February 4, 2013
Così, Philadelphia PA
Così Break Bar
Stuffed Portobello Bowl
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin
Così will now be my go-to place when I want a fast but quality breakfast sandwich. Oh, and keep in mind, they also serve great, fresh sandwiches, grain bowls, soups, and dessert bars. The atmosphere at 10 a.m. was so relaxing, quiet, but still upscale and not like a quirky neighborhood café.
I ordered a T.B.M. Squagel on the new Sun-dried Tomato and Parmesan Squagel. Silly me forgot to ask for egg whites, so on my square bagel – thus squagel – I got lots of fluffy regular scrambled eggs. They were really good and hot. The tomato did not have too much of the tangy goodness of ripe tomatoes but they are not in season anyways. The mozzarella was light and fresh and while the Così dressing was not very distinctive, the fresh basil leaves were. The sun-dried tomato on the squagel was kind of dry and crumbly but went well with the hardened Parmesan shreds.
The Così Break Bar was also quite delicious. It was a mix of pumpkin seeds, pistachios, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds bound together with a sweet, syrup or honey-like concoction that has hardened. It was hearty, full of quality ingredients, but also really crunchy and hard. While it was very sweet, you could still taste the individual flavours of the various components.
It was National Stuffed Mushroom Day so I went with one of their new entrée items, the Stuffed Portobello Bowl. It consisted of a large roasted Portobello mushroom with a slice of fresh mozzarella, something similar to a sweet tomato chutney, and some chopped basil leaves. On the bottom was a bed of different grains and roasted vegetables that included squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and cauliflower. I loved the mushroom but it, along with the vegetables, were too greasy for me. Vegetables do not need that much oil when being roasted. This oil also drizzled down to the grains, coating them in a layer of grease. The tomato topping was delicious with the mozzarella and basil, though.
Another limited-time item was the Lobster Sandwich. This was just a premade lobster salad that had large pieces of tender and sweet claw meat with crunchy, refreshing diced celery. I found the shredded romaine bland, though, and did not add much texture either. It was very creamy so the celery was certainly appreciated. While it was fresh, the herbs in the lobster salad were not prominent. The flatbread was very chewy, which I really liked.
For dessert, I had a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin. This was one of the best double chocolate muffins I have had. It was dense, moist, rich, and sweet, despite the cocoa flavour not being too strong. It had less of the bitter dark chocolate flavour that I am not a huge fan of.
I will give them credit for setting up a rewards system that is based on the type and number of items purchased, unlike how Starbucks does theirs by the number of transactions. Così’s way makes so much more sense.