Food & Drink

The 10 most important brunch items in Philly

Published On 05/14/2014 Published On 05/14/2014
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Distrito
Garces Trading Company
The Twisted Tail
Jones
Marielle Mondon
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Amada
Village Whiskey
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1. 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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2. Distrito 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Jose Garces may not have won the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions (we'll assume you watched), but who needs a meaningless trophy with a restaurant this good? Garces is, offering up a whole bunch of tasty, authentic Mexican food & drinks, from carnitas tacos and carne asada tortas to his signature Don Julio tequila margarita. The UCity spot is sure to please, with walls covered in bright pink & green paint and Mexican wrestling masks, and more.

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3. 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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4. Garces Trading Company 1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

GTC's Iron Chef Jose Garces' first foray into culinary curation: an indoor cafe and marketplace modeled after outdoor European affairs stocked with goods and ingredients featured on his menus, from hand-selected coffee roasts and pastries to imported cheeses and prepared foods, with full-service high-top butcher's block tables plus the option to uncork 200+ bottles of vino (purchased from the PLCB's first wine boutique).

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5. The Twisted Tail 509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

The Twisted Tail's a hulking two-story joint from a classically trained actor who, while touring Tennessee with his theater company, fell in love with the Deep South's food, drink, and music, and has now launched his tribute to bourbon and blues, the most notable Southern combination since Brooks & Dunn.

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6. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.

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7. Jones Restaurant 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.

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8. Bar Ferdinand 1030 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

This Spanish tapas eatery serves up killer small plates like baked goat cheese raciones, as well as a slew of brunch options.

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9. Amada 217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Garces' granddaddy of restaurants, Amada has a huge cocktail list with favorites like the custom Matador (ginger, bourbon, elderflower), plus some tasty, thrifty tapas, including Serrano ham croquettes and spicy potatoes.

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10. Village Whiskey 118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.

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