Beyond Benedicts: 5 Unusual Philly Brunches

Expand your weekend eating options with tacos and pho
June 18, 2015
by Caroline Russock

Judging from the weekend lines at brunch hot spots around the city, the appeal of Benedicts and mimosas is undeniable. But if you’re looking for Saturday and Sunday midday eating options, thinking outside of the brunch box is easy in Philly. The restorative power of a bowl of pho works wonders even when the weather is warm, and there should be a movement for the michelada to replace the Bloody Mary as the ideal drink for the morning after.

When long waits for waffles aren't going to cut it, here’s where you should be brunching.

Nam Phoung

There’s something about the rising, herbal steam of a bowl of pho (pictured above) that acts as a serious hangover helper. The add your own jalapeños and sriracha certainly don’t hurt. But even if you’re not feeling like beef noodle soup, this Washington Avenue go-to has cool rice bowls, crisp spring rolls and even a selection of tropical cocktails available on their massive menu.

1100 Washington Ave.; 215-468-0410

Loco Pez

Nighttime tables can be hard to come by at this tiny Fishtown LA-style taqueria meets dive bar but during the day on the weekends there’s hardly ever a wait. Micheladas are just $5 and their entire taco menu is available all day, but if you’re feeling brunch vibes, the al pastor-topped pineapple pancakes (pictured above) are the way to go.  

2401 E Norris St.; 267-886-8061


Mike Solomonov’s new hummusiya is an instant hit,  but insiders know that on the first Sunday of the month, beginning at 10 AM, the restaurant serves a $26 prix fixe brunch. The menu changes on monthly basis according to what chef Emily Seaman feels like making but usually includes freshly baked breads, vibrant seasonal salads and shakshuka. This brunch is a ticketed affair so grab your tickets to the next one right here.

1625 Sansom St.; 215-867-8181

Oyster House

This Rittenhouse seafood spot is generally thought of more for oyster happy hour than for brunching, but the sunny dining room is an ideal spot to spend a weekend afternoon. Along with a brief but well composed selection of breakfasty options (think shrimp and grits and Hangtown fry), lobster rolls, crab cakes and that Philadelphia classic, fried oysters and chicken salad, are also on the menu. Bonus points for a selection of sure to get you going oyster shooters and a serious Bloody Mary.

1625 Sansom St.; 215-867-8181

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

This New York import dim sum destination in Chinatown has managed to stay relatively under the radar, making a dumpling brunch a very viable option even during prime time. Dim lighting, cozy red booth seating, an easy checklist ordering system and standout dumplings makes for a very chill brunch option.

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

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