Kermit’s Bake Shoppe – Philadelphia, PA
Situated along a stretch of Washington Avenue known more as a place to buy lumber or plumbing parts, is Kermit’s Bake Shoppe (KBS). The interior is very homely and small. With no chairs or tables and just a counter on the wall, KBS is take-out or delivery only. The service was very friendly, fast, and knowledgeable. I had a little bit of everything at KBS.
Let us start with the good which was a slice of white mushroom pizza. The pizza was a white sauce with crimini and maitake mushrooms, sliced leeks, sea salt, crucolo, and the cheeses were grana pandano, pecorino romano, and mozzarella cheese. It was absolutely fabulous. Cooked just right with it being crisp yet soft and flavors just the perfect mix. This was one of the better single slices of pizza I had in a long time and will be back to eat more and try other varieties of pizzas they serve. The pizza was followed by a cheeseburger hot pocket. It was way better than your average frozen variety, but still was not something I would go out of my way to get. It was extremely flaky and almost fell apart with each bite, seemed to be much too salty for my taste, and the onions were nowhere near as caramelized as I would have liked. If you enjoy hot pockets, this is certainly of higher quality than most, but not my cup of tea.
I finished my visit off with an éclair. I was hoping to end with bang, but went out with a whimper. The exterior was too hard and airy and the filling just was missing something to make it grand. The saving grace was the chocolate which was very good.
I have to say when things started out at KBS I thought I found a new must visit location to call my own. KBS will be one of my must visits for a decent slice or two of pizza, but I will have to continue my search of what else I would like to pick up while I am there.
Two and a Half out of Five Stars