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Carman's Country Kitchen

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1301 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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(215) 339-9613
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This is my first post, I was there a good 6 months or so ago but I recall a very pleasant experience. I've lived in the city for a couple of years now and wanted something differe...

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I am an absolute breakfast fanatic and can and will travel quite a ways for a new or interesting breakfast spot. I went here for breakfast with two friends having read all the gr...

No, no, no 5/30/2010

Very small and uncomfortable space. The few tables in the restaurant can seat only two people comfortably. Prefixed menu is very limited, and the cook does not make any alterations to the menu. Not vegan or vegetarian friendly. Food is average at best. Definitely not a place to go with more than two people, not kid friendly, not dog friendly, not people friendly. I wish there was a 0-star option. Pros: decent portions Cons: Not vegetarian/vegan friendly, very small space more

Over hyped and over priced 9/23/2009

The place is cute and ""homey""and the staff is attentive and friendly but there were only 4 choices on the board all bkfst type no lunch just some pancakes, waffles and one choice of an omlet w turtle! I'm not really a pancaake/waffle eater and I was hesitant to try turtle... I had the meatloaf which was ok. Portions are good but the food is decent not grt. So 2 bkfst w 2 coffees ran abt 35 dollars for a mediocore meal. Its trendy but not grt Pros: Cute and friendly Cons: Expensive and v limited selections more

Not just a Novelty! 11/4/2008

This is my first post, I was there a good 6 months or so ago but I recall a very pleasant experience. I've lived in the city for a couple of years now and wanted something different from my usual sunday Midtown Continental Brunch. After reading about Carmen's on Citysearch, my girlfriend and I decided to venture to check out the excitement. We loved the whole experience and have been meaning to make another trip back. Don't be deterred by the lack of choices because every option on the board sounded delicious. We both Loved our meals. It's not your typical brunch spot and I can see how the atmosphere would not be for everyone but everyone should at least try it out once. The Coffee was great, The place is very small but has very home-ish feel to it. Big Portions. When it comes right down to it, the food makes it all worth the visit. Might not want to bring your kids because their are some profane souvenirs scattered around the place. When I was there, a group was eating on the pickup truck parked out front and it briefly started to rain while they were out there and they continued to eat right through the rain, it was quite a sight they seemed to enjoy the experience. Pros: Food Cons: Lack of Seating more

The recent reviews are nuts! Carman's is amazing (and I'm picky!) 10/30/2008

After seeing the most recent reviews, I just HAD to write something. I have been going to Carman's since I moved to the area (about 2 years ago) and have always had a great experience. The wait staff is always very professional and friendly and the food is always fantastic! (and you get a lot of it!). \r \r As for cleanliness, I have never had dirty dishes or experienced any of the issues cited by the other reviews and I have been seated at both the counter (as a party of 2) and at tables (as a party of 3 or 4). Carman's is not the place for prudish people (maybe that was the previous reviewer's issue?) as her decor tends towards the phallic, but if you like a nice, neighborhood place and are an accommodating, friendly person looking for a great meal, Carman's is your place!! Whiners can go wait an hour in line for the mediocre food at Sabrina's. Pros: Yummy food, big portions, neighborhood feel, nice staff Cons: None! more

Condemned! 8/15/2008

I happen to live a few houses away from Carman's and I've eaten there only once when she first opened, swearing to never go back again. The food there is not particularly great, but it is filling, as you receive large portions, and some of her dishes are ""unique"". However, there are several things that has thrown me off with this place...\r \r 1) Her restaurant isn't very clean. Yes, she does have a sinkload of dirty dishes which she frequently goes back and forth to wash, in between cooking her customer's meals.\r \r 2) Occasionally she keeps her dog inside to roam around the dining area freely to interact with customers while they're eating.\r \r 3) Her business card says, 'She put the c*** back in country cooking'. I don't know about you, but I don't want her c*** anywhere near my food. Even the suggestion is enough to make me hurl! :-o\r \r 4) You're able to dine al fresco... In the back of her pick-up truck on a picnic bench, complete with an umbrella for those ultra-sunny days. A far cry from a hilltop in the countryside, sitting on a blanket under a shady tree, with a picnic basket. Instead you get the load noises and distinctive smells of the city streets, complete with litter wafting by on a windy day.\r \r 5) B.Y.O.B.??? Are you kidding me? This place is closed by 2pm. Who the heck is drinking alcohol before then? Maybe it's the people who want champagne with their Sunday brunch. Conveniently enough, there's a liquor store right across the street, so if you didn't bring any booze, it's a hop, skip, and a jump away. You'll be back before your eggs are done cooking. I don't know.\r \r This may be just my opinion, but this place is an absolute ""dive""! I really don't know what all the rave is about this place. Maybe it's the lure of country cooking in a big city, or the small diner atmosphere the place tends to exude. As for me, I've still never gone back to eat there and I have no intention to do so, anytime in the near or distant future. Pros: Lots of food for your money Cons: As listed above more

Are you joking? 7/28/2008

I am an absolute breakfast fanatic and can and will travel quite a ways for a new or interesting breakfast spot. I went here for breakfast with two friends having read all the great reviews. Was a little surprised when we walked in and all the tables were set for couples and covered in dirty dishes. We were told parties of three or more had to sit at the counter, which seemed a bit odd. The menu sounded good, but once we ordered, Carman spent more than 10 minutes talking to some friends before beginning to cook our order.(it's a one woman show) The food (a half hour later) looked appealing but both the potatoes and toast were so stale and dry as to be inedible. The rest of the food was okay, though each dish had a fairly serious flaw in it's cooking. My omelette for example was made with veggies that had not been drained, so it was served on a plate floating in a 1/4"" of water. Carman does dishes in the middle of the dining room while the customers eat, and goes from scraping dishes to handling food and back again. All through the meal, Carman would call out questions to us relating to the conversation we were having, which was more than a bit distracting.\r \r I'm not quite sure what the appeal of this place is, maybe we caught it on a VERY bad day. The fact that we were there for over an hour without any of the dirty dishes being cleared away tells me this is likely just the way it is. This place has some die hard fans, but it makes me wonder if they are all locals that just eat there for the convenience, as I cannot fathom any other attraction. Pros: cute, unique and creative menu Cons: amazingly dirty, very slow and poorly cooked food more

Fabulous - Best Brunch/Breakfast in Philadelphia 7/19/2008

WOW. Carman, I miss your brunch, South Philly, Gay Philly, and the comraderie of your establishment. I moved to Boston two years ago from South Philly. I just recommended your breakfast to my buddies from Boston. Glad to see you are doing well. \r \r Thanks! Phone is 267-934-2488! \r \r Hans C. Steuber Pros: Delicious and a lot to eat. Hot men and a great time. Cons: None - Do not have a back room. LOL Just kidding. more

Best brunch for this baltimore boy 11/18/2007

fantastic brunch. invited my parents up from baltimore, a little nervous at first, about the ""type"" of place and introducing my new girlfriend. however things went better than expected. not only is the food exceptional, waiter outstanding, but Carmans is the type of place you not only want to frequent, but you want to be a regular. Pros: service, food, ambience Cons: a little over priced, tight space more

kick butt breakfast! 11/10/2007

This place makes a fantastic breakfast. It's worth the wait which there usually is. The atmosphere is funky and retro and warm. Pros: easy parking Cons: nothing in the immediate neighborhood more

amazing brunch 11/10/2007

Perfect for breakfast any day. Comfortable and friendly with great french toast! This is my favorite brunch spot...worth the wait Pros: coffee, friendly staff more

Best Breakfast in Philly!! 10/20/2007

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.\r Enjoy! Bon Apetit! Pros: atmosphere is fun and different, delicious food Cons: a little pricey, but definitely worth it. don't expect your classic breakfast foods more

carman's, where baby quails dance on your plate 10/6/2007

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!\r \r 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. Pros: killer food, made fresh to order Cons: just a bit cramped more

I love Carman 9/14/2007

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. more

just like sitting in carmen's cunt-ry kitchen! 6/3/2007

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 :) Pros: small and initimate, great food, friendly service Cons: limited menu, must call for reservations more

Not worth the schlepp 11/28/2006

Disappointing considering the reputation.\r Biggest problem:\r 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.\r Otherwise food was OK if pricey and Carmans is probably worth visiting once if you've tried everything else. Pros: Ambience Cons: So so food more

You've got to go at least once 3/15/2006

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). Pros: charming, unique, offbeat more

Go for the experience! 8/20/2005

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! Pros: The food, The atmosphere Cons: A little pricey, Cash only more

ARE YOU PEOPLE INSANE???? 7/4/2005

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!!!!! Pros: awesome food, wonderful staff more

Life is too short 9/12/2004

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. Pros: food Cons: , space, attitude more

Go Once 6/11/2004

If kitch is your thing, you simply must go - at the very least to read her vulgar motto. The food is always what I will call ""goofy"" but unique. It's uncomfortably crowded. But you want to say that you were there, so go once. I doubt you will return. Or maybe you will until you realize that it's too expensive and really not that pleasant. Pros: kitchy, offbeat Cons: , crowded, limited menu more
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Editorial

  • 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...

  • 3/12/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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