Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th

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2012/09/17 17:02:07 (permalink)

Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th

After twenty two years Carman’s Country Kitchen, 11th and Wharton, will close Sunday, December 16. Carman lost her lease when her landlord decided to open a corner pizza business. Just the push she needs. Eventual closing was inevitable. It is a time for new challenges and new worlds to conquer.  Carman hopes to take her cooking and people skills overseas, maybe Europe or the Middle East.
 
Philadelphia is losing one of its more unique restaurants. A small place, three tables, maybe eight counter seats and, in good weather, room for eight around the table built into the bed of Carman’s red and yellow pickup.  The décor at Carman’s Country Kitchen is more Pleasure Chest than country kitchen, not for the small of mind. Friendly servers know the regulars and qualify newcomers, making sure they understand what they are in for.
 
Carman’s menu changes weekly - depends on what is in season and long time purveyors like Anastastio Produce and Esposito’s meats insist she try. Her dishes are always imaginative, sometimes quirky – often surprising combinations that work extraordinarily well.  Every week there is a different choice of French toast, pancakes or waffles, an omelet and one more special. This week’s options - honey crisp applesauce pancakes or waffles with cherries and blackberries; roasted butternut squash and banana challah French toast; spinach, lentil, smoked gouda and vegetable medley omelet and roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, two eggs and toast.
 
The menu does its part, but it is Carman who makes Carman’s Country Kitchen so special. Sparkling, sometimes outrageous, Carman is almost as happy shocking customers as feeding them. Carman’s life is the stuff of novels. She has been most everywhere, done most everything and knows most everyone.
 
Carman cooks up a storm when the place is packed, and chats up customers when time permits -talking everything from Israeli politics to a recent dinner at Bibou and the pontificating wine sophisticates at nearby tables. For many regulars Carman is the “Fixer.” Lost your job, breaking up, looking for an apartment, cat has kittens needing homes, seeking a savvy political connection or a good doctor? Carman is a good bet to have just the right answer.
 
There is not much time left to stop by. Carman has a bunch of travel scheduled the next couple of months – a little in October and more in November. Best bet is to call the same day and make sure she is there. Carman’s Country Kitchen is open Thursday thru Monday from 8 AM to 2 PM.  (215) 339-9613
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    TJ Jackson
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 17:04:04 (permalink)
    Very, very sad for Philly
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 20:37:26 (permalink)
    I just looked at four pages of reviews of Carman's on Yelp, and based on what I read, I really don't think this place closing is going to be a great loss.
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 20:46:02 (permalink)
    Yeah, I let Yelp form my restaurant opinions too.  Yelp is the AOL of restaurant websites.
     
    There is a natural selection process to Carman's. Those who get it love Carman's Country Kitchen those who don't get it never come back, which is good. 
     
    If you doubt whether Carman's will be missed, check the comments on my HollyEats Facebook post and the comments on the shared posts.  http://www.facebook.com/p...eater&notif_t=like and do a twitter search for Carman's. 
     
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 20:58:39 (permalink)
    Since I don't appreciate unsanitary conditions, uneven food quality, pornographic decor or rude, verbally abusive owners, I guess I'm just one of those that doesn't get it.
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 21:09:09 (permalink)
    Sarah Palin can see Russia from her home and you can see Carman's from Indiana. 
     
    I'd suggest visiting Carman's and deciding for yourself rather than culling out the negative comments from anonymous and disgruntled Yelp types.  But if you must rely on Yelp consider the breakdown of reviews:
     
    Five Star  61
    Four Star  40
    Three Star  12
    Two Star 12
    One Star 11
     
    And rest assured, the penis and breast sculptures are more art than porn.  At least most of them are.
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 21:17:14 (permalink)
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    And rest assured, the penis and breast sculptures are more art than porn.  At least most of them are.

     
    They may be your idea of art but they're not mine, and, IMO, they have no business being on display in a restaurant that's accessible to children.
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/17 21:31:38 (permalink)
    Got me. I was being facetious about the "art" part. There is little redeeming social value to the breasts and peni, but they do contribute to the natural selection process of customers I mentioned earlier. You probably won't like the motto on her business card either.
     
    Seriously, I think if you spent some non-cyber time with Carman you'd find her charming and great fun.
     
     
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/09/18 23:29:28 (permalink)
    I have a friend who lives within walking distance (we walk past the place all the time while coming back from the local watering hole) who refuses to eat there. I ask every time I am in town and she refuses every time.
     
    I may need to stealthily sneak into town before December and go and decide for myself.
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    Re:Carman's Country Kitchen Closing December 16th 2012/12/02 19:44:56 (permalink)
    Tomorrow, Monday, and then two more weekends before Carman's Country Kitchen closes on Sunday December 16th. Carman's serves Thrusday thru Monday, from 8 AM til 2 PM. Call the same day for reservations.
     
    One last taste after the 16th.  Carman is part of Rick Sebak's Breakfast Special Part 2 airing on PBS Christmas night.
     
     
     
     
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