Philadelphia Brunch Restaurants
The Pop Shop
We’re not going to, ahem, kid you — on weekend mornings, the decibels in this retro diner can reach playground levels. But Pop Shop’s filling versions of brunch standards (16 kinds of omelets, six of eggs Benedict) will keep the whole clan happy: Your hungry he-man will want to try Connie’s Brunch Thing (a plate-filling hunk of baked eggs, sausage, cheddar and country bread), while the youngest ones — pajamas welcome, by the way (kids wearing them eat for free on Saturday mornings) — will find the many varieties of pancakes as enthralling as the vinyl-spinning jukebox. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, 856-869-0111, thepopshopusa.com.
White Dog Cafe
While this long-standing West Philly locavore destination offers a kids’ menu consisting of the usual suspects, chances are your offspring will prefer the adult menu’s Seven Stars yogurt parfait with its Morello cherry puree, or the big ol’ (read: unfinishable) stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with caramelized organic bananas. New moms, note that breastfeeding is encouraged, though you may want to lay off the boozy brunchtime Blood Hounds. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-9224, whitedog.com.
It’s not until you bring your brood to brunch here that you realize this restaurant is actually perfect for kids. Oversized booths and sunken wrap-around tables are made for corralling lots of tykes; servers — decked out in retro rock tees — are quick and patient; high chairs abound. But the best part of all? Use your kids as an excuse to order the menu items you secretly want: gooey monkey bread, chicken and waffles, and the cheese-steak omelet. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 700 Chestnut Street, 215-223-5663, jones-restaurant.com.
Winnie’s Le Bus
The intoxicating aroma of doughy treats fresh from the mini bakery and plates of oversized banana walnut pancakes remind you why it’s worth waiting, even with restless kids, for a table to open up at this popular Manayunk institution. Good thing there are toys and books by the benches to keep them occupied. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4266 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-487-2663, lebusmanayunk.com.
Shorty’s Sunflower Café
We love the easy charm of Shorty’s, with its eclectic for-sale art collection, high-school-kid waitresses, and petite outdoor deck — uh, make that corner of the parking lot. Though the open kitchen verges on chaos, what comes out of it — vast and fluffy blueberry pancakes, slabs of French toast, luscious omelets — positively rocks. Forgo plain toast for the 75-cent-extra homemade biscuit, cornbread or zucchini bread. Cash only. Brunching hours: Saturday from 6 a.m., Sunday from 7 a.m. 1494 North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, 610-970-5111, shortyssunflowercafe.com.