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The Hottest New Brunches in Philly, February 2020

Stuffed French toast, shakshuka, chicken and waffles, and more dishes to seek out on a weekend morning

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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. 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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2. 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 and banana cream pie pancakes drizzled with Nutella. If you’re craving savory, go for the porchetta Benedict or the Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich. There’s a kids’ menu too.

3. River Twice

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1601 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 457-3698
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Randy and Amanda Rucker are serving Sunday brunch at River Twice, their new BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue highlighting local ingredients. The menu changes often, but you can expect options like French toast with walnut-bacon brittle and made-in-PA maple syrup, buttermilk biscuits with blueberry jam, and an egg and cheese sandwich with Canadian bacon and shaved Brussels sprouts.

french toast with syrup and flowers River Twice

4. Green Eggs Cafe

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33 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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

5. Branzino Italian Ristorante

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261 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 790-0103
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Bring friends to the new Sunday brunch at Italian BYOB Branzino to share the smoked fish platter for four with bagels and cream cheese. Or try the French toast with balsamic strawberries or the eggs in purgatory — a baked egg, a poached egg, and a hard-boiled quail egg in a roasted pepper and tomato stew.

eggs and toast baked in red stew Mike Prince

6. 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 Bodega Bar & Kitchen is on the small side but it manages to fit in something for every flavor craving, from lemon-ricotta pancakes and a cinnamon roll topped with cinnamon ice cream, to steak and eggs with chimichurri and masa fries, to a Benedict with beet-cured salmon, poached eggs, and Maggi hollandaise.

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7. Gabi

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339 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 377-9407
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On North Broad, French diner Gabi beckons with banana and Nutella crepes, a baked egg dish with truffle crème fraÎche, roasted mushrooms, and toast, and a classic croque monsieur.

8. Fork

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306 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-9425
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Under new chef Jeremy Hansen, Old City mainstay Fork, which already serves Sunday brunch, just added Saturday brunch to its offerings. Head here for an omelet with taleggio, gruyere, and caramelized onions, French toast with local maple syrup, or cured fluke on seeded rye bread with mustard, cream cheese, and togarashi.

plate with brownie dusted with sugar Fork [official photo]

1. 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

2. 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 and banana cream pie pancakes drizzled with Nutella. 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

3. River Twice

1601 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
french toast with syrup and flowers River Twice

Randy and Amanda Rucker are serving Sunday brunch at River Twice, their new BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue highlighting local ingredients. The menu changes often, but you can expect options like French toast with walnut-bacon brittle and made-in-PA maple syrup, buttermilk biscuits with blueberry jam, and an egg and cheese sandwich with Canadian bacon and shaved Brussels sprouts.

1601 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Green Eggs Cafe

33 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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

33 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Branzino Italian Ristorante

261 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
eggs and toast baked in red stew Mike Prince

Bring friends to the new Sunday brunch at Italian BYOB Branzino to share the smoked fish platter for four with bagels and cream cheese. Or try the French toast with balsamic strawberries or the eggs in purgatory — a baked egg, a poached egg, and a hard-boiled quail egg in a roasted pepper and tomato stew.

261 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. 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 Bodega Bar & Kitchen is on the small side but it manages to fit in something for every flavor craving, from lemon-ricotta pancakes and a cinnamon roll topped with cinnamon ice cream, to steak and eggs with chimichurri and masa fries, to a Benedict with beet-cured salmon, poached eggs, and Maggi hollandaise.

1223 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Gabi

339 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

On North Broad, French diner Gabi beckons with banana and Nutella crepes, a baked egg dish with truffle crème fraÎche, roasted mushrooms, and toast, and a classic croque monsieur.

339 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Fork

306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
plate with brownie dusted with sugar Fork [official photo]

Under new chef Jeremy Hansen, Old City mainstay Fork, which already serves Sunday brunch, just added Saturday brunch to its offerings. Head here for an omelet with taleggio, gruyere, and caramelized onions, French toast with local maple syrup, or cured fluke on seeded rye bread with mustard, cream cheese, and togarashi.

306 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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