Even if you "just can't" with brunch lately, you can’t deny that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and lunch is also somewhere in the top three, and therefore the culmination of the two is vital to your nourishment. We’ve rounded up five new brunch dishes that'll make a believer out of anyone.
Kale and Smoked Gouda Pimento
Knead Bagels (address and info)
One of the most glaring flaws in Philly’s "we’re better than New York" mantra is the bagel situation here. Lucky for us, Knead Bagels opened in November to deliver round bread-y goodness to the City of Brotherly Love. For the perfect breakfast sandwich try the Kale and Smoked Gouda Pimento. It has kale, so it has to be healthy, right?
Torrejas del Dia
Cafe Ynez (address and info)
Cafe Ynez recently added a slew of new brunch specials to its menu of Mexican fare, so try the breakfast nachos with whatever Torrejas del Dia special is on the books for the day. Options alternate, with choices such as the cinnamon apple-stuffed French toast topped with corn flakes.
Homestyle Western Omelet
Dottie’s Dinette (address and info)
This new Fishtown diner is the perfect place to find all your favorite brunch staples without paying a fortune. Opt for a nice breakfast platter of a ham and pepper-stuffed, bacon-glazed omelet with toast and home fries to get all your bases covered.
Orange Sourcream Pancakes
City Tap House Logan (address and info)
City Tap House just opened a new location in Logan Square, which means you can score the equally delicious eats and craft beer from the much-loved U-City spot without fighting college kids for a table. The spot launched weekend brunch last month from 11am-3pm, featuring Orange Sourcream Pancakes drizzled with blueberry-anise compote and topped with whipped butter.
French Toast Gateau
Girard (address and info)
Girard is bringing French brunch and dinner staples to Fishtown, and because we all know French people don’t get fat, you are now at liberty to nosh on gateau (aka cake), a concoction of dark cherry compote, hazelnut brittle, and espresso ice cream on perfectly cakey French toast.
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If there is such a thing as an avant-garde bagel, Knead Bagels is the place to find it. The non-traditional Philly bagelry is in the business of remastering a timeless classic: the bagel and cream cheese. This means lavender bagels with vanilla honey cream cheese, or fennel seed and sea salt bagels with roasted tomato cream cheese, or Capsicum bagels (Japanese chile) piled with 12-hour brisket, coffee barbecue sauce, and picked onions. And if attempting to decide whether scallion lime cream cheese would pair well with black sesame stumps you, the bakers are like gluten mixologists -- they'll know exactly what you knead (sorry).
Cafe Ynez is a breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mexican joint in Point Breeze that is BYOB. We are huge fans of their diverse brunch menu and authentic Mexican dinner entrees, and locals love their fun and festive atmosphere. Cafe Ynez frequently tops our must-eat in Philly lists, and you will know why as soon as you take your first bite.
Dottie’s gives you the best diner staples with a fresh dose of the unexpected (bacon glazed with maple syrup, thanks) as well as brunch favorites without too much frilly yuppie nonsense. When the craving hits for mac & cheese with a root beer float, this is the spot.
City Tap House has opened a new location in Logan Square, which means you can score the much loved U-City spot's delicious eats (including the new brunch menu's Orange Sourcream Pancakes), plus craft beer, without fighting college kids for a table.
After being mentioned on SNL and lauded by NPR for its novel no-tipping policy, brand-new Girard (on Girard Ave, of course) lives up to the hype with locally sourced French brunch and dinner dishes, which means you can keep it simple AND classy.