Food & Drink

The 5 Best New Brunch Foods in Philly

Published On 01/08/2015 Published On 01/08/2015
Joe Starkey
Knead Bagels
Cafe Ynez
Dottie's Dinette
City Tap House Logan
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1. Knead Bagels 725 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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).

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2. Cafe Ynez 2025 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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.

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3. Dottie's Dinette 1080 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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.

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4. City Tap House Logan 2 Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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.

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5. Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie 300 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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.