Top Spots to Get Your Brunch On in Philadelphia



There are folks who like breakfast, there are folks who like lunch, and then there are folks who take that just a little bit further and get the best of both worlds in a delicious brunch. Philadelphia is no stranger to the brunch scene, and offers up quite a plethora of choices to please just about any palate. From tried and true hotspots like Parc Brasserie to hip spots like Honey's Sit n Eat to vegetarian options like you'll find at V Street, this city has nothing if not choices. Great venues are located all about the city, but we've gathered up a few of our real favorites to give you a short list of choices to rifle through when the brunch bug hit you and hits you hard. No one wants to waste a hearty appetite on a mediocre dining venue, so tuck this list in your pocket for that day when nothing but a solid brunch restaurant will do. Take several friends, take a date, take a family member, take a coworker and enjoy some of the best food this city has to offer at that time of the day. You may just find yourself a morning person after all, and one who looks forward to heading out to a great restaurant for food fit for a king.



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V Street comes to Philadelphia courtesy of Vedge owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby and serves up vegetarian cuisine with a kick that's sure to delight. Yet when it comes to brunch, this place lets vegetarians eat up with delight. Delve into entrees such as waffles with blackberry preserves, sesame butter and ponzu maple syrup, or mangos with sauerkraut remoulade and smoked chioggia beets; both choices sure to start any day off on a high note. Compliment these choices with the beverage and dessert option of your liking for a meal that will fill you up and impress your palate all at the same time.


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If you haven't heard about this Stephen Starr's British-inspired pub in Rittenhouse Square's brunch menu, don't feel bad. It is somewhat of a hidden treasure. While this venue is indeed known for great burgers and fish and chips, not everyone knows about the delicious brunch options available here. Once you get a taste of the brioche french toast made of vanilla créme chantilly, and maple syrup or the pancakes with glazed apples and cinnamon-tinged cream, you're sure to be back for more. Don't forget about their signature cocktails either, as they're often the topper to a brunch that starts any day off right.


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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. Stop in and enjoy a seat either inside or out and dive onto delicious foods that will keep you talking about it the rest of the day.


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How do you know this beer bar's weekend brunch is grade A? The region's top food and beverage workers make it a regular stop on their circuit. What's so special and is it worth your while to venture out of your jammies and your house to check it out? Other than the industrial d�cor and a beer list that's perpetually solid-as-steel, loving preparations of dishes like Morning Honey (house-made granola, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and raw honey) forge with heavier options like dry-aged burgers and make-your own omelets that can be filled with 12 different ingredients to create a well-oiled brunch machine.


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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.


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Fairmount/Art Museum area
Urban Farmer
Photo courtesy of Sharon Rigney


 

Urban Farmer is a restaurant complete with full bar to accommodate both those looking to eat as well as those looking to grab a drink or socialize with friends or coworkers while in town. The place is located in the new Logan Hotel and combines fresh, delicious ingredients from local farms and businesses into familiar dishes with an edge of modernness. The cocktails at the bar are also just as edgy, with familiar options spruced up to feel like they're relevant and up-and-coming. The food here features many local ingredients and oozes freshness and flavor. Sit down, get comfy and try a little something.


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Talula's Garden is a an apty-named establishment featuring local garden-sourced ingredients. These ingredients are combined into contemporary American dishes designed to nourish and please. Set in a lovely garden patio, the well-known city restaurant treats patrons to a plethora of fresh, seasonal and delicately-prepared cuisine. They do focus on cheeses, and feature cheese combinations served artfully to start your meal. Then it's time to move onto dishes such as the orchard pear salad, lemon glazed New England scallops or Block Island swordfish. Polish dinner off with a treat such as little sweet ricotta doughnuts or ripe orchard pear sorbet for a treat not soon forgotten.


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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.


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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. You're at one of two locations of this Jewish-inspired Philadelphia 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. Wander in here, take a seat and feel yourself enveloped in the comfort of great food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.


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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.


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