Sulimay's Restaurant

Anyone know if Sulimay's is still open on Girard Ave? I have been meaning to check this place out after seeing a few of the youtube video's filmed here....and it is right around the corner from my house. I was going to go for breakfast, but it looks dark inside, and I haven't seen any lights on when I drive by.

Dr_Fish's picture

There's nothing on their Facebook page about closing. I think they have a lighted sign on when they are open.

jbette01's picture

I think they are only open til 2 PM regularly. Something tells me they are closed Mon-Tues as well?

Florastreeter's picture

has anyone had food here? am i wasting my time when Ida Mae's is so close too?

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Florastreeter wrote:
has anyone had food here? am i wasting my time when Ida Mae's is so close too?

Before I would have said go for the pancakes only. But there is a new sous chef there that is making some bomb fat kid brunches on weekends. I had scrambled eggs with cheddar and kielbassi, the bf had some scrapple eggs benedict. Plus the service is always so nice, Ida Mae's can be a little inconsistent.

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They have a great brunch, very cheap, too.

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Dr_Fish's picture

I think they recently went to a 7-day a week schedule. I'd love it if they stayed open for dinner too.

Kuishimbo's picture

I've lived in Fishtown for 30 years. I've been to Sulimay's restaurant once. I reckon Sulimay's Barber shop has better food. It was better as a greasy spoon years and years ago. There was nothing on my plate that I could not have cooked better at home. So basically, it is good if you don't like doing dishes.

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Kuishimbo wrote:
I've lived in Fishtown for 30 years. I've been to Sulimay's restaurant once. I reckon Sulimay's Barber shop has better food. It was better as a greasy spoon years and years ago. There was nothing on my plate that I could not have cooked better at home. So basically, it is good if you don't like doing dishes.

Once in 30 years doesnt sound like a very well rounded opinion. Why dont you give it another look?

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Kuishimbo wrote:
I've lived in Fishtown for 30 years. I've been to Sulimay's restaurant once. I reckon Sulimay's Barber shop has better food. It was better as a greasy spoon years and years ago. There was nothing on my plate that I could not have cooked better at home. So basically, it is good if you don't like doing dishes.

Did you go a week ago or like 29 years ago...?

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rinobio's picture

We used to hit Sulimays every weekend for brunch super nice staff, inexpensive grub, gossip, fun , little kids getting lollipops - i miss it alot but our schedule doesn't allow for it and I don't think they have any vegan food =(

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Florastreeter wrote:
has anyone had food here? am i wasting my time when Ida Mae's is so close too?

IMO you're wasting your time, (and money) anytime you're going to Ida Mae's. I never figured out the attraction of that place. It was only so so when I was there, with horrendous service.
Sulimays has good pancakes, and a very laid back feel that I like. I've been going there since my daugher was two, (before it was Sulimay's), and always enjoyed it.

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Once in 30 years doesnt sound like a very well rounded opinion. Why dont you give it another look?

It's been there for about ten years I guess. I think I went 4 years ago. A lot of friends and family members have gone and were underwhelmed as well. I've never had anyone call me up or knock on my door and say, "Hey, we're going to Sulimay's for breakfast. Are you in?"

With so many great breakfast places in Fishtown, Port Richmond and Northern Liberties, I've never seen the need to go Sulimay's for breakfast.

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I've only been to Ida Mae's one but enjoyed it very much. Never been to Sulimays because I could have sworn someone posted on here a long time ago that they had closed.

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codergrrl's picture

One of the reasons I'm psyched for El Cafeito to open again...great breakfast.

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Atomic Larry's picture

Sulimays has always been a great little diner. Relaxed and unpretentius with good food. Agree with Coder: great pancakes, my daughter loves them too. I always though it was the best of the 'diners' in the area if you know what I mean.

Ms Sulimay used to do all the cooking but she became ill. I think at one point she was going to sell but her health improved so she just scaled back her hours and hired the new chef. I havent been there in awhile but I heard it is even better now.

austen's picture

I've been to Sulimay's once and wasn't impressed. Ida Mae's breakfast burrito and full Irish are the bomb. But yeah, service is spotty at best there.

AM's picture

Sulimay's is okay, I've been there a few times. Ida Mae's is alright too. My favorite for breakfast is Acropolis at Frankford & Girard. If I don't feel like walking I go to either Sulimay's or Ida Mae's. Ida Mae's is a bit cramped for my crew.

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austen wrote:
I've been to Sulimay's once and wasn't impressed. Ida Mae's breakfast burrito and full Irish are the bomb. But yeah, service is spotty at best there.

They'll also put pork roll *and* bacon on your breakfast sandwich if you ask.

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For plain old diner breakfast, whether it be cream chipped beef, or just sausage and home fries...Acropolis is the place to beat. Great for little guys, they'll split plates and put the drinks in coffee cups with lids so they don't get spilled. Love it there. Gus is great. And honestly, they have one of the best burgers in the area. You go in there for lunch, get a burger and a cup of soup, and your stuffed for the rest of the day.
Sometimes, nothing beats a good ole Greek diner.

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sdm wrote:
They'll also put pork roll *and* bacon on your breakfast sandwich if you ask.

And don't give you a side eye when you ask for no cheese.

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austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
They'll also put pork roll *and* bacon on your breakfast sandwich if you ask.

And don't give you a side eye when you ask for no cheese.

I can't be the only one out there who thinks eggs and cheese together are gross.

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YJB 2k12's picture

Before it was Sulimay's, it was BERKS Diner. It was great then; still great now.

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YJB 2k12 wrote:
Before it was Sulimay's, it was BERKS Diner. It was great then; still great now.

Wasn't it called "Girard Diner" when Angelo owned it? I love Lucretia and her staff. The one thing I do miss is staying up all night and hitting Girard at 5 AM. But you're right, YJB, that place has always been awesome with both owners.

key2ursoul's picture

Sulimays has great food and wonderful service...since they revamped the menu, it is even better. It's definitely our choice for breakfast in the neighborhood.

spacemonkey's picture

The food at Frandford and Girard is so much better and no yuppies there.

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Kenzo's picture

Meh. Nobody beats Sherry's breakfast price. $3.50

Yeah it's deep in the Ken-Zin-Tin and your view out the window is the 7-11 and the occasional junkie shuffling up the street but if you hate yuppiedom and all you need is an omelet in your stomach, that's the place to go.

And I don't imagine that they'll be having free WiFi and biscotti anytime soon.

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Matt Benatar's picture

I challenge anyone to name a place with better pancakes than Sullimay's.
And yes, the Breakfast at Sullimay's videos were hilarious. They deemed the Walkmen unlistenable (my favorite album that year) and forecasted that Animal Collective wouldn't make it far from Baltimore, Maryland (one of the more iconic bands to come from the oughts, at least one lives in Spain now or something).
We've only gone a few times since they redid the menu, but the Vietnamese coffee rules. Coder, if you think Starbucks gives you palpitations, this might cause a full on cardiac episode. Fun!
Very good food and nice service. Never a wait. Not too pricey.

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rusticlady's picture

I eat at the restaurent all the time . I love the show especially Joe.

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czarjosh wrote:
Well then we all must donate to save it!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1067140782/breakfast-at-sulimays

This should have it's own post.

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PizzaTruckBell's picture

The new menu has revived this place. Pancakes are still tops, and it's nice to see Czerw's kielbasa make its way into some of the brunch specials.

memphis's picture

I used to go to the Acropolis at Frankford and Girard and get scrapple and eggs for 4.95 now all the prices have jumped two dollars. Is the food two dollars better? Or is it now known as a Gastropub?

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Matt Benatar's picture

Game changer: Iced Vietnamese Coffee. I had their first cup. My heart is soaring, in the most delicious way possible.

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