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Sep 27, 2008 04:42 PM

Brunch in Old City/Queen Village?

Hi Chowhounders,

I have a friend visiting from out of town in a couple weeks and I want to show them the best in Philly dining.

We're doing Osteria on Friday night and Ansill on Saturday.

But we need to go somewhere for brunch on Saturday.

Any recommendations? We've got plans in Old City at 1pm, so I'd prefer something within walking distance, but could be convinced to go further afield for a cool experience.

Food quality trumps atmosphere on this one.



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  1. I would suggest Fitzwater Cafe on 7th and Fitzwater.

    1. How attached are you to the idea of brunch? By which I mean, there are good breakfast places in the area, and good lunch places, but most of the great brunch places only serve it on Sunday mornings. If I were you I'd head to Sabrina's at 9th and Christian.

      1. How about Beau Monde?

        1. I haven't been there myself, but people say brunch at National Mechanics in Old City is great. The menu's on their website.

          National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant Old City Philadelphia
          22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

          1. I haven't been yet (I will be checking it out for lunch this week) but Craig Laban just reviewed Cafe Estelle at 444 N 4th Street and it sounded great!

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            1. re: Bigley9

              Cafe Estelle is pretty adorable, but it's definitely a matter of getting there early. A couple of friends and I had brunch around noon and much of the baked goods were sold out. The ones left and the brunch items were really good. However, I can't speak for non-brunch items.