Food & Drink

The 12 Best Brunches in Philly

Published On 03/09/2015 Published On 03/09/2015

Whether you need to sop up last night's cocktail bar escapades or have yet to fill your French toast-and-syrup quotient for the month, brunch is the only way to properly hit your mid-weekend stride. We've rounded up the 12 best brunches in Philly for you to start your morning... okay, afternoon... okay, late afternoon.

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Talula’s Garden

Washington Square West
Talula's brunch menu is extensive enough to go head-to-head with most full dinner menus. Start off with a warm vanilla-glazed cinnamon bun before deciding between the crêpe-tastic Parisian Brunch or the Brisket & Grits. Get buzzed with a coffee cocktail that includes La Colombe rum, iced espresso, coffee liqueur, vanilla, and cream.

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Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse
French restaurant Lacroix at The Rittenhouse Hotel is where you'll make quick work of the foie gras on your plate right after building your own blood-orange Bloody Mary. No type of craving is off-limits either; the Sunday brunch menu rocks a worthy raw-bar section as well as lobster, meat, and charcuterie.

Khyber Pass Pub

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City
The Khyber brunch menu offers some unexpected Southern hospitality to add to your routine breakfast eats. Look for Cajun-themed brunch specials and score some praline bacon to side off that fat dish of glazed-banana French toast.

Miles Table

Miles Table

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.

Hinge Cafe

Hinge Cafe

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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Honey’s Sit N' Eat

Northern Liberties
Get maximum bang for your buck at Honey’s when you casually stroll in for weekend brunch. Opt for Huevos Rancheros or the scrambled egg-stuffed pancake with a side of home fries and guacamole.

Global Crepes & Local Shakes

Global Crepes & Local Shakes

East Passyunk
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, banana).

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Sabrina’s Cafe

Multiple locations
Sabrina’s for brunch is inevitably a wait at any of the spot’s four locations (University City, Italian Market, Art Museum, Main Line), but with good reason. Aside from the inventive specials there's the always-essential stuffed French toast.

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. Just don’t leave without snagging a Red Eye Danish (coffee gravy, Benton’s smoked ham, and Gruyère).

Kraftwork

Kraftwork

Fishtown
You can score anything from a Breakfast Flatbread (sunny side-up eggs, tomato, bacon, Parmesan, chive crème fraîche) to shrimp & grits at this Fishtown eatery designed to honor the ever-changing neighborhood through industrial-inspired decor and community-inspired dishes.

The Dandelion

The Dandelion

Rittenhouse
Beer is a perfectly acceptable brunch beverage at The Dandelion, which offers dozens of drafts, bottles, cans, and ciders to down alongside oysters, cheese boards, or breakfast mac n’ cheese.

Prohibition Taproom

Prohibition Taproom

Spring Garden
If you need a real punch of fuel with your brunch, go directly to Prohibition Taproom's sandwich menu and score the brunch burger (with meat from Kensington Quarters) with a side of Beer Battered Green Beans -- it’s green, so it’s a healthy, balanced breakfast.

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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

Eat and drink in the most aesthetically pleasing setting Philly has to offer in the greenery-adorned Talula’s Garden, where locally sourced foods paired with an extensive beer, wine, and house cocktail list are almost outdone by the atmosphere -- almost.

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