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Rooftop destination El Techo is now serving brunch.
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The Hottest New Brunches in Philly, March 2020

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Rooftop destination El Techo is now serving brunch.
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Many of Philadelphia's best brunch spots are classics, with lines out the door every weekend. But for those craving something new, there are always fresh additions to Philly’s brunch scene serving up eggs, pancakes, waffles, and much more. Here are some of the most noteworthy new brunches to try.

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1. Royal Tavern

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937 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-6694
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Back is brunch at Royal Tavern, recently reopened after a renovation. As with the dinner menu at the popular Bella Vista bar there are a lot of top-notch vegan and vegetarian options during brunch, alongside dishes like waffle-battered chicken nuggets and hanger steak and eggs.

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2. Casa Mexico

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1134 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

In the Italian Market, Cristina Martinez’s cozy new Mexican restaurant sets up a brunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Head here to fill up on dishes like sopa de fideos, eggs with green beans, and carnitas.

3. Miles Table

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821 Dudley St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 651-3040
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South Street bruncherie Miles Table is now set up in the Bok Building in South Philly and open early for breakfast every day. The menu at the casual counter-service spot spans cuisines, with tres leches French toast, a short rib reuben, and a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with Thai sweet chile sauce.

stack of pancakes with chocolate sauce, banana slices, and powdered sugar Miles Table

4. Bodega Bar & Kitchen

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1223 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 644-9373
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The brunch menu at the new lounge Bodega Bar & Kitchen is on the small side but it manages to fit in something for every flavor craving, from lemon-ricotta pancakes, to steak and eggs with chimichurri, to a Benedict with beet-cured salmon, poached eggs, and Maggi hollandaise.

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5. Green Eggs Cafe

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33 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Local brunch chain Green Eggs brings its over-the-top dishes to Rittenhouse. Head to this airy new location for cookie dough–stuffed challah French toast or a “kitchen sink” skillet piled with egg, sausage crumbles, potatoes, gruyere, sausage gravy, and a biscuit.

6. El Techo

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1826 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

El Techo, the Center City rooftop taqueria upstairs from sister spot Condesa, is now serving a Mexican brunch, which means bacon, egg, and queso tacos, best enjoyed with a sangrita (mezcal, pomegranate, tomato, blood orange, and chamoy). Even better, there’s no need to wait in line since El Techo is taking brunch reservations — but note that this is a brunch for the late risers: It starts at noon.

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7. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

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2201 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-3429
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Neighborhood favorite Sidecar is upgrading the brunch classics under new chef Mike Metzger, who recently took over the restaurant with co-owners Will Lindsay, his partner at sandwich specialist Stockyard, and Mike Strauss of barbecue destination Mike’s BBQ. On the sweet side at Sidecar, there’s French toast with apples, cinnamon, streusel, and whipped cream. If you’re craving savory, go for the porchetta Benedict or the Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich. There’s a kids’ menu too.

8. Renata's Kitchen

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3940 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 275-8254
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Renata’s Kitchen, the West Philly brunch spot with a mix of Middle Eastern and American dishes (think: shakshuka, fried haloumi with pomegranate molasses, French toast made with chocolate brioche, and lemon-poppy pancakes), just opened a bigger location at 40th and Baltimore. The new restaurant serves brunch all day, every day; dinner service and alcohol will be added later.

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1. Royal Tavern

937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
plate of eggs on top of bacon and waffles with hashbrowns Adam Schmidt

Back is brunch at Royal Tavern, recently reopened after a renovation. As with the dinner menu at the popular Bella Vista bar there are a lot of top-notch vegan and vegetarian options during brunch, alongside dishes like waffle-battered chicken nuggets and hanger steak and eggs.

937 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Casa Mexico

1134 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

In the Italian Market, Cristina Martinez’s cozy new Mexican restaurant sets up a brunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Head here to fill up on dishes like sopa de fideos, eggs with green beans, and carnitas.

1134 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Miles Table

821 Dudley St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
stack of pancakes with chocolate sauce, banana slices, and powdered sugar Miles Table

South Street bruncherie Miles Table is now set up in the Bok Building in South Philly and open early for breakfast every day. The menu at the casual counter-service spot spans cuisines, with tres leches French toast, a short rib reuben, and a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with Thai sweet chile sauce.

821 Dudley St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Bodega Bar & Kitchen

1223 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
blue plate with skewered meat and sunny side up eggs next to a margarita Society Hill Films

The brunch menu at the new lounge Bodega Bar & Kitchen is on the small side but it manages to fit in something for every flavor craving, from lemon-ricotta pancakes, to steak and eggs with chimichurri, to a Benedict with beet-cured salmon, poached eggs, and Maggi hollandaise.

1223 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Green Eggs Cafe

33 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Local brunch chain Green Eggs brings its over-the-top dishes to Rittenhouse. Head to this airy new location for cookie dough–stuffed challah French toast or a “kitchen sink” skillet piled with egg, sausage crumbles, potatoes, gruyere, sausage gravy, and a biscuit.

33 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. El Techo

1826 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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El Techo, the Center City rooftop taqueria upstairs from sister spot Condesa, is now serving a Mexican brunch, which means bacon, egg, and queso tacos, best enjoyed with a sangrita (mezcal, pomegranate, tomato, blood orange, and chamoy). Even better, there’s no need to wait in line since El Techo is taking brunch reservations — but note that this is a brunch for the late risers: It starts at noon.

1826 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

2201 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Neighborhood favorite Sidecar is upgrading the brunch classics under new chef Mike Metzger, who recently took over the restaurant with co-owners Will Lindsay, his partner at sandwich specialist Stockyard, and Mike Strauss of barbecue destination Mike’s BBQ. On the sweet side at Sidecar, there’s French toast with apples, cinnamon, streusel, and whipped cream. If you’re craving savory, go for the porchetta Benedict or the Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich. There’s a kids’ menu too.

2201 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

8. Renata's Kitchen

3940 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
hands prepping plate of french toast with jam Renata’s Kitchen [official]

Renata’s Kitchen, the West Philly brunch spot with a mix of Middle Eastern and American dishes (think: shakshuka, fried haloumi with pomegranate molasses, French toast made with chocolate brioche, and lemon-poppy pancakes), just opened a bigger location at 40th and Baltimore. The new restaurant serves brunch all day, every day; dinner service and alcohol will be added later.

3940 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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