Parc restaurant is one of our favorite brunch spots in Philadelphia. Its location, right next to Rittenhouse Square, near Walnut Street shopping, the Kimmel Center, and the Academy of Music, is just perfect. But so are dozens of other restaurants. What we really love about Parc is the atmosphere, and the food of course, particularly the bread and pastries. Parc channels a Parisian bistro, circa 1940. The mismatched café chairs, small tables, and vintage light fixtures all help to create the mood. If I plug my ears, I could be in Paris.
As for the food, it’s consistently great. Moules Frites, Warm Shrimp Salad, and the French Onion Soup are some of my favorites. The bread, however, really puts them over the top. For brunch, we like to order the pastry basket filled with small croissants (both chocolate and regular), a blueberry muffin, pumpkin bread, and an apple turnover. Woe betide he who takes more than his fair share! All meals come with a bread basket replete with wonderful cranberry nut bread, crusty traditional sour-dough, and the classic baguette. On a truly great day, like today, we’ll start with the pastry basket and move on to the regular bread. Hey, I needed to soak up my egg yolk!
Today’s expression, long comme un jour sans pain (long come uh joor sahn pah), literally means “as long as a day without bread,” or figuratively, for a really long, boring time. We’d say “as long as a month of Sundays.” If all Sundays included brunch at Parc, this expression would have to be rewritten!
- The Art of Bread: Sour Flour (karenpavonesfoodforthought.com)