Philadelphia Brunch Restaurants
Ant’s Pants Cafe
When it comes to brunch, G-Ho residents know that this tiny Australia-inspired eatery is the ant’s pants. Should you arrive early or late enough to avoid the crowd lined up along the left wall of the narrow space, your brekkie (that’s Australian for breakfast) will be a quick meal of long blacks (a double espresso with a splash of hot water) and bacon stacks (bread layered with bacon, tomato, arugula, a fried egg and cheese). Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 2212 South Street, 215-875-8002, antspantscafe.com.
Mexican for first meal is totally doable thanks to the toned-down Latin flavors that this cheery Collingswood cafe applies to brunch eats. Try not to fill up on the complimentary cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips while you wait for your entrées to arrive. The pan perdida (a Mexican riff on French toast) stuffed with cream cheese is a standout dish, and the spicy chorizo hash will keep the habeñero-heads happy. Show up before noon and order from the early-bird-special menu — all items are just $5, and portions are sizeable. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, 856-869-3345, thetortillapress.com.
It looks like Greece. (The walls are bright white and blue). It smells like Greece. (That would be the special pork shoulder, roasting on a homemade spit on the 10th Street sidewalk.) And, most importantly, it tastes like Greece. The authentic Cyprus breakfast consists of two olive-oil-fried eggs, grilled haloumi cheese, lounza (Greek breakfast pork) and crusty bread. All that’s missing is the ocean. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 1001 Spruce Street, 215-922-1773, kanellarestaurant.com.
Who says brunch has to be all about bagel schmears? As the long line outside Chinatown’s Ocean Harbor proves, doing dim sum instead will keep your weekend interesting. Here, you’ll get all the chaotic bustle you expect: clanking carts, raised voices ordering in multiple languages, and endless plates of steamed and fried dumplings that often taste sweet and savory at once. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 1023 Race Street, 215-574-1398.
We like to brunch at this Cuban-themed South Jersey spot and pretend we’re in Havana — which the open-air porch, catchy Latin music, fried empanadas (with sauces muy delicioso) and juicy Cuban sandwich make easy to do. Not with Latin lovers? Big plates of fruit-covered waffles or French toast will keep them happy. Brunching hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. 563 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, 856-854-5555, mycasona.com.
Geechee Girl Rice Café
There are more traditional brunch choices at this sunshiny Germantown BYOB, but you’ll definitely want to opt for the Down South specialties: saucy shrimp and grits, or the Southern breakfast with ham steak and coffee-infused red-eye gravy. Whatever you eat, don’t miss the sweet and spicy house-made ginger beer. Brunching hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. 6825 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, 215-843-8113, geecheegirlricecafe.com.
At this cute Bella Vista spot where everything comes wrapped up in a light-as-air crepe, you’ll have to decide between savory and sweet. There’s a delicious sausage, Swiss cheese, mushroom and egg option, as well as a version with avocado and corn salsa, plus caramelized tomato sauce. But with pears and chocolate, Nutella and bananas, and berries and lemon curd, we challenge you to resist the sweet. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 624 South 6th Street, 215-592-0656, creperie-beaumonde.com.