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BRunch Suggestions Please: Easy street parking

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Bashful3 Aug 11, 2013 01:55 PM

Our friends have different food aversions, I'm feeling lazy, and we would
like to treat to a good brunch with a varied menu so everyone can choose
what they like: 6 for brunch, probably on a Sunday, but not necessarily.

We know there are great places where one has to stand in line, but that
is really out. Either a rez is ok, or the resto is large enough to be able to
to accommodate without a long wait. Have cars, any neighborhood, as
long as there is available parking. We're starting from Center City.
Across the river would be ok, but prefer Philly.

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    Philly Ray Aug 11, 2013 02:35 PM

    I have not been there, but I have heard a lot of good things about the brunch at Cuba Libre on 2nd St near Market. They do take reservations, but parking would probably be in a lot, unless you get lucky on the street.

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      bluehensfan Aug 13, 2013 10:43 AM

      The brunch there is pretty good (you can get unlimited small plates for $25 p/p) and there is a parking garage down the street. They have good tres leches cake too!

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        barryg Aug 14, 2013 07:47 AM

        The fried egg empanadas are awesome.

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      suburbanite889 Aug 11, 2013 03:19 PM

      Famous 4th Street Deli, parking is a pain, but not as bad as you think on a Sunday--> especially during the August shore-slumbs. Upscale you can go to XIX or The Fountain, but famous is a great spot, tons of options, free pickles, and tons of food!!

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        arepo Aug 11, 2013 07:48 PM

        Silverspoon in Wayne has lovely brunch/lunches. Parking is good too.
        http://www.silverspoonwayne.com/brunc...

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          truman Aug 14, 2013 07:06 AM

          Sadly, we had brunch at Silverspoon in late July and were really disappointed with both the food and service. We'd had a great experience there last fall but now I don't think we'll go back.

          OP, if you are open to heading into South Jersey, how about Casona in Collingswood? www.mycasona.com Great Cuban food, a nice shady porch, and they take reservations.

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          InSearchOfTacos Aug 12, 2013 07:26 AM

          we've never had a hard time finding parking at the brunch spots in northern liberties- if the menu appeals to your party, bar ferdinand takes rez.

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            Bashful3 Aug 12, 2013 07:40 AM

            Northern LIberties would be a great location for us, but the menu at Bar Ferdinand doesn't look anything like brunch to me. Any other suggestions in that area?

            Thanks.

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              InSearchOfTacos Aug 12, 2013 07:47 AM

              hmm i dont think either honey's or silk city accepts reservations

              there's popolino too- but the menu doesn't look very brunch-y

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                bumble Aug 12, 2013 12:46 PM

                What about Jerry's Bar? I'm not sure if they take reservations but it's where the Cafe Estelle chef landed. I haven't been though, so I can't comment on the food.

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                  gina Aug 13, 2013 09:46 AM

                  I had dinner at Jerry's Bar about a week or so ago, and it was very good. Looking forward to trying their brunch sometime.

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                lemarais Aug 12, 2013 08:08 AM

                There's of course the many locations of LeBus, but also a great brunch place in Old City is Farmicia on 3rd off Market. They have the great breads from Metropolitan, although LeBus breads are damn good too.

                1. gina Aug 12, 2013 08:34 AM

                  Victoria Freehouse on Front Street (Old City) has delicious brunch and no waiting in line. Front Street is pretty clear on Sundays, so you should have no problem finding plenty of parking.

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                    PhillyA Aug 12, 2013 10:11 AM

                    I like Kraftwork's brunch (in Fishtown). Nothing fancy, but solid. I don't know if they take reservations (I kind of doubt it), but I don't think I've ever waited more than a few minutes. Parking would be easy.

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                      alex1018 Aug 14, 2013 08:00 AM

                      I think given your constraints I'd suggest two places at completely different ends of the spectrum. The first is Santucci's at 10th and christian. Parking is pretty easy, it's always empty at brunch, and it's really delicious and cheap.

                      Alternatively, I'd suggest Talula's Garden. Parking can usually be had on Walnut, though it's definitely a bit tough. The menu is varied, and awesome. Not cheap.

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                        urbanfabric Aug 18, 2013 03:34 PM

                        If you're going out in Center City, do you need parking? One of my favorite brunch spots is Amis. They take reservations, but it's always been empty when we go. Not great for parking, though.

                        If you're getting in the car, I'd go to Jerry's Bar or Johnny Brenda's.

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                          Bashful3 Aug 18, 2013 05:01 PM

                          Thanks all, for great suggestions. After all that, one couple
                          with the different food aversions couldn't make it, and it
                          was a easy decision to make brunch at home for just one
                          couple.

                          But, I'm going to remember this thread, as I'm sure the occasion will come up again. The reason for the parking
                          is that I don't walk very well, and prefer not to when there
                          is available parking nearby.

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