It’s no secret that we are a family of Sunday brunch lovers. From Center City, to Northern Liberties, down to our South Philly hood, we make it our business to try out all the great brunch spots in town and we’ve barely scratched the surface. One thing Philadelphia excels at is food and this early morning staple is no exception. So while we still have a long list of places we’d like to try, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites in time for Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate with your mom (or treat yourself!), you can’t go wrong with these delicious stops throughout the city …
Chhaya Café. If you know me, you know how much we love this tiny little café on East Passyunk. In fact, we’re there nearly every weekend. It’s very small so seating is limited, but on a nice day there are few tables outside (and there’s the coveted seat in the window, of course). My favorites: the truffle egg toast, french toast waffles with macerated berries and maple syrup and the daily selection of sweet or savory crêpes. The specials are constantly changing (and are always fantastically mouth-watering) and the lattes are as big as my infant’s head. No really.
The Dandelion. This English-style pub located just off Rittenhouse Square Park is one of my favorite places any time of day, but brunch is hands down delicious. I usually start off with a glass of the Pimm’s Deluxe (Pimm’s #1, Tangueray gin, lemon and muddled cucumber), but there’s a great beer selection, too. My favorites: the smoked cheddar and spinach omelet, the British cheese board and the house blend aged beef burger (with Vermont sharp cheddar, Brooklyn brine pickles, apple smoked bacon and Churchill sauce). If your mum is looking for something more traditional, there’s fish and chips, bangers and mash and poached eggs with bubble and squeak. And what’s a true English brunch without afternoon tea?
Beau Monde. Crêpe heaven. I’m hungarian, so my love of crêpes runs deep. This crêperie is out of this world. Add a glass of wine or morning cocktail and your mom will love you forever. But don’t make the mistake I made last time and fail to leave room for both a sweet and savory dish. You won’t be sorry, even when your pants won’t button. I LOVE the sausage, swiss, mushrooms with a sunny-side up egg from the brunch menu. And if I hadn’t licked my plate clean the last time I was there with a few of my new mom friends, I would have ordered the apples, goat cheese, creme fraiche and honey for dessert (or maybe the pears, chestnut cream and chocolate. I can’t decide!).
Green Eggs Café (South Philly + Center City). I will always remember my first Mother’s Day brunch at the South Philly location. I was in the early stages of my pregnancy and it was still our little secret. I ordered the red velvet buttermilk pancakes with chocolate morsels layered with strawberry mascarpone and topped with fresh strawberries, maple syrup and chantilly cream. Need I say more? I’ve since tried the egg white omelet stuffed with all my favorites, a side of sausage, hot chocolate and fresh orange juice at both locations. Just trust me, it’s so good.
North Third. Two words: Bloody Mary. Any chance your mom will need a little hair of the dog? Well, either way, you can’t go wrong with the bloodies at this North Liberties favorite. Also try the breakfast burrito, the eggs Benedict or the mushroom omelet. The dishes are big and the atmosphere is always lively.
National Mechanics. Three words. Bloody Mary Bar. It’s not often I get to Old City now that my mid-20s are long gone, but when I do, it’s to this not-an-auto-body-shop bar on Third Street. I once did a whole blog post dedicated to brunch here so you might as well read that. I mean, you make your own bloodies and they have hot sauce called “IAMSOFAKINGSTEWPED” and even one named after President Obama (not to mention some others with really bad words in them because I imagine they are really hot. Duh.) Also, the food is great and despite the vulgar hot sauce, it’s definitely family (and mom) friendly. The veggie egg skillet is my favorite (with poached eggs, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, Oaxaca cheese and potatoes). Yum.
Parc. If you’re looking for something fancy, french-inspired and with a great view of Rittenhouse Square Park, splurge at Parc Brasserie. I’ve had the oysters, burgers, omelets and moules frites (and a few cocktails, too). The inside is super chic and classy, with its marble floors and open-air feel. I’ve never been to Paris (hint hint husband), but I promise you will not be disappointed with Philadelphia’s version.
a.kitchen. Don’t let the simplicity of the decor fool you. The always changing seasonal menu is packed with flavorful dishes filled with fresh ingredients I’d never think to pair together. I’m drooling just thinking about the poached eggs and fresh pastries. There’s great outdoor seating and a nice drink selection, too.
Okay so that’s my list. As I mentioned, there are so many others, but these are just a few of my favorites. Chris and I are always looking to try new brunch spots in the city so share your favorites in the comments. And also, we’re happy to join you this Sunday if you’d like. I am a new mom after all!