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Philadelphia’s Best Brunch Spots, According to 10 Top Philly Chefs

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
NOORD
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1. Noord 1046 E Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

Slinging delicious Dutch eats in South Philly, Noord's got uniquely-named menu items like waterzoois (seafood platters), bitterballen (meatballs), and, uh, burgers (burgers).

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2. The Olde Bar 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Jose Garces brought some much-needed life into the old stomping grounds of the locally loved Bookbinder’s, which closed during the not-great-economically year of 2009. Garces' reincarnation of the place is a nice polish to the original, and includes an open banquet room complete with dimly lit red booths, candles, and an oyster saloon serving snapper soup and fried belly clams. In addition to the nouveaux riche aperitif menu, the seafood-centric restaurant serves classics like dungeness crab, Maine lobster, and of course, champagne cocktails to pair.

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3. Amis 412 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Market East)

There's something about Italian trattoria's that made them ideal date spots, and it's especially the case when a James Beard Award-winning chef is in charge. Marc Vetri's Roman-inspired plates emphasize the satisfying simplicity of Roman fare in the rusticly outfitted 70-seat Amis in Washington Square West. The room tends to buzz, which covers up groans you may illicit you sample the dishes ferried from the open kitchen, from long-stemmed fried artichokes to pork & fennel pollen sausage over peperonata. Even if you're not with a date, a selection of Italian beers, whites, reds, and cocktails like negronis can be sipped solo at the zinc-topped bar.

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4. Ocean Harbor 1023 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This bustling Chinese dim sum restaurant serves at times eclectic and unusual fare from carts pushed around the restaurant floor. It's an excellent non-traditional brunch choice in Philadelphia, but expect ample crowds and lots of noise.

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5. 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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6. Schlesinger's 1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This traditional Jewish deli has all the classics, from matzo ball soup to huge sandwiches and a pickle bar. The no-frills eatery has ample table space and plenty of deli cases.

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7. Sabrina's Cafe 1804 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

With locations all over Philly (Italian Market, Universal City, Wynnewood, Collingwood), Sabrina's is known most of all for their creative, comfort food brunch concoctions. You must try the overstuffed French toast, made with marshmallows, sweet cream, and cinnamon dough. Everything on the menu is made with fresh ingredients in ways you’ve never tasted before.

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8. Lucky's Last Chance 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Lucky's brought pub-height two-tops into the former Yunkers while covering the walls with a rose-vine mosaic and sweet vintage beer posters, serving serious burgers prepped with local ingredients and a tidy roster of craft brews.

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9. 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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10. Parc 227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Stephen Starr-created Parc in Rittenhouse Square slings authentic French cuisine in the manner of a Parisian bistro and cafe.

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