Philadelphians are a brunch-going people. Come Saturday and Sunday, they'll wait for hours for an airy omelet or fruit-topped pancakes at a favorite spot. But what about weekdays? Most of the brunch spots are open for breakfast during the week as well, serving up the same spectacular food without the lines. So whether you're in the city on vacation or playing hooky from work, check out the best Philadelphia breakfasts.
Located in Reading Terminal Market, the Dutch Eating Place is the go-to spot for a big Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast, scrapple and all. You'll be happy all day if you have its blueberry pancakes or apple cinnamon French toast along with a generous helping of bacon.
The term "diner" isn't quite accurate for this popular breakfast location that's more fresh-and-friendly than greasy spoon. Try its frittatas, breakfast burritos, bagels, pecan waffles, or berry biscuits for a great start to your day.
This eclectic coffee bar and restaurant serves three meals a day as well as hosting yoga classes and acoustic music, among other events. Choose from breakfast sandwiches, French toast, pancakes, breakfast burritos and quesadillas, skillets, and omelets. Top those off with Hinge's great coffee, and you have yourself a fine breakfast.
This tan truck features an ever-changing array of breakfast tacos. The truck isn't always in the same place, though, so you should check Honest Tom's Facebook page before heading out for a great Mexican breakfast.
Part Farmicia, part metropolitan bakery, the Metro Cafe serves up breakfasts to please vegans and meat-lovers alike. Choices include cinnamon pomegranate granola, organic eggs, oatmeal with brown sugar and butter, lox and eggs, scrambled tofu and vegan Chorizo sausage burrito, and breakfast sandwiches like BLT& E and avocado and goat cheese sandwich on multigrain.
Honey's serves a combination of Southern comfort food and Jewish cuisine with a heaping dose of fresh, local ingredients. Check out Honey's black fig French toast, summer breakfast salad, housemade granola, and yogurt, or picadillo breakfast.
This "Euro-style" cafe serves up decadent pancakes like its lemon ricotta version, egg-filled crepes, and delicious frittatas. Its egg options include huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict, egg sandwich, breakfast burrito, and avocado toast. Lift's coffee is made from beans from the local roaster Rival Brothers, and it cooks up appealing specials like blueberries and cream French toast.
Breakfast classics with a twist are available all day. What that means: breakfast sandwiches like maple bacon; sausage, egg, and cheese on English muffin; egg and cheese croissant; dill scrambled eggs; beef hash; brie scramble; and brie-stuffed French toast with maple syrup and brown sugar sour cream sauce. Ants Pants has a fine breakfast drinks menu, too, with chai tea, mocha, cappuccino, cafe au lait, and hot chocolate topping the interesting list, along with long blacks and flat whites, in a nod to the owners' Australian inspiration.
Sabrina's is widely considered to have one of the best brunches in Philadelphia. Try it for weekday breakfast to avoid the weekend wait. You'll find egg sandwiches, steak and eggs, frittatas, scrambles, omelets, stuffed challah French toast, pancakes, and bagels and lox. It's a pretty traditional menu, done up right.