LOCAL, SEASONAL, AND LIGHT
Terrain at Styer’s
The Fermob chairs and farmhouse tables are your first clue. Warm bread that arrives in a flowerpot reinforces your suspicion. And when that just-picked curlicue of fiddlehead fern or forkful of tea-brined chicken hits your lips, you know for sure: Brunch at this greenhouse cafe is more than just a meal; it’s a trend you want to be part of. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-2400, terrainathome.com.
We like Farmicia for dinner, but we love it for brunch, and we promise it’s not only because of the brilliant half-price-drinks brunch happy hour. There’s also the vibrant atmosphere that’s equally suited for a big group or a quiet morn, and the fresh fare that’s never fussy. We can’t resist the brunch sandwich (two eggs, melted local cheddar and bacon on sourdough) or the Mexican-inspired egg dishes. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. 15 South 3rd Street, 215-627-6274, farmiciarestaurant.com.
Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
Why do Chase and Jen Utley keep coming back to this flowerbox-adorned Bella Vista stalwart? Is it Mo Glo’s homemade veggie burgers? The light-as-air blueberry pancakes? The stuffed frittatas, curry-touched tofu scramble, berry pie, or coffee served in steel mugs? Maybe. But surely it’s mostly the diner’s motto: “Be nice or leave.” Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. 735 South 10th Street, 215-413-3999, themorningglorydiner.com.
This super-casual one-room West Philly cafe has a kitschy Gran’s-parlor vibe that attracts Penn students in AC/DC tees and neighborhood moms with baby strollers. The menu is filled with wholesome, fresh and locally sourced ingredients that are well-priced and appeal to all; get the crispy brioche French toast with mixed berry compote. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 4443 Spruce Street, 215-222-9590, caferx.com.