Where to Get Brunch in South Philly

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Philadelphia, PAPhillyBite10 - It's not quite breakfast, it's not quite lunch, its brunch! Philly’s brunch options have gone truly global. South Philly has some great spots to brunch such as sweet bao and kimchi bloody mary’s at Bing Bing Dim Sum or bologna eggs benedict and dutch baby pancakes The Dutch. See below for complete list of South Philadelphia Brunch Hot Spots.


  • Barcelona, already beloved for its authentic Spanish tapas, has gotten into the bustling brunch game on East Passyunk Avenue. Classic small plates like albóndigas and Tortilla Española share menu space with brunch-only picks, like Serrano ham eggs Benedict or pan con huevos with Manchego cheese. 1709 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 515-7900, barcelonawinebar.com
  • Bing Bing Dim Sum has become synonymous with good times, so naturally the South Philly eatery now serves brunch. In addition to the regular à la carte menu of whimsically reimagined noodles, dumplings and buns, the kitchen offers specials like fried sweet bao, turnip matzo cake and kimchi Bloody Mary’s. 1648 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 279-7702, bingbingdimsum.com
  • Café y Chocolate, in deep South Philly, pairs its hearty, vegetarian-friendly Mexican breakfast/brunch menu (high recommend for the chilaquiles) with hard-to-find coffees and hot drinks, such cinnamon-tinged chocolate Oaxaca and cajetuccino, a cappuccino laden with cajeta, Mexican goat’s milk caramel. 2100 S. Norwood Street, (267) 639-4506, cafeychocolate.com
  • The Dutch, a joint venture between chefs Joncarl Lachman (Noord) and Lee Styer (Fond),draws on Pennsylvania German and Northern European flavors for a singular approach to daytime chow. The menu covers ring bologna eggs Benedict, Dutch baby pancakes that are both sweet and savory and a house-smoked fish platter.1527 S. 4th Street, (215) 755-5600, thedutchphilly.com
  • Ela, helmed by chefJason Cichonski, always delivers inventive cookery, and its brunch is one of the most creative around. Breakfast gnocchi with coddled egg and crispy potato skins, fried chicken and waffles with smoked syrup and smoked rye Bloody Mary’s are some of the menu highlights here. 627 S. 3rd Street, (267) 687-8512, elaphilly.com
  • The Fitzwater Cafe has been a beloved Bella Vista brunch pit stop for years, thanks to its simple, soulful approach to daytime grub. The stuffed breakfast burrito, Italian egg plate (with roasted peppers, tomato and spinach) and andouille sausage hash are all big hits, but best might be the “good ole,” a potato-and-egg hoagie, served with American cheese on a crusty Sarcone's roll. 728 S. 7th Street, (215) 629-0428, @fitzwatercafe
  • Green Eggs Cafe specializes in eco-conscious eats with local and sustainable ingredients. On the menu across its three Philly locations: quinoa porridge with fresh berries, Creole shrimp and grits, crème brûlée French toast and the hearty “Kitchen Sink” skillet, topped with a homemade biscuit and sausage gravy. 1306 Dickinson Street, (215) 226-3447; 719 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-3447; 1301 Locust Street, (267) 861-0314, greeneggscafe.net
  • Hungry Pigeon welcomes eaters any time of day with comforting food and a relaxing atmosphere. The Saturday and Sunday early service, featuring organic brown rice breakfast porridge with poached eggs, breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins and heirloom apple Dutch baby pancakes, makes a convivial start or end to a weekend jaunt. 743 S. 4th Street, (215) 278-2736, hungrypigeon.com
  • Noord’s bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB)brunch might be the city’s only place to find the Scandinavian specialty smorrebrod (buttered dark rye with a variety of fish, spreads and toppings). Omelets come stuffed with spiced crabmeat or Dutch-style vinegar-braised beef; the French toast is deep fried and topped with fresh fruit; and the Bloody Mary’s can come garnished with pickled herring. 1046 Tasker Street, (267) 909-9704, noordphilly.com
  • Sabrina’s Café, with four Philly-area outposts (in Bella Vista, Fairmount, Powelton Village, and Wynnewood), has redefined brunch locally with creative signatures like spiced tofu scrambles and thick-cut challah French toast stuffed with all manner of sweet stuff. Of course, there’s the always-outrageous lineup of specials, always cleverly tuned to the hungry zeitgeist. 910 Christian Street, (215) 574-1599; 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061; 227 N. 34th Street, (215) 222-1022, 50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, (484) 412-8790, sabrinascafe.com
  • Sam’s Morning Glory Diner offers proof that a patient line out the door rarely, if ever, lies.This is a beloved bruncherie thanks to its focaccia-fried egg sandwiches, can’t-beat “Glory Cakes” with real maple syrup and the ever-revolving specials, all served with sides of hot biscuits and smirking greasy-spoon attitude. 735 S. 10th Street, (215) 413-3999, themorningglorydiner.com
    Sate Kampar shares a Malaysian approach to morning eating on weekends, with nasi lamak bungkus (coconut rice packet with eggs, peanuts and anchovy), vermicelli with omelet strips and a tempting variety of milk teas and coffees.1837 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 324-3860, @satekampar
  • The Tasty reimagines the old-school, corner American diner as a vegan destination. The simple, hearty food here is built around planet-based alternatives to classic ingredients, like “egg” sandwiches on English muffins, waffles (with or without chik’n) and even ham-free Monte Cristos. 1401 S. 12th Street, (267) 457-5670, thetastyphilly.com

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