Best of Cuisine

The 9 Best Brunches in Philly

A relaxed weekend brunch is perfect in theory. After all, what could be better than sitting down to daytime cocktails and perfectly poached eggs with friends? To optimize your plans, we’ve lined up a roster of old favorites and dreamy newcomers.

Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse

EclecticRittenhouse Square

Food and service are both "superb” at this high-end restaurant in the swanky Rittenhouse Hotel, where the Sunday brunch buffet provides “excellent choices” in “small tasting servings so you aren’t overstuffed,” plus a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Although the meal is “pricey,” the atmosphere is “luxe” and “perfect for a special occasion” or for those who are “flush with cash.” 

What to Order: You can get a little of everything thanks to the buffet format, but don’t miss the eggs Benedict or the liquid-nitrogen-dipped ice cream for dessert.

Fork

AmericanOld City

Find “lots of options” of chef Eli Kulp’s “perfectly executed dishes” at this Old City favorite, where proprietor Ellen Yin is “forever gracious and welcoming.” “Beautiful decor” is also “comfortable,” and “wonderful service” counters the sting of a somewhat “overpriced” menu.

What to Order: Newly introduced sharable options like a bagel board and seafood spread are the real stars of the show here.

Parc

FrenchRittenhouse Square

With more than 80 seats lined up along Rittenhouse Square, Stephen Starr’s “Parisian-inspired” brasserie is “a great location for people-watching” and “the place to see and be seen” on weekend mornings. There’s no doubt the parkside spot is “great for out-of-town visitors,” but take note that the “noise level inside” can be high, as are the “expensive” prices.

What to Order: The in-house bakery puts out one of the best bread baskets in the city, but the egg dishes are also acclaimed, especially the smoked salmon eggs Benedict.

Kanella South

GreekQueen Village

A new location and a full bar make this Cypriot destination one of the city’s best places to spend weekend mornings. A simple Cyrpus breakfast of eggs, pita, halloumi and lounza, a cured pork tenderloin, is a great way to start.

What to Order: The kitchen here has a real knack for shakshouka, eggs poached in a tomatoes and peppers. Ask for a side of merguez.

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City

Duck into the dark-wood bar or take a seat at picnic tables in the first-floor dining room for a “Southern experience” that’s “a treat.” “New Orleans flavors” make the “very good food” lots of “fun,” and there’s a “great beer selection too.”

What to Order: Fried green tomatoes or shrimp ‘n’ grits will please savory brunch seekers, while the French toast satisfies any sweet tooth.

Day by Day

BrunchRittenhouse Square

This “casual and reasonably priced” cafe has been feeding diners “flavors that just don’t quit” since before 21st Street was considered part of Rittenhouse. “Awesome baked goods” and a “good variety” of dishes come to tables in a “bright dining area” staffed by “friendly (yet harried) servers,” many who’ve been there more than 20 years.

What to Order: House-baked banana bread turns into a mean French toast, but the omelettes (with bacon and cheddar or tomato, spinach and goat cheese) are also a good bet.

SuGa

ChineseRittenhouse Square

This forward-thinking fusion spot opened strong with a daytime menu touting out of the box dim sum like Maryland crab shiu mai with parmesan-crusted smoked tofu dumplings and pork belly bao with Asian slaw. If you’re in the market for a more substantial breakfast, bacon-bok choy fried rice and shrimp congee fit the bill.

What to Order: In place of lox, SuGa serves ginger-citrus cured salmon over a scallion pancake with poached eggs and caviar.

Kensington Quarters

AmericanFishtown

Meats sourced from this Frankford Avenue’s in-house butcher shop pop up all over the brunch menu like scrapple French toast, steak and eggs with chimichurri and a grilled cheese toasted with pig’s head and pickled chiles. And while the menu skews toward savory, you can’t go wrong with a blueberry and lemon jelly-topped Dutch baby.

What to Order: A pork shoulder Benedict will have you rethinking your preconceived notions about Canadian bacon on the breakfast table.

Nom Wah Philadelphia

Dim SumChinatown

There’s not a Benedict or Bloody in sight at this dim sum den with a check-the-box menu of delicious dumplings and carefully crafted teas. Diner-style booth seating and quick service also make it one of the most comfortable brunch options in the city.

What to Order: If you don’t know your har now from your XLB, Nom Wah offers steamed or fried dumpling samplers that allow you to work your way through the menu in a single steamer.

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