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Ants Pants Means The Best


The South Street Bridge demolition was a much needed, yet a doubly destructive project for it isolated the western part of South Street just east of the Schuylkill River. With little traffic –and even fewer taxis to speak of—this neighborhood has taken to and kept to itself. Known for their quality, bars and restaurants in this neighborhood have maintained their area regulars and are consistently frequented by patrons undeterred the bridge detours and scarce taxis. Among these first-rate eating establishments is a small café called Ants Pants.

Reminiscent of 1920's rhyming phrases such as bees knees, the term “ants pants” hails from Australia as an adjective meaning “the best.” As the menu suggests, “this coffee is the ants pants!” And so it is. Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Ants Pants Café offers affordable, quality dishes with an Australian flair to them. No, that does not mean they add vegemite to everything, however, you can try it on a bagel should you so desire. On October 22, 2004, Liz and Nancy opened their small cafe with its Aussie theme. Liz's husband is from Australia and Liz managed cafes while they lived there bringing back some of the specialty coffees and flavors with them.

Their Aussie Specialty drinks include a Flat White or a Long Black: coffee drinks that will transport you to the land down under while reminding you considerably of Australian-brewed large (8oz) latte or strong americano both with two shots of espresso. The breakfast food is fresh and made-to-order. The menu is concise and to the point. They offer a select number of delicious breakfast dishes, salads and sandwiches. Everything is reasonably priced and affordable. You can order the “Brekkie Platter,” which will give you three eggs, bacon or turkey bacon and white, wheat or brioche toast all for less than six dollars. Other noteworthy breakfast dishes include the “Hungry Man:” French toast, three eggs scrambled with cheese and tomato; or the “Dill Scrambled Eggs with Feta,” which after the namesake items comes with honey wheat toast topped with steamed spinach and tomato.

Breakfast is served all day (7am-4pm weekdays; 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday). Should you order one of their specialty salads or sandwiches --the Salmon BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) comes highly recommend—consider ordering the Sweet Potato Fries (served with sour cream and sweet chili sauce). You won’t regret it. Like the blackened green beans at Grace’s Tavern around the corner, the Ants Pants Sweet Potato Fries are a Philadelphia favorite.

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2212 South St

Philadelphia PA 19146



M-F, 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun, 8am-3pm