Everyone knows that Sabrina's is one of the top spots for brunch in Philly. But did you know that it hits the spot for takeout? They have delicious options for lunch or dinner as well - at affordable rates. So after a run by the Schuylkill, the GF and I stopped by Sabrina's to grab some grub.
Mel's Chicken Cutlet ($9.99)
Cornmeal encrusted chicken, spinach, marinated long hots, melted provolone
Marketed as a Philly favorite, it's easy to see why. The bread used is fresh, crusty, and seeded. But the star is clearly that cornmeal encrusted chicken. The cornmeal adds texture that isn't greasy, yet perfectly encapsulates the juicy, moist chicken. The marinated long hots adds a bit of heat that grips your tongue and lips, but is tempered by the funk of the provolone and the well-seasoned spinach. The sandwiches are accompanied by fries (regular, sweet potato, or parmesan) and cole slaw. I opted for the sweet potato fries, topped with some powdered sugar. These aren't crisp but are heavenly nonetheless. A vinegar-based slaw was also provided - fresh cucumbers, cabbage, and carrots are tossed with some pepper and is perfectly suited to cut the heaviness of the sandwich.
Marinated portabellas, tomatoes, onions, roasted peppers, spinach, eggplant, mozzarella, basil pesto
The GF had the surprisingly filling grilled vegetable sandwich. I consider myself a self-admitted carnivore (that's right - I'm even skipping over the omnivorous classification), but this was pretty great. There was a perfectly medley of mini portabellas, tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach, meaty eggplant, and onions - all melded with mozzarella and some basil pesto to brighten it up. The tang of balsamic helped to bring the sandwich to a whole other level. The regular fries had a similar texture to that of the sweet potato fries.
So if this hasn't convinced you to check out Sabrina's for something other than brunch, I don't know what will. If you're close, there's no reason not to stop by to pick up something good. And even if you're far, DiningIn has got you covered!