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The 11 Hottest Brunches in Philly Right Now

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Love it or hate it, brunch just keeps happening. If you're not the one sending out the enthusiastic group invites, you'll be on the receiving end eventually. And with the ever-more-frenetic pace of openings around town, it can be tough to keep up with exactly who's doing what. Here are 11 of Philly's newest, most exciting brunches where the focus falls right where you want it: on really good food.

Newly updated for this season, the Eater Philly brunch heatmap now includes brunch pizza, really good bagels, and way more pork roll than ever before.

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Cafe Ynez

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Evan Malone and Jill Weber's (Rex 1516, Jet Wine Bar) Mexican cafe has been opening early and offering breakfast food since they opened this spring, but by now the menu has grown to cover a lot more ground. They've got fresh pastries and omelettes, french toast and breakfast cemitas, salads and breakfast nachos — and it's all really good. You might not even miss alcohol being on the menu if you're a fan of horchata (you can also get yours with a shot of espresso). BYOB; mixers available. All Eater coverage; full brunch menu here.
Joncarl Lachman's Northern European BYOB has a menu that should please everyone while still including a ton of items you won't find for breakfast on other menus around town, and the room's got the perfect sort of light and vibe for an unfussy but upscale brunch. On the menu: several varieties of hash, braised goat with sunny-side-up eggs, a few gorgeous-looking omelets, deep-fried french toast with berries and brandy sauce, and more (including, of course, a little smoked fish). BYO liquor and they'll provide the bloody mary mixers. Brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; reservations accepted.

Chhaya Café

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While the menu hasn't really changed following their recent move (just two doors down from their original location), checking out this new space is a must. You'll find a lot more room, nice light, and all-around excellent vibes. The brunch menu offers something for everyone, but they're especially known for their waffles, which come in a number of sweet (french toast waffle!) and savory (sausage gravy or veggie chili on cornbread waffles) variations. BYOB; brunch served 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. All Eater coverage. [Photo: Passyunk Post]

The Good King Tavern

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This well-reviewed, relaxed French spot has been serves brunch for three days a week (Fridays, too!), with classics like pain perdu and croques madames, and cocktails that reach above and beyond the mimosa and bloody mary. You can even get chef Paul Lyons' now-famous ratatouille in omelet form. Brunch runs Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full bar.

Dizengoff

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If you think brunch needs to include eggs or dessert-like french toast concoctions, then you're probably questioning Dizengoff's place on this list. But if you typically gravitate toward things like Turkish breakfasts — or just think brunch is mostly about kicking off your weekend day-drinking with friends, anyway — then CookNSolo's new hummusiya is likely looking pretty good to you. The snug shop opens at 10:30 a.m. each day, and it pays to get there on the early side to avoid sell-outs, so starting your Saturday or Sunday here with a healthy dose of chickpeas, pita, veggies, and beer just makes good sense. If you're still not convinced, keep an eye on the shop's Twitter and the CookNSolo store — they've started running monthly brunches complete with eggs, Bloody Marys, and other brunch necessities. But act quickly: they're ticketed and have been selling out quickly ( from the first one for reference). Open 10:30 a.m. 'til sell-out; beer and non-alcoholic beverages served. All Eater coverage.

Vegan Commissary

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Vegan brunch! The chalkboard menu changes regularly, but has featured dishes like tempeh hash with poached avocado, quinoa porridge, okonomiyaki, biscuits and gravy, and creamed chipped beets on toast. Lots of gluten-free options, too. Brunch now runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. BYO.

Capofitto

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Could this be the brunch that converts even the most hardened brunch haters? We wouldn't guarantee it, but the menu here kills (on both savory and sweet fronts), and not least of all for the section of delicious and seasonal sgroppino cocktails. (More details here.) Brunch runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Knead Bagels

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It's hard to overstate how welcome these excellent bagels are, both for the Washington Square neighborhood and for Philly's bagel scene in general. They're good plain, and you can get standards like sesame and everything, but you'll likely find it hard to resist the more inventive flavor combinations put together by talented chef-owner Adam Willner (formerly of Matyson). They open at 9 a.m. on weekends, offering bagels with all sorts of spreads and some inspired breakfast sandwiches. More details here.
The menu at this no-tipping-required Fishtown "bruncherie" includes French classics, some healthier and meat-free options, fresh juices, and elevated add-ons like grilled grapefruit and duck prosciutto. A prix fixe option is also available, which includes a main, side, and coffee, tea or juice for $23. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. BYO; mixers available to purchase. (NB: the coffee bar portion of the restaurant opens early, at 7:30 a.m.) More details here.

Blue Duck Sandwich Company

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Whether you live in the Northeast or just don't mind a short drive, Blue Duck is an affordable and out of the way spot for brunch, and they're doing a killer job with the kind of comfort foods you crave at brunch. Think chicken and waffles with bourbon syrup, egg rolls stuffed with pork roll and cheese, and duck benedicts. (Plus, their already famous pork roll burger is on at brunch, too.) BYO. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays only.

Dottie's Dinette

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This pared-down take on a classic American diner has a concise and thoughtful selection of breakfast and lunch standards, and Garces Group vet Susan Vanvreede in the kitchen. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

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Cafe Ynez

Evan Malone and Jill Weber's (Rex 1516, Jet Wine Bar) Mexican cafe has been opening early and offering breakfast food since they opened this spring, but by now the menu has grown to cover a lot more ground. They've got fresh pastries and omelettes, french toast and breakfast cemitas, salads and breakfast nachos — and it's all really good. You might not even miss alcohol being on the menu if you're a fan of horchata (you can also get yours with a shot of espresso). BYOB; mixers available. All Eater coverage; full brunch menu here.

Noord

Joncarl Lachman's Northern European BYOB has a menu that should please everyone while still including a ton of items you won't find for breakfast on other menus around town, and the room's got the perfect sort of light and vibe for an unfussy but upscale brunch. On the menu: several varieties of hash, braised goat with sunny-side-up eggs, a few gorgeous-looking omelets, deep-fried french toast with berries and brandy sauce, and more (including, of course, a little smoked fish). BYO liquor and they'll provide the bloody mary mixers. Brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; reservations accepted.

Chhaya Café

While the menu hasn't really changed following their recent move (just two doors down from their original location), checking out this new space is a must. You'll find a lot more room, nice light, and all-around excellent vibes. The brunch menu offers something for everyone, but they're especially known for their waffles, which come in a number of sweet (french toast waffle!) and savory (sausage gravy or veggie chili on cornbread waffles) variations. BYOB; brunch served 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. All Eater coverage. [Photo: Passyunk Post]

The Good King Tavern

This well-reviewed, relaxed French spot has been serves brunch for three days a week (Fridays, too!), with classics like pain perdu and croques madames, and cocktails that reach above and beyond the mimosa and bloody mary. You can even get chef Paul Lyons' now-famous ratatouille in omelet form. Brunch runs Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full bar.

Dizengoff

If you think brunch needs to include eggs or dessert-like french toast concoctions, then you're probably questioning Dizengoff's place on this list. But if you typically gravitate toward things like Turkish breakfasts — or just think brunch is mostly about kicking off your weekend day-drinking with friends, anyway — then CookNSolo's new hummusiya is likely looking pretty good to you. The snug shop opens at 10:30 a.m. each day, and it pays to get there on the early side to avoid sell-outs, so starting your Saturday or Sunday here with a healthy dose of chickpeas, pita, veggies, and beer just makes good sense. If you're still not convinced, keep an eye on the shop's Twitter and the CookNSolo store — they've started running monthly brunches complete with eggs, Bloody Marys, and other brunch necessities. But act quickly: they're ticketed and have been selling out quickly ( from the first one for reference). Open 10:30 a.m. 'til sell-out; beer and non-alcoholic beverages served. All Eater coverage.

Vegan Commissary

Vegan brunch! The chalkboard menu changes regularly, but has featured dishes like tempeh hash with poached avocado, quinoa porridge, okonomiyaki, biscuits and gravy, and creamed chipped beets on toast. Lots of gluten-free options, too. Brunch now runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. BYO.

Capofitto

Could this be the brunch that converts even the most hardened brunch haters? We wouldn't guarantee it, but the menu here kills (on both savory and sweet fronts), and not least of all for the section of delicious and seasonal sgroppino cocktails. (More details here.) Brunch runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Knead Bagels

It's hard to overstate how welcome these excellent bagels are, both for the Washington Square neighborhood and for Philly's bagel scene in general. They're good plain, and you can get standards like sesame and everything, but you'll likely find it hard to resist the more inventive flavor combinations put together by talented chef-owner Adam Willner (formerly of Matyson). They open at 9 a.m. on weekends, offering bagels with all sorts of spreads and some inspired breakfast sandwiches. More details here.

Girard

The menu at this no-tipping-required Fishtown "bruncherie" includes French classics, some healthier and meat-free options, fresh juices, and elevated add-ons like grilled grapefruit and duck prosciutto. A prix fixe option is also available, which includes a main, side, and coffee, tea or juice for $23. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. BYO; mixers available to purchase. (NB: the coffee bar portion of the restaurant opens early, at 7:30 a.m.) More details here.

Blue Duck Sandwich Company

Whether you live in the Northeast or just don't mind a short drive, Blue Duck is an affordable and out of the way spot for brunch, and they're doing a killer job with the kind of comfort foods you crave at brunch. Think chicken and waffles with bourbon syrup, egg rolls stuffed with pork roll and cheese, and duck benedicts. (Plus, their already famous pork roll burger is on at brunch, too.) BYO. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays only.

Dottie's Dinette

This pared-down take on a classic American diner has a concise and thoughtful selection of breakfast and lunch standards, and Garces Group vet Susan Vanvreede in the kitchen. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

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