted that Aden is no longer open for brunch.).

So, obviously we won’t be back but they don’t need our business. And I know many chowhounds love the place. But it was sure one big letdown for me. And I wanted to describe the full experience so others might know what they can expect.


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