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brunch in philly, tgiving weekend

poho Nov 19, 2007 10:07 AM

Will be in town for Tgiving weekend, catching up with some old friends. Would really appreciate some brunch suggestions, Saturday most likely. Thinking of Center City, Manayunk, etc--some of us coming from Cherry Hill, others from west of the city--but could be flexible. Looking for really excellent food, price not a huge consideration, and for a place that won't kick us out if we end up hanging around for a bit. We promise to tip well!
Thanks in advance--

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    Bigley9 RE: poho Nov 20, 2007 09:58 AM

    I have enjoyed Beau Monde at 6th and Bainbridge. Saturday brunch isn't easy to find - but they have breakfast choices as well as their full crepe menu, plus a darn good Bloody Mary IMHO. They are big enough (and not crazy-packed like Sabrina's, etc) that they don't mind if you hang around.

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      mazza3 RE: poho Nov 20, 2007 10:51 AM

      how large do you think your group will be?

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        mazza3 RE: mazza3 Nov 20, 2007 11:19 AM

        while i'm waiting for a reply, i just had brunch at rembrandt's last sunday after the marathon and it was great. there were at least 25 of us and they set a room aside and most definitely did not hurry us out. i ordered the roast beef hash, and while not super hash-like, i loved it.

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          poho RE: mazza3 Nov 20, 2007 01:44 PM

          Just five of us, maybe six. No kids. Just some old friends who want to catch up...also I found a philly.com review from 6/07 which mentioned chef's choices for brunch...will post it, or at least the recs, if I can retrieve it.
          Thanks in advance!

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            rabidog RE: poho Nov 20, 2007 04:07 PM

            i'm really into the brunch at north third in northern liberties (appropriately on 3rd st)... close to center city, easy street parking, convenient for those coming from cherry hill... i loooove their brunch; the best i've had in the city so far - the food is always well prepared (comfort food menu). french toast and omelettes are always amazing. they are a bar, too, so you can have your mimosas. it's a very casual adult environment. it's where i'll probably take my thanksgiving group for brunch as i'm sure i'll be tired of cooking by then!

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              mschow RE: rabidog Nov 20, 2007 05:08 PM

              I'm not familiar with this place. Do they have eggs benedict, and can you tell me where on third this is (between which cross streets?) . I am always looking for a place for a nice brunch, especially with the added benefit of mimosas:)) Thanks.

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                rabidog RE: mschow Nov 20, 2007 06:46 PM

                in fact, they do have eggs benedict: http://www.norththird.com/menu.html i can't comment on them specifically as i've never had them. in addition to that menu there's usually a whole page of specials depending on what they have on hand, i guess. it's on the corner at 3rd and brown... couple blocks north of spring garden. it's a popular neighborhood brunching spot so i recommend showing up before noon! though the crowds are nowhere near as bad as honey's sit-n-eat, and i personally think the food is worlds better. please do report back if you go!

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        poho RE: poho Nov 23, 2007 03:55 AM

        Thanks for all your suggestions!
        Unfortunately we've changed plans and are now meeting for dinner. But the ideas will not, I assure you, go unchecked...if I can get my Tgiving crew to brave the city crowds for brunch...
        Enjoy your weekends!

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