1301 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.933335 -75.162014
Neighborhoods: Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia
Best Breakfast in Philly!! – Feast your eyes on the best breakfast experience in town! From eating a large piece of peanut-infused challah french toast with peaches and ice cream on top to listening to Carman tell her customers strories of her past club days in Miami, every meal is a treat and a crack-up. I come weekly and stay for hours. You too can be friends with Carman! You should check it out for yourself before bringing your grandma, you'll understand when you get there.
Enjoy! Bon Apetit!
carman's, where baby quails dance on your plate – I'd heard big things about Carman's before I managed to go there, and it totally lived up to the hype. The entire menu was droolworthy, but I opted for the special of pan-roasted quail, eggs, panchetta, homefries, and tast. Needless to day, the portion was enormous. The quail was perfect in every way, not to mention cute and fun to play with. And it was only $12!
Another thing about Carman's is that their coffee is amazing. Also, it was really neat to sit so close to the kitchten and watch Carman hard at work.
I love Carman – I am ashamed to say that it took me a while to find this place. Carman acted as our waitress, busser, chef, and comedian when I went there last. The short menu is surprisingly daring and she executes everything perfectly. This has become my favorite place for breakfast.
just like sitting in carmen's cunt-ry kitchen! – alot smaller than we thought. the waiter was very friendly and asked our names as he took our order. the menu choices are posted on the wall. the menu may be limited, but from the looks of other tables orders everything looked delicious. the challah bread french toast was to die for. the only complaint is that they should have freshly squeezed orange juice, instead of the bottled kind. all in all a delightful breakfast. its just like sitting in carmen's cunt-ry kitchen :)
South Philly's culinary goddess plays with her food in a kitschy little luncheonette. – In Short
Chef and owner Carman Luntzel concocts the culinary equivalent of playing dress-up. Carman cooks according to season and whim: lobster, eggs and asparagus over dinner rolls one day, challah French toast with waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream the next. She isn't afraid to employ marshmallow fluff or extra-pungent Parmesan, often adding extra fresh ingredients from the nearby Italian Market.
Not worth the schlepp – Disappointing considering the reputation.
If you're going to have 4 items on the menu, you have to nail them. Not sort of come close, or as in this case be in the neighborhood.
Otherwise food was OK if pricey and Carmans is probably worth visiting once if you've tried everything else.
You've got to go at least once – I've been to Carman's a few times, the first time being on a date. Now, I'm not terribly fond of the food, but I've always enjoyed myself there. All my friend's I've taken have both enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. It's the kind of place you should go to at least once (and hopefully more).
Go for the experience! – I stumbed into Carman's while looking for another famous South Philly diner, and was glad I'd done so. Carman's is small--their largest seating is for 6-8 on the back of her truck (quite a setup!) but the food is creative, tasty, and prepared to order. The servers are friendly and do food prep work while waiting for your entree to come out. Coffee is tasty and bottomless in one-of-a-kind mugs. The decorations are kitch and unique and good for endless conversation. I plan to make Carman's a regular haunt, as do many of her customers!
ARE YOU PEOPLE INSANE???? – Make a reservation, if you are late with no phone call then your table will go to someone else. If you are a boring person with a bland pallete then you might just want to stay home. Their are four items to choose from, no matter what you get i guarantee it will be phenomenal!!! Some think it is expensive but it is worth it, the portions are huge! No CONS, unless you count parking, but then your in south philly what do you expect??? The all male staff are very polite and gorgeous! For large parties, sit on the truck, not only is very cozy but it is an experiance of a life time. For the people that gave this resturant a bad reveiw, you must be a bunch of south philly slobs because anyone with taste knows that carmans is the place to be for breakfast/brunch!!!!!
First: your reservation means nothing here. I made one at 1pm and my reservation was given away at 1:03p because my friend had trouble parking. As my friend walked through the door, they were giving my table away to people who did NOT make a reservation. They made me stand up for twenty minutes (because i was early) with an empty table at the back. I had a cup of tea in hand and my back hurt from standing, yet they refused to seat me even though there was an open table and I told them I just saw my friend drive by looking for a parking spot. Never go here. Life is too short to be treated this way.
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