Brunch has become an obsession of the Philadelphia restaurant scene. Midtown, although busy, has pockets of relaxing venues to enjoy for a slow Sunday filled with food and booze. Read ahead for our 10 best brunches in Midtown Village and its closely surrounding areas.
Somewhat under the radar, Amis hosts a classy, modern Italian Sunday brunch. Choose from a list of house blended cocktails like the seasonal spring fruit bellini or the bloody Mary. Common staples from the original dinner menu are present, such as bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto, but there are several breakfast options. Try the Belgian waffle with hazelnuts and semifreddo or the polenta pancake. Perfect for al fresco dining, this isn’t the cheapest brunch, but it is one of the tastiest ones.
Address & phone number: 412 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-732-2647
Garces Trading Co.
Here, you can choose the prix-fixe menu that includes your choice of a first and second dish, a cocktail, plus unlimited Garces Trading Co. coffee or tea and a basket of house made pastries. The modern Mediterranean menu comes with selections of cheeses, charcuteries and sandwiches, to name a few items. Previously named one of the top brunches in the nation, it’s clear why when you take in its fresh ingredients and accommodating, rustic decor.
Address & phone number: 1111 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-574-1099
Choose from an engaging selection at Pennsylvania 6 for their weekend brunch. The American cuisine with a Southern flair has a convenient selection of brioche french toast and egg dishes, like the omelette with lump crab meat, and their divine Belgian waffle comes with bananas foster, pecans and whipped cream. If you decide to order off the brunch menu, try the appetizer mason jars. If you feel a need for comfort food, this down home environment with home style fixings is a nice, relaxing alternative in the heart of the village.
Address & phone number: 114 S 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 267-639-5606
Varga’s executive chef, Evan Turney, has crafted a creative American menu to please crowds on a slow moving weekend morning. The jump lump crab fries are a popular item here, and are filled with béchamel, parmesan and truffle oil, and also try the duck confit wings with a pomegranate molasses-bourbon chili sauce and bleu cheese. Definitely check out the outdoor seating on warm days for people watching and leisurely eating.
Address & phone number: 941 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-627-5200
For a more exotic brunch, Indeblue boasts a mouthwatering menu. The menu features traditional Indian breakfast dishes along with American staples like French toast, omelets and wraps prepared with an Indian flair. There are also three thali options that include a chef’s option, two tasting options, mango chutney, a dal makhani appetizer, and rice, naan and raita. For Sunday brunch, there’s also live sitar and tabla music.
Address & phone number: 205 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-545-4633
El Vez offers a fun and colorful brunch with Mexican-inspired flavors. Try the Mexican waffle – a malted waffle with canella whipped cream, shaved Mexican chocolate and hot Mexican chocolate sauce. There are also many savory options to try, like the upmarket verde chorizo and goat cheese omelet. There’s a nice option of cocktails on the brunch menu, and diners may choose from different types of mimosas such as traditional, guava or blood orange. Also check out the ‘cochino caliente’ bloody Mary mixed with a chipotle blend, habanero-infused tequila and bacon.
Address & phone number: 121 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-928-9800
Reading Terminal Market
Farmers' Market, Pastries, $$$
Reading Terminal Market
This is one of the most perfect brunch spots in Philadelphia, as there are so many choices. Choose from salmon curry at the Little Thai Market to Termini Bros pastries. Other local favorites include the Down Home Diner and Profi’s Creperie. Conveniently, brunch can be all day, as it’s open until the evening. Luckily, during summer months there is outdoor seating if you can grab a spot, yet sitting at one of the counters in the market is a quintessential Philadelphia experience.
Address & phone number: 51 N 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-922-2317
Green Eggs Cafe
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Coffee, Tea , $$$
Green Eggs Cafe
A typical Philadelphia brunch spot, Green Eggs Cafe serves classic brunch staples along with some with vegan options. The portions are large here, so come hungry. Patrons enjoy the large kitchen sink dish with scrambled eggs, potatoes and peppers (plus more) that comes in a cast iron skillet. To satisfy decadent cravings, try their generous helpings of sweet breakfast fare like the red velvet pancakes or creme brûlée french toast.
Address & phone number: 212 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 267-861-0314
Mixto mixes Caribbean, Cuban and Latin American influences in its tasty, fresh brunch menu. Popular items include the special frittatas like the Colombian with plantains and Colombian chorizo, and there are also traditional American brunch staples like eggs Benedict and French toasts. Their salads are a highlight, served with fresh vegetables and presented in lovely, exotic plates. Sit outside at one their comfortable tables for a nice breeze.
Address & phone number: 1141 Pine St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-592-0363
Diner, Restaurant, Cocktails, American, $$$
Jones is all about its classic Southern-inspired comfort food. Located a few blocks off of Midtown Village, food is served in modern 1960s-style diner. The full menu offers delicious chicken and waffles, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and they also have a list of sandwich options and burgers. During brunch, Jones is one of the only places in Philadelphia to serve bottomless cocktails. Choose from fresh squeezed bellinis to the craft-your-own bloody Mary option with bacon, avocado and stuffed olives. Champagne is also served with 3 puree options–mango, orange and white peach (or mix and match)–in mason jars.
Address & phone number: 700 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-223-5663