Thursday, January 18, 2018

Autograph Brasserie: Brunch

Regular readers know I'm a fan of Autograph Brasserie in Wayne, PA. As one of the Fearless Restaurants, expect creative decor and local ingredients on top of well-executed dishes. Before a recent KoP shopping trip, the GF and I decided to stop by Autograph to try their brunch. 

Bread Service

We started off with a few mocktails. The GF enjoyed the Peaches & Tea - light, with the honey and lime balancing out any bitterness from the tea. I loved my Off the Daisy Chain - lemonade, pear, and honey amped up with the kick of cayenne and a bit of effervescence from soda water.  Bread service came in the form of foccacia - lightly seasoned with salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Perfect little bite for our first starter ...

Lobster Bisque 

Lobster bisque was rich, decadent, and creamy-dreamy. Close-your-eyes comforting, there were plenty of chunks of lobster and an enjoyable hit of acid from some tomato.  Glad we saved some of the foccacia which made for the perfect dippers. Brunch allows for no judgement, right?

Breakfast BLT [$15]
Fried egg, avocado spread, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, chipotle aioli 

For her main, the GF opted for the breakfast BLT. Buttered toast housed plenty of smoky, crisp bacon, fresh tomato, and crisp lettuce. The heft of the fried egg and avocado brought each bite over the top. As a side, she decided to go with the house-made chips - nicely fried and lightly seasoned. 

Open Face Crab Melt [$18]
Super lump crabmeat, beefsteak tomatoes, gruyere, grilled sourdough

I appreciated that the sourdough was nicely toasted, allowing for a juxtaposition in texture, especially with the creamy gruyere and the sweet crab meat. The tomato allowed for a subtle acidity that broke through the richness of each bite. I went with the side of fries which are just the way I like them. Crisp, but with a bit of chew upon mastication. And seasoned to boot! 

Chicken Fried Bacon [$8]
Honey, thyme, hot sauce

Bacon lovers unite at Autograph. Wait for it. Chicken. Fried. Bacon. How could you say no? Thick-cut pieces of bacon are deftly fried. Both the bacon and batter are crisp, but yield to a satisfying chew. On top of the execution, the combination of honey, thyme, and hot sauce really makes each bite. Get this! 

Autograph Signature Sundae [$12]
Dule de Leche & Vanilla ice cream, chocolate brownie, peanut butter cookie, milk chocolate pretzel bark, salted peanuts

There's nothing wrong with ending brunch on a sweet note. And there's nothing sweeter than Autograph's signature sundae. It boasts two scoops of rich dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream. Pair a bit with some chocolate brownie, peanut butter cookie, or a sweet-and-salty chocolate pretzel bark. Or do what I did and get a bit of each, along with some of the whipped cream and chopped peanuts. 

So if you're coming from the city to shop at King of Prussia, don't relegate yourself to the confines of the mall. Head over to nearby Autograph. In addition to the great food, it's located in the East Village Shops area, which has plenty of cute boutiques if you're looking for the perfect after-meal stroll.  

FTC Disclaimer: Thanks to Autograph Brasserie and the Fearless Restaurant Group for hosting us. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased. 

Autograph Brasserie
503 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 964-2588

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Common Wealth Old City

Located in Old City, Common Wealth brings forth the tastes of Carolina low country cuisine. Chef Joe Battista highlights seafood, heirloom grains, and fresh produce in an effort to provide flavors that you don't often find in Philly.

Sazerac [Bottom Left] | The Black Fedora [Bottom Right]

Common Wealth's interior is charming, with indoor street lights and murals creating a convivial atmosphere. In addition to a full bar featuring whiskies and craft beers, they offer a variety of specialty cocktails. The GF enjoyed a seasonal take on the Moscow Mule and I indulged in a sazerac, with the spice of the rye whiskey nicely balanced by the sweetness of the absinthe rinse and the herbal notes from the bitters. 

Fried Green Tomatoes [$12]
Pickled shrimp, remoulade, dressed greens

I loved the cornmeal crust on the fried green tomatoes - great texture and held up well to the stewed onions and the snappy pickled shrimp on top. The kick from the remoulade really made each bite. 

Pork Belly [$9]
Citrus salad, cider-jus reduction

How could I say no to the pork belly. The heft of the crispy, yet unctuous pork was balanced by  sweet peaches and a cider reduction, 

Oyster Mushroom Ravioli [$16]
Parmesan creamed leeks, field peas, Syrah-Grenache reduction

The ravioli are a sleeper hit. The al dente pasta housed an oyster mushroom filling laden with an earthy umami. The Parmesan creamed leek sauce had a great burst of flavor, with a punch of acid coming from the wine reduction. 

Shellfish & Grits [$22]
Seared shrimp and scallops, lobster etouffee, poblano-cheddar grits

I'm a sucker for shrimp and grits and I'll vouch for Common Wealth's iteration. Grits were spot on, with the poblano and cheddar really coming through. I could easily eat a pot of these alone. But with the depth of the lobster etouffee? Even better - especially with the kick from the cayenne and black pepper. Seared shrimp and scallops were simply an added bonus to round out the dish. 

So if you're in Old City, I'd definitely recommend stopping by Common Wealth. In addition to their regular weekday happy hour from 5-7PM, they have specials on Fridays and Saturdays from 9-11PM. On the weekends, they also offer up brunch - pork belly hash, croque madames, and lobster benedicts are calling your name!

FTC Disclaimer: Thanks to Common Wealth Old City for inviting us in to try their dishes. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased. 

Common Wealth Old City
319 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 372-7581

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hummusology Morning Menu *Media Alert*

Hummusology is offering up a new morning menu starting on Tuesday, December 12th. From 8 to 11AM daily, you'll be able to indulge in vegetarian and vegan friendly sandwiches to power up your day! And if you're one of the first 50 customers on Tuesday, you'll be able to try one of their sandwiches and La Colombe coffee for free! 

The Health sandwich is filled with sweet potato, cucumber, arugula, and tahini. Or you might want to try the Baghadian, which is made with roasted eggplant, boiled eggs, pickles, and topped with tahini and harissa. Double down with the Power sandwich, which is stuffed with hummus, harissa, sweet potato, and eggplant! You'll also be able to fuel up La Colombe coffee, lattes, cappucinos, espresso, and specialty drinks! 

Hummusology Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato