Philadelphia Brunch Restaurants
Brunching à la small plates at this elegant eatery is a nice change of pace. Get a few dishes to share, like cornmeal pancakes with berries, ricotta blintzes with cherry compote, hush puppies, and the house-made doughnuts — and you’ve got an at-your-table mini brunch buffet made up of exactly what you want. Brunching hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. 926 South Street, 215-592-8180, supperphilly.com.
Spring Mill Café
The mismatched country dishes, the porch that overlooks the winding road (your dog is welcome to sleep under your table), the selection of cheeses for that day’s plate de fromage, the fragrant bowl of moules marinieres, the French toast à la Chef Pierre, the soft-spoken waitresses … need we say more? Clear your day; it’s easy to spend hours at this restful oasis. Brunching hours: Sunday from 10 a.m. 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, 610-828-2550, springmill.com.
What was once just a bakery is now a full-service restaurant in an idyllic, sun-drenched greenhouse setting that makes for a perfectly chill brunch. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the seasonal vegetable garden frittata, the baked brie avec baguette, and the smoked salmon from Maine’s Ducktrap River. But make sure you leave room for the Boston crème cupcake. Brunching hours: Sunday from 10 a.m. 8501 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, 215-247-6887, cakeofchestnuthill.com.
Tinto’s normally dark and moody dining room looks different with Sunday-morning light peeking through the big street-facing windows. Brunch is crafted from traditional, top-notch Basque small plates. Try the Kobe steak and eggs and the pipérade — a rich olive-oil sauté of peppers, onions and chorizo — plus a drink. Brunching hours: Sunday from 10:30 a.m. 114 South 20th Street, 215-665-9150, tintorestaurant.com.
La Belle Epoque
Brunching in this corner bistro, with its great big windows and exposed brick, puts the seal on Media’s Main Street USA feel. Regulars know to order the French toast, which is made from baguettes. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 38 West State Street, Media, 610-566-6808, labellebistro.com.
Sure, the $21.95 buffet is well-stocked, and the $3.50 mimosa and Mary drink specials are appealing. But the soothing live jazz makes the meal. Food highlights include buckwheat Belgian waffles, an omelet station, and the bite-size desserts, like cherry coffee cakes. Brunching hours: Sunday from 10:30 a.m. 4120 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-482-8220, manayunkbrewery.com.
This pretty Berwyn refuge is all about dark wood and exposed brick (except for the cute patio, fenced in from the sidewalk), and though the whole vibe is decidedly upscale, laid-back servers aren’t above a joke or two. Egg dishes are fine here, but you’ll be happier ordering the fabulous cinnamon bun French toast. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 575 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, 610-251-9600, meridiths.com.
Contributing writers: Erica Beinlich, Michael Callahan, Victor Fiorillo, Alex Haas, Sandy Hingston, Joy Manning, Michael McCormick, Lauren McCutcheon,Cristina Perachio, Jill Radwin, William Rush, Christine Speer and Janine White