Spring 2018 Issue

Photography By Ted Nghiem | Last Updated April 02, 2018
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Edible Philly Spring 2018: The breakfast issue - Food and Community in Philadelphia and Beyond



When Edible Philly’s publisher Nancy Painter brought up the idea of a breakfast themed issue, I’m pretty sure I agreed before the words were out of her mouth.

Nutrition researchers may argue about whether or not breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, but in my mind this maxim is self-evident. Many of my favorite foods are usually eaten in the morning (eggs, waffles, oatmeal, bagels) and this is to say nothing of the profound pleasure of coffee.

In this issue, you’ll find the morning meal considered from a number of different perspectives. Of course, we provide plenty of tips and suggestions for morning bites throughout the magazine. You’ll also find some deeper dives into the topic of the breakfast.

Associate editor Katherine Rapin writes about the issue of getting breakfast to Philadelphia students, many facing food insecurity at home in her feature “The School Breakfast Challenge” (page 16). If you are feeling worn down by a preponderance of bad news in general, this is a piece you’ll definitely want to read.

Meanwhile, writer Alex Jones fills us in on the many outstanding from-scratch English muffins baked at restaurants around the city. These are not the muffins you know from the grocery store, and once you get a taste of these you are not likely to return to the bagged kind.

And finally, as in years past, this spring issue contains our annual Local Heroes Award winners (page 27.) This group of deserving honorees (chosen by you, our readers) exemplifies everything that makes our local food scene so outstanding as well as friendly.

For me as a Philadelphia food lover, it’s an energizing reminder of what I love about living, eating and especially sipping that morning coffee right here.

Joy Manning

Spring 2018 Checklist

Cottage Kitchen Curtido
Bright spring mornings call for sunny flavors, including fresh, nutty grains and tangy ferments. This list will help you start your day with early-season eats.

Mission-Driven Coffee

Quaker City Coffee has a new mission: to provide jobs and mentorship for formerly incarcerated Philadelphians.

A Breakfast Stay-cation

Locals rarely choose hotel restaurants for breakfast, but Urban Farmer in Center City’s Logan Hotel features a surprising number of local purveyors on the menu.

Easy Listening (and Drinking)

Vinyl’s back in a big way.

Wellness with Herbs

Two years ago, Elise Hanks turned her Kensington backyard into an herb garden.

Cauliflower Power

head of cauliflower
What to eat while you’re waiting for ramps

The School Breakfast Challenge

Marlow Williams (left) and Brenda Walton deliver breakfast to every classroom at H.A Brown School each morning.
How Philadelphia schools are ramping up breakfast programs—and why it’s a city priority

Mighty Muffins

Smoked Salmon Platter at The Dutch
Local bakers put a Philly spin on a supermarket staple

2018 Local Heroes

Edible Philly 2018 Local Heroes
Every year, Edible Communities magazines around the country ask you, our readers, to name Local Heroes in six categories.

Rachel Klein

Owner of Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Five First Meals

Snapshots of international breakfasts served up in Philadelphia


Latte from Soltane Café Bottom
A steel town reinvented, with a focus on quick bites and quirky atmosphere

How to Cook an Egg

How to Cook an Egg
How to Become a BrunchMaster
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