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What's New on the Brunch Scene, Philly?

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Haven't been out for brunch in awhile and looking to do so this weekend. Not looking for a splurge, like Lacriox, but more of a really excellent, but casual brunch place. To give you an idea of what we like, our past faves have included N. 3rd (love their bloodies!), Honey Sit-n-Eat (love their bacon!), Apamate (love the churros!), and Sabrina's.

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  1. I've been meaning to try out Marigold Kitchen and I read in a recent post that Meme has a great brunch.

    Standard Tap has an excellent brunch.

    1. not new, but I have always enjoyed brunch at Royal Tavern and Beau Monde. I did have a good brunch at The Witch on Moyamensing just below Washington. It was a few weeks ago and they were very new, but they said they were going to have a bloody mary "bar" so you could make your own. Very inexpensive

      1. Not really new, but Cafe Estelle is great. Everything is homemade including the sausage, which my BF and I fought over. Highly recommended.

        1. Tinto just announced that they will be serving brunch, and the menu looks great. Also, I know many people are negative, but I love Marathon's brunch. We usually go to Marathon on the Square, but I think all the locations might have the same brunch menu.

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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Marathon on the Square offers a much nicer (more upscale) environment than their other locations. Since the food and prices are the same, I prefer the Square location for a better experience. At night, it's dimly lit for ambiance. It's my go-to spot when my sponteneous after work group is indecisive. I can't cooment though on their brunch, as I've only been for lunch and dinner.

          2. I've enjoyed brunch at Azul (10th and Spruce) and am interested in trying Kanella for brunch across the street.

            I second the Royal Tavern and Beau Monde recs, they are each a good standby, although Beau Monde gets really busy these days. Also a standby is the 10th Street Pour House. Love their Mississippi Eggs Benedict with fried catfish!

            1. Brunch is a tricky issue in this city. I've been to most of the places mentioned so far but would never dream of going back.

              Marathon--while I have been for brunch, this is undoubtedly the most disgusting restaurant I've ever been to. Anyone who claims to have an interest in food and frequents this restaurant is kidding themselves.

              Honeys--pancakes, yes, they're good. That being said, most of their other items are sub-par (greasy, bland). Each time I have eaten there the service has been mediocre. Usually only half the table is brought out, and then 10+ minutes later the rest of the party. C'mon, it's eggs and bacon people!

              Sabrinas--the food is ok, but definitely not worth the wait on the weekends. Also, the portions are far too big; I would prefer less food and a cheaper meal.

              A recent pleasant brunch experience: Memphis Taproom. They have just begun serving brunch. No wait and interesting menu choices. Check them out.


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              1. re: croissantanyone

                i completely agree about all Marathon Grills--it's like they dont even bother trying. Horrible service, mediocre food-at least they're consistent with this. i can never undersand why people keep going there.

              2. Had a first rate brunch at Meme. Kobe skirt steak with a perfectly poached egg for me, and my wife had excellent french toast. Side dishes were also great, and the coffee was very good. All for a very reasonable price too.

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                1. re: fischmart

                  We also had brunch at Meme. oysters and the smoked salmon for me, grits & homemade sausage for her. Simplistic yet delicious.

                  I can't wait to go back for dinner.

                2. It's not new but Figs is one of our favorite brunch spots. Love the super fluffy pancakes and the crab cake benedict. Make reservations tho cause there is always a line.

                  1. Try Valanni's. Great innovative brunch items and French Press coffee. Never disappointed there.

                    1. I am partial to LaCroix at the Rittenhouse hotel during the week. Very reasonable for what you get ($15 pp, I think). I have no idea what it's like on weekends but imagine it's much pricier.

                      Went to Jones a few months ago on Sunday. It was good food and service but you'd better be gone by 11 am because the noise is not to be believed.

                      Thanks for whoever said North 3rd. We like that place for dinner, will try for lunch.