Weekends are the best! And we know brunch only makes them better.
Whether you’re refueling after a long run or heading over straight from kickboxing, brunch is your reward for knocking out your workout bright and early! This mid-day meal says, “go ahead, hit the gym early. There will be quality eats waiting for you when you’re done!”
But quality is the key. Think — meals made from freshly-picked, local ingredients, and eateries that welcome every kind of diner, from vegan to gluten-free and anyone in between. That’s not too much to ask, now is it? Apparently not. Because Philly’s healthy brunch game is strong. And we’ve got your guide to trying them all.
During the week, Mission Taqueria is the go-to happy hour spot in Center City. But on the weekends, their brunch offerings are perfect for the indecisive brunch bunch. The menu is full of zesty options, like Chilaquiles (think “breakfast nachos”) and Esquites (think “Mexican street corn salad”). If you’re in more of a “lunch” state-of-mind, their tortilla soup and al pastor tacos are light but flavorful. Plus, cilantro aids in digestion, which practically makes your brunch a cleanse (don’t quote us on that).
Step up your Sunday brunch game at this spot in West Washington Square. If you heed our advice, prepare for an extensive brunch menu packed with mouthwatering eats, made with local ingredients, that can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio. Take your time reading (and re-reading) the menu filled with cuisine inspired by the farm and garden. One of the very best (and delicious) examples of that might be the Farmer’s Market Frittata, made with farm fresh eggs and seasonal veggies. Order with a side of carrot-orange juice blend for a one-two punch of refreshment.
Café la Maude
French Lebanese? No, we’re not describing the hot new supermodel, just Northern Liberties’ “hidden gem, Café La Maude. You can choose your own adventure, from the indulgent Berrylicious Pain Perdu, a stuffed brioche French toast, to the lighter Foul Moudamas, featuring house-made hummus, fava beans, eggs, and chopped tomatoes. No matter what you order, French or Lebanese, you’ll get the best of both worlds in this adorably European café.
Front Street Cafe
Friendly faces and fresh foods on Front Street in Fishtown. If you’re a resident of this neighborhood, we are supremely jealous. The health-conscious options are seemingly endless, brunch is served every day, and there’s even a coffee/juice bar combo that helps you fuel up on the good. Really, you had us at daily brunch. That, and the menu is packed with plant-based options, using local and organic ingredients (all of which can be made gluten-free if you ask!).
Come with a fully-charged phone and an empty belly because Suraya is Philly’s latest Instagram darling, and a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the belly. This Lebanese market, cafe, and restaurant is open 7am–5pm Tuesday through Sunday, and they’re slinging flavorful specialties like Man’oushe (Lebanese flatbreads topped with anything from cheese to chocolate) and slow-roasted lamb hummus until 3:30pm. That means plenty of time for those who like to hit snooze. If you’re seeking something lighter, transport your taste buds with their Tehina yogurt, sprinkled with almond, date syrup, and pomegranate.
No matter how tasty it is, the same old breakfast and brunch items get boring. So if you’re looking for something new—like brunch with no eggs—make your way to this vegan street food spot on 19th Street. Yup, it’s really vegan. But it’s not vegan in a preachy kind of way; it’s more fun, flavorful, and freaking awesome. Go for savory-sweet with waffles and sesame butter, or mix it up with a beet-filled brunch bun.
Equal parts restaurant and butcher shop, Kensington Quarters knows all the finer points being a carnivore. Their Sunday brunch is only from 11am-2:30pm, and is unsurprisingly dominated by hearty dishes with meats and eggs. Come on — who can say no to salami, steak, grilled ham, and pork shoulder topped with a runny egg? Definitely not us. Rest assured that you’re getting the good stuff, too. Kensington works with local farms, like Wild Rose Ranch in Franklin County, PA and Tullamore Farms in NJ.
This is the go-to place in Graduate Hospital for filling and flavorful food, fast. Better still, breakfast is served until 5pm every day. So you know what that means, right? It’s always brunch at Miles. Trust that every meal will be masterfully presented and made using local and seasonal ingredients. Looking for a guilt-free meal? Check out Taffet’s gluten-free quinoa, the avocado toast, or veggie avocado wrap.
Healthy brunch doesn’t just mean avocado toast (but Frieda’s got that, too). This Old City eatery not only serves brunch that tastes good, but does good for the community. All proceeds from dishes like their homemade granola or egg-white omelet go towards creating fair-wage jobs for people of all generations — many of them retired, but still needing to work to make ends meet. Eat good, do good, feel good — the ultimate brunch vibes.
You could call this cafe-bar-kitchen combination a win-win. If you did, your joke would be on-point. But you’d also be missing the larger point. The name is meant to reflect the mission: “waste not, want not.” Operating as a co-op of sorts, this spot is collectively owned and operated with the support of the community. And when the weekend rolls around, W/N W/N opens for brunch. Expect to encounter a menu of locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients, used to create delicious and nutritious eats. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are offered and labeled, and the partnering farms in and around Philadelphia too.
High Street on Market
Beyond being one of the best restaurants in the city, Bon Appétit selected Old City’s High Street as one of the top restaurants in the country. Yeah, you need to get there. And when you do, brunch it up. The Forager sandwich is spot-on, and the same can be said for the oatmeal — made with organic steel cut oats before being topped with seasonal jam. Of course, you could trade the oats for another grain by going with the butter and jam smeared toast. Polish off your meal by treating yourself to a pastry, while supplies last (but act quickly — they never last too long).
Though their menu may be small, the items on it are 100% worth it — think simple but incredible. All eggs and meat are locally sourced, seasonal, and always come from responsible purveyors. In fact, this Queen Village restaurant is so dedicated to their seasonally sourced ingredients that their menu changes DAILY. Here’s you can grab something healthy and wholesome like: eggs any style with potatoes and extra protein, the breakfast bowl (piled with brown rice porridge, avocado, lentil sprouts, kimchi, salsa verde, and spicy eggs), their vegan chopped salad, or chia seed pudding.
When a restaurant’s slogan is “Brunch. All day. Every day,” you know they take their brunch VERY seriously. Really though, brunch is serious business! You’ll have the chance to devour Eggs, Sweet Stuff, Sandwiches, and Salads & Such, and so much more. This Callowhill spot makes staying healthy easy with delicious frittatas full of veggies, classic egg-based breakfasts, three colorful salads, and a vegan pita sandwich. But heads up: they are only open until 3pm Tuesday through Thursday and until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, so get your brunch in ASAP.
Bored with the same old standard eats every weekend? We’ve got a suggestion: Dim sum. It’s quite possibly the perfect brunch experience. Completely customizable for dietary restrictions and fit for any size appetite, Suga offers a tasty modern take on gourmet Chinese cuisine. But rest assured, this brunch isn’t all fried dumplings and fried rice (though both are delicious options). Instead of cinnamon buns, you get bao buns stuffed with chicken curry and jalapeños. Instead of a plate full of eggs, why not opt for (braised Chinese) eggplant?
Black & Brew
Try not to be hypnotized by the mesmerizing mosaic art outside of this South Philly restaurant. Trust us — what’s inside is even more spectacular. From tantalizing tofu scrambles to their hearty paleo hash (or a refreshing, protein-packed smoothie), they’re ready to fill your belly regardless of dietary restrictions. Plus, as the name implies, they take their coffee seriously. They’re pouring La Colombe from 7am–5pm every day.