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Mar 9 2016

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Rise & Shine At One Of Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots

Weekends were made for brunching—chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and/or a Bloody Mary. No one knows this better than Philadelphians, who have a wide array of fantastic brunch options to choose from every Saturday and Sunday. Whether the craving is for a prix-fixe menu offering foie gras and lobster (Lacroix), an Aussie-inspired brekkie platter (Ants Pants Café) or fresh granola and locally grown berries (Talula’s Daily), Philadelphia foodies have plenty of go-to spots for a late-morning or early-afternoon meal. Here’s a look at some of the region’s best brunch options:

Brunch Specialists:

  • Brunch all day, every day: Callowhill’s sleek Café Lift specializes in European-style delicacies like a banana and chocolate hazelnut crespelle; fried egg panino with roasted mushrooms, braised greens, Swiss cheese and mustard aioli; and a sausage and Brussels sprouts frittata. 428 N. 13th Street, (215) 922-3031,
  • Set in Robertson’s Flowers’ solarium, Cake offers a brunch that’s unrivaled for its sunny, family-friendly atmosphere. Offerings include smoked salmon and potato pancakes, breakfast pizza and yummy baked goods. 8501 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6887,
  • Serving hearty fare with a quirky edge, South Philly newcomer Cousins Grubhouse keeps surprising customers with items like the Elvis Melt, bacon-wrapped jalapeño tater tots and baconcakes. 2340 S. Hemberger Street, (215) 334-3525,
  • Specializing in eco-conscious fare with local and sustainable ingredients, Green Eggs Cafe serves up quinoa porridge with fresh berries, delicious crème brûlée French toast and scrambled eggs over homemade biscuits with sausage gravy. 1306 Dickinson Street, (215) 226-3447; 719 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-3447; 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314,
  • A homey hipster hideaway with locations in Northern Liberties and Graduate Hospital, Honey’s Sit ’n Eat charms with its fusion of Southern and Jewish fare. Think chicken-fried steak, fresh biscuits and giant crispy latkes. 800 N. 4th Street, (215) 925-1150; 2101 South Street, (215) 732-5130,
  • Downtown West Chester’s Market Street Grill specializes in the first meal of the day. This mainstay attracts a devoted following for its Kennett Square mushroom omelets and brown sugar-cinnamon swirl French toast stuffed with cream cheese and a selection of fruits. 6 W. Market Street, West Chester, (610) 429-5328,
  • At all four of its Pennsylvania outposts (in Bella Vista, Fairmount, Wynnewood and Powelton), Sabrina’s Café redefines brunch with creative dazzlers like a blue-cheese frittata, polenta fries and thick slices of French toast stuffed with all manner of sweets. Of course, there’s the always-outrageous lineup of specials as well. 910 Christian Street, (215) 574-1599; 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061; 34th Street & Powelton Avenue, (215) 222-1022, 50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, (484) 412-8790,
  • The lines out the door never lie: Sam’s Morning Glory Diner is a favorite for its homemade ketchup and creative pancake specials served with a side of hot biscuits and greasy-spoon attitude. 735 S. 10th Street, (215) 413-3999,

An International Affair:

  • Marc Vetri has revolutionized Philly’s Italian food scene, and Alla Spina’s brunch menu serves as a perfect example of his genius: There are peanut butter and jelly pancakes with concord grape syrup, sweet onion and Swiss chard frittata; and testina hash over poutine. Diners wash down the delightful fare with cocktails like amaretto, cynar and orange juice and cold-shaken espresso with grappa. 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, (215) 600-0017,
  • Australian-style coffees accompany “brekkie platters” of eggs, Brie-stuffed apricot French toast and vegetarian sweet potato hash at the South Street favorite Ants Pants Café. 2212 South Street, (215) 875-8002,
  • Tucked away on Liberties Walk, Bar Ferdinand turns out some of the most consistently delish Spanish food in the city. On Saturdays and Sundays, the menu consists of tapas (house-cured salmon salad; Spanish toast with seasonal fruit and cream) and more substantive plates, like the potato hash with chorizo, morcilla and poached egg. 1030 N. 2nd Street, (215) 923-1313,
  • The modern Mexican fare served during brunch service at sunny Café Ynez’s could include breakfast nachos, pollo enchiladas with fried egg or the daily brioche French toast with seasonal toppings. 2025 Washington Avenue, (215) 278-7579,
  • Chaat and Chai’s Indian menu invites guests to tuck into dishes of bhel puri, Kerala beef short ribs and butternut squash lentil curry during morning hours. The addition of hot chai and Backyard Beans coffee makes the South Philly eatery truly brunch worthy. 1532 Snyder Avenue, (215) 271-1253
  • Diners of all backgrounds savor one of the city’s only traditional Irish breakfasts with rashers, beans, pudding and potato bread, served in the sunny rooms of Ida Mae’s Bruncherie. 2302 E. Norris Street, (267) 259-6493
  • The flavors of Cyprus come alive at Queen Village spot Kanella, where the brunch menu features delicious goodies like crepes stuffed with manouri cheese and drizzled with carob syrup, eggs stewed in tomato and pepper with grilled bread, and baked duck egg over flatbread with labneh and hazelnuts. 757 S. Front Street, (215) 644-8949,
  • Every day feels like Sunday at Mixto, a Cuban/Columbian hotspot on Pine Street’s Antique Row. The daily breakfast offerings, which span the South American continent, include Argentinean steak and eggs, frittata Colombiana and tostadas rancheras. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363,
  • Drawing from Northern European influences, Noord’s brunch may be the city’s only place to find Smorrebrod. Omelets come stuffed with spiced crabmeat and dill sour cream; the French toast is deep fried and topped with strawberries; and the Bloody Marys can be flavored with pickled herring. 1048 Tasker Street, (267) 909-9704,
  • South Philly’s diminutive brunch spot Porto executes big flavors, loosely drawn from Portuguese cuisine. Patrons choose from bacalhau cakes over linguica and black olive hash and a braised onion egg scramble with farmers cheese, among many other options. 1301 S. 11th Street, (267) 928-3956
  • It’s a down-home affair at Rex 1516, where the generous plates of creamed chipped brisket over sourdough, shrimp and grits with crispy pork belly, and chicken and waffles Benedict celebrate the spirit of the South. 1516 South Street, (267) 319-1366,
  • Specializing in classic French cuisine, the rustic-chic Spring Mill Café rewards brunch eaters with chicken confit salad, brioche with jam and locally sourced farm-egg omelets. 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, (610) 828-2550,
  • The British Isles provide inspiration for the eats at The Victoria Freehouse. At brunch time that means curried eggs with jasmine rice, bubble and squeak or a full English breakfast. Add a Pimm’s Cup to round out the meal. 10 S. Front Street, (215) 543-6089,

Fresh & Local Brunch:

  • Nestled in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Bank & Bourbon brings its own spin to the farm-to-table trend by combining surprising flavors. The seasonal brunch menu could include a ham tasting with goat butter and bread; pastrami short rib hash and eggs with long hots; and blueberry sour cream pancakes. 1200 Market Street, (215) 231-7300,
  • Fork’s next-door sibling, High Street on Market is Old City’s go-to spot for seasonal and inspired quick-service meals. Early eaters are treated to egg, kale and mushroom sandwiches; brioche “foughnuts;” and beet-cured salmon on a pretzel roll. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988,
  • Brunch is served up on both Saturday and Sunday at locavore paradise Russet. The ever-changing menu might include savoy cabbage potage with double-smoked bacon, gingerbread pancakes with maple whipped cream or duck egg en cocotte with shiitake mushrooms and swiss chard. 1521 Spruce Street, (215) 546-1521,
  • Among the pantry shelves at Talula’s Daily are the makings for a quickly served but carefully crafted morning meal: fresh-baked breads, pastries and granola, expertly pulled espresso shots, organic juices and more. That means there’s time for a little shopping in the market too. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555,
  • Open daily for breakfast, Tela’s Market and Kitchen makes a fine place for a casual meal. On the menu are Irish oatmeal with dried fruit, buttermilk pancakes and a breakfast burrito with potato chorizo hash and salsa roja. 1833 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 235-0170,
  • Given its meat-centric and farm-to-table pedigree, Urban Farmer keeps the focus on sustainable yet satisfying fare during brunch hours. Among the choices: blue crab omelet with herbed hollandaise, shaved ham Benedict, duck hash with Sunnyside up duck egg and the farm burger with white cheddar. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 963-2788,

Fancy-Pants Brunch:

  • Chef Jason Cichonski never delivers anything less than inventive cuisine, and Ela’s brunch is one of the most creative around. Breakfast gnocchi with coodled egg and crispy potato skins, hot chocolate cookie dough French toast and smoked rye Bloody Marys are some of the menu highlights here. 627 S. 3rd Street, (267) 687-8512,
  • The seasonal New American cooking at Old City’s Fork features roasted mushrooms and broccoli rabe over polenta and smoked pastrami over cheddar biscuit. On Sundays, the restaurant also serves up brunch platters perfect for sharing. Options include house-baked pastries and breads, house-smoked fish and bagels, seafood selections and a baked egg dish that changes weekly. 306 Market Street, (215) 625-9425,
  • Housed in the tony Rittenhouse hotel, Lacroix serves a filling Sunday brunch prix-fixe menu ($75 per person) featuring hors d’oeuvres (banana panna cotta with celery gelee; beef baklava with roasted bone marrow), raw-bar specialties, signature entrees (parsnip barley porridge with spiced persimmon; carrot bread French toast with roasted pineapple), salads, charcuterie, a carving station and wine pairings. A decadent dessert table rounds out the offerings. 210 Rittenhouse Square, (215) 546-9000,
  • Sea lubbers hop aboard the Moshulu for a buffet Sunday brunch on the water for $39 per person. The three-course menu includes dishes like double tuna tartare parfait, buttermilk fried chicken over malted waffle and shrimp and blue crab enchiladas, plus a heaping buffet of desserts. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500,
  • The morning buffet at stylish Nineteen (XIX) at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue begins with continental pastries, fruit and smoked meats and fish, continues with egg and waffle entrees and concludes with an array of miniature desserts. The whole meal costs $38 per person. Broad & Walnut Streets, (215) 790-1919,
  • Jose Garces’ ode to seafood houses of yore, The Olde Bar brings retro glamour to Philly’s brunch scene. The Society Hill eatery serves up Welsh rarebit with oxtail marmalade, shrimp omelets with newberg sauce and a voluptuous bounty of shellfish, along with Caesar Bloody Marys with clam juice. 125 Walnut Street, (215) 253-3777,

Boozy Brunches:

  • At Point Breeze’s Buckminster’s, brunch kicks off with a Grown Up Coffee (rum, maple, coconut whipped cream). The creative menu promises fried oyster omelets, rice and pork congee with pickled veggies, spelt griddlecakes and maple toast. 1200 S. 21st Street, (267) 928-3440,
  • Bud & Marilyn’s recognizes the need for old-fashioned American indulgence with items like PB&J French toast with potato chip crunch, shareable cinnamon rolls and hot chicken biscuit sandwiches. The cocktails (grapefruit mimosa with St. Germain; charred tomato micheladas) hold up their end of the deal too. 13th & Locust Streets, (215) 546-2220,
  • Nighttime revelers can keep the party going at The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar and its sibling The Continental Mid-town, with or a turkey club with caramelized apple mayo—all of which can be accompanied by a champagne cocktail or an espresso martini. 138 Market Street, (215) 923-6069,; 1801 Chestnut Street, (215) 567-1800;
  • The morning after becomes the day of with a round of buffalo Bloody Marys and live jazz music at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties. The convivial corner spot tempts with homemade scrapple and sausage, warm cream cheese sticky buns and croques madames. 129 W. Laurel Street, (267) 273-1632,
  • One of Old City’s newest restaurant additions, The Little Lion was quick to join the neighborhood’s brunch scene. To complement the menu of southern-inspired comfort food—think fried green tomatoes, stone-ground grits, fried chicken and cornbread hoecakes—guests can sip on yummy cocktails, all priced under $9. Options include raspberry sangria, apple mimosa and brunch punch, featuring rotating flavors of house-made sherbet, whipped vodka and house-made ginger ale. 243 Chestnut Street, (267) 273-0688,
  • At the lively McKenzie Brew House, brunch patrons wash down the avocado Benedict or the chicken and eggs burrito with a refreshing complimentary pint, Bloody Mary or champagne cocktail. 451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 361-9800; 240 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, (610) 296-2222; 324 W. Swedesford Road, Berwyn, (610) 407-4300,
  • Fishtown hang Sancho Pistolas not only accommodates mid-day eaters with a fantastic beer selection, but it also offers a bracing hair of the dog solution. Entrées like chilaquiles verdes and smoked salmon reuben can be washed down with margaritas, mimosas and Bloody Marys. 19 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3530,
  • It may look like a typical diner on the outside, but Silk City serves up anything but standard brunch fare in its dining room. And what better to go with smothered chicken and waffles, cider-braised pork belly hash or mac-and-cheese-stuffed corn muffins than one of their specialty brunch cocktails or a beer from the 35+ bottle and can list? 435 Spring Garden Street, (215) 592-8838,
  • A contender for one of the city’s best Bloody Mary variants resides at Pub & Kitchen, but the Bloody Rooster (with vodka and sriracha) is only one reason to visit. The menu of modern brunch fare (savory German pancake with caramelized onion and gruyere; creamed corned beef over rye) should be tempting enough on its own. 1946 Lombard Street, (215) 545-0350,

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