Swanky Chino-Latino spot with expertly crafted cocktails
Turns out you don’t have to wait in line for an hour to get a decent brunch. Ardiente, Chef Nihad Hajdarhodzic’s Asian-Latin fusion restaurant in Old City, has a brunch menu focused largely on savory seafood dishes. The key dish to try is the skirt steak bibimbap, mixed with an egg and technically designed to share (but we won’t tell if you keep it all to yourself). To feel extra… relaxed, Ardiente started offering CBD add-ons, optional for literally anything you order, be it fresh burrata or a brunch cocktail.
All-day taco shop with well-priced Borracho Brunch
Some may be drawn to Rosy’s Taco Bar for the late-night hours (the kitchen stays open ‘til 2am), but those who can wake up early (or earlyish) can take advantage of the shop’s weekend brunch offerings. From 11am to 3pm stop by for a $30 Borracho Brunch that’ll get you any brunch entree (huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, pickled jalapeno avocado toast) with three drinks of your choice, including sangria, mimosas, and Mexican coffee. On top of that, the brunch comes with churros!
All-day Lebanese cafe and restaurant
Suraya is the biggest sensation to hit the Philly dining scene in the last year, and that’s not reserved solely for dinner. Weekends from 9am to 2pm, diners can mix and match their choices of pastries, egg dishes, and flatbreads, along with za’atar spice and labneh Greek yogurt. If you’re particularly famished, go for the $21 kebab plate, complete with your choice of kebab with hummus, fries, tabouleh, and pita.
Meat-centric casual spot with shareable, savory boards
Butcher Bar’s sprawling brunch trough -- sporting skirt steak, frittata, potato hash, bacon, pancakes, and about a million other breakfast nibbles -- is a feast for the eyes/stomach. If you don’t quite have enough people at your brunch to split the $175 trough (it feeds 6-8 people), don't despair: Go for the fried chicken and waffle benedict for a hearty start, or stay sweet with huckleberry skillet pancakes.
Quintessential brunch spot for decadent-yet-homey dishes
Sabrina’s has expanded to five locations throughout the Philadelphia area, which speaks to its status as a local brunch staple. It rose to such heights with help from its signature challah French toast -- and the corresponding signature line that forms around the block outside. If you’re more into savory over sweet at brunch, consider instead the Philly breakfast spread, complete with potato roll stuffed with caramelized onion hash browns, pork scrapple, sriracha yellow cheese sauce, fried long hots, and eggs.
Washington Square West
Chic cheese and wine bar serving smart brunch fare
The go-to spot for wine, cheese, and craft beer has upped its offerings with a new brunch menu heavy on eggs, paninis, parfaits, and decadent sweet or savory toasts. We’d be remiss not to mention the brunch cocktail menu, though: While Tria focuses heavily on good wine, the brunch drink selection kicks things up a notch, offering prosecco mimosas, cranberry Champagne cocktail, and other seasonal spritzers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, plus orders from the mimosa bar go for just $4 each when you dine for brunch. Now you just have to master the art of staggering your buffet intake.
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.
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.
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.