This past Saturday we were invited to a birthday party breakfast for Addison's twin Abigail. They were born at exactly the same minute (10:51pm) on the same day (February 22nd) in 2005. The odds of that occurring to two families in the same church boggles the mind, but these two kids are living proof that sometimes strange things do happen.
The party was held at The Pop Shop in Collingswood, a nearby town experiencing something of a restaurant renaissance. This particular eatery is a cross between a Jersey diner and a classic 1950s soda fountain. The interior is bathed in calming pastels, pink, yellow, and aqua, accented with the flash of chrome bar stools and a giant mirror behind the counter. Every Saturday children who come to breakfast in their pajamas eat free (with purchase of a full-priced adult meal), a creative way to draw families in on a weekend morning. The breakfast menu, which is served all day, is a dream come true for those, like me, who glory in that early meal of the day. Pancakes, waffles, stuffed french toast, omelets...you name it, they've got it with every combination, variation, and topping imaginable. Besides breakfast, of course they have a full dinner menu replete with 1/2 lb. Angus burgers and 31 varieties of grilled cheese , another reason I can't wait to go back, alongside such Philadelphia classics as the cheesesteak and crab fries. Their dessert and soda fountain menu is impressive and packs on the pounds at a mere glance.
Davis patiently waiting for his Betty dots, kid-sized pancakes. The full-sized Bettys are nearly 8" in diameter.
As you can imagine, a happening place like the Pop Shop and Addison are a match made in heaven.
The sweet birthday girl.
The twins sharing a seat together.
Not meant as an obnoxious epithet but the term for the clerk who works the soda fountain "jerk" behind the counter. You can actually apply to be the "Jerk of the Month" at the Pop Shop and such a distinction includes free dinner, the chance to jerk sodas for 5 of your friends, hat and t-shirt, and your picture forever memorialized on the restaurant's website.
One other note of interest, The Pop Shop was featured last January on Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network. The plat du jour? Grilled cheese, of course!