Rittenhouse Tavern reminded us that there are several other restaurants making their own version of this traditional Philadelphia treat. Where can you head to find this crispy, chewy, umami fix? Check out five picks.
Cafe Estelle: Chef Marshall Green was one of the first to lift the old-time breakfast favorite out of the scary-processed-food realm into which it had fallen, and his house version is still one of the top sellers at this Northern Liberties brunch spot. His house version is slightly more toothy than many, with shreds of actually meat apparent in the center, and is just $2.50 as a side dish.
Cochon: French cuisine is full of offal, so it makes sense that Gene Giuffi would prepare a Euro-take on the Southeast Pennsylvania mystery meat (often made with trotters and pigs head) at his Queen Village BYO. Make your palate sing while giving your heart a run for the money when you try it sandwiched on an English muffin between blood sausage, eggs and a mustard sauce at Sunday brunch ($11).
The Corner: Chef John “Chainsaw” Taus has a deft hand with comfort food, and scrapple shows up several ways on the Sunday brunch menu at this hip Midtown Village hang. Up the ante and enjoy it beside foie gras with a quail egg and maple syrup, or go downhome with the Lumberjack plate -scrapple, bacon, sausage, ham, egg, homefries and toast ($14 each).
Square Peg: Brunch has just been rolled out at this Wash West high-end diner, and chef Matt Levin has whipped up a scrapple hash, which sees the crisped-up rectangle over roasted long hots and onions, topped with two sunny-side-up eggs and doused with malt vinegar ($12).
Wishing Well: The signature burger at this Bella Vista tavern is known as the SHAME, and while that hints at what you might feel like after you eat one, it is also an acronym for the term “scrapple hamburgers are meaty eating.” Housemade scrapple joins American cheese and a fried egg on this decadent (and totally worthwhile) sandwich ($14).