Runners on the Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photo by Jeff Fusco
Last week, I set out to write what I thought would be the Ultimate Philly Runner’s Guide to Post-Run Brunching. Because think about it: What could be more useful to Philly runners than a list of solid brunch places near some of the area’s most popular running spots?
But then I realized something: I know nothing about Philly restaurants. Ask me anything about a gym or a yoga studio, and I’m all over it. But restaurants? Nope.
So I turned to my friends over at Foobooz to get their obviously more informed opinions on the subject. They thought about it for a week, and got their picks to me this morning. Guys, they did not disappoint.
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Shoppist covers your shopping game plan for the Clover Market in Chestnut Hill this Sunday. We’re here to explore the food options. A caravan worth of food trucks will be on hand and there will be brunch.
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Jill Weber and Evan Malone, who have brought us JET Wine Bar and Rex 1516 are opening their third restaurant, Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue on April 14th.
The BYOB, which is adjacent to Malone’s NextFab Studio, will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and will serve brunch on the weekend.
In the kitchen, Mexico City native, JC Piña will be bringing a few of his mother’s “secret” recipes to life. Daily lunch specials will include seasonal soups, tacos, burritos and cemitas (sandwiches). A takeout counter will offer neighbors a to-go choice that will include whole rotisserie chicken. The chickens will be available by the whole or half. A half-chicken and two sides will set you back just $10.
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This weekend the Mt. Airy neighborhood is offering a fun twist on the restaurant week concept. On Saturday and Sunday, seven restaurants are participating in Mt. Airy Brunch Sessions. Each restaurant is offering a special prix-fixe menu for just $16 per person.
Check out all the options on the Go Mt. Airy web site.
Mt. Airy Brunch Sessions [Official]
Jose Garces’ Garces Trading Company is rolling out a new brunch menu this weekend. Among the options is Brunch Steak Frites for the table. For $29 per person, guests can get grilled flat iron steak, sunny side up eggs, potato rösti, truffled sauce Béarnaise. A $22 prix-fixe option gives diners two courses, GTC coffee or tea and a basket of house-made pastries.
In addition to the prix-fixe options the menu is available a la carte. New options include French Toast with spiced brioche and served with confiture du lait and blood orange and Poached Scrambled Eggs with kale pesto, pecorino, and toasted sourdough.
Garces Trading Co.’s deep dish pizza will also be available along with a selection of sides like Maple Mascarpone Polenta.
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In my recent review of High Street on Market, I wrote that brunch there set my spouse on a “tirade” charging the restaurant with “Brooklynizing Philadelphia comfort food” via its “inhospitality to non-foodies” at that tender hour.
Later, Eater posted a summary of my review, remarking: “Oh, what we wouldn’t give to read a full companion review by Popp’s wife.”
Which made me laugh out loud, because I’d actually tried—fruitlessly—to get her to write one.
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Sabrina’s has opened another outpost of its popular cafe in Wynnewood. The Main Line location is located in the former home of Sam’s Grill in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. It is the fourth location for Sabrina’s, which has locations in South Philadelphia, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus.
The menu is the same as the other locations.
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Fire at Hawthornes Cafe | Photo via Fox29
A fire has broken out above Hawthorne’s Cafe at 11th and Fitzwater. Fox29 has reported that the fire is in an apartment above the popular brunch and beer spot.
UPDATE: Hawthornes responds
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Image by Kate Kern Mundie
Stateside is rolling out brunch this Sunday. The East Passyunk bar is keeping its menu small for their first brunch but another South Philadelphia brunch option is definitely a good thing.
Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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We’re certain you have your day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. planned out. But if you need a hearty breakfast before you start, Chris Fetfatzes’ Hawthornes and The Cambridge are open for brunch.
We’re sure the Cambridge’s Taylor Pork Roll and Chorizo Egg Sandwich is just the base you need before helping to clean or paint one of Philadelphia’s recreation centers.
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