THE BEST HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS IN PHILADELPHIA

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Jordan Price

APR 18, 2019

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! Brunch says, “go ahead, hit the gym early. There will be quality eats waiting for you when you’re done!

But quality is the key — 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.

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 mouth-watering eats, all 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. Fitt Tip: Order with a side of carrot-orange juice blend for a one-two punch of refreshment.

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 one of Philly’s Instagram darlings, and it's 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 St. 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. 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.

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, 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 Taffets' 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 description would be right on. 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, 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 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 (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.

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.

We’re already pretty wild about anything the Vernick restaurant family puts on a plate, but when we walked into the Vernick Coffee Bar, we hit brunch nirvana. Located inside of the Comcast Center, the visual beauty of the space is a perfect setting for a somewhat fancy breakfast or brunch. Enjoy a 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 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.

Not fond of waking up too early? Good, neither are we. And Queen Village’s Fiore is the answer to our snooze-button-loving prayers. They open at 9am, but don’t start serving their savory specialties until 11am, giving us ample time to roll out of bed and into the restaurant for their whipped ricotta and blood orange toast and flavorful frittatas. Plus, they’ve got plenty of Rival Bros Coffee to wash it all down!

There’s no rule that says breakfast has to be a feast of epic proportions. In fact, sometimes, you just want to grab a bite with some buddies without going all in. For that, there’s Midtown Village’s Libertine, complete with a menu of snackier “Smaller Commitments” or, for those days when a fancy sourdough toast isn’t enough, “Major Commitments” (with or without eggs). We love that they list berries as a side dish, serve a turkey-spinach sausage version of eggs Benedict, and offer some silky smooth Greek yogurt with honey and granola as a meal.