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Really good brunch in or near center city - non-hotel

We just love the brunch at Four Seasons and Lacroix - for ultra special occassion. We are going out to brunch with another couple and looking to do something else though- possible non-buffet. Any favorites with really good food and classy ambience? Anything that has some more unique or special dishes?

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  1. I would have to say that my favorite places to have brunch are Continental Mid-town and Jones. Yes, they can get very noisy, but I think that they have just the right amount of mixture between familiar and unusual dishes and a wonderful environment to eat and have fun with my friends/family.

    1. consider Fork in Old City on Market they do a nice brunch

      1. I really enjoy Beau Monde's brunch. They add breakfast items to their standard crepe menu for folks who want breakfast, but my favorite is some variation on a smoked trout crepe - variation because any item can be added to any crepe (and they offer suggested combos)

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        1. re: Bigley9

          I used to also enjoy Beau Monde (and their bloody mary's), but after hearing reports from friends, and actually walking by saturday night (on our way to S&H Kebab) and looking at their menu outside, their prices seem to have drastically increased. I used to be able to get the roquefort and bacon mushroom crepe for like $13, but i saw that the price is now $20.

          sadly, i think i have to cross this off my list of favorite brunch places.

        2. It's probably too late for you, but I just read that Kanella is going to start serving brunch again starting this weekend.

            1. re: joluvscards

              Parc would be a good choice for what you're looking for. I went there recently for breakfast and although I actually wanted to hate it (not a huge Stephen Starr fan), I enjoyed it. Sitting outside in nice weather would be ideal but it was also very nice inside, with good food and service.

              Also, I've never been for brunch, but Cochon, a French BYO in Queen Village, also offers brunch on the weekends.

              1. re: sophilly

                I had brunch at Parc a few months ago with some friends and it was very good. One of the better brunches I have had in Philly. The bread was very fresh and all of our food and cocktails were delcious. One of the few restaurants that can actually make a good omelet. I would definitely recommend it. Service was also good. I would also recommend Tinto. It is a $25 prix fixe, but you get three courses with excellent choices.