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Best Sunday Brunch Buffet in Philadelphia??

michael Aug 29, 2011 12:01 PM

A close friend and I are searching for the most recommended Sunday brunch buffet - preferably within Philadelphia, though we would consider the suburbs as well. I have read that the offerings at Water Works are very good; and I presume a very pleasant atmosphere would be found at a table overlooking the river on a nice day. We are of course searching for quality food and impressive selection. Cost is not a concern.

Thank you in advance for your direction!

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    cwdonald RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 12:16 PM

    There is only one answer.. and it is LaCroix. Fantastic food,

    On holidays, when the Fountain still does brunch, the Four Seasons is outstanding.. but they have for all intents and purposesgotten out of the brunch business.

    In the suburbs, I still like William Penn Inn (baseball caps and sloppily dressed patrons not withstanding ... ) others will differ on this. Perhaps its just beause I am aging and becoming more like their blue blood crotchety type target audience.

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      taoseno RE: cwdonald Aug 29, 2011 12:39 PM

      what cwdonald said, it's LaCroix and nothing else comes close, it's worth every penny.

    2. crazyspice RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 01:59 PM

      +2 for Lacroix. Nothing else comes remotely close.

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        FayeD RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 02:09 PM

        I agree LaCroix is wonderful. I have never been to the Fountain for brunch, however.

        1. Delucacheesemonger RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 02:36 PM

          Add to others, only great game in town.And if you book now, you will get 30% off as well as wines @50% also, thus a wine normally selling for $ 100 would net out at $35.

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            michael RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 29, 2011 02:49 PM

            Thank you, Delucacheesemonger. How would one secure the 30% off?

            I do remain interested in alternate recs as well.

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              FayeD RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 02:52 PM

              Delucacheesemonger - I am interested in the 30% off as well. However, if you think you will get it with Savored I believe the brunch is excluded from that. Is there another deal going on?

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                Delucacheesemonger RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 05:31 PM

                Just go to opentable.com and they will link to you to it. Costs $10 for reservation but the 30% will be taken off your bill automatically at the restaurant. Yes it does work for brunch as l reserved on the site for brunch.

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                  FayeD RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 29, 2011 06:05 PM

                  Is this something through Opentable.com and not Savored? I copied the following from Savored regarding LaCrox.

                  " Not valid during Restaurant Week, on the 3-Plate pre fixe luncheon, nor brunch.
                  Cannot be combined with any other deal or promotion.
                  An automatic 18% gratuity will be added to pre-discounted bill.

                  savored value
                  off all food & drink"

                  I know Open Table has had different promotions but didn't know they had a current one for LaCrox?

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                    Delucacheesemonger RE: FayeD Aug 29, 2011 06:41 PM

                    Just go to the site. Going to Prime Rib on same deal tomorrow with a hound or two. Found it here, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803664

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                      FayeD RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 30, 2011 08:47 AM

                      Thanks. I went to your link and LaCrox doesn't come up as of August 30. I think it may have yesterday, but when I tried to enter a few Sunday September dates around brunch time, it showed nothing available. I think you got a great deal that probably isn't around right now.

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                        barryg RE: FayeD Aug 30, 2011 08:55 AM

                        They might just be booked--last time I made a Lacroix brunch res, I couldn't find anything available for 3-4 weeks.

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                          Philly Ray RE: FayeD Aug 30, 2011 09:07 AM

                          It does appear that Lacroix has been removed from the 30% off Open Table offer.

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                            cocobinga RE: Philly Ray Aug 30, 2011 10:55 AM

                            I hope they still honor discount on the reservations already made.

                            Also, I'm pretty bummed to find that I can't make a reservation as a solo diner. Would a walk-in be accepted or is there no place for me? :(

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                              Buckethead RE: cocobinga Aug 30, 2011 10:56 AM

                              Did you try calling them?

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                                barryg RE: cocobinga Aug 30, 2011 11:59 AM

                                They have a small bar and I think they reserve walk-in space for hotel guests. I'm not sure that they usually do the full buffet at those spots but I would be surprised if they wouldn't let you. But yea, call ahead and ask.

                2. sockii RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 03:00 PM

                  Another vote for Lacroix, absolutely above and beyond any other options.

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                    sylviag RE: michael Aug 29, 2011 03:27 PM

                    Brunch at LaCroix was one of my all-time favorite meals.
                    Other places, including the Water Works, don't come close.
                    Go for it.
                    Book early; they fill up.

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                      cava8 RE: sylviag Aug 30, 2011 09:34 AM

                      Had brunch at LaCroix Sun. a week ago. Still talking about it ! The best brunch experience we've ever had.

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                        michael RE: cava8 Aug 30, 2011 11:20 AM

                        The Sunday brunch at LaCroix looks wonderful; difficult to find a larger and more interesting menu I'm sure. Though it does appear however to lean more towards the lunch end of brunch than breakfast.

                        While we are searching for items such as a carving station, we are hoping to find the traditional breakfast staples as well including fresh Belgium waffles, made-to-order omelets, breakfast pastries, etc.; on which LaCroix does not seem to focus. Though again, their brunch menu looks creative and delicious.

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                          Hungryin theBurbs RE: michael Aug 30, 2011 11:42 AM

                          The buffet at the Swann Lounge fits your criteria exactly. It is our go-to for family occasions--the kids can have waffles and the like, while the adults tend to go for a broader sampling. They have live jazz, very pleasant and high quality. (LaCroix is more exciting, but sometimes exciting isn't what you need).

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                            Hungryin theBurbs RE: Hungryin theBurbs Aug 30, 2011 12:04 PM

                            Should have added--Swann Lounge is in the Four Seasons.

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                              michael RE: Hungryin theBurbs Aug 30, 2011 12:12 PM

                              Thank you, Hungryin theBurbs. Swann Lounge's Sunday brunch menu is unbelievable.

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                            Delucacheesemonger RE: michael Aug 30, 2011 11:59 AM

                            Their sticky buns are as good as Balthazar in NY, and for me as good as it gets.

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                              crazyspice RE: michael Aug 30, 2011 01:30 PM

                              My husband gets a made-to-order omelette regularly at Lacroix. There are a number of items being carved in the kitchen, including their house made scallop sausage.

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                          michael RE: michael Sep 6, 2011 12:49 PM

                          We decided on the Sunday brunch buffet at the Swann Lounge in the Four Seasons. I can't speak highly enough of the variety of options and the taste of them all. Absolutely amazing on both fronts. The service at the Four Seasons - from start to finish - is of course far superior than that at any other restaurant I've been. The meal is not inexpensive, however as a treat, if the menu fits what you are searching for, I can't imagine a more enjoyable experience.

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                            FayeD RE: michael Sep 6, 2011 01:03 PM

                            Thanks for reporting back. Were any dishes particularly memorable?

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                              michael RE: FayeD Sep 7, 2011 09:00 AM

                              The desserts were all fantastic. As were the traditional breakfast items: lox (smoked salmon) and bagels, omelets, sausage/bacon, waffles, etc. The pasta dishes were very flavorful. The jumbo lump crabcake with purple potato and basil sauce was delicious. I was unfortunately not able to try each and every offering but do not remember a single item that wasn't wonderful. I would gladly make the Swann Lounge Sunday brunch buffet a personal annual tradition.

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