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15 Essential Brunch Spots in Philly

For that magical meal between breakfast and lunch, these are Philly’s beloved go-tos

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Philly loves its brunch, from French toast and bottomless mimosas to cajun shrimp and grits to Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumplings to wholesome pulled pork hash. Here are the essential brunch restaurants in Philly where you can make weekend plans with friends, catch up over coffee and cocktails, and get down with some serious daytime dishes.

Some of these gems only serve brunch on the weekends; for weekday breakfast options, check the guide to breakfast in Philly.

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The Landing Kitchen

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Nick Elmi and Fia Berisha’s all-day cafe in Bala Cynwyd is the ideal destination for brunch with a view. The Landing Kitchen outsources its pastries to formidable bakeries like Au Fournil and Crust and the daytime offerings here include everything from an array of toasts to seared pork belly sandwiches with Cooper sharp cheese.

In Fishtown, chic Lebanese destination Suraya wows weekend brunch crowds with its menu of pastries, egg dishes, and man’oushe (flatbread) with za’atar and labneh. Don’t leave without getting something sweet, like an olive oil cake with turmeric and apricot.

Café La Maude

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This little Northern Liberties BYOB with a covered and heated outdoor patio marries French and Lebanese cuisines, making for some very real brunch magic seven days a week. Fava hummus with eggs and za’atar pita and a berry-topped pain perdu are just two examples of Cafe La Maude’s beautiful brunch synergy.

Honey's Sit 'n Eat

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Honey’s brunch-time appeal includes influences from various regions’ morning eats, such as country-fried steak and eggs, bagels and lox, and huevos rancheros. This homey BYOB on N. Fourth Street in Northern Liberties occasionally has a line so expect a bit of a wait.

Butcher Bar

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As one of the most affordable brunch feasts in the city, diners can enjoy a bountiful array of savory and sweet dishes. Their “all inclusive” brunch is $48 per person and includes a choice of a side dish (buttermilk biscuits or potato waffle hash) and entrée (smoked salmon toast, cheesesteak breakfast burrito, cinnamon-sugar French toast bites, and more) — in addition to unlimited mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and featured margaritas.

Walnut Street Cafe

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This vibrant and social brunch spot prepares some of the best seasonal-forward entrees that are made with locally sourced organic produce from nearby farms. Come for the tasty shakshuka, hot honey chicken and waffles, and breakfast wraps, but stay for well-priced cocktails and sumptuous snacks (such as whipped ricotta and artichoke flatbread).

Toast Cafe

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This hybrid brunch cafe in West Philly has been impressing diners with their decadent entrees that perfects sweet and savory. If you’re going the sweet route, try their incomparable sweet potato french toast that’s wholesome and surprisingly vegan. If you’re in the mood for something savory, order their hearty oxtails and grits that has the perfect balance of spice and tenderness.

K'Far Cafe

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Borekas, bagels, and babka are only the beginning of the brunch options at Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s daily daytime destination in Rittenhouse Square. The multifaceted Middle Eastern menu is full of topped toasts on Yemenite kubaneh bread, bright salads, and some lovely laminated pastries.

The Love.

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The STARR Restaurants group offers Philly no shortage of brunch options, but the Love masters the weekend meal. The menu keeps things fresh with an appealing array of starters like hush puppies with salted honey butter followed by mains that tread the line between breakfast and lunch — think fried egg-topped turkey avocado melts and bowls of gulf shrimp and grits. Don’t sleep on brunch cocktails here, either.

Harp & Crown

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This venue from acclaimed restaurateur/chef Michael Schulson has become a brunch institution. Their $35-per-person brunch buffet is legendary — taste their filling omelettes, partake in the create-your-own donut station (complete with a toppings bar), and relish an array of fruits and freshly squeezed juices, meat and cheese boards, sandwiches, bagels with lox and more. This is not a drill — make a reservation now.

Darling Jack's Tavern

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This new addition to Midtown Village has an impressive brunch menu from the owners who also own Bud & Marilyn’s, Little Nonna’s, Barbuzzo, and others. Pro-tip: Try their daily milk buns, malted pancakes (made with butter, maple syrup, and smoked sea salt), and chilaquiles (made with shortrib ropa vieja, fried egg, guacamole, smoky tomato salsa, radish, crispy corn tortillas, shaved corn, black beans, crema, lime, and cheese).

High Street

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This Ellen Yin-owned favorite has a brunch menu that spotlights their flakiest pasties and tastiest entrées. For those who prefer sweet, try their einkorn sourdough waffle (served with orange blossom butter and malted maple syrup) — for savory, add eggs to their jersey tomato pizza (topped with fresh mozzarella and basil).

Amada (multiple locations)

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Chef Jose Garces doesn’t miss a beat as his love for Spanish tapas makes their way over to brunch. Try their affordable pre-fixe menu that offers shared plates (such as potato rösti, serrano ham croquettes, and tortilla Española with salsa brava and chistorra sausage) and the choice of full entrees such as their immaculate shakshuka, tasty sangria pancakes, and more.

Booker's Restaurant & Bar

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Craving grits? Get them with shrimp or catfish and sunny-side up eggs at Booker’s in West Philly’s Cedar Park neighborhood. Other standouts on the modern Southern brunch menu at the inviting restaurant, which has a full bar, include chicken and waffles, a salmon burger, and, for a veggie option, green goddess hummus. Plus, it’s a great place to dress up and go people-watching.

Loch Bar

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Center City’s latest seafood addition has a lively brunch that’s filled with familiar dishes and inventive options. For those wanting comfort food, try their banana foster brioche French toast, lemon ricotta buttermilk pancakes, and shrimp and grits. For the experimental diners, try their croque monsieur, chicken and sausage gumbo, and live lobster.

The Landing Kitchen

Nick Elmi and Fia Berisha’s all-day cafe in Bala Cynwyd is the ideal destination for brunch with a view. The Landing Kitchen outsources its pastries to formidable bakeries like Au Fournil and Crust and the daytime offerings here include everything from an array of toasts to seared pork belly sandwiches with Cooper sharp cheese.

Suraya

In Fishtown, chic Lebanese destination Suraya wows weekend brunch crowds with its menu of pastries, egg dishes, and man’oushe (flatbread) with za’atar and labneh. Don’t leave without getting something sweet, like an olive oil cake with turmeric and apricot.

Café La Maude

This little Northern Liberties BYOB with a covered and heated outdoor patio marries French and Lebanese cuisines, making for some very real brunch magic seven days a week. Fava hummus with eggs and za’atar pita and a berry-topped pain perdu are just two examples of Cafe La Maude’s beautiful brunch synergy.

Honey's Sit 'n Eat

Honey’s brunch-time appeal includes influences from various regions’ morning eats, such as country-fried steak and eggs, bagels and lox, and huevos rancheros. This homey BYOB on N. Fourth Street in Northern Liberties occasionally has a line so expect a bit of a wait.

Butcher Bar

As one of the most affordable brunch feasts in the city, diners can enjoy a bountiful array of savory and sweet dishes. Their “all inclusive” brunch is $48 per person and includes a choice of a side dish (buttermilk biscuits or potato waffle hash) and entrée (smoked salmon toast, cheesesteak breakfast burrito, cinnamon-sugar French toast bites, and more) — in addition to unlimited mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and featured margaritas.

Walnut Street Cafe

This vibrant and social brunch spot prepares some of the best seasonal-forward entrees that are made with locally sourced organic produce from nearby farms. Come for the tasty shakshuka, hot honey chicken and waffles, and breakfast wraps, but stay for well-priced cocktails and sumptuous snacks (such as whipped ricotta and artichoke flatbread).

Toast Cafe

This hybrid brunch cafe in West Philly has been impressing diners with their decadent entrees that perfects sweet and savory. If you’re going the sweet route, try their incomparable sweet potato french toast that’s wholesome and surprisingly vegan. If you’re in the mood for something savory, order their hearty oxtails and grits that has the perfect balance of spice and tenderness.

K'Far Cafe

Borekas, bagels, and babka are only the beginning of the brunch options at Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s daily daytime destination in Rittenhouse Square. The multifaceted Middle Eastern menu is full of topped toasts on Yemenite kubaneh bread, bright salads, and some lovely laminated pastries.

The Love.

The STARR Restaurants group offers Philly no shortage of brunch options, but the Love masters the weekend meal. The menu keeps things fresh with an appealing array of starters like hush puppies with salted honey butter followed by mains that tread the line between breakfast and lunch — think fried egg-topped turkey avocado melts and bowls of gulf shrimp and grits. Don’t sleep on brunch cocktails here, either.

Harp & Crown

This venue from acclaimed restaurateur/chef Michael Schulson has become a brunch institution. Their $35-per-person brunch buffet is legendary — taste their filling omelettes, partake in the create-your-own donut station (complete with a toppings bar), and relish an array of fruits and freshly squeezed juices, meat and cheese boards, sandwiches, bagels with lox and more. This is not a drill — make a reservation now.

Darling Jack's Tavern

This new addition to Midtown Village has an impressive brunch menu from the owners who also own Bud & Marilyn’s, Little Nonna’s, Barbuzzo, and others. Pro-tip: Try their daily milk buns, malted pancakes (made with butter, maple syrup, and smoked sea salt), and chilaquiles (made with shortrib ropa vieja, fried egg, guacamole, smoky tomato salsa, radish, crispy corn tortillas, shaved corn, black beans, crema, lime, and cheese).

High Street

This Ellen Yin-owned favorite has a brunch menu that spotlights their flakiest pasties and tastiest entrées. For those who prefer sweet, try their einkorn sourdough waffle (served with orange blossom butter and malted maple syrup) — for savory, add eggs to their jersey tomato pizza (topped with fresh mozzarella and basil).

Amada (multiple locations)

Chef Jose Garces doesn’t miss a beat as his love for Spanish tapas makes their way over to brunch. Try their affordable pre-fixe menu that offers shared plates (such as potato rösti, serrano ham croquettes, and tortilla Española with salsa brava and chistorra sausage) and the choice of full entrees such as their immaculate shakshuka, tasty sangria pancakes, and more.

Booker's Restaurant & Bar

Craving grits? Get them with shrimp or catfish and sunny-side up eggs at Booker’s in West Philly’s Cedar Park neighborhood. Other standouts on the modern Southern brunch menu at the inviting restaurant, which has a full bar, include chicken and waffles, a salmon burger, and, for a veggie option, green goddess hummus. Plus, it’s a great place to dress up and go people-watching.

Loch Bar

Center City’s latest seafood addition has a lively brunch that’s filled with familiar dishes and inventive options. For those wanting comfort food, try their banana foster brioche French toast, lemon ricotta buttermilk pancakes, and shrimp and grits. For the experimental diners, try their croque monsieur, chicken and sausage gumbo, and live lobster.

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