When I envision the ideal specialty market, visuals of high quality locally-sourced foods, crisp produce and an abundance of organic options come to mind. Enter Tela’s (pronounced TEE-lah's) Market and Kitchen, which hits all of those marks, while still offering a full diverse menu of freshly prepared options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hybrid market opened its doors in November 2013 as a welcome novelty for the Francisville neighborhood, which is filled with a vast variety of restaurants and their artisanal cafe has been setting the bar high since.
Upon entering Tela's on Saturday morning I was immediately greeted by their warm rustic decor; industrial hanging lights, chalkboard menu display, wooden community style picnic tables -- essentially the food version of Urban Outfitters come to fruition.
But, before you write off this hipster's paradise as just that, it's important to note that the food here takes center stage over everything else.
When you arrive, Tela's gives you an option of tackling the quaint, yet diverse mini market or selecting from a list Southern inspired specialities in the order to table style "kitchen." Much more than any kitchen I've ever visited, the menu includes staples like buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, smoked salmon omelette and monkey bread (yes, even MONKEY BREAD).
I settled on something a little more traditional in the form of the cherrywood bacon omelette; a full gamut of breakfast goodness with three eggs, crispy cherry wood bacon, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and cheddar served with crispy potatoes.
Delicious is a true understatement.
The eggs were composed, yet still fluffy with thick cuts of bacon and the perfect amount of cheese. And the potatoes? Orgasmic. For me, there is is nothing like a side of well seasoned side of home fries/hash browns/potato hash and Tela's delivers with their extra crispy sea salted version.
After eating, I wandered over to the market section where I found all the specialty goods one could ask for: fresh meats and fish, housemade pesto and hummus, lots of dips, ripe produce and much more. I left with a few veggies, hummus, and graham cracker ice cream sandwiches, but I absolutely can't wait to head back.
Tela's Market & Kitchen
1833 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130