Café Lift‪ 

Maybe its only Thursday, but we are already thinking about all the brunching we’ll be doing this weekend… You’re going to want to stop by and check out new menu at Café Lift‪. This Philadelphia staple is open exclusively for breakfast and lunch. 13th Street Kitchen Group’s Michael and Jeniphur Pasquauarello’s are the owners of this well known cafe. The BYOB cafe originally opened in 2003 on 13th street in the Callowhill inside a refurbished factory building. Enjoy breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 8 am until 3 pm in addition to delivery available via GrubHub. The menus feature seasonal ingredients which are sourced from responsible growers, and hyper-locally whenever possible.

Café Lift‪ serves freshly brewed 4Ever Coffee, 13th Street Kitchen very own proprietary coffee. Nothing beats a hangover like a classic breakfast sandwich. Check out the new Jersey Sammy for something extra special, Taylor pork roll, two fried eggs, arugula, american cheese, and Carter Sauce on a challah bun (kicking a Kaiser roll ass anyday). 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.

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. You’ll most definitely be curious about thenew  Malted Milk Chocolate Pancakes with peanut praline. And if you’re intrigued by pancakes and French Toast then you will want to check out the staple 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 Chilaquiles Roja, a plate full of corn tortilla chips tossed with  homemade salsa macha, scarlet runner beans, chorizo, and topped with two perfectly cooked sunny eggs, avocado, oaxaco cheese, and cilantro. 

If you’re the type to gravitate to lunch side of the brunch menu then you shouldn’t leave without trying a sandwich sure to be respected by any true Philadelphian, the Cafe Lift Cheesesteak Sandwich is made with shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, mild provolone, Carter’s spicy aioli and topped with an over easy egg – all stacked high  on a delicious Lost Bread Co. pretzel bun. This sandwich definitely will have you second guessing a traditional cheesesteak roll.

End your meal with a variety of vegan desserts by Crust Vegan Bakery and other options from Metropolitan Bakery. Happy Hour runs 2-3 pm all week offering half-priced daily menu specials. Monday – Friday from 8 am – 10 am diners can enjoy bottomless coffee, and $7 entrees! The menu features some of the top sellers like french toast, a breakfast sandwich, pancakes, chilaquiles, and our yogurt and granola bowl.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by Café Lift‪ and check it all out for yourself! BYOB brunch in Philadelphia is the best way to spend your weekend. As always keep in mind that Café Lift does not take reservations so we recommend swinging by very early or later in the day to avoid a wait!



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