This Summer marks the expansion of Café Lift, Michael and Jeniphur Pasquauarello’s very first restaurant, to a second location in Narberth, PA. The BYOB cafe first opened in 2003 inside a refurbished factory along 13th street in the Callowhill neighborhood. Both Café Lift locations share a modern industrial design with both indoor and outdoor seating. Each cafe serves brunch to crowds all day, seven days a week from 7 am until 3 pm. Their similar menus feature seasonal ingredients are sourced from responsible growers, and hyper-locally whenever possible.
The biggest change is that the Narberth location will have a liquor license providing for a great cocktail menu and fryer allowing for french fries, fried chicken, and a Kid’s Menu. Cocktails are brunch focused, with a few options on tap, including a kombucha made for Cafe Lift by Baba’s Brews. There will be several cocktails made with cold brew coffee and prosecco on tap.
The character at Café Lift is expressed into every aspect, including the menu items- some of which are inspired by the Pasquarello family. For example the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, topped with fresh strawberries, served with honey & whipped cream come from a family recipe. The homemade hot sauce served at the cafe is called “Carter’s Fiery Hot Sauce”, named after the owner’s son, bottled and available to purchase.
If you’re intrigued by pancakes and French Toast then you won’t want to pass over the Cannoli French Toast, this namesake dish has been a favorite on the menu since they first opened. Made with Challah bread dredged in a cinnamon vanilla custard, baked, then finished with bananas, chipped chocolate, pistachios and homemade ricotta cannoli filling, we dare you to try and finish it all!
Traditional savory brunch goes will also enjoy the Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, Scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, corn, sweet onions, black beans and chihuahua cheese, rolled in a flour tortilla topped with pico de gallo. Served with homemade hot sauce. And if you tend to like a little Mexican influence in your brunch items we’d also highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros on a toasted corn tortilla with refried beans, Mexican pork chorizo, roasted peppers, chihuahua cheese, topped with two eggs over easy, and pico de gallo.
If you’re the type to gravitate to lunch side of the brunch menu then you should try the new Fried Chicken Sandwich offered exclusively at Café Lift Narberth. This panini is filled with buttermilk fried chicken tenders, roasted sweet peppers, onions, arugula, sharp provolone and homemade Carter sauce on pressed ciabatta. New to the menu is the ever-indulgent Egg Cheesesteak Sandwich made with shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, mild provolone, Carter’s spicy aioli and an over easy egg – all stacked onto a delicious Lost Bread Co. pretzel bun. This sandwich definitely makes us wonder why more cheesesteaks are served on pretzel buns…
Of course there is something for everyone at Café Lift, if you’re not a meat eater the Vegan Sandwich is loaded with seasonal local vegetables, and sundried tomato pesto on pressed ciabatta. Salads are also offered, take the Mexican Caesar Salad, a twist on the traditional classic with chopped California romaine, roasted corn, black beans, and tossed with a chipotle caesar dressing. It’s served atop two crispy tostadas and finished with queso fresco, fresh avocado and pico de gallo.
The Kid’s Menu also included favorites like Grilled Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Mac N’ Cheese, and more. So why not stop by one of the 2 new locations and check it all out for yourself? BYOB in Philadelphia or enjoy a draft in Narberth. As always Café Lift does not take reservations so we recommend swinging by very early or later in the day to avoid a wait!