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The 13 Hottest Brunches in Philly Right Now

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12355134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgWhen brunch means long lines and loveless, turn-and-burn plates of lukewarm eggs at alarming prices, it's understandable that the meal sometimes gets a bad name. But why put up with any of that, when our weekend options have lately gotten so out-of-control great? Here are 13 of Philly's newest brunches where the focus falls right where you want it: on really good food.


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1. Jerry's Bar

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129 W Laurel St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 273-1632
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The only thing we really need to say here is that chef Marshall Green, owner of the late beloved Café Estelle, is doing brunch again. This is one place where we fully condone ordering the Eggs Benedict, brunch cliché or no — but go for the Eggs Jerry, which swaps in latkes, gravlax, and caper-dill hollandaise. Brunch standards are treated with serious respect here, from the French toast (served with ice cream!) to the classic smoked trout salad to walnut-speckled sticky buns. A solid cocktail lineup includes a simple but compelling Lambrusco mimosa.

2. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0988
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The replacement to long-time standby Fork:Etc. attained elite status among the city’s brunch options as soon as it opened its doors, thanks to a stellar, seasonal menu from chef Eli Kulp and exceptional breads and pastries from Alex Bois and Sam Kincaid. Egg sandwiches are piled with fatty pastrami, local bologna, or oyster mushrooms and kale; stand-out pastries include a molasses-and-blackberry creampuff called the Choux-fly and a Red Eye Danish with Benton’s smoked ham and gruyère.

3. Talula's Daily

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208 West Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-6555
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Similar to Kennett Square’s toughest table, this Talula’s does an awesome prix fixe dinner, but the rest of the time it’s an upscale market and café perfect for casual brunching right on Washington Square. There’s an ever-changing variety of fresh breads and pastries, breakfast sandwiches and quiche — not to mention some of the most high-quality groceries around if you prefer to set up your own spread back at home. A well-chosen selection of beer and wine round out the offerings, and you can even grab a growler fill for the road.

4. Strangelove's

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216 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 873-0404
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The team behind Strangelove’s already had a reputation for one of the strongest bar-brunch games around, and chef Paul Martin is continuing their streak at their newest spot. Southern charm runs rampant across his menu, which features shrimp and grits, pimento cheese, and a New Orleans-inflected version of eggs benedict dubbed The Boudreaux. The rotating draft list, full of rare imports and local gems alike, is as strong as you’d expect from the crew that brought us Resurrection Ale House and Local 44.

5. Dim Sum Garden

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1020 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 873-0258
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Dim sum is just brunch that’s even better than brunch. And while the Garden is a well-known go-to for soup dumplings, the atmosphere at the original 11th Street location may not be exactly what most people have in mind when heading out into a sunny, lazy weekend morning. Luckily, this new location is larger, brighter, and more stylish, so it's more likely to appease those friends that need to be talked out of more hollandaise-laden options — and there are even more dumplings to choose from on the new menu.

6. Village Whiskey

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118 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-1088
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The word brunch may conjure up sense memories of weak cocktails and chintz, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Jose Garces’ whiskey bar introduced a brunch service over the summer that’s all about dark wood and brown liquor, with substantial dishes to match the mood. A skillet of short ribs over duck fat hash, bacon-cheddar biscuits with red eye gravy, and French toast with bourbon-maple pecans only sound better as temperatures drop.

7. Cafe L'Aube

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222 Rittenhouse Sq.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 772-3051
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Coffee and crepes are brunch 101, and the newest location of Café L’Aube puts the pair front and center in a perfect central location. The new space right off Rittenhouse is bright and welcoming, with pretty stained glass accents and casual café seating. L’Aube roasts their own beans and turns out perfect crepes (with sweet and savory options available), in addition to heftier options like croque madames and monsieurs.

8. Magpie

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1622 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 519-2904
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Over the year or so since Holly Ricciardi opened her doors, her roster has grown to include a wide array of sweet pies, savory pies, pie shakes and pie lattes. And more recently, the final piece to our all-pie diet fell into place: Magpie is now offering a brunch lineup that’s both inventive and low-key, including quiches, savory bread pudding pie, and crumb cake pie. (Bring your own bubbly or vodka to spike available OJ and Bloody Mary mix.)

9. Fitler Dining Room

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2201 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-3331
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The sophisticated younger sibling to Pub and Kitchen (which does a killer brunch too, for the record) only offers brunch on Sundays, but it’s worth the wait. The elevated-cozy vibe comes across in full English breakfasts, house-made pork roll, a refined selection of wine and cocktails, and heaps of donuts, sticky buns, and other irresistible pastries (courtesy of Davina Soondrum, who previously made a name for herself at Shane Confectionery and Franklin Fountain.)

10. Rx The Farmacy

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4443 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 432-1082
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The BYOB that was Rx (and then Rimedio) has found new life as the Farmacy, offering accessible dishes with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. The kitchen hits all the bases with their menu and excels at hearty meals like French toast flavored with the cream liqueur RumChata and topped with crème brulee butter, and fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy and a fried egg.

11. Kermit's Bake Shoppe

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2204 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 639-4267
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There are those days when brunch would sound great, if only you didn’t have to put pants on and leave the house for it. So if the vast and creative take-out menu at Kermit’s wasn’t already a draw, you may want to reconsider now that they’ve started taking delivery orders. Order up a mini-banquet both sweet and savory, including their chai cinnamon buns and housemade versions of Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts, and you can brunch in your underwear, within crawling distance of your own bed.

12. Porto

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1301 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
This casual, affordable Passyunk Square BYOB has big shoes to fill — this address used to house the locally beloved Carman's Country Kitchen. The space underwent major renovations, and now it's serving breakfast, lunch, and brunch with Portuguese influences. Get the bacalhau cakes with poached eggs over linguica-potato hash because of the cafe's lineage; get the banana-s'mores French toast because you only get so many brunches in a lifetime and might as well just go for it.

13. The Avenue Delicatessen

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27 N Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050
(610) 622-3354
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It may be a bit of a hike, but weekends are made for adventure — and if that adventure results in generous plates of pastrami and smoked fish, so much the better. Chef Laura Frangiosa’s menu brings together Jewish and Italian deli cultures to yield a really unique experience, so you can nosh on sfogliatelle while you wait for your whitefish platter or challah French toast. Or try some genuine fusion, like reuben arancini or Jewish wedding soup (that’s matzoh balls and meatballs).

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1. Jerry's Bar

129 W Laurel St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
The only thing we really need to say here is that chef Marshall Green, owner of the late beloved Café Estelle, is doing brunch again. This is one place where we fully condone ordering the Eggs Benedict, brunch cliché or no — but go for the Eggs Jerry, which swaps in latkes, gravlax, and caper-dill hollandaise. Brunch standards are treated with serious respect here, from the French toast (served with ice cream!) to the classic smoked trout salad to walnut-speckled sticky buns. A solid cocktail lineup includes a simple but compelling Lambrusco mimosa.
129 W Laurel St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

2. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The replacement to long-time standby Fork:Etc. attained elite status among the city’s brunch options as soon as it opened its doors, thanks to a stellar, seasonal menu from chef Eli Kulp and exceptional breads and pastries from Alex Bois and Sam Kincaid. Egg sandwiches are piled with fatty pastrami, local bologna, or oyster mushrooms and kale; stand-out pastries include a molasses-and-blackberry creampuff called the Choux-fly and a Red Eye Danish with Benton’s smoked ham and gruyère.
308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Talula's Daily

208 West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Similar to Kennett Square’s toughest table, this Talula’s does an awesome prix fixe dinner, but the rest of the time it’s an upscale market and café perfect for casual brunching right on Washington Square. There’s an ever-changing variety of fresh breads and pastries, breakfast sandwiches and quiche — not to mention some of the most high-quality groceries around if you prefer to set up your own spread back at home. A well-chosen selection of beer and wine round out the offerings, and you can even grab a growler fill for the road.
208 West Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Strangelove's

216 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The team behind Strangelove’s already had a reputation for one of the strongest bar-brunch games around, and chef Paul Martin is continuing their streak at their newest spot. Southern charm runs rampant across his menu, which features shrimp and grits, pimento cheese, and a New Orleans-inflected version of eggs benedict dubbed The Boudreaux. The rotating draft list, full of rare imports and local gems alike, is as strong as you’d expect from the crew that brought us Resurrection Ale House and Local 44.
216 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Dim Sum Garden

1020 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dim sum is just brunch that’s even better than brunch. And while the Garden is a well-known go-to for soup dumplings, the atmosphere at the original 11th Street location may not be exactly what most people have in mind when heading out into a sunny, lazy weekend morning. Luckily, this new location is larger, brighter, and more stylish, so it's more likely to appease those friends that need to be talked out of more hollandaise-laden options — and there are even more dumplings to choose from on the new menu.
1020 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Village Whiskey

118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The word brunch may conjure up sense memories of weak cocktails and chintz, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Jose Garces’ whiskey bar introduced a brunch service over the summer that’s all about dark wood and brown liquor, with substantial dishes to match the mood. A skillet of short ribs over duck fat hash, bacon-cheddar biscuits with red eye gravy, and French toast with bourbon-maple pecans only sound better as temperatures drop.
118 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Cafe L'Aube

222 Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia, PA 19130
Coffee and crepes are brunch 101, and the newest location of Café L’Aube puts the pair front and center in a perfect central location. The new space right off Rittenhouse is bright and welcoming, with pretty stained glass accents and casual café seating. L’Aube roasts their own beans and turns out perfect crepes (with sweet and savory options available), in addition to heftier options like croque madames and monsieurs.
222 Rittenhouse Sq.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

8. Magpie

1622 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Over the year or so since Holly Ricciardi opened her doors, her roster has grown to include a wide array of sweet pies, savory pies, pie shakes and pie lattes. And more recently, the final piece to our all-pie diet fell into place: Magpie is now offering a brunch lineup that’s both inventive and low-key, including quiches, savory bread pudding pie, and crumb cake pie. (Bring your own bubbly or vodka to spike available OJ and Bloody Mary mix.)
1622 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

9. Fitler Dining Room

2201 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The sophisticated younger sibling to Pub and Kitchen (which does a killer brunch too, for the record) only offers brunch on Sundays, but it’s worth the wait. The elevated-cozy vibe comes across in full English breakfasts, house-made pork roll, a refined selection of wine and cocktails, and heaps of donuts, sticky buns, and other irresistible pastries (courtesy of Davina Soondrum, who previously made a name for herself at Shane Confectionery and Franklin Fountain.)
2201 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Rx The Farmacy

4443 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The BYOB that was Rx (and then Rimedio) has found new life as the Farmacy, offering accessible dishes with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. The kitchen hits all the bases with their menu and excels at hearty meals like French toast flavored with the cream liqueur RumChata and topped with crème brulee butter, and fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy and a fried egg.
4443 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

11. Kermit's Bake Shoppe

2204 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146
There are those days when brunch would sound great, if only you didn’t have to put pants on and leave the house for it. So if the vast and creative take-out menu at Kermit’s wasn’t already a draw, you may want to reconsider now that they’ve started taking delivery orders. Order up a mini-banquet both sweet and savory, including their chai cinnamon buns and housemade versions of Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts, and you can brunch in your underwear, within crawling distance of your own bed.
2204 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

12. Porto

1301 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
This casual, affordable Passyunk Square BYOB has big shoes to fill — this address used to house the locally beloved Carman's Country Kitchen. The space underwent major renovations, and now it's serving breakfast, lunch, and brunch with Portuguese influences. Get the bacalhau cakes with poached eggs over linguica-potato hash because of the cafe's lineage; get the banana-s'mores French toast because you only get so many brunches in a lifetime and might as well just go for it.
1301 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. The Avenue Delicatessen

27 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050
It may be a bit of a hike, but weekends are made for adventure — and if that adventure results in generous plates of pastrami and smoked fish, so much the better. Chef Laura Frangiosa’s menu brings together Jewish and Italian deli cultures to yield a really unique experience, so you can nosh on sfogliatelle while you wait for your whitefish platter or challah French toast. Or try some genuine fusion, like reuben arancini or Jewish wedding soup (that’s matzoh balls and meatballs).
27 N Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050

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