Philadelphia (September 23) – Philadelphians sure know how to brunch. And with so many options available, choosing the right place to catch up with friends over syrupy pancakes, coffee and cocktails can be overwhelming.
Check below for a guide to excellent and socially-distanced brunch options in the City of Brotherly Love. Ritzy or affordable, creative or straightforward, this round up has it all.
Devil’s Den, the South Philly spot for pub fare and an extensive beer selection, just recently introduced a socially-distanced street beer garden out front, perfect for outdoor weekend brunching. On Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm, guests are invited to kick off brunch with one of Devil’s Den delicious and rare beers or cocktails (each month Devil’s Den is offering a charity cocktail with 100% of sales benefitting No More Secrets) and indulge in fun pub food options such as Shrimp and Polenta with Shrimp, Mango Sauce, Sautéed Tomato, Onions, Peppers, Goat Cheese, Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake, Strawberry Cream Tart, Quesadillas, Buffalo Falafel Wrap, and more. Devil’s Den menu is also available for pickup and delivery.
1148 South 11th Street | 215.339.0855 | http://www.devilsdenphilly.com
Grubhouse at The Bourse, Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, is the perfect place for a quick yet delicious brunch in the city with a variety of options including Chicken and Waffles, Mr. Chicken’s Disco Biscuit with traditional or hot chicken on biscuit with country gravy, Waffles, Pancakes, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, and Funky Monkey Cakes with chocolate chip pancakes topped with salted caramel, banana, whipped cream. Grubhouse’s brunch fare is available for indoor brunching, outdoor brunching, take-out and delivery via your favorite third party app.
The brunch menu is available Tuesday through Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm.
111 S Independence Mall E | 215.625.0300 | http://www.theboursephilly.com
MilkBoy, the Philadelphia-born brand encompassing live-music venues, bars, restaurants and a recording studio, just recently reopened its South Street location after taking some time off to work on safe COVID-19 response program. Guests are invited to brunch in MilkBoy South Street’s brand-new street parklet out front and enjoy brunch classics such as Loaded Nachos, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Crabcake Sliders, Brunch Burgers, and MilkBoy’s own Hard Seltzer. On the weekends, the city additionally shuts down the 400 block to provide even more safe and socially-distanced brunching space. All brunch options are available for pickup and delivery, too.
Additionally, MilkBoy Chestnut Street reopened its doors earlier this morning, Tuesday, September 22, after undergoing an array of renovations, including new flooring and the installation of two new beer taps. The Chestnut Street location offers outdoor and indoor brunching as well as take-out and delivery.
MilkBoy Chestnut Street’s breakfast and brunch hours are Monday to Friday from 8 am and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am. MilkBoy South Street’s weekend brunch program runs Friday through Sunday, starting at 11 am.
401 South Street | 215.925.6455 | www.milkboysouthstreet.com
Red Owl Tavern, the modern American restaurant across from historic Independence Hall, is welcoming brunch-lovers on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm. Additionally, the restaurant is offering daily breakfast options for those on the run from 8 am – 11 am. Menu highlights include Wagyu Double Bacon Cheeseburger with cooper sharp cheese, bacon, Double Chocolate Bread Pudding, Yoghurt Parfait and the Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with bacon, eggs, and cooper sharp cheese. The menu is available for outdoor and indoor dining. Not ready to dine out yet? Red Owl Tavern’s menu is available for pickup and delivery as well.
433 Chestnut St. | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American-Inspired brasserie from Top Chef winner Chef Nicholas Elmi, is the go-to place for brunchers looking for a flair of Europe and French-inspired cuisine. Each weekend, Chef Elmi and team are offering a weekly rotating brunch menu with Royal Boucherie classics such as the Boucherie Burger and Pancakes as well as new creations including a Foie Gras Croissant. The menu will be posted each Friday on Royal Boucherie’s Instagram story.
For now, guests can enjoy brunch in the restaurant’s streetery out front or inside Royal Boucherie’s beautiful second floor secret garden on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am through 4 pm. The brunch menu is also available for pickup and delivery.
52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | www.royalboucherie.com
Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, is open for weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Menu highlights include Rittenhouse Omelet with bacon, spinach, onions, white cheddar, Pancakes, Chorizo Hash with caramelized onions, sweet peppers, potatoes, scrambled eggs, Cobbler French Toast with peaches, streusel, Pennsylvania Maple Syrup, and more. Guests can choose between brunching inside or in Square 1682’s streetery out front or order their favorites for pickup and delivery.
121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 | www.square1682.com
Stratus Rooftop Lounge, is excited to launch a boozy brunch series, “Sundaze at Stratus Rooftop Lounge”, starting Sunday, October 4. From 2 – 8 pm, guests are invited to check out the newly renovated rooftop lounge and cheers to Sunday with delicious bites and a personal Mimosa Bar boasting a bottle of Champagne and an array of fruit and juices including strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit juice and orange juice. All personal mimosa bars come with an ice bucket table side and are available for $50. Not into Mimosas? Imbibers can also celebrate with a Bloody Mary Bar including fun garnishes for $50 as well.
433 Chestnut Street | 215.925.2889 | https://stratuslounge.com/
The Twisted Tail, the hub for virtual music events and elevated pub fare on Headhouse Square, is hosting brunchers inside its main dining room and garden streetery out front. On Saturdays starting at 11 am and Sundays at 10 am, guests can look forward to a sweet and savory brunch menu including Blueberry Pancakes, Avocado Toast, Stuffed French Toast with Dulce de Leche, Pineapple, Mint, Chicken & Waffle, Pineapple Panna Cotta, Fried Chicken, Crab Benedict with Mustard Hollandaise, Poached Eggs, and more. The entire brunch menu is available for takeout and delivery as well.
509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 | http://thetwistedtail.com/
Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, is not only known for its locally-sourced and grass-fed steaks but also its fresh and extensive weekend brunch menu boasting Lobster and Avocado Benedicts with house-made English muffins, Crab Omelet, Pancakes with apple compote, streusel, Waffles with vanilla honey yoghurt, amaretti crumble, Sandwiches, Charcuterie Boards and more. Imbibers don’t want to miss the brunch cocktail menu including Farmermosa with Aperol, orange juice, peychaud’s bitters, cava, Bellini with cava, peach purée, cointreau and the Farmer #4 with Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, lime and grapefruit.
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm on two outdoor patios and inside the main dining room. Delivery and pick-up are available, too.
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com