UPDATED JAN 30, 2020
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! Philly’s healthy brunch game is strong, and we’ve got your guide to trying them all.
This West Washington Square favorite will surely step up your Sunday brunch game. If you heed our advice, prepare for an extensive brunch menu packed with local farm-to-table eats. Plus, they’ve extended their indoor-outdoor vibes with a really cool patio that goes straight to their cheese bar. One of the very best (and delicious) dishes might be the Exotic Mushroom Omelet, made with farm fresh eggs. But, be prepared for seasonal menu changes. Fitt Tip: order your meal with a side of carrot-orange juice blend for a one-two punch of refreshment.
If you’re a resident of Fishtown, we are supremely jealous. There you’ll find the crowd-pleasing Front Street Café and its menu of healthful and plant-based foods. Brunch is served every day until 3pm, and you might need until then because the health-conscious options are seemingly endless. There’s even a coffee/juice bar combo that helps you fuel up quickly. An added bonus? The menu is packed with plant-based options using local and organic ingredients, all of which can be made gluten-free!
Come with a fully-charged phone and an empty belly because Suraya is a Philly Instagram darling — it's a feast for the eyes and for the belly. This Lebanese market, café, and restaurant is open Monday through Sunday, and they’re slinging flavorful brunch specialties like Man’oushe (Lebanese flatbreads topped with anything from cheese to chocolate) and slow-roasted lamb hummus Saturday and Sunday until 2pm. 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 St. You read right. It’s all vegan. V Street delivers vegan fare that’s fun, flavorful, and freaking awesome. The Peruvian Benedict topped with an aji amarillo hollandaise brings an eggless twist to the morning fave. For savory-sweet, try the waffles topped with blackberries, sesame butter and ponzu.
Equal parts restaurant and butcher shop, Kensington Quarters knows all the finer points of being a carnivore. Not surprisingly, they fill their Sunday brunch with hearty dishes of meats, eggs, and roast vegetables. Who can say no to salami, steak, grilled ham, and pork shoulder topped with a runny egg, though? 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 to bring you local, seasonal, and sustainable meats and veggies.
This is the go-to place in Graduate Hospital for filling and flavorful food, fast. Better still, breakfast is served until 5pm every day. You know what that means? It’s always brunch time at Miles. Walk inside this cozy bistro and you’ll find every meal masterfully presented and made using local and seasonal ingredients. Looking for a guilt-free meal? Check out the Avocado Toast on multigrain toast or the 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. Proceeds from their dishes (like their housemade granola or egg-white omelet) help them create fair-wage jobs for people of all generations. This includes those who are retired but struggle to make ends meet. So, eat good, do good, feel good — the ultimate brunch vibes.
You could call this café-bar-stage combination a win-win, and if you did, your description would be right on. True, they’re open till midnight for shows and feature some serious coffee drinks, but their name reflects a larger mission: “waste not, want not”. Meaning, when W/N W/N opens for weekend brunch, expect to encounter a menu of locally and sustainably sourced ingredients for dozens of their delicious and nutritious eats. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are offered and labeled, with the partnering farms in and around Philadelphia too.
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 egg sandwiches are spot-on (The Forager’s braised kale is to die for) and the same can be said for the oatmeal — made with organic steel cut oats before being topped with cider poached fruit. Of course, you could trade the oats for the butter and jam-smeared toast. Polish off your meal by treating yourself to a fresh-baked pastry while supplies last (they never last too long).
Though their menu may be small, their 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 seasonally sourced ingredients they sometimes change their menu daily. Translation? A heavy rotation of healthy and wholesome options. Think: 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.
Try not to be mesmerized by the stunning 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 your dietary restrictions. Plus, as the name implies, they take coffee seriously. They’re pouring La Colombe from 7am–5pm every day.
The proof is the pudding — and that pudding is 100% organic, plant-based and vegan. While they’re known for serving scratch made lunches and dinners, you’d be missing out if you forgot brunch. Classic plates like their Avocado Toast and their Organic Granola won’t disappoint. But, if you want some spice, their Burmese noodle soup, Mohinga, has more than enough kick. Your coffee might be jealous.
We’re already pretty wild about everything the Vernick restaurant family puts on a plate, but their Vernick Coffee Bar (set inside the Four Seasons Hotel at Comcast Center) will have you reaching brunch nirvana. This café’s visual beauty acts as the perfect scene-setter for a fancy breakfast. Enjoy the Stone-ground Oatmeal Soufflé or a Wild Mushroom and Avocado Grain Bowl before 11am. If you’re coming a bit later, order a lunchier dish like the Chilled Shrimp, Soba, & Sesame Salad. And no matter what you eat, do not miss out on the Butterfly Pea Flower Matcha, arguably the most beautiful beverage in Philadelphia.
Queen Village’s Fiore answers the call for breakfast simplicity. But don’t be fooled by the humble menu — they pack plenty of complex flavor in each of their seasonal and Italian-inspired dishes. To start, we suggest the Soft Scramble that takes a bed of polenta and tops it with spicy heirloom peppers and chorizo. Feeling like something sweet? Fiore’s basket of pastries (scones, cookies, buns) is always flowing. Plus, they’ve got plenty of Rival Bros Coffee to wash it all down.
There’s no rule that says breakfast should be a feast of epic proportions. In fact, sometimes, you don’t want to go all in. For that, there’s Midtown Village’s Libertine and their menu of snackier “Smaller Commitments” meals including their Roasted Eggplant or Greek Yogurt. But, for days when yogurt isn’t enough, check out the “Major Commitments” section for dishes “wit” or or “witout” eggs. Nearly every “wit” eggs item is gluten-free, and they offer plenty of vegetarian dishes, too. How liberating!
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