HOME > Chowhound > Philadelphia >
What's your latest food quest? Get great advice

Breakfast in Center City?

crabtree Apr 26, 2013 05:23 AM

Any good suggestions for a weekend breakfast/brunch place in Center City? We will be at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

  1. crazyspice Apr 26, 2013 06:01 AM

    Our favorite brunch place is Lacroix.

    1. p
      pafood Apr 26, 2013 06:13 AM

      Green Eggs Cafe is nearby - be prepared to wait in line.

      1. j
        jfr Apr 26, 2013 06:13 AM

        Another possibility is Parc. We have enjoyed breakfast there on a weekday though we haven't been on a weekend for the brunch. As an extra, if it is sort of a special occasion, Parc has nice matchboxes with its name as a souvenir.

        7 Replies
        1. re: jfr
          asmith Apr 28, 2013 04:32 PM

          I 2nd Parc. Very good food, service, and if it is good weather, you can sit facing Rittenhouse Square and pretend you are in Paris.

          1. re: asmith
            lowereastrittenhouse Apr 29, 2013 07:13 AM

            They are not always on. I had the most disgusting ratatouille there one day for brunch.

            1. re: lowereastrittenhouse
              cwdonald Apr 29, 2013 07:24 AM

              i always wonder about a place that keeps a dish like ratatouille on the menu year round, when it really is a terrific summer dish when the produce is at its height of freshness.

              1. re: cwdonald
                lowereastrittenhouse Apr 30, 2013 06:48 AM

                Agreed, cwdonald. I'm not sure if they have it on their menu year-round, but it was the height of summer when I ordered it.

                And as with barryg's experience, it was hardly the only bad dish I've had there. The brandade I ordered once was basically a salt lick.

                1. re: lowereastrittenhouse
                  cwdonald Apr 30, 2013 07:35 AM

                  Thanks for the context lower... I think Parc is one of these places where you can have an ok experience if you order certain dishes and a bad experience if you order anything else, and the service is up and down. The location is the biggest draw for this restaurant.

                  1. re: lowereastrittenhouse
                    Bob Loblaw May 1, 2013 07:06 AM

                    The one brandade i had there was also pretty salty. my salt tolerance is realtively high, though. and i love brandade. actually one of the highlights of our meal!

                    i like Parc, but i do think that many of the criticisms are accurate - it's not original and it's not inexpensive.

                2. re: lowereastrittenhouse
                  barryg Apr 29, 2013 07:25 AM

                  I've had bad food there on a few occasions -- disgusting salad, watery eggs, shellfish past it's prime (my suspicion is leftovers from Barclay Prime). Great atmosphere (and bread) but I don't understand all the affection it gets. The concept and menu is not at all unique to Philly, the cooking is far from the city's top tier and the prices are high for the quality; I don't think it is a good place for a visitor to spend a meal. It is nice to get some wine, bread, and cheese and soak up Rittenhouse Square though.

            2. p
              pafood Apr 26, 2013 06:28 AM

              I've also had great brunches at Ela and the Dandelion.

              1. c
                cwdonald Apr 26, 2013 06:39 AM

                Matyson is doing some nice brunches on Sunday, and Amis has a nice Sunday brunch as well.

                1. bluehensfan Apr 26, 2013 07:41 AM

                  Depends on if you want fancy (Lacroix on Sunday morning) or something more straightforward (like pancakes and apple dumplings at the Dutch Eating Place in Reading Terminal Market on Saturday). FYI Lacroix only does the brunch on Sunday and the Dutch Eating Place is closed on Sundays. As mentioned before Parc is pretty good too. As an aside I see that Branzino is getting into the weekend brunch business next month...

                  1. p
                    percyn Apr 26, 2013 02:16 PM

                    For something different, try:

                    Kanella - Cypriot cuisine including some great breakfast items

                    Koo Zee Doo - Portugese options like steak, potatoes and fried eggs along with great sausages.

                    1. Chemicalkinetics Apr 26, 2013 08:22 PM

                      I went to Jone's at 700 Chestnut St. Is that considered to be Center City? It is ok, but I have only been there once. I looked up the map it is about 0.9 mile from Hyatt:


                      1. PhillyBestBYOB Apr 27, 2013 12:27 PM

                        Lacroix Sunday brunch is a must try, but you need to make reservations a month or more in advance (OpenTable).

                        How's the gang in Boston?

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                          crabtree Apr 28, 2013 05:21 PM

                          Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Folks in Boston are hanging in there. Tough two weeks here....

                        2. gina May 1, 2013 09:14 PM

                          Beau Monde creperie is always a perfect spot for brunch. We have also been enjoying the Twisted Tail, where they have fabulous chicken and waffles, ricotta pancakes, and bacon with remarkably deep, smoky flavor.

                          These places are a bit outside of Center City, in Queen Village and Headhouse Square respectively, but they are not a long cab ride away from the Bellevue. And if you enjoy walking off your brunch, the trip back through Society Hill/Washington Square is beautiful.

                          Show Hidden Posts