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Brunch in Old City/Queen Village?

emmkay Sep 27, 2008 04:42 PM

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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    Philly Ray RE: emmkay Sep 27, 2008 06:52 PM

    I would suggest Fitzwater Cafe on 7th and Fitzwater.

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      Buckethead RE: emmkay Sep 27, 2008 09:35 PM

      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.

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        DaisyM RE: emmkay Sep 28, 2008 07:46 AM

        How about Beau Monde?

        1. ethorson RE: emmkay Sep 28, 2008 12:32 PM

          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

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            Bigley9 RE: emmkay Sep 29, 2008 07:57 AM

            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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              Ali RE: Bigley9 Oct 1, 2008 05:37 PM

              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.

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              jl0328 RE: emmkay Sep 30, 2008 11:13 AM

              If you're up for a walk...I highly recommend Good Dog. They just started serving during the day on weekends. Another good place is Upstairs at DiBruno's - you can do some great food shopping after you eat!
              Some other favorites..
              cafe lift (cannoli french toast is to die for!!)
              reading terminal market
              solefood (in the loews hotel)


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                dartmo RE: emmkay Oct 1, 2008 08:21 AM

                I had brunch at Farmacia on 3rd btwn Market and Chestnut last week. It was quite good and there was no wait.

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                  juice RE: dartmo Oct 2, 2008 11:50 AM

                  If you want to stay in old city, I'd 2nd Farmacia or Race Street Cafe. Otherwise, Sabrina's in my favorite (Bella Vista).

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                  Hardart RE: emmkay Oct 1, 2008 02:50 PM

                  Reading Terminal Market. Not far from Old City at all.

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