Philadelphia Brunch Restaurants
When you settle in to Sunday brunch at this tasteful Fitler Square restaurant, you’re hardly expecting to stuff yourself silly. So that order of baked eggs and side of homemade biscuits and gravy will seem like a perfectly reasonable amount of food. Until said biscuits arrive: two to a plate, dripping with sausage-studded gravy. Yeah, maybe the Heart Stopper entrée (a pork chop with buttermilk mashed potatoes and sausage gravy and a sunny-side-up egg) should have tipped you off. Either way, we say yum. Brunching hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. 2201 Spruce Street, 215-735-4900, memerestaurant.com.
The Kibitz Room
You’ll remind yourself not to order too much before you walk in — you’re well aware of how enormous and overstuffed everything here is. But then that Bubbe’s-kitchen aroma hits your nose, and you find yourself tacking a side of crispy potato pancakes onto your egg-and-cheese sandwich, or splurging on the $15 nova platter with a bagel and slaw. That’s okay; you’ll eat the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 1521 Locust Street, 215-735-7305, and 100 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, 856-428-7878; the-kibitzroom.com.
Honey’s Sit ’n’ Eat
More down-home than the Down Home Diner, more country than Carman’s Country Kitchen — and just as hip as neighboring eateries — this industrial-chic corner experiment in Jewish-Southern cooking does right by its dense biscuits, homemade applesauce, green bean casserole, chicken-fried steak and matzo ball soup. Waits of an hour-plus on weekends: totally worth it. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 800 North 4th Street, 215-925-1150, honeys-restaurant.com.
Brunching at RT means dealing with the faint smell of last night’s beer-soaked party. But that’s why we love it. This is a true-blue pub that serves creative, seasonal fare. Order the cures-all burger or fluffy, chive-spiked scrambled eggs draped over tater tots — or be good with a tofu scramble or the super-cinnamon-y house-made lavender honey granola and a mimosa. People can change. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 937 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-389-6694, royaltavern.com.
You’ve heard good things come to those who wait. The old adage is certainly true at Sabrina’s, where the long waits have become almost as famous as the eats. Not to worry; when the tattooed, bandanna-bedecked staff brings out that turkey bacon and spinach frittata, and the unbelievably thick-cut cream-cheese-stuffed French toast, you’ll be back in line the next day. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 910 Christian Street, 215-574-1599, and 1804 Callowhill Street, 215-636-9061; sabrinascafe.com.
Eighteen different omelets. Ten types of pancakes. Seven varieties of French toast. Creamed chipped beef. And best of all? No judgment-passing looks when you decide to get that Western omelet with a side of chocolate chip pancakes. (Just the short stack, of course.) Brunching hours: Vary. Multiple locations in Wayne, Exton, Frazer, Phoenixville, Downingtown and Lionville.
Zake’s is part cafe and part bakery, and at no other time do those parts work together so seamlessly as at brunch, when pancakes aren’t pancakes — they’re dessert-like indulgences sprinkled with candied lemon and laced with warm caramel sauce. Sandwiches, served with sides of homemade potato salad, are dinner-worthy meals. And dessert … well, every brunch ends with a trip to the always-stocked cake case. Brunching hours: Sunday from 8 a.m. 444 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, 215-654-7600, zakescafe.com.