Best brunch in Philadelphia
Chef Aimee Olexy’s commitment to sourcing the top tier of local ingredients for her Washington Square-adjacent eatery is as evident as ever come brunch time. There’s no need to wait until after dinner to sample offerings from Talula’s excellent cheese selection, which can be ordered as a starter before moving on to Kennett Square mushroom omelettes and egg-topped burgers with melty Doe Run Farm cheese.
During daylight hours, sun streams into the cool marble and wood dining room of this University City stunner. An intriguing wine list offers up pours of sparkling wines from lesser-known regions that complement elegant takes on eggy dishes like carbonara and khachpuri, a Georgian pastry filled with Parisian ham and feta. For an indulgent finish, order up the baked Alaska for dessert. It’s a refreshing–and Instagram-worthy—concoction of cinnamon bourbon ice cream and brown sugar meringue on a bed of blood oranges.
You won’t find bustling carts at this dimly lit dim-sum spot in Chinatown. Instead, guests can tick off little boxes to order steamers of hand-pinched dumplings, rice rolls and spare ribs. To accompany its traditional dim sum spread, the restaurant offers a line up of expertly sourced and aged teas that are available along with cold Tsingtaos—you know, for a different sort of morning pick-me-up.
Not everyone can wake up and enjoy brunch on a sun-soaked Greek isle, but brunch at Kanella Grill in Midtown Village is a close second. The white-washed dining room, accented in Mediterranean blues, is a cozy place to pop a bottle of BYO bubbly and dig into cumin-scented shakshuka and olive-oil-fried eggs with links of heady merguez and cooling yogurt.
On weekend mornings the flavors of New Orleans touch down at this moodily lit Old City beer bar. Instead of vodka and sparkling wine, the daytime drinks here are heavy on the bourbon, and the menu features boudin, bananas foster in french toast form and biscuits—all ideal for soaking up anything leftover from the night before.
This sunny spot in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood offers a wide selection of classic brunch items seven days a week along with some more unique dishes like the vegetarian sweet potato hash, served with golden beets, grilled fennel and sunny eggs with a horseradish-ginger aioli. If you’re more of a sweet brunch kind of person, try the brie-stuffed French toast with apricot glaze. You won’t be disappointed.