I started off the new year with brunch with my friends at Sabrina’s Cafe on Drexel’s campus.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Ross Commons, Drexel’s student center for the north end of campus. The beautiful Victorian building has a wrap-around porch and was once home to a railroad mogul. While you wait (and wait we did for an hour, because they don’t take reservations and they’re quite popular for brunch) you can play pool or sit on one of the many plush couches on the second floor of the Commons.
While the atmosphere of Sabrina’s is charming, happy and homey, the food didn’t meet my expectations. The breakfast and brunch menus sounded impressive, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with my dish. I ordered the Baby New Year Eggs Benedict Florentine ($10.95 plus $1 extra for meat) and got two poached eggs served on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce and ham, creamed spinach and home fries. Although the dish was quite filling, I’ve had much tastier Eggs Benedict at Peacock Cafe in Washington, DC. While this makes me biased, a friend who had the same dish agreed that the meal was just “okay.”
Another friend ordered the Stocking Stuffer French Toast ($11.95) and I tried a bite. It sounds amazing on the menu and I hoped that this strange combination of flavors would work – “Challah French Toast stuffed with a sweet blend of cream cheese, Mascarpone, Pane tone bread, dried apricots, cranberries, Nutella spread & mint jelly, topped with wild berry-apple syrup” – but the ingredients just didn’t work well together. They seemed random and the dish tasted like holiday fruitcake. It kind of looked like a mess too.
The Bottom Line:
I recommend Sabrina’s if you’re looking for a restaurant with a nice atmosphere, aren’t in a rush and aren’t looking for amazing food. Maybe the simpler dishes, like eggs or buttermilk pancakes, would have been tastier.
227 N 34th St. (University City)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sabrina’s has two more Philadelphia locations – at the Italian Market and Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhoods.