Seeing Green: A new café opens in South Philly

story by Lee StabertGreen Eggs Café is the latest business to open in the rapidly-exploding South Philadelphia neighborhood adjacent to East Passyunk Avenue. The breakfast-and-lunch spot will offer another option for hungry neighborhood residents, tired of long waits at Queen Village brunch meccas. 

The café has taken over a beautiful historic building on the corner of Clarion and Dickinson. The original tin ceilings and terrazzo floors have been refurbished, and the dining room is bright and airy. There is also a cozy private room in the rear, perfect for large parties.

Owners William Bonforte, Stephen Slaughter and Andrew Zuccarini are committed to sourcing locally and being as eco-friendly as possible. They’re stocking their kitchen with local produce when possible and serving LeBus baked goods, La Colombe coffee and Steaz Beverages. Water is filtered on the premises and all take-out materials are made from biodegradable and compostable materials.

When it comes to breakfast, there are the usual suspects—eggs benedict, stuffed French toast, breakfast burritos, omelettes—but also some twists, like the Philly-style benedict, served on a pretzel roll with cream cheese and pork loin, grits topped with scrapple chips or porridge made with quinoa. On the lunch front, there are sandwiches (including a burger topped with a fried green tomato, a steak sandwich paired with gruyere béchamel and fennel slaw, and a vegetarian Italian panini) and a small selection of enticing salads. Green Eggs also offers carry-out coffee and pastries. ■

Green Eggs Café, 1306 Dickinson St.; 215-226-3447