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Mar 26, 2008 09:53 PM

breakfast in downtown Philadelphia

We are coming from SF Bay area next week and will want a great breakfast, not too greasy or heavy in downtown Philadelphia (staying on South 17th street). Is there anything special about breakfast in Philadelphia?
It would be nice to have a good latte to go with it, is that asking too much? Seriously, must admit to being a coffee snob and will probably bring my own from Oakland (Royal/Cole).

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  1. I was in Philly last summer and had great pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market. This was a fun place to visit in general, lots of good food to be had that you can't find in the Bay Area - good pancakes, pretzels, pork and steak sandwiches, etc.

    Here's a link to my report:

    Dave MP

    1. The best coffee and espresso in town is at La Colombe, 19th and Walnut. They provide the coffee for the best restaurants in town (including Le Bec Fin) and are so good my father-in-law in Florida gets it shipped to him. For breakfast, you are very close to Miel Patisserie, a fabulous (but expensive) french pastry shop. Also on 17th is Bonte Belgian Waffles, better than any I had in Belgium. Thank you.

      1. The Reading Terminal Market is certainly a special breakfast here in Philly and there is a coffee stand there as well (Old City Coffee) - not sure if that will pass your coffee test or not though. La Colombe is definitely up there as our best coffee location and not too far from where you're staying.
        If you're willing to venture, and possibly wait, I'd recommend Morning Glory at 10th and Fitzwater or also Ants Pants Cafe at 22nd and South.

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        1. re: smackdown

          Ants pants serves an awesome bacon, egg, and cheese as well as other very tasty items. The latte they serves pretty good, but I do prefer La Colombe. Next to La Colombe is Loie which has a $25 two-course brunch on Sundays that is bottomless mimosa's or bloddy mary's, if you are into that type of thing. There is also a street vendor on 18th between Chestnut and Sansom called Anne's and she serves awesome breakfast sandwiches as well.

        2. Thanks! I will definitely try La Colombe and we can't resist a great bakery so we'll go to Miel Patisserie as well. Looking forward to our time in your city.

          1. if you're on s. 17th it's worth checking out ant's pants, as someone mentioned. (although... how far south on 17th?)
            but to answer your question - unless you like scrapple, i actually don't think there's anything that special about breakfast in philly.