After rushing through crowds of tourists to catch a glimpse of the Liberty Bell, we needed a moment of zen before brunch. A stroll through Washington Square Park on our way to Talula’s Garden proved just the ticket.
Talula’s Garden is nestled between old stone facades across from the park, and you enter the restaurant through its beautiful ivy-laden patio.I was immediately smitten with the romantic exterior, and desperately wanted to grab a drink from the outdoor bar. Alas, we had a brunch to be had and a train waiting for us just hours later, so we headed inside to the large restaurant decorated like a modern country home.
The restaurant was bustling with brunch dates, family gatherings, and ladies who lunch enjoying the day. As we waited to be seated, we admired the sunny aesthetic, complete with gardening tool accents and warm tones.
We got right down to business and ordered a glass of rosé and The Artist, Talula’s Garden’s version of a sparkling Paloma with Prosecco, St-Germain, and grapefruit. As we perused the menu, I had a super hard time deciding what I wanted. It was one of those charming farm-to-table menus that is concise and unique; I wanted to try everything.
In accordance with Bitch rules, we started with doughnuts. These sugared almond doughnuts were bite-sized balls and came with a wonderful sweet plum marmalade and crème fraîche. I appreciated the size of this dish as you could actually enjoy the doughnuts without feeling gluttonous.
The Talula’s Brunch Burger was thick and juicy dry aged beef patty, with a Jimmy Nardello pepper relish, black pepper aioli, and goat cheese on a buttery potato bun.
The aioli gave it a nice smoky kick and the pepper relish chutney was top notch. Seriously, we couldn’t stop talking the flavors on this burger — so much so that the couple at the table next to us decided they needed to try one as well.
We also opted for the cornflake crusted chicken and waffles. Boy, was this dish pretty. This boneless fried chicken was perfectly moist. The juxtaposition of the jalapeño and charred peaches on top was phenomenal. A little white corn and spicy Maple syrup really rounded out the flavors.
We appreciate the deceivingly large portions and our side of caramel sea salt buttery corn grits, which kept us full for our train ride home. I was super happy with our meal at Talula’s Garden. The inventiveness of the kitchen and thoughtfulness of the flavor pairings really come through. Plus, service was super fast, and quite friendly. I’m already making plans to go back for dinner on the patio.
The Bitches say: A+. A romantic patio, charming country farmhouse interior with an inventive spin on farm-to-table classics. Talula’s Garden is a must-visit in Philly for brunch.
210 W. Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Talula’s Garden serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
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