816 North 4th Street
Philadelphia PA 19123
I have ridden past La Maude countless times, but if I am stopping for food on this block, it always ends up being Honey's. I figured it was high time that changed. This place is just a few doors north of the famous corner spot, and you can't miss it.
The façade is really nice, with a great awning and wood framing. According to their site, they "look like Paris, and taste like Beirut."
They had a wide selection of pastries and desserts. Although I was tempted, I was here for some brunch.
It's all about high quality presentation here.
Prices are a bit high, but there is a great ambiance. And the food has a lot of creativity.
Also, the coffee is fantastic.
The benedict was delicious. Their version was served over thin slices of Canadian bacon with a generous smear of Brie, fresh avocado and topped with a bright & citrusy hollandaise.
Not to mention the skewers of fresh fruit...
The eggs were poached to perfection, and served with a side of some nicely crisped potato wedges. Everything on this plate was prepared just right.
I also got the Halloumi press, which consisted of grilled halloumi cheese, roasted tomatoes, green olives, mesclun greens, and pesto served on a French baguette.
While it may not have been the largest sandwich I have eaten, it was among the tastiest. Simple, refreshing, and delicious. There was a level of acidity that made the ingredients come alive, and the crispy toasted bread held everything together nicely.
I have to say, the next time Honey's is too full, I wouldn't think twice about heading down to La Maude. Even if it means a few extra bucks. I actually may be craving that sandwich in the near future and head down that way for a coffee and a sandwich on the sidewalk. Weather pending.