Wagyu Scottish Eggs, Korean Fried Chicken and Biscoff Martinis at Picnic Cafe’s New West End Outpost
After eight years at Camp Hill, the brunch favorite Picnic Cafe has spread to the West End. The team, which also owns the Graceville spot Goodness Gracious, has opened its largest venue to date – a 95-seat venue – in the suburban West Village neighborhood.
It has proven to be so popular, even among regulars at Camp Hill and Graceville, that there has been a wait of around 45 minutes every weekend since its launch in late September. “We hadn’t promoted it ourselves yet, but a lot of people came in and took pictures and tagged us, so I think that speaks for itself. We’re in luck, ”says manager Celeste Varallo.
The menu – led by chef Daniel Choi, who was most recently at Graceville’s Plentiful – draws heavily on Asian influences. The Scottish Wagyu Egg with a Pickle Salad and Kimchi-inspired Dressing is a crowd favorite so far. Other must-haves include the pork-bulgogi benny, served on a sweet potato croquette, as well as the fluffy cream cheese pancakes, with berry compote and pistachio praline.
For the afternoon crowd, lunch options and bar snacks include patatas bravas, Korean fried chicken, udon noodles with brisket and tiger prawns, and a 25 spice fried chicken burger. .
Picnic Camp Hill is renowned for its vibrant smoothies, so the team took it further to the West End with a wide range of signature cocktails available from 10:30 am. There’s a Biscoff Martini with milk, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, biscoff spread and lotus cookie crumbs topped with whipped cream, plus a Lavender Lady (made from lavender syrup, blueberries and vodka), Pretty in Pink (rose gin, prosecco and pomegranate) and more.
Other drink options include mocktails, wines, beers from Heads of Noosa and Lost Palms, and, yes, those smoothies. Coffee is sourced from Paradox Coffee Roasters, with espresso, cold drip, and batch brew available.
With natural light coming through the cafe’s many windows, the space is light and airy. The interior, brought to life by Clui Design, is a calming mix of neutral colors and sage-accented materials, highlighted by a neon “Picnic” sign on a back wall.
In the summer, Picnic hopes to live up to its name by offering take-out picnic boxes for diners to enjoy in the leafy garden of West Village.
111 Boundary Street, West End
Every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.