10 Hottest New Brunches in Philadelphia

WTF waffles, Cuban-style French toast & killer dim sum
March 31, 2015
by Danya Henninger

The best part about brunch is there are no rules. You can indulge in fantasy combinations of meats and dairy or delve into the most decadent sweet creations without incurring any side-eye. Even better, it’s acceptable to have a cocktail or two along with your morning meal. Let loose and enjoy the weekend with one of the 10 hottest new brunches in Philly.


Start your Sunday perched on the Southern tip of East Passyunk. Luke Palladino has just intro’d daytime hours at his South Philly steakhouse, and the menu is as rich as the decor is elegant. It’s not cheap, but you’ll be set for the rest of the day.

Must-Order: WTF waffle (ham, egg, beef, foie gras, maple-mustard; $19), asparagus in bed (latkes, asparagus, egg, prosciutto, cheese; $19)
Good to Know: A selection of five brunch cocktails are available for just $5 each, from Bloody Marys to Bellinis to a tequila-soaked Spaghetti Western.
Hours: 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, Sunday

1934 E. Passyunk Ave.; 267-928-4339

Rosa Blanca

April brings brunch to Jose Garces’ Cuban diner just north of Washington Square. A seat at the brightly tropical front counter is perfect if you’re already feeling perky, but if your eyelids are still heavy from the night before, the cozy alcoves of the main dining room will usher in a soothing recovery.

Must-Order: Chicharrón (pork belly, eggs, rice, maduros plantains; $12), torrijas (Cuban-style French toast, guava, coconut; $12)
Good to Know: The fresh juices and nectars that make great lunchtime smoothies are even better repurposed for cocktails — how about a pineapple mimosa or a shot of rum in your mango juice?
Hours: 10 AM-4 PM, Saturday-Sunday

707 Chestnut St.; 215-925-5555


After 16 years in Rittenhouse, this Northern Italian steakhouse has launched early Sunday hours. Expect the same high level of white-tablecloth service offered during the evening, but with a new, egg-centric menu from chef Chris Tavares.

Must-Order: French toast brûlée (mascarpone cheese, raspberry-maple syrup; $14), lobster-asparagus omelet ($26)
Good to Know: Classic pastas are also available, so if you’re in the mood for something more hearty, spaghettini carbonara and tagliatelle Bolognese are there for you.
Hours: 10 AM-2 PM, Sunday

111 S. 17th St.; 215-563-4810

Dock Street Brewing Co.

After a winter hiatus, brunch has returned to this pizza-making West Philly brewpub. Look for a selection of beer cocktails to go with several new pies or fried eggs, all of which will taste especially good when it finally warms up enough to sit outside.

Must-Order: Morning Glory pizza (crème fraîche, mozz, breakfast sausage, onion, red pepper, fried egg; $9.25/$18.95), apple-pear crunch (cobbler, walnut-oat streusel, beer caramel, whipped cream, pilsner malt dust; $5)
Good to Know: Don’t let the party stop when you leave — growler fills are on special for just $10.
Hours: Noon-4 PM, Sunday

701 S. 50th St.; 215-726-2337


You no longer need to book a private party to experience the celestial view of Philadelphia from the Top of the Tower at Three Logan Center (aka the Bell Atlantic Building). The just-launched Sunday morning meal is open to the public, and for $50 per person, you get to choose from a grand buffet and enjoy a cocktail while looking out on the city below.

Must-Order: Cannoli, oyster shooters, honey fried chicken, pecan-smoked bacon (all included in buffet price)
Good to Know: Bring the kids along so they can brag to their friends about the cool view — children 12 and under get in for $25 each (kids five and under are free).
Hours: 10 AM-2 PM, Sunday

1717 Arch St.; 215-567-8787


Chef de cuisine Emily Seaman gets a chance to stretch her culinary talents beyond chickpeas and pita during the once-a-month ticketed brunch at this CookNSolo hummusiya in Center City. An Israeli-themed meal is served family-style for a very reasonable $26 per person.

Must-Order: Menu changes monthly, but past dishes have included shakshuka and challah honeycomb with orange-rose cream cheese.
Good to Know: Keep watch on the Dizengoff Twitter feed to learn when tickets go on sale; they sell out weeks in advance.
Hours: 10 AM, first Sunday of the month

1625 Sansom St.; 215-867-8181

Williams Street Common

The former Drinker’s West has been transformed from a party bar into a rustic eatery with a menu by Koo Zee Doo alum Dave Gilberg, and brunch is one of the signature meals. Your $22.33 (or $9.99 for kids) includes three brunch drinks, unlimited coffee and a bottomless basket of housemade donuts, plus your choice of entree.

Must-Order: Eggs in purgatory (poached eggs, spicy tomato sauce, smoked eggplant, feta, toast), buttermilk pancakes (orange-honey butter, maple syrup)
Good to Know: There’s no tipping at this restaurant — the service charge is automatically included on each order.
Hours: 10 AM-3 PM, Sunday

3900 Chestnut St.; 215-397-4693

Wyebrook Farm

Make brunch the true highlight of your weekend with a morning meal looking out at the rolling hills of Dean Carleson’s sustainable estate. Grass-fed beef, heritage pork and pastured chicken are all raised on-site and served with dairy and vegetables sourced from neighboring farms.

Must-Order: Woodland Jewel mushroom omelet ($13), heirloom apple pancake with maple whipped cream ($12)
Good to Know: Reservations are required, and the restaurant is BYO.
Hours: 10 AM-3 PM, Sunday

150 Wyebrook Rd., Honey Brook; 610-942-7481

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Though the menu during weekend mornings isn’t any different than the rest of the week, dim sum is a classic U.S. brunch favorite, and this offshoot of one of NYC’s oldest dim sum houses does it as well as anyone we’ve seen.

Must-Order: Giant roast pork bun ($3.50), “The Original” egg roll ($7)
Good to Know: The liquor license application has finally gone through, so you can choose from beer in bottles and cans to go with your dumplings.
Hours: 10 AM-10 PM, Saturday, and 10 AM-9 PM, Sunday

218 N. 13th St.; 267-519-2889

Chestnut Street Philly Bagels

The new Rittenhouse outpost of the longtime South Street bagelry has the same kettle-boiled bagels as the original, but an even bigger menu. In addition to spreads, there are more complex sandwiches and platters, and also tables at which to enjoy them. 

Must-Order: Pizza bagel ($4; add pepperoni for $1.25), BBQ baked salmon club (cheddar horseradish cream cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato; $10).
Good to Know: Don’t leave empty-handed; a baker’s dozen of bagels will run you $15.
Hours: 6:30 AM-5 PM, Saturday-Sunday

1705 Chestnut St.; 215-299-9920

jose garces
east passyunk