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Here's Where We Love to Grab Breakfast in Philadelphia



Starting the day out on the right foot sometimes comes down to simply getting breakfast right. When the same-old, same-old just won't measure up another day, it's great to have options. The city of Philadelphia offers many breakfast venues that rise to the occasion. Start with a great cup of coffee or other preferred beverage, move on to the delicious main course offerings, perhaps sample a sweet treat or two, and enjoy the break from shopping, cooking and cleaning up for a change. When finished, sit back and enjoy the fact that the day has begun in a great way and promises to continue its uphill swing. With venues such as Northern Liberties' Honey's Sit n Eat to La Croix at the Rittenhouse with wonderful, upscale dining that'll start the day off right. No matter which neighborhood lies within reach, there's sure to be a place nearby with choices that appeal to the morning person or the not-so-morning-person. Stay close to home or mix it up an d venture a little out of that comfort zone to sample some variety. There are no shortage of spots to pick from, whether its a small venue that's preferred or a larger restaurant. Get there, sit down, inhale, relax and dive in.


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This dining venue features one incredibly delicious advantage over other great city restaurants: the divine breads created by head bake Alex Bois. While chef Eli Kulp is no slouch in the kitchen, designing and creating dishes around pieces that heighten the experience all that much more is not only smart, but scrumptious. Choose from selections such as beet cured salmon on pretzel roll or chocolate croissant or house made bagels for breakfast that will get your morning started on the right note. Move on to tasty lunch and dinner selections that will make you wonder how you hadn't heard of this delicious restaurant long ago.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Having been named Restaurant of the Year in the past, this place is no stranger to good food.

Sharon's expert tip: Come often and try more than one offering on their menu!

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Roxborough
Bob's Diner


When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Bob's Diner. The restaurant is located in one of the area's most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.The menu at Bob's Diner features a wide array of great selections, madefrom only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Bob's Diner has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit, whether you come for coffee, dessert or something else.

Recommended for Breakfast because: When you're in the mood for breakfast, it's hard to find a place more authentic than Bob's to satisfy.

Sharon's expert tip: Parking is tight here, so leave yourself a little time to park nearby and walk up.

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Gracing the scene in Philadelphia's Bella Vista section before the days when brunch was a hip thing to add to your calendar, this restaurant prides itself in serving up good food made from scratch that people actually like. Many patrons return regularly and brings friends, relatives, acquaintances, coworkers and the like to share the love that goes into the food here. From their focaccia breakfast sandwiches to their monkey french toast to frittatas and fresh fruit, along with various sides and beverages, there's sure to be something that will whet your appetite and start your day off on the right foot.

Recommended for Breakfast because: When it comes to fresh ingredients and a great reputation for food prepared with care, this venue does not disappoint.

Sharon's expert tip: Remember that this restaurant is cash-only, so don't forget to come prepared.

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Hawthornes Beer Boutique and Gourmet Eatery
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Would you like some beer with your breakfast? One thousand different bottles of craft brew and a full growler and tap station make it so much harder to pick something off the two-dozen item weekend brunch menu or the daily breakfast menu. "I'd really love the quesadilla with oven-roasted turkey, caramelized apple, brie and fruit but I'm just not sure how that'll pair with the Brooklyn Black Ops I'm drinking." It may be a rough first-world problem to face on an empty stomach but take heart: it certainly gives new purpose to coffee and breakfast stouts.

Recommended for Breakfast because: When a breakfast venue offers the combination of beer with their selections, you shut up and nod your head, yes!

Sharon's expert tip: Not into beer so much? Bring some vodka and share a pitcher of spicy house-made bloody Mary mix.

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Whether it's over weekend brunch or daily breakfast, the best spot in the city for people watching and a caf� au lait is on the sidewalk or by the floor-to-ceiling windows at Stephen Starr's Rittenhouse Square paean to Parisian caf� culture. The brunch menu, not surprisingly, contains more French entrees, eggs and hors d'oeuvres than the breakfast menu, but neither comes close to being petit. Two-dozen selections, including a smoked salmon tartine and a Gruyere omelette, grace the daily menu, which is served starting at 7:30 am. Grab a seat and enjoy people-watching while savoring a delicious breakfast or brunch from this well-known restaurant.

Recommended for Breakfast because: With the flavor of a French cafe, Parc Brasserie makes one feel miles away, yet with the comforts of home.

Sharon's expert tip: Coffee is nice but a Kir Royale at brunch is nicer.

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A wish for you: may deciding between the banh mi and the chocolate chip brownie sundae French toast be the most difficult choice you make all day. It's hard to lose on either option: with farm-fresh ingredients and an uber-sustainable credo, Green Eggs has emerged as one of the city's favorite places to breakfast on eclectic dishes that sustain and delight. Described as a "bruncherie" by local dining critic Craig LaBan ("part hipster cafe, part laboratory to explore the creative limits of stuffed French toast"), Green Eggs draws a youngish city crowd that needs its La Colombe coffee to revive after a night spent debating the merits of each of the cafe's three locations.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Ahh, breakfast. When it comes down to here to go, this place delivers time and time again.

Sharon's expert tip: Green Eggs is cash only.

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Just a hop, a skip and a jump from the Italian Market, this breakfast and brunch favorite exudes equal doses of charm and good-natured quirkiness. Sabrina's is loved by many, as is evident if you head down there on any weekend morning looking for it. You'll likely see folks queued up on the sidewalk of Christian Street, eagerly waiting for a table to open. Once you land a seat at this local favorite venue, your dedication is rewarded by some of the tastiest challah-stuffed French toast you'll find anywhere. Reservations accepted for dinner only, so go a tad early if you can.

Recommended for Breakfast because: When it comes to local hotspots for delicious morning foods, Sabrina's does not disappoint with tasty entrees and accompaniments.

Sharon's expert tip: Reservations are not accepted for breakfast/brunch, so allow a little extra time in the event you'll need to wait for a seat here.

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Challah French toast. Check. Fresh-fried potato latkes. Check. Toasted bagel platter with Nova lox or whitefish salad? No, you're not dreaming you're in your great-grandma's Brooklyn walk-up while she slavs over a hot stove cooking up the breakfast of your wildest imagination. You're at one of two locations of this Jewish-inspired breakfast diner, where the eggs are local and free-range, the mayonnaise is house-made and it feels as if your bubbie may actually pinch you on the cheek and tell you you're not eating enough while your hipster cousin snickers over her bottomless cup of La Colombe coffee. Pass the syrup, please.

Recommended for Breakfast because: This venue is consistently on the list for top spots to dine when it comes to breakfast.

Sharon's expert tip: The kids menu is half-off Monday through Thursday.

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R2L


Culinary creativity abounds at this cool, contemporay dining room, located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. Legendary Philly restauranteur Daniel Stern is the force behind R2L. This venue offers diners a wonderful view of the city, as well as delicious cuisine to start the day off right. Their brunch is one of the tops in the city and is not to be missed. Treat yourself to a plethora of options that'll tempt your tastebuds and have you bragging to friends, coworkers, family and well, basically anyone who will listen that this is the place to go when looking to indulge in a breakfast/brunch worth splurging for.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Housed in one of Philadelphia's landmark buildings, this venue delivers on location, food, service and is an overall great-start-to-the-day.

Sharon's expert tip: Take a bit of time to stop and enjoy not only the food here but the incredible views of the city and beyond.

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Lacroix At the Rittenhouse


At LaCroix you can build your own bloody Mary or allow yourself to be treated to a sparkling cocktail while dining on graceful Sunday buffet brunch entrees and salads like edamame hummus with naan bread; assorted caviar and house-cured charcuterie; and chestnut pot de creme. During the week, the buffet table at this four-star hotel-restaurant is laden with breakfast meats, smoked salmon and house-made granola, though smaller appetites will appreciate the a la carte options. Courses are served slowly with attention to detail and meant to be savored. They offer everything from small bites, to smoked fish and caviar, to hot stations which allow a tour of the kitchen and of course: the desserts and specialty chocolate.

Recommended for Breakfast because: If doing it up fancy-scmancy is your style, this lovely venue certainly fit the bill and then some.

Sharon's expert tip: The hotel restaurant doesn't abandon its kid-friendly approach at breakfast-time; three entrees designed specifically for little folks may make them actually want to leave behind the morning cartoons.

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