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Pancetta Hash Sandwich
Plenty CaféAddress and Info
Plenty Café’s airy Passyunk and Rittenhouse locations may attract a fair share of loitering coffee-hungry students glued to their laptops, but don’t doubt the cafe’s food menu for one second. Served on ciabatta, the Pancetta Hash is packed with two over-easy eggs, potatoes, onions, peppers, fontina, and house pancetta hash.
The Farm Burger
Urban Farmer PhiladelphiaAddress and Info
One of the newest restaurants on the Parkway is the Philly outlet of Urban Farmer, where some of the city’s most authentic butchers toil away making in-house charcuterie to supply you with perfectly-cured and locally-sourced meat. Stop by for weekend brunch and wake up with the Farm Burger’s cheddar and aioli (and bacon or avocado if you want it, which you do), all in a toasty biscuit.
B, E & C on Philly Muffin
The Bakeshop on 20thAddress and Info
You’ll be hard-pressed to find seating in this cozy bakery thanks to the out-the-door line every Saturday and Sunday. While the fantastical pastries and brownies may catch your eye at first, trust that some of the best menu items aren’t behind the display case. Build your own breakfast sandwich -- the bacon, egg, and cheese is a classic, but you can also opt for avocado and Sriracha as toppings. Whatever you do, put it on the Philly English muffin. Not only are you eating city pride, but it's just as substantial as an everything bagel, only in muffin form.
Coffee cured pork belly
Knead BagelsAddress and Info
We were all joyful when Knead came along to move our bagel game out from under the dark, dark shadow of NYC’s. And it doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to its non-traditional house breakfast sandwiches. The coffee cured pork belly comes with a fried egg, mozzarella, and pickled onion, and the suggested bagel of choice -- the Togarashi (that mix of Japanese spices usually intended for sprinkling on your udon soup or ramen) -- offers an extra flavorful punch.
The Hickory Town
High Street on MarketAddress and Info
We already know High Street on Market is one of Philly’s most in-demand restaurants right now, and the brunch menu may have something to do with it. Not only can you get the breakfast menu seven days a week (with extended hours Saturday and Sunday), but chances are, if you try one of the spot’s three breakfast sandwiches, you’ll be satiated for most of the day. The Hickory Town has Lancaster-sourced bologna, eggs, Amish horseradish cheddar, mayo, and fried red onions. With a glass of OJ, you’ll be ready for a full day of work. Or a mid-morning nap.
Gleaner’s CafeAddress and Info
This Italian Market staple is known for its titular sandwich: the tomato, artichoke, onion, mozzarella, pesto-stacked Gleaner sandwich. It’s not for the faint of heart, and the sight of the massive cheese portion adorning your everything bagel may be intimidating, but just remember you can try to spend the rest of the day walking it off in the neighborhood.
The Philly Farmhand
Scratch BiscuitsAddress and Info
It’s hard to choose only one thing from the menu of biscuit concoctions at Scratch, especially when you realize you can also build your own. For a classic when you’re feeling particularly indecisive, opt for the savory Philly Farmhand: house-made scrapple piled on top of baked eggs and drizzled in sage gravy. Will it get messy? Yes. Is it worth it? Um, duh.