Where We’re Eating Right Now: Breakfast Takeout and Delivery in Philly

Looking for a place to get breakfast takeout or delivery during the pandemic? We've got a few suggestions.


Middle Child’s breakfast sandwich | Photo by Michael Perisco

Things are weird right now. We get that. But since no one can be expected to cook every meal at home during this emergency, we’ve got a list here that might help you out. If you’re looking for a restaurant that does delivery or takeout breakfasts, that offers a product that travels well and is, of course, delicious, we’ve got some suggestions. Because these are the breakfast takeout and delivery options that we’re living on right now, so maybe you can, too. (Keep scrolling for our full list of Philly’s best breakfast spots. We’ve marked the ones that are currently operating with a star.)

 

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Brunic’s Luncheonette, South Philly
There is nothing in the world more comforting than a diner breakfast. No matter what time you roll in, a couple eggs over-easy, some pancakes, a steaming mound of hashbrowns, a half-pound of bacon and some black coffee can sometimes be better for you than a fistful of Xanax and an hour at the therapist. So I absolutely believe that our local diners should be considered essential services, protected like operating theaters and lauded like heroes for risking all during these strange times. Want to do your part? Then put in an all-day breakfast order at Brunic’s, which is up and running with a limited menu, offering takeout and delivery pancakes, eggs and sourdough french toast to the masses. Available on Caviar

 

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Beiler’s Bakery, University City
You can get a dozen chocolate Fruity Pebbles or Nutella cream Beiler’s donuts delivered right to your door whenever you want them. That’s it. That’s the news. Available on Caviar

 

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Ants Pants Cafe, South Street
At the moment, only the South Street Ants Pants is operational. But you know what? That’s enough. Because having one place to get apricot-glazed, brie-stuffed french toast, bacon-egg-and-cheese rolls, avocado toast and brekkie burritos is way better than having no place at all. Available for pick-up and on Caviar

 

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Philly Style Bagels, Fishtown
Every day, they throw up a list of available bagels. You call the house burner, put in your order, pay by Venmo (no cash, no cards, no PayPal) and pick it up as you walk by the window on their corner while wearing your homemade bandit mask. They’ve got salt bagels every day (which is all I really care about), a bunch of other loose varieties, and blueberry on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The shop opens at 7 a.m. so, you know, call early if you can manage it. Available for pickup or delivery via UberEats

 

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Grubhouse, Old City
Because sometimes, what you really need to get through the morning is an order of Elvis Cakes (banana pancakes with bacon and peanut butter sauce) and a Mr. Chicken’s Disco Biscuit (hot chicken and pimento cheese on an open-face biscuit with country gravy). It ain’t pretty, it ain’t fancy, it ain’t haute cuisine. But it is hot, comforting and, you know, available, which counts for a lot these days. And frankly, fried chicken for breakfast was a great idea pre-Covid, so now that we’re two months into an ongoing crisis with no end in sight, it seems kinda like genius. Available via Caviar

 

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Renata’s Kitchen, West Philly
In a perfect world, we’d be eating Renata’s merguez shakshuka and lemon poppy pancakes, and amassing a collection of empty champagne bottles on the patio outside the restaurant. Doing the same thing in your backyard is basically one step closer to normalcy. Order here


Breakfast in Philly: The Ultimate Guide

The restaurants listed with a star are open and serving takeout and delivery.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s what your mom always told you, and she was absolutely right.

In Philly, we take this to heart. Neighborhood breakfast joints have always been an important part of the fabric that holds things together here — just as important as the street corner bar or the closest Wawa. And now, with every mini Restaurant Row sprouting all-day cafes and modern luncheonettes, the pancakes-and-egg-sandwich scene in Philly is only becoming more crowded.

All of which is good. Because screw brunch, right? It’s is for dilettantes and newlyweds. You want to get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood, you meet them over a 7 a.m. Tuesday breakfast of black coffee, eggs and scrapple at a chrome-and-formica diner where the cooks have been banging out the platters for thirty years, non-stop.

Brunch is for strangers. Breakfast is for friends. And here’s where to find all the best joints, no matter where morning finds you.

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The Breakfasts You Must Try First

*Middle Child, Washington Square West
A hipster luncheonette that does a solid, greasy-spoon style breakfast with some modern twists — like those breakfast sandwiches oozing Cooper sharp, blintz toast and hand-rolled bagels every morning. 248 South 11th Street

*High Street on Market, Old City
You already know how good the bread and baked goods are at High Street. And at breakfast, they form the base of a menu that also includes new-school classics like Old Bay fried potatoes, avocado toast with fresh ricotta and an egg sandwich called The Forager with king oyster mushrooms, kale and black trumpet mayo. 308 Market Street

*The Dutch, Pennsport
You care about breakfast? Then come to this breakfast specialist, where regional delicacies like ring bologna benedict and Dutch babies are the stars of the show. 1527 South 4th Street

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Vernick Coffee Bar, Center City
It took a long time for Greg Vernick to expand on his award-winning first restaurant. And while we’re still waiting on Vernick Fish, what we do have is his breakfast (and lunch) restaurant open inside the Comcast Technology Center, offering fresh bakery items, yogurt parfait, smoked salmon and buckwheat crepes, crab timbale and tableside pour-overs. Fancy, yes. But also warm, comforting and welcoming, which is a line that Vernick is very skilled at walking. 1800 Arch Street

*Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat, Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties
Owners Jeb Woody and Ellen Mogell opened the original Honey’s in NoLibs just so they didn’t have to go all the way to South Philly for huevos rancheros and pancakes on the weekends. Now, years later, there are two locations and both of them do some of the best Southern-fried, down-home breakfasts anywhere in the city. 2101 South Street, 800 North 4th Street

*Federal Donuts, Everywhere
I can’t believe that no one thought of doing a combo fried-chicken-and-donut-shop in Philly before Michael Solomonov did. And now, I can’t imagine living in Philly without it.

*Hungry Pigeon, Queen Village
Another place that makes this list on the strength of their breakfast sandwich (get it with scrapple — trust me). But Hungry Pigeon also has one of the best bakers in the city working in the back (Pat O’Malley), and you’d be an idiot if you passed up a shot at his croissants or cinnamon rolls. 743 South 4th Street

*Jezabel’s Cafe, Spruce Hill
Argentinian pastries, cafe con leche, and bizcochos spread with dulce de leche. 206 South 45th Street

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The Best Breakfast in Center City and Chinatown

*Baology
Yeah, Baology added a breakfast service. We’re in line right now waiting for some five-spice smoked salmon and Taiwanese pork sausage shao bing. 1829 JFK Boulevard

*Knead Bagels
Knead offers to this city both superior plain bagels, and interesting diversions like togarishi bagels with charred long hot cream cheese, bagel breakfast sandwiches with homemade pork sausage or Old Bay chicken salad. 725 Walnut Street

Dutch Eating Place
This long-time Reading Terminal Market classic does hearty breakfasts and huge business. The coffee is bottomless, the creamed chipped beef is one of those things you have to try before calling yourself a real Philadelphian, and the pancakes are as big as your face. 51 North 12th Street

*Heung Fa Chun Sweet House
Looking for a cheap Chinese breakfast? This is the spot. Sweet or savory tofu (with ginger syrup or dried shrimp and fermented chile paste respectively), fried dough with warm soy milk, egg tarts, pork buns, taro cakes — everything you could possibly want or need, all in a small, bustling shop ten minute’s walk from Center City. 112 North 10th Street

*Double Knot
Yeah, that place. It does  some of the best dinners in the city. But, really, it’s an all-day cafe with a pastry-heavy breakfast service, Elixr coffee and a chill, coffeehouse vibe. 120 South 13th Street

*M Kee
Congee and Chinese donuts at breakfast time. 1002 Race Street

Pearl’s Oyster Bar
No, really. I know the name might be misleading, but this seafood joint at Reading Terminal does a solid, sit-down breakfast with bacon and banana french toast, shrimp and grits benedict, and fried chicken and waffles. 51 North 12th Street

Smucker’s Quality Meats
Moses Smucker and his family serve breakfast all day at the Reading Terminal Market, doing breakfast sandwiches made with all sorts of meats (ham, scrapple, pork roll) coming straight from Pennsylvania butchers and farms. 51 North 12th Street

*Miles Table
Simple and straightforward local cafe with some great breakfast sandwiches and a dedicated crowd of breakfast and lunch fans. 1620 South Street

The Best Breakfast in Fairmount and Pennsport

*Cafe Lift
Get there before 9am and you can have challah bread cannoli french toast for $6. Arrive a bit later, and there are migas, crespelle or a Texas Tommy benedict waiting for you. 428 North 13th Street

*Charlie’s Roast Pork
Sure, the name is a little bit deceiving, but this place (which is an offshoot of the Pennsport Beer Boutique) is really an all-day sandwich shop with some nice breakfast sandwiches topped with ham, scrapple, pork roll, hot peppers or broccoli rabe — all very Philly options. 1301 South 3rd Street

*Tela’s Market
Breakfast every day — two eggs, bacon, toast and crispy potatoes for less than nine bucks. That’s a bargain. Plus, they’ve got buttermilk pancakes with local PA maple syrup, and they’re even cheaper. 1833 Fairmount Avenue

Sabrina’s Cafe & Spencer’s Too
There are five Sabrina’s locations in and around Philly — from Collingswood to the Italian Market. But Fairmount neighbors get to wake up to frittatas, huevos rancheros, steak and eggs or omelets. 1804 Callowhill Street

The Best Breakfast in West Philly and University City

*Walnut Street Cafe
Seriously? One of the best breakfasts you’re going to find anywhere in Philly, not just in UCity. It’s fancy, it’s pricey, and it’s also worth it. Anything from baker Melissa Weller’s pastry case will be fantastic. The simple egg dishes are classed up with perfect technique in the kitchen. Plus, they make their own scrapple, which is nice. 2929 Walnut Street

*Renata’s Kitchen
All the basics, sure. But also a Cuban sandwich with eggs and potatoes, chicken and waffles, merguez sausage shakshuka and a simple Lebanese omelet with scallions and parsley. 3940 Baltimore Avenue

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Best Breakfast in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Kensington

*Cafe La Maude
French-Middle Eastern breakfast in an environment that’s like a classic Parisian cafe. Or a movie about a Parisian cafe. Cafe La Maude is basically a breakfast-all-day, every day kind of operation offering everything from croque madam to foul moudamas. 816 North 4th Street

*Over Easy Breakfast Club
French Laundry veteran Erik Ostman came to Philly to open this specialized breakfast and brunch spot in Fishtown. There’s breads from Lost Bread Co., coffee from Rival Bros., excellent pancakes, homemade monkey bread, crab melts, house-cured lox and the Dinosaur Egg — a whole avocado, wrapped in bacon and stuffed with a poached egg. 2302 East Norris Street

*Philly Style Bagels
Fermented in small batches, boiled in beer, hand-rolled and then baked — the bagels here make up the backbone of the entire menu at Philly Style, being used for breakfast sandwiches, bagels with spreads and, you know, just plain bagels. 1451 East Columbia Avenue

*Sulimay’s
Your basic eggs, toast and pancake breakfasts, plus PB&J french toast and breakfast sandwiches on long rolls, all in a neighborhood diner environment. 632 East Girard Avenue

*Front Street Cafe
Waffle-battered fried chicken bites, bananas foster pancakes and smoothies from the bar. Only way to make it better? Eating it out on the beautiful back patio on a sunny morning. 1253 North Front Street

Pete’s Clown House
A clown-themed neighborhood diner with big breakfasts for some of the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere. This place can serve as a serious look inside the soul of Philly. Or just a place to get some cheap eggs and homefries on a Saturday morning when you can’t take the lines at Honey’s or Reading Terminal. 3878 Frankford Avenue

*Green Eggs Cafe/Medusa Trattoria
The new Fishtown locations from the Green Eggs crew began life as an Italian lunch and dinner place, doing pizzas, pastas and the like. But the plan was always to open for breakfast as well, doing it Green Eggs-style in the morning, a little half-and-half at noon, and Medusa up everything for dinner. And it seems to be working for them. 2327 Gaul Street

*Suraya
Yeah, it’s one of the best dinners in Philly. But Suraya — the massive Lebanese all-day cafe and market — began life as a breakfast and lunch spot, and they still do that very, very well. Pastries, yogurt, Lebanese omelets — they’ve got it all. And all of it is delicious. 1528 Frankford Avenue

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Best Breakfast in Point Breeze and Graduate Hospital

*On Point Bistro
Head to this casual New American BYO at Federal Street and Point Breeze Avenue for an elevated take on breakfast classics. Try the Farm Omelet, served with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, corn, Manchego cheese, and truffle oil, or The Clucker, fried chicken and a sweet potato waffle served with poached eggs, honey mustard Hollandaise, and maple syrup. 1200 Point Breeze Avenue

*Ants Pants Cafe
This is the original location (there’s another one on 4th Street), and the one that made the reputation of this Australian-inspired breakfast and lunch joint, which opened more than a decade ago in a former psychic’s shop with the hands-down weirdest name in Philly. 2212 South Street

*Cafe y Chocolate
You want chilaquiles or molletas? This is where you go. Same thing with Mexican breakfast pastries, Oaxacan hot chocolate or various sur de la frontera tofu dishes. Cafe y Chocolate is one of those places that isn’t nearly as well known as it ought to be outside of its own neighborhood. We’ve done the best we could to change that now, but if you get there quick, you might still be able to get a table. 3411 South Norwood Street

*Good Morning Breakfast
A classic neighborhood breakfast spot with all the bases covered: eggs, pancakes, lots of bacon, chipped beef, burritos, breakfast grilled cheese, eggs and fish. You know, the usual. 1408 Point Breeze Avenue

*Tasty Toast
They do chicken wings and waffles here, which I love (because its easier to eat than full-on chicken and waffles). There’s also pancakes, French toast, waffle sandwiches, rice bowls and lots of grits. 1320 Point Breeze Avenue

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Best Breakfast in Rittenhouse

*Parc
The quintessential Philly breakfast experience, Parc is about seeing and being seen almost as much as it is about the food. It is a power breakfast experience with a French accent; croissant, salmon tartine and vol au vent sharing space with pancakes and avocado toast. 227 South 18th Street

*Spread Bagelry
Montreal-style bagels in the heart of Rittenhouse, with spreads that are all local and homemade. The breakfast sandwiches mounted on those bagels are awesome, with The Cure (brisket, eggs, smoked bacon and cheddar) having become a daily tradition for many of the neighbors. 262 South 20th Street

*Res Ipsa
The breakfast menu here is just stupidly simple, but the only thing on it that really matters is the breakfast sandwich, mounted on a house-made english muffin, with an egg frittata, long hot spread and fresh asiago cheese. 2218 Walnut Street

*a.kitchen
Their omelet du jour could be the best omelet in town. Same goes for the breakfast sandwich. 135 South 18th Street

Best Breakfast in Queen Village and Bella Vista

*Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
Everything made from scratch, everything made with love. That’s what Sam’s strives for every day. And you can taste it in the whipped peach butter on the pecan waffles or in the monkey french toast stuffed with bananas, caramel, mangoes and whipped cream. 735 South 10th Street

*Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
The Jewish deli has been serving the neighborhood matzoh brei and pastrami and eggs since 1923. If you haven’t been there yet, what are you waiting for? 700 South 4th Street

*Fitzwater Cafe
Nothing showy, just honest and tasty morning food for the Queen Village neighbors. Eggs with homefries and toast, creamed chipped beef, egg sandwiches on rolls from Sarcone’s and simple, unadorned french toast. 728 South 7th Street

*Red Hook Coffee and Tea
Chalkboard menus, egg sandwiches, occasional art shows, cold-brew coffee, omelets and fresh muffins. What more do you need? The people who love this place, love it forever. And if you haven’t been yet, it is absolutely worth checking out. 765 South 4th Street

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The Best Breakfast in East Passyunk and South Philly

*Comfort & Floyd
Super friendly service, a cute space, and a simple, easy breakfast done right. 1301 South 11th Street

*Hawthorne’s Cafe
It does brunch Tuesday through Saturday which, let’s face it, pretty much means it’s just serving breakfast. In particular, the kitchen offers a funnel cake french toast and that’s the kind of thing that’s worth going out of your way for. 738 South 11th Street

*The Tasty
Classic diner lines, all blue Formica, quilted aluminum and bottomless cups of coffee. But The Tasty? It’s vegan, offering (on the one hand) tofu breakfast burritos and herbed cashew cheese with tomato and capers on toast. On the other hand, pancakes, waffles and biscuits, which have been vegan all along. 1401 South 12th Street

*Vicenzo’s Deli
Vincenzo’s calls itself the best kept secret in South Philly. Not anymore. 1626 South 9th Street

*Frangelli’s Bakery
After nearly 70 years in South Philly, the crew at Frangelli’s really know what they’re doing. And what they’re doing is making donuts, sticky buns and franolli (look it up). 3747 West Ritner Street

*Brunic’s Luncheonette
Breakfast joints simply don’t get any more classic than Brunic’s, where 2 eggs, homefries and toast can still be had for less than four bucks and the counter service is quick, competent and just friendly enough without it being, you know, weird. 2000 South 17th Street

Updated: 7/25/19