Where to Go For the Best Brunch in Philly

Brunch in Philadelphia has risen to such a level of obsessive love that it’s become a food group in its own right. Don’t believe us? Check out the lines on Sunday afternoons, the crowds that pack the floors, and the internet chatter this list generates.

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The Gastropub: Pub & Kitchen

Graduate Hospital | 1946 Lombard St
The Scene: Recover from last night with the beautiful people. After a plate of house-made porchetta, you’ll be ready for the “Day Drinking” portion of the menu.
Don’t Miss: The Wrangler. Pub & Kitchen‘s spicy Bloody Mary is one of the best in the city.

More Gastropub brunch options:

  • South Philly Tap Room | Point Breeze
    If we ran the world shakshouka would be on everyone’s brunch menu. Thankfully, at SPTR it is on the menu.
  • Standard Tap | Northern Liberties
    Arguably the best Bloody Mary in town. But that might just be the biscuits and gravy talking.
  • Dandelion | Center City
    The English Premier League and blood pudding. It’s tough to get more British than that without invading the Falklands.
  • Sidecar Bar and Grille | Graduate Hospital
    Buttermilk biscuit sandwich with house-made garlic sausage or chorizo breakfast burrito. Aye, there’s the rub.
  • Alla Spina | Fairmount
    This is brunch done right. And at the top of the list: Steak and eggs, beef tenderloin, gorgonzola scrambled eggs and maple syrup.

 

The Newcomer: Jerry’s Bar

Northern Liberties | 129 W Laurel St
The Scene: This onetime old-man’s bar has been reborn as the neighborhood’s latest brunch destination.
Don’t Miss: Marshall Green. The chef who oversaw many a heavenly brunch at his Cafe Estelle is behind the stoves here at Jerry’s Bar, with his house-made bacon and scrapple and house-cured gravlax.

More newcomers to the brunch scene:

  • Mica | Chestnut Hill
    Chip Roman’s Chestnut Hill restaurant is now offering a classic brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Fitler Dining Room | Center City
    Enjoy the sun-soaked room and your brunch with Cleopatra’s Last Kiss–a spin on a kir royale with Anthem Pear and Sinebrychoff Porter.
  • Strangelove’s | Washington Square West
    Strangelove’s does Southern right. And for brunch that means shrimp and grits. But don’t ignore the Blue Plate plate. No one believes the vegan chorizo is actually vegan, but rest assured, it is.
  • High Street On Market | Old City
    Eli Kulp has another winner on his hands. Stop in any day of the week for a brunch featuring fresh bread, Rival Brothers coffee and a changing selection of sweet and savory morning bites.
  • Rx the Farmacy | West Philly
    Rx was a West Philadelphia brunch destination for years. Rx the Farmacy continues that tradition with amaretto French toast and a Philly Benny worth ordering.

 

The Stalwart: Green Eggs Café

Multiple locations | 212 S 13th St
The Scene: Green Eggs is always packed on weekends; the loyal crowds know it’s worth the wait (despite its now-solved issues from earlier this year). Or you could just come during the week.
Don’t Miss: The Kitchen Sink, three scrambled eggs topped with cheese, potatoes, peppers, onions, a massive biscuit and pork sausage gravy. A dish this sturdy demands the cast iron skillet it’s served in.

More classic Philadelphia brunch options:

  • Ants Pants Café | Graduate Hospital
    Giant hot chocolates, cheddar, bacon and green apple egg scrambles, and the bacon stack keep people coming back to this Australian themed spot.
  • Sabrina’s | Multiple Locations
    Good things come to those who wait. That’s the mantra of the throngs who hover along Christian Street every weekend. And there are good things inside, from the challah French toast to the Apple and Wisconsin cheddar omelet. Don’t sleep on the more lunch-type options either, Sabrina’s can make a tasty sandwich.
  • Café Lift | Poplar
    We always mean to order something other than the cannoli French toast. We really do, it all looks and smells so good. But we never manage to pull the trigger.
  • Fitzwater Café | Bella Vista
    Get over-the-top brunch options including cafe breakfast, french toast, eggs, breakfast meat and potatoes without the wait of nearby Sabrina’s and Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

 

Weekday Brunch: Hawthorne’s

Bella Vista | 738 S 11th St
The Scene: Hawthornes invites you to linger all year long, with a fireplace in the winter and outdoor tables for warmer weather. The 200-plus bottled beers to sample? Also a draw.
Don’t Miss: Funnel-cake French toast. This decadent version tucks Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cake between slices of challah.

More weekday brunch options:

  • Cantina Los Caballitos | Passyunk Square
    No matter what day of the week it is that can only be started with huevos and a Bloody Maria, the Cantina is there with brunch seven days a week.
  • Café L’Aube | Multiple Locations
    Enjoy the leisurely pace and a fine crepe. The house-roasted coffee will have you wired for the day ahead.
  • Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat | Multiple Locations
    Order a fresh-squeezed orange juice and check out chalkboard of specials before looking at the huge regular menu. The seasonal pancakes or huevos rancheros will hit the spot.

 

Brunch Without A Wait: The Mildred

Bella Vista | 824 S 8th St
The Scene: Chef Mike Santoro opened the Mildred after working at Blue Duck Tavern, one of D.C.’s favorite brunch destinations. Here, he’s turning out a spread that’s just as wonderful, but without the hefty price tag.
Don’t Miss: Brisket hash. The kitchen’s collection of cast iron is put to good use with this dish.

More places to eat brunch without a wait:

  • Santucci’s | Bella Vista
    Just feet away, but a world of difference between here and the always-packed Sabrina’s. Santucci’s delivers a bargain brunch (and excellent biscuits) without the wait.
  • Garces Trading Co. | Washington Square West
    Cinnamon rolls with maple-bacon glaze, blueberry muffin French toast, Lyonnaise duck salad, shirred eggs with red chile marinara—this is the classic brunch re-imagined, and in a place that doesn’t always draw a massive crowd.
  • Resurrection Ale House | Graduate Hospital
    The brunch menu here is (wisely) divided between “Crack of Dawn” and “Crack of Noon,” with winning dishes in both categories.
  • Corner Foodery | Rittenhouse Square
    Open at 10:30 every morning, you can always find something better than a McMuffin or last night’s cold leftovers. So put on some pants and sit down at the bar like a man.

 

Decadent: Amis

Midtown Village | 412 S 13th St
The Scene: Brunch at Marc Vetri’s trattoria, Amis, is too often overlooked. But that means less of a wait for you.
Don’t Miss: The Jersey Cannonball. Inspired by the pork roll, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches of chef Brad Spence’s youth, it’s house-made pork roll topped with a sunny-side-up egg, pecorino cheese and pepper relish, served on a bialy.

More places to eat the most decadent brunch:

  • Lucky’s Last Chance | Manayunk
    The brunch menu at Lucky’s is the kind of thing a pleasure junkie would be proud to have inscribed on his or her tombstone—beginning with the bananas foster french toast and ending with the hot dog made of pork roll, wrapped in cheese and topped with an egg.
  • Fork | Old City
    There’s not a lot of places in town to get caviar for brunch. But if you’re the sort of fella who wants that, Fork is where you should go. (They also offer a very fancy version of toad-in-the-hole that is delicious and caviar-free.)
  • Amada | Old City
    Cheese plates, ham croquettes, lemon-ricotta pancakes, tapas, lobster off the grill and the Law Of Desire cocktail? If this is the way the Spanish eat brunch, it’s worth thinking about moving there permanently.

 

The BYOB: Kanella

Washington Square West | 1001 Spruce St
The Scene: Even on the sunniest morning, Kanella at 10th and Spruce doesn’t feel like a Mediterranean island. Luckily, the cooking here will transport you to Cyprus.
Don’t Miss: Shakshouka, a cumin-scented breakfast stew of eggs, tomatoes and peppers, has the fire your body needs to face the rest of the day.

More BYOB brunch options:

  • Cochon | Queen Village
    Sundays only, but worth making plans for the eggs Cochon alone—poached eggs with slow-roasted pork shoulder and Mornay sauce over bacon-cheddar biscuits. It goes very nicely with a morning bottle of champagne in case you have one laying around.
  • Wedge + Fig | Old City
    Come for breakfast and get your grocery shopping done at the same time! (Provided all you need are fancy cheeses, macaroons and tiny jars of honey)
  • Russet | Center City
    The menu is short (6 items and a handful of sides at last glance), but Russet offers composed, thoughtful and seasonal plates for the discriminating brunch-goer.

The Daylight Drinker: Khyber Pass Pub

Old City | 56 S 2nd St
The Scene: The good times roll at the Khyber Pass’s New Orleans brunch.
Don’t Miss:Know going in that you’re ordering the praline bacon, beignets and cafe au lait. From there you’re on your own, but you can’t possibly go wrong.

More brunch options for the daylight drinker

  • Industry | Pennsport
    Donuts dusted with coffee? Genius. An entire section of the menu dedicated to (ostensible) hangover cures? Double-genius.
  • Jose Pistola’s | Center City
    Fish tacos, tortilla soup and some bottomless Bloody Marys to chase them.
  • Rex 1516 | Graduate Hospital
    A taste of the New South for breakfast. Just know going in that you’ll be ordering the shrimp and grits and leave everything else to chance.

 

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Talula’s Garden

Washington Square West | 210 W Washington Square
The Scene: Getting a seat in Talula’s Garden‘s garden is like being an extra in the most beautiful movie ever.
Don’t Miss: Shrimp and grits. There’s not another kitchen in the city that lavishes this avatar of Southern cuisine with so much love and attention.

More easy Sunday brunch options:

  • Bar Ferdinand | Northern Liberties
    Not sure what you did last night that has you waking up in NoLibs? No problem—just head to Bar Ferdinand for an open-faced grilled chorizo sandwich and some patatas bravas and let the past be the past.
  • Ela | Queen Village
    Chef Jason Cichonski puts together a killer spread with cookie-dough-spiked french toast, a classic French omelet, a short rib Benedict and biscuits topped with bone marrow gravy. Because you can never have too much bone marrow.
  • Kennett | Queen Village
    Brunch pizza, brunch gnocchi and brunch burgers—for those who are looking for that kind of thing.

 

Fancy Pants: Lacroix

Rittenhouse | 210 W Rittenhouse Square
The Scene: Brunch at Lacroix is Philadelphia’s most picturesque ways to spend a Sunday morning. It’s also one of the best.
Don’t Miss: Dessert at the liquid nitrogen station. Just say yes to the milk chocolate foam and caramel ganache.

More fancy pants brunch options:

  • Parc | Rittenhouse Square
    Because actually going to Paris is expensive and time-consuming. This is the next best thing.
  • Nineteen | Center City
    So fancy you’ll want to wear two tuxedoes. And then fill all the pockets with shrimp and mini-muffins.
  • Fountain | Center City
    The kind of brunch your grandma still dreams about. Speaking of which, when’s the last time you took the old girl to brunch? You should call her.

 

See the rest of the Food Lover’s Guide to Philly here.


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