Breakfast of Dreams: Green Eggs Cafe

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A luscious Salted Caramel Latte.

According to doctors, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not do it right? At Green Eggs Cafe, located at 1301 Locust Street in Philadelphia, breakfast is the main show. With unique specials everyday, Green Eggs Cafe excels at tossing out extravagant dishes and large entrees.

Before even arriving at Green Eggs Cafe, a person can sense how good the food is going to be considering the senses getting excited by the smells and sights of outdoor dining. When finally approaching the main entrance, there are friendly staff helping you at each step of the way. From the hostesses to the waitresses/waiters and even the busboys, even staff member is delighted to help you in any way possible. Inside there are wooden tables with wooden seats all around the restaurant. A bit smaller than some places considering all the seating, but it is tolerable! It blends the feeling of an average diner with high-end breakfast skills and creates something beautiful.

The best part of Green Eggs Cafe is the food. The food is considerably

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An enticing Berry Lemonade with raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries to top it off.

the most creative french toast and pancakes that you’ve ever seen in person. The Cafe offers plain french toast, that exceeds any expectation that you’ve had of french toast, and unique specials of french toast and pancakes. The specials change every couple weeks or so and they always beyond what you think they will be. The most popular breakfast item is the Red Velvet Pancakes which include chocolate morsels and strawberry mascarpone layers, topped with maple syrup, chantilly cream and fresh strawberries. More past-time favorites are the Birthday Cake French Toast or the Mint Chocolate Chip French Toast, both including ice cream. Another daily, unique treat is the Creme Brûlée French Toast which has people continuously coming back for more.

Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there is also lunch! Green Eggs Cafe sells lunch items such as special burgers and veggie burgers. Many of the items on the menu are also vegetarian and vegan friendly! It’s the brunch spot with the most to

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Tiramisu French Toast from the specials from another month.

offer.

With three locations in Philadelphia and one in Miami, Green Eggs Cafe continues to improve every month with the challenging food that they are handing out to customers. Leaving Green Eggs Cafe will be nothing short of a full stomach and a wide smile.

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Hip for the Animals: HipCityVeg

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Sweet Potato Fries.

Recently there has been a lot more news, documentaries, and talk about the awful abuse in slaughter houses and abuse of animals in things like the make-up industry. With the increase of discussion on this topic, there has been an increase of vegetarians and vegans that try to help animals. At most restaurants it is hard to find an option that fits them. At HipCityVeg in Philadelphia, this is no issue. HipCityVeg is a completely vegetarian restaurant with most meals also being vegan.

From organic drinks to meat-free food and delicious vegan desserts, HipCityVeg is the perfect modern restaurant. This restaurant is so popular that lines are usually out the door and there is barely any seating. Since the restaurant is used to seeing long lines and little seating, you can call before and order your food for take out. This is highly recommended.

I’m sure most people think, “I don’t like those foods,” “I’m a meat-eater,” or just plain IMG_0550“ew”. You are mistaken! I can promise you that meals like the Fajita Wrap and the Crispy Hipcity Ranch, which both include chick’n, are just as good, if not better, than your normal foods. With the different seasonings and sauces, the food tastes delicious. One of the most surprising parts of HipCityVeg is that the food is filling! Most times foods like this are known to be unfulfilling to people that aren’t used to this food or just not enough. After eating a Fajita Wrap and their surprisingly delicious Sweet Potato Fries, I was full for the rest of the night.

HipCityVeg also offers drinks that are different than your average drinks. The restaurant offers a Green Lemonade including fresh squeezed lemons, organic kale juice, and raw organic agave nectar, an Iced Green Tea including organic green tea leaves and raw organic agave nectar, and also a unique Carrot Ginger Lemonade which includes lemons, organic carrot and ginger juice, and raw organic agave nectar. Each drink has a very normal taste to it and could even please a young child that only drinks lemonade. IMG_0553They taste so similar to its original that it is hard to tell them apart.

There are two locations of HipCityVeg that are both just as popular as the next both located in Philadelphia. This is definitely a trip that is worth going on!

Continuing the Trend: Dia De Los Burritos

Hidden right off the main strip, Dia De Los Burritos brings the taste and sights of Mexico to Pitman, New Jersey. Burrito joints like Chipotle, Moe’s, and more are popping up in every town. The difference? Dia De Los Burritos brings a hometown and comfortable feeling. A tiny restaurant, with a big future.

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A customer is choosing what kind of burrito she would like on the clip board. The board of the menu is in the background to the right.

Right off of Broadway on Pitman Avenue, Dia De Los Burritos opens their doors at 11:30AM everyday and closes them at 7PM during the week, and 8PM on the weekends. Instead of the normal Italian food, grabbing a burrito bowl or a taco would be a great change before walking throughout town or seeing a show at the Broadway Theatre.
With the mass amount of burrito restaurants appearing rapidly through the Northeast, it is easy to be accustomed to the same atmosphere. At chain restaurants, the tables are the same, the music is the same, and usually even the workers act the same. Walking past Dia De Los Burritos a person can just feel the different vibe that the restaurant brings. There are tables set up like picnic tables and customers are greeted face-to-face once they arrive. There is calming and fresh music playing. At night, there are Christmas lights hanging on the windows which creates a modern and cozy feeling. This generates a warm feeling and makes the customers and staff feel comfortable with one another. It seems as though these conditions are hard to come by these days!

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Chicken and cheese quesadilla with sour cream and salsa on the side.

Rowan University students should take full advantage of this! Getting away from the campus for just a night would be an eye-opening and surprising opportunity. Glassboro is close enough to Pitman where it is no hassle to find yourself a nice night with the girls or your boys with some delicious burritos and tacos for only a five minute drive.
Plus: Dia De Los Burritos features vegan and vegetarian tacos and burritos! Food for everyone.
If you’re looking for something different, yet similar go to Dia De Los Burritos! You will not be disappointed.IMG_0133