Retro Week: Olde Bar Is Starting Brunch This Weekend

The Olde Bar at Bookbinders | Photo by Grace Dickinson

The Olde Bar at Bookbinders | Photo by Grace Dickinson

UPDATE: It looks like the new cocktail list (referenced below) is being pushed back a week or so while the crew tinkers with them. Look for them starting next weekend–or sometime thereabout.

What with its storied history, snapper soup and gin-heavy cocktail list, Olde Bar has already earned itself a place in our Retro Week coverage. But we just found out that they’re going to be launching a brunch program this weekend (and have put out a new spring cocktail list), so we just had to bring the place back into the conversation again.

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V Street Starts Brunch

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V Street is now serving brunch.

Brunch begins this weekend at V Street. Of course one brunch staple that won’t be on the menu at Rich Landau’s and Kate Jacoby’s vegan restaurant is eggs. But with dishes like Togarashi Home Fries; Pho Spiced Mushrooms and Biscuit; and Waffles with Ponzu Maple Syrup you won’t go wonting.

And since brunch is just breakfast without booze, V Street is offering a special breakfast cocktail of La Luchadora (tequila, tomato, house grenadine and hot sauce). And to get the day going, there will also be Horchata Iced Coffee.
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The Perfect Weekend Brunch Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Cream

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Photo by Becca Boyd

Brunch is one of my favorite meals, but going out for bunch can be a big ol’ pain. Two words: the lines. Because I’m not one to wait an hour or more for a table, I’m happiest having an at-home brunch. Besides, whipping up my own pancakes or French toast means I can control what goes in it and on it — a much safer bet in terms of fat and calories than restaurant food.

This week’s recipe is the perfect example of exactly that. The lemon-poppy seed pancakes are totally something you’d find on a brunch menu, but I’m putting a healthier twist on this brunch staple with whole-wheat flour and a creamy blueberry topping made with Greek yogurt. I’d call that a win-win.  Read more »

Los Camaradas Launches Brunch This Weekend

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As if you don’t already have enough new brunch options, Los Camaradas at 918 South 22nd Street is launching their brunch menu tomorrow, April 4th.

The new Graduate Hospital restaurant will be serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am till 3 pm. Their menu features a variety of tacos and salads, alongside brunch favorites like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles.

Los Camaradas’ cocktail brunch menu of course features the favorite Bloody Mary and mimosa, but also signature drinks like the Buenos Dia (hibiscus and lemongrass tea infused tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit, pomegranate) and the Un Caballito y Una Cerveza (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Tecate).

They’ll also be open this Sunday for Easter, so you can add this to your list of possible Easter options.

Los Camaradas [Foobooz]

New Brunch Options Abound in Philadelphia

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The view from the Top of the Tower which now offers brunch.

Everyone’s favorite weekend ritual is about to get some more variety. As the weather warms up, restaurants are launching new brunches, complete with drink deals and outdoor seating. Whether you’re nursing a hangover with endless Bloody Marys or trying to find a place you can bring crying kids, there’s something new for you.

This past Sunday, SkyBrunch commenced at Top of the Tower at Three Logan Center (18th and Arch). Each week you can head up to the 51st floor for an all-inclusive brunch and an unbeatable panorama of the city. Brunch costs $50 per person.

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Buddakan Celebrates The Year of the Sheep

buddakanPASure, Solomonov might be celebrating the year of the sheep by serving up a ton of lamb, but if you really want to ring in the Chinese New Year right, head over to Buddakan.

Stephen Starr‘s signature Asian fusion joint will be adding Chinese New Year specials to their menu from February 19-27, and hosting a single dim sum brunch on Sunday, February 22 from noon-3pm.

The brunch will feature a lion dance performance, a red tea service, and the traditional red envelopes presented at the meal’s completion (some of which will contain vouchers for complimentary drinks, appetizers, deserts and brunch). Guests also get to take away a signature chocolate dessert from Buddakan’s pastry chef Cedric Barberet.

To reserve your spot at Buddakan for the Chinese New Year festivities call (215)574-9440.

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Juniper Commons Launches Brunch

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Juniper Commons adds brunch to its repertoire, just a week after adding lunch service. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sundays are particularly special with complimentary champagne and a jazz band from 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. The 1980s inspired restaurant is of course offering quiche as well as strawberry compote but has a full menu of breakfast and lunch dishes to get you excited.

You can also expect several Bloody Marys to choose from as well as a list of cocktails made with sparkling wine–because what would an ’80’s restaurant be without sparkling wine coolers?

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Dizengoff Is Doing Brunch This Sunday

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This Sunday, December 14th,Dizengoff is hosting a special brunch. Michael Solomonov’s hummusiya is getting eggy with a family-style meal for $26 per person.

The main attraction, at least to me is the promise of Shakshuka. Solomonov once served a Philly Cooks tour a rendition made by his contractor, cooked over an industrial heater and I’ve been hooked since.

The tickets are limited for the 10 a.m. brunch and only available on the CooknSolo website.

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Full Menu for Girard’s Opening Day

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Girard–the new 70-seat, “no-tip” Frenchy BYO brasserie and bruncherie–is opening today. As a matter of fact, it’s open right now.

The restaurant (which is open from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays) is featuring brunch standards, as well as liquefied fruits and vegetables–which are presented as “Liquid Breakfast.” The menu will be health conscious and seasonal.

A “Roti,” or roast, will also be available on rotation, starting with French leg of lamb on Tuesdays, roasted cauliflower on Wednesdays, crown roast of pork on Thursdays, and whole roasted fish on Fridays.

Girard is also reservation-only, so if you want to dine, you’ll have to arrange it in advance.

And with that, here’s the full menu…

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