Exploring Philly’s best brunch restaurants is the best way to start your weekend, weather a hangover and explore the city’s vibrant food scene. When on the hunt for late-morning deliciousness, be sure to hit these top spots!
This British-inspired pub has a warm atmosphere and quaint decor that will make you forget that you’re in the States. On the weekend, head to Rittenhouse Square for your share of Scotch pancakes with apples and cinnamon cream, poached eggs with bubble and squeak (a traditional British dish with fried potato and vegetables), and scones with jam. Pair your English fare with an ale or autumn cocktail—our favorites are the hot chai apple cider and a “fall back” punch with cinnamon-infused rum, brandy and fruit.
Talula’s organic New American selections are served in an urban, “chic farmhouse setting” that is as fresh as the menu’s local ingredients. Our favorites include a seasonal autumn frittata with mushrooms and goat cheese. We also love the breakfast burger with short ribs, fried egg, house pickles, cheddar and a tangy Mississippi-style comeback sauce. For dessert, pair warm ricotta doughnuts with the tasty Talula’s coffee cocktail—La Colombre rum, iced espresso and coffee liqueur.
Iron chef Jose Garces presents a Mediterranean-focused menu at this casual restaurant in Midtown Village. The prix-fixe menu includes a choice of starter, main dish, unlimited coffee, and a basket of house-made pastries. Highlights include the croque madame sandwich, Sicilian pizzas, and the house specialty—a mouth-watering flat iron steak with sunny side up eggs, potato rösti, and a truffled bérnaise. You can also enjoy classic brunch cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys.
Creative sandwiches are the name of the game at this rustic-style New American spot. The best one? The flavor-packed pastrami and hash, complete with a fluffy egg, roasted peppers, onions and Russian dressing. Other top picks are the Italian market breakfast—featuring prosciutto and other deli meats with broccoli rabe, Old Bay fried potatoes and eggs—and the well-known Red-Eye Danish, topped with gravy, smoked ham, and gruyere cheese. Sit by the open kitchen if you can. It’s always fun to watch experts at work!
While not your typical brunch destination, this restaurant offers the nostalgia of the historic oyster saloon that came before it. The Olde Bar sits in the former Old Original Bookbinder’s building, a famous seafood joint that opened in 1898. Much of the historical woodwork and decor has been restored or remains, as does the dedication to first-rate seafood. We recommend the Philly special, which features fried oysters and chicken salad, or the brioche french toast with berries and toasted coconut. Grab a bloody mary with your choice of liquor or the delicious “Violet Oakley” sparkling cocktail from the bar.
image via flickr