What’s a weekend without brunch? Here, we round up the 10 best local spots to keep your brunch needs satisfied.
WHY: You’ll feel right at home in this cozy spot near Rittenhouse Square—even more so when you dive into their omelettes.
BEST DISH: Filter's cheesy scrambled eggs step up the simple dish with Grafton cheddar, bacon, and toast. Trust us, this will be your new go-to. 2201 Spruce St., 215-732-3331
WHY: At this eatery, you'll find three types of inventive waffles (hello, waffle grilled cheese) and a selection of eggs and small bites made by Philly favorite, chef Jason Cichonski.
BEST DISH: You can't miss out on the sticky-icky cinna-waffles, which are waffles disguised as sticky buns, covered in cream cheese icing and topped with cinnamon sugar. We’ll take two orders, please. 120 Market St., 215-925-7691
WHY: A Spanish-inspired brunch makes for a nice change from your pancakes-and-eggs routine.
BEST DISH: Try the revuelto—soft scrambled eggs, shrimp, and wild mushrooms with a side of tortilla Española made with saffron aïoli. It’s the change you've been looking for. 217-219 Chestnut St., 215-625-2450
WHY: This quaint spot in Old City caters to your not-so-tiny appetite.
BEST DISH: The brunch bar gives you the freedom to make your own breakfast sandwich with a variety of artisanal cheeses, breads, and toppings. 160 N. Third St., 267-603-3090
WHY: Chef Chip Roman never fails and Mica is no exception. You’ll find everything from parfaits to brioche French toast for a satisfying meal.
BEST DISH: The steak-and-eggs dish served with beef short ribs, polenta, fried eggs, and thyme-roasted potatoes is a must-have. 8609 Germantown Ave., 267-335-3912
WHY: Hearty, Southern-inspired dishes with a twist.
BEST DISH: The chicken and waffles Benedict is fried chicken, Belgian waffles, creole hollandaise, and poached eggs on one plate. Need we say more? 1516 South St., 267-319-1366
WHY: The Vetri Family never disappoints, and you can expect to find polenta pancakes on the menu.
BEST DISH: Like we said, the polenta pancake with pecans, golden raisins, and maple syrup. Wash it down with a limoncello collins made with mint and Bluecoat gin. 412 S. 13th St. and Waverly; 215-732-2647
WHY: Four different kinds of Bloody Marys accompanied by an eclectic mix of brunch options.
BEST DISH: Stuffed French toast with spiced raisins and crème fraiche. Trust us, it’s worth it. 129 W. Laurel St., 267-273-1632
WHY: New to the brunch scene, La Peg is already a crowd favorite. You can expect French-inspired cuisine with an atmosphere to match.
BEST DISH: Nothing says good morning like a ricotta beignet filled with sweet cream cheese and fruit. 140 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-375-7744
WHY: This spot offers Rival Bros. Coffee, classic breakfast platters, and an assortment of pastries.
BEST DISH: The breakfast sandwiches on house-made Kaiser rolls are a must. Or try the pastrami and hash with a farm-fresh egg; it's just as mouthwatering. 308 Market St., 215- 625-0988
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