Best of Philly

Best Brunch

2015 BEST City Brunch


People forget about this Italian favorite as a brunch-time option, but they shouldn’t: The space is bright, the espresso is dark and delicious, and the offerings are rich and complex, but also so perfectly portioned that you’re left deeply satisfied rather than stuffed. Don’t leave without ordering the bufala ricotta with hazelnut honey.

412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-732-2647 | Website

2015 BEST Suburban Brunch

Blue Bell Inn

601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA

Chichi enough that you can bring your mother-in-law, but casual enough that you can wear shorts: This (massively renovated!) Montco standby is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Your M-I-L will love the crab-topped Benedict, but we’re big fans of the chicken and waffles and the $15 Taylor Pork Roll-topped brunch burger. Oh, and instead of a Bloody,… Read more »

2014 BEST Brunch (Suburban)

Ryan Christopher

245 Woodbine Avenue, Narberth, PA

Charming enough to feel special but casual enough that you can bring the kids, with food everyone will ooh and ahh over: French toast stacked with sausage and egg, a Benedict topped with chili con carne, and a Thanksgiving-style sandwich available all year. Read more »

2014 BEST City Brunch

Jerry’s Bar

129 West Laurel Street, Philadelphia, PA

A gorgeously reconceived old-man’s bar is Philly’s newest brunch destination, thanks to food that’s a cut above, great outdoor seating and live jazz on Sundays. Go for the gravlax, stay for the day-drinking. Read more »

2014 BEST Huevos Rancheros

Rex 1516

1516 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

How do you improve huevos rancheros? Easy: Add crawfish etouffee. Read more »

2014 BEST Boozy Brunch

The Butcher and Barkeep

712 Main Street, Harleysville, PA

Since this spot is owned by two longtime Standard Tap employees, it’s not surprising that it’s a fantastic place to drink and eat. An esoteric beer selection and barrel-aged cocktails meet perfect omelets and charcuterie plates. Read more »

2013 BEST City Brunch


1001 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Anyone can throw down an omelet, fry up some bacon and sling mimosas for all the Sunday-morning sheeple. But only chef Konstantinos Pitsillides can turn traditional brunch notions on their ear and lay down some serious Cypriot eats for those who can appreciate pan-fried merguez sausages with organic duck eggs. Read more »

2013 BEST Suburban Brunch

The Farmer’s Daughter

1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell, PA

A traditional buffet brunch gets a modern twist at this dedicated farm-to-table restaurant within the Normandy Farm Hotel. It has everything you expect from a high-volume brunch operation (a raw bar, carving stations, eggs Benny), but still makes room for a few surprises like the vast number of salads available for those who dont just… Read more »

2010 BEST Brunch


1001 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

We’ve had the Cyprus breakfast, with its olive-oil-fried eggs and grilled halloumi and ham and fresh tomato salad and crusty bread. We’ve had the roast lamb sandwich, with its sauted spinach and dill and hunks of melting feta stuffed between two slices of that crusty bread. We’ve had the rice pudding, with its sprinkle of… Read more »

2009 BEST Brunch

Café Estelle

444 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

There’s something oddly familiar about brunches at Caf Estelle. Maybe it’s that the waitresses flutter about in darling little ruffled aprons, or that the mix-and-match mugs are meant for use at the serve-yourself coffee-and-tea station, or that the pitchers of Bloody Mary mix (you’re responsible for the vodka) come with a DIY arrangement of cornichons,… Read more »