I’m such a sucker for brunch. I love waking up lazily on a Saturday morning and wandering to a new place to essentially eat dessert first thing in the morning. Eggs are great too, but put pancakes in front of me and I immediately melt into a puddle of warm, buttery syrup. I’ve shared with you some of our top sweets around Philadelphia, and today I have some of our favorite brunch spots in town.
Whenever I tell visitors to go here, they give me this I-don’t-want-to-be-rude smile and often say they’re not a fan of oysters. Don’t let the name fool you. They do indeed serve oysters, but they have so much more: pork belly Benedict, bacon and banana French toast, and they always have specials. During one visit we ordered a special they had around the holidays: Christmas cookie French toast (pictured). You guys. You have to give this place a try. It’s located in Reading Terminal Market and we often sit at the counter. The staff are friendly and fun to chat with and the food will keep you coming back.
Cash only. Reading Terminal Market, 1136 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Mixto is an exciting place for brunching. Their food has influences from Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean, so you know it’s going to bring some liveliness to your morning. They have breakfast dishes representing various countries making it exciting to try a new region’s cuisine. You’ll find lots of plantains, avocado, braised meats, arepas, and rice and beans, though they have sweet items as well. And I’m certainly not going to pass up a mojito.
1141 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA
If you’ve participated in Philadelphia brunching at all, there’s no doubt you’ve encountered Green Eggs. We happened to wake up extra early on a Sunday and decided to head to their Midtown location just after they opened to avoid the queue. I think we were the last table to sit before having to wait. There’s always a crowd of people waiting outside, so be prepared. When you do get inside, you’ll be faced with deciding between things like red velvet pancakes, short rib Benedict, apple pie French toast, or “the kitchen sink,” a mixture of almost every savory breakfast item you can think of piled together in one skillet. I ordered pancakes with peaches and vanilla crème anglaise. If there was a beauty pageant for pancakes where looks, brains, and personality were considered, this dish would win it for sure.
Cash only. South Philly: 1306 Dickinson St., Philadelphia, PA; Northern Liberties: 719 North 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA; Midtown Village: 1301 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA
The Little Lion speaks to my heart because it’s British in appearance, but their food has a Southern American flair. You’ll find Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, stone ground grits, and classic fried chicken. They also offer some insanely tempting Southern-inspired items like red velvet French toast and buffalo chicken and biscuits. I went with the cornbread “hoecakes” which are served with maple butter and local honeycomb (omg). I also ordered the ham and pimento appetizer to go along side figuring the hoecakes would be even better with a salty sidekick. I highly recommend doing the same. That combo took the (hoe)cake on brunches so far. The Little Lion also has a fun and innovative cocktail list for those extra boozy brunches*.
*Who are we kidding? All brunches are extra boozy.
Where else should we be heading to brunch? Let me know your favorite spots!