Food & Drink

The 12 Best Brunches in Philly

Published On 03/09/2015 Published On 03/09/2015
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Khyber Pass Pub
Miles Table
Hinge Cafe
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Global Crepes & Local Shakes
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High Street on Market
Kraftwork
The Dandelion
Prohibition Taproom
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1. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Your milkshake brings some adventurous people to the yard when you're Rittenhouse Square French-staurant Lacroix, (located at the Rittenhouse Hotel), especially because said milkshake involves both foie gras and blood orange. If you thought that was interesting, it's also serving up the likes of suckling pig, Spanish octopus (it's got an accent), and sweetbreads, in addition to a build-your-own Bloody Mary station. Celebrated head chef Jon Cichon traveled to places like Portugal, Thailand, Japan, and even America to get inspiration for the flavors he's dishing out.

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2. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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3. Miles Table 1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Head to Miles Table for fresh brunch staples and a few wild-card dishes. It’s one of few trusted places in Philly for a decent bagel, so try the Nova Bagel (smoked salmon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion) with a side of Red Pepper Home Fries.

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4. Hinge Cafe 2652 E Somerset St, Philadelphia, PA 19134 (Kensington)

Hinge Cafe pushes past typical-pedestrian breakfast hours with an all-day menu, so stroll in any old time for the deliciously savory breakfast burrito/quesadilla selection. If you’re feeling brave first thing in the morning, the Super Spicy Burrito will shake you awake with scrambled eggs, cheddar, chorizo sausage, poblano peppers, onions, corn, black beans, and sriracha.

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5. Honey’s Sit N' Eat 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Honey’s Sit N' Eat, a premier breakfast/Southern comfort food spot on Philadelphia's South Street, serves all of your favorite morning specials, and then adds three different kinds of bacon just to make you sweat. Made mostly of locally farmed and fresh ingredients, this eatery encourages sweet, gluttonous indulgence with a conscience. Normally it's one or the other.

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6. Global Crepes & Local Shakes 1309 South 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Get a real taste of skinny pancakes at one of the best spots in the city, offering a balanced menu of sweet and savory crêpe options. Go for the decadent German Chocolate Cake crêpe (chocolate, coconut, caramel, and pecans) after devouring the Baconutella (bacon, Nutella, bananas).

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7. High Street on Market 308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

You’ve never had bread quite like the ancient grains, roasted potato, or anadama on grill at High Street on Market. The New American haunt in Old City centers its menu on local grains, which High Street refines and finesses at the crack of dawn each day into the stuff of sandwiches, pastries, and pastas that bedeck the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. For lunch, it is sinful to miss out on the smoky and briny pastrami on rye, dressed with cabbage slaw, Russian dressing, and Gulden’s mustard. Opt for the pastas at dinner; they’re decidedly un-Italian and, therefore, entirely unforgettable.

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8. Kraftwork 541 Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Overseen by Sidecar's Adam Ritter and set to open tomorrow, Kraft's a two-dozen-tapped gastropub with an interior reminiscent of an industrialized ruin: sawblade lamps, walls stripped down to bare brick and vintage wallpaper, and seating and tabletops made of tiger maple woods, which totally ruined the Escalade that hauled them there.

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9. The Dandelion 124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Stephen Starr is the mastermind behind this cozy, intimate London-style pub that serves up a killer brunch (booze-soaked Scotch pancakes) and other seasonal twists on British favorites.

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10. Prohibition Tap Room 501 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Spring Garden)

The kitchen stays open 'til 1am on weekends at Prohibition, which makes it the perfect place to go before or after a show at nearby Union Transfer. Or, if you're simply craving a pub burger set to jukebox throwback tunes, this is the spot: the burgers here are 100% grass-fed local beef and topped with Hope Springs cheddar, lettuce, haystack onions, all on a snowflake bun. Oh, and Sundays are BYOV: Bring your own vinyl record and you’ll get 20% off of your bill.

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11. Talula's Garden 210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tucked between two commercial buildings, Talula's Garden is an oasis of greenery with a latticework of potted plants climbing the patio walls. The greenhouse-inspired interior is brimming with flowers, nature-themed cylindrical lamps, and pressed leaf artwork in light wooden frames. Decor aside, Talula’s main event is weekend brunch. The right way to brunch here is to order the Little Ricotta Doughnuts when you're seated and snack on them as you await more substantial dishes like an omelet with whipped goat cheese and roasted broccoli, and French toast stuffed with maple cream cheese and pears. Your meal will leave you irrevocably full, but we guarantee you won't regret a single bite.

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