Though science has definitely concluded that food tastes 4% better during a full moon (occurring approximately once every 29.530588 days), you can rebel against science and fill up whenever you choose with today’s Groupon. For $15, you’ll get $30 worth of creative Thai cuisine at MangoMoon, plus one free cocktail per table.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Cute, brightly lit and run by a local husband-and-wife team, Epicure Café at East Falls answers East Falls residents’ need for a casual, low-key spot to grab a coffee or a bite. Open for breakfast and lunch every day and into the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, Epicure serves up everything from a simple bagel and lox to omelets, salads, chili and paninis. When it comes to burgers, patrons can opt for a traditional sirloin version, a turkey one (topped with spinach, tomatoes and cranberry-horseradish dressing) or the Woodstock burger, a veggie patty created by co-owner Arlene Leschak with mushrooms, barley, oats and sunflower seeds.
Science has proven that the sense of smell is closely connected to both memory and cookie desire. Sniff your way to memorably tasty baked goods with today’s Groupon to Sugar & Spice Bakeshop. For $5, you’ll get $10 worth of muffins, croissants, cookies, cupcakes, and sandwiches. The vibrant red walls and colorful wall art beckon even the noseless to sit atop a tall chair at the serpentine counter or cozy up with a friend on the red sofa.
InFusion Coffee and Tea Gallery is much more than just a coffee shop; it’s a meeting place for creative types, who can admire or perhaps be the source of the regularly rotating artwork that makes InFusion a gallery as well as a purveyor of espresso. This shabby-chic Mount Airy café’s mismatched furniture includes bistro tables, sofas and red metal bar stools at the counter, each lit by bejeweled pendant lights. The walls offer shades of sea foam, eggplant and mustard, a far cry from some other, stodgier third-wave coffee shops in town. Along with the coffee drinks, organic teas and smoothies is a small selection of munchies, including bagels and paninis. For a nice touch, a free cell-phone-charging station sits just inside the café’s entrance.
On Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, a royal-blue awning dotted with white stars heralds the Night Kitchen Bakery, a combination café and artisan bakery. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or brunch in an old-fashioned room decorated with white subway tile, pale furniture and light-blue patterned wallpaper. The soups, salads and quiches are freshly made on site, though lots of diners opt for the “Tea Time” selection of scones and breakfast cakes, served with your choice of lemon curd, Nutella or raspberry butter – and a cup of tea, of course. Pick up an individual-sized sweet like a brownie or cupcake, or grab dessert for the whole family in the form of luscious tarts, pies and cakes that are ready to go. Or just watch in awe as the delectables are prepared, thanks to the wide plate-glass window next to the takeout area that gives viewers a peek into the commercial kitchen.
CrêpeMaker brings Parisian street fare to Philadelphia, cradling hearty fillings in a cocoon of fresh crêpe. Each of the eatery's hand-filled creations comes coned for convenient on-the-go or on-a-unicycle noshing. The chicken pesto ($6.95) hosts a palatable party of balsamic vinegar, spinach, sweet red peppers, and tomatoes, and the caesar steak ($7.45) bubbles with mozzarella cheese, sliced steak, and mushrooms so regal they're in danger of Shakespearean coup attempts. For sweet teeth, the simple Red & Black crêpe brims with gooey nutella and strawberries ($6.25), and the To Die For ($7.25) joins cheesecake, bananas, nutella, and strawberries in the more perfect union Thomas Jefferson dreamed of when penning the food pyramid. CrêpeMaker also crafts vegetarian-friendly phalange fare as well as egg-centric breakfast creations.