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The Best Places to Eat Brunch in Philly Right Now

Updated On 02/14/2018 at 05:14PM EST
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Brigantessa

Passyunk

Neapolitan-inspired plates with bottomless brunch
Brigantessa's brunch offers the most on-point pizza and antipasti dishes to satisfy savory cravings, including fried Brussels sprouts with ricotta and fried gnocchi with drizzly egg. Sweet breakfast options are available, too, like fried dough with Nutella or honeycomb fruit. The best part is Bigantessa’s generous bottomless brunch menu, where you can keep imbibing mimosas, Bloody Marys, or a grapefruit cocktail with no limitations -- great for a lazy brunch where you find yourself splitting the Regina pie with friends.

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Barcelona

Passyunk

Spanish tapas with an expansive wine menu and shareable plates
This sprawling South Philly wine bar has added brunch into the rotation, offering breakfast tapas options on top of the standard small plates and cheeses that pair perfectly with the expensive wine menu. Smoked bacon steak and ham benedict with hollandaise are two brunch tapas standouts, while the seafood paella is perfect for two to share.

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Maison 208

Gayborhood

French-American dining in lush bi-level surroundings
Brunch classics get a touch of French sophistication at Maison 208, where creme brulee French toast, duck egg Benedict, and Gruyere mushroom grilled cheese are all on the menu. Chef Sylva Senat also has a special dish named after his time on Top Chef, titled “Season 14, Episode 10” -- his final appearance on the show. The special plate includes salmon frittata and beef sabayon.

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Walnut Street Cafe

University City

All-day eatery with local coffee and fresh baked goods
The all-hours eatery in the Cira Centre South doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the most important meal of the day (e.g., not breakfast, brunch). The menu mingles classic dishes like breakfast sandwiches and French toast with an extravagant raw bar menu, which boasts seafood towers that can be shared by up to four people. Coffee from Rival Bros. pairs perfectly with pastries from master baker Melissa Weller, like the chocolate hazelnut pot pie with coffee ice cream.

Ants Pants Cafe

Graduate Hospital, Queen Village

Charming Aussie-owned brunch and lunch cafe
The Australian brunch cafe has been a mainstay in Graduate Hospital for more than a decade, setting up shop in a second location, just across Broad in Queen Village, last year. The cozy space offers brunch for coffee-craving diners who love espresso with hearty dishes, including the sourdough bread stack with bacon and eggs on top, the Brie-stuffed French toast, the sweet potato hash with Italian sausage, and the maple bacon breakfast sandwich, among other subtle twists on laid-back breakfast favorites.

Talula's Garden

Talula's Garden

Washington Square West

Farm-to-table specialties in a beautifully curated indoor-outdoor space
This farm-to-table spot has a brunch menu extensive enough to compete with most lengthy dinner menus, and all can be ordered with a side of grits and caramel sea salt butter. Start off with a deviled egg assortment or hot ricotta donut before agonizing between the pork belly Benedict biscuit or fried chicken and waffles. Afterward, score an energizing buzz when you try the coffee cocktail which includes La Colombe rum, iced espresso, coffee liqueur, vanilla, and cream.

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Honey's Sit 'n Eat

Graduate Hospital, Fishtown

Laid-back BYO diner serving comfort food morning to night
This BYO spot has breakfast all day (if that’s what you’re into), and you can stretch your buck pretty far here, especially if you come in for the $4.95 weekday breakfast. Come by any other time of day, though, for savory, highly customizable breakfast sandwiches, or (for the ambitious among us), the breakfast bomb: a buttermilk pancake stuffed with scrambled eggs.

High Street on Market

High Street on Market

Old City

The weekend breakfast menu at High Street on Market lasts through 3:30pm, so you have plenty of time to get your life together and nosh on stacked breakfast sandwiches and classic dishes. You may also want to try the golden toddy from the “eye opener” menu, for a bourbon and honey wake up.

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Harp & Crown

Rittenhouse

Bi-level space with wrap-around bar and new American fare
Harp & Crown is a strong choice at any time of day, but the brunch deal is the true star: score an all-you-can-eat selection of egg dishes, pastries, cheeses, and anything else vaguely related to “breakfast food” at the wrap-around bar for $28, and add an extra $15 if you want five breakfast cocktails to go along with it. On top of the food selection, Harp & Crown is also filled with myriad seating options, from a light-filled sunroom to buffet booths to communal tables.

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Mission Taqueria

Rittenhouse

Bright, bustling taco joint with spicy margaritas
Much like pizza bagels, you can eat tacos any time -- so why not start your weekend with a taco brunch? Mission Taqueria is designed to accommodate large groups, and with no fewer than five huevos dishes and a half-dozen types of tacos (like fried mahi-mahi and grilled mushroom), you’re bound to find something for everyone. If you’re with a group, you can also opt for the five-for-$14 salsa deal, letting you sample everything from verde crudo to coconut-hazelnut.

Lucky's Last Chance

Manayunk, Queen Village

Hipster beer bar specializing in burgers, hot dogs, and tots
Lucky’s helps you out by sorting the menu into breakfast-y brunch stuff and lunch-ier brunch stuff, including fried chicken egg sandwiches, French toast burgers, and all the tater tots coated in Main Street sauce you can eat. If you’re in the mood for some brunch drinks (and really, who isn't?), Lucky’s also offers the much-coveted beermosa (and regular mimosas too, of course).

SuGa

SuGa

Rittenhouse

Modern Chinese dishes in a trendy bistro setting
To break the monotony of typical brunch places, look no further than SuGa’s new dim sum brunch service, where you can choose from soups, dumplings, salads, pot stickers, fried rice, and tons of other great options. The bacon fried rice with fried egg, roasted pork, and chili pepper is understandably eye-catching, while the dumpling sampler (including chicken, lamb, pork, etc) is the perfect starter for two people.

Day by Day

Rittenhouse

Long-running breakfast and lunch staple with weekly specials
Brunch specials at this long-running brunch and lunch eatery change every week, but you can always count on a long list of a classic breakfast dishes (eggs Florentine or buttermilk pancakes) and signature meals (black bread BLT or potato pancakes). Specials offer more niche tastes, like a Korean flank steak rice bowl with kimchi or banana-stuffed French toast with peanut butter.

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Wm. Mulherin's Sons

Fishtown

Trendy wood-fired fare in a boutique hotel
The centerpiece of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons’ menu is the wood-fired grill, and that doesn’t change just because it’s brunch time. Choose from among a few breakfast pizzas, like mushroom truffle burrata or speck and egg, or opt for the fried egg pasta with Parmesan and pancetta. If you’re really trying to win at brunch, though, there’s always the table steak & eggs option, which includes a 24-ounce porterhouse with a dozen eggs. Yes, a dozen.

The Little Lion

The Little Lion

Old City

Southern comfort food in airy renovated bank space
For elevated Southern comfort food, The Little Lion offers shareable brunch plates like BBQ chicken thighs, smoked salmon, and cheese plates. Try the Lion Burger for the essential breakfast burger, or go for the short rib hash drenched in IPA cheese sauce. The lofty digs, housed in a renovated bank, make brunch an effortlessly upscale affair.

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White Dog

University City

Farm-to-table, locally sourced restaurant with quirky dog decor
We already love White Dog’s $14 bottomless brunch deal, but the goodness doesn’t stop there. The ultra-decadent, churros waffle with cinnamon sugar, chocolate ganache, dulce de leche creme, and berry preserves will double as brunch and dessert, but if you’re going for something a little more reasonable you can choose from a variety of cage-free egg dishes and other fresh, farm-to-table innovations.

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