The restaurant at the corner of 21st at Sanson was one of the mysteries of our neighborhood for a very long time. People wondered how a place that was never open stayed around for so long. Sometime last year, I came across this curious spot on a Sunday afternoon to find it packed with people. I decided to try it, and the brunch in short kept me coming back for about a year now with a delicious menu that is constantly being updated; some of the staples like the potato pancakes benedict are unmatched, and I'm somewhat addicted. However, myreason for writing this is because of their new venture; after decades of being open solely for lunch and brunch and remaining and enigma to those coming home from work every night, they have finally decided to apply their amazing quality and creativity to an evening venture, not dinner, but DESSERT. I found out about this new treat during brunch, as practically every employee and frequent guest was raving about the desserts from the menu being passed around. I have had a few chances to try out this new venture, which has included an upgrade to the decor which was in dire need. I could rave all day, but I'll only leave one here. With cute new lighting, a huge improvement on the color scheme, and outdoor seating which is perfect in Philly during these hot summer nights, Day by Day has finally taken a step towards bringing the feel of the place up to the level of the food. The desserts, however, are the main attraction, and I would advise anyone with a sweet tooth to try this taste of heaven. Though the menu changes dramatically every week, I had one of their popular baked alaskas, a huge portion of cake, ice cream and meringue for a surprisingly low price. Though it was definitely enough for me and my friend to share, the presentation was creative and fun, with perfectly torched meringue and ice cream on vanilla cake that was full of flavor and perfect texture, leaving a lasting memory of one of the best desserts ever.
Pros: Great food, fun environment (try to get there when there's live music)
Cons: It's only open 3 nights a week