Weekend must-tries: 5 great breakfast spots; Easter eats


Brunch, brunch, brunch. Doesn't anyone go out for breakfast anymore?

We early birds enjoy a good breakfast spot - a counter-service shop on the corner, perhaps a luncheonette open for breakfast, too. Eggs, waffles, pancakes, brisk service, good coffee.

Here are five that come to mind. (I'm sure that others will come to your mind. Add them in the comments.)

Fairlane Grill (617 Bethlehem Pike, Erdenheim; 215-233-5863). Little more than a counter, a few four-top booths and a window table, this mainstay squashed between Chestnut Hill and Flourtown does mean omelets served by wisecracking staff. Coffee, as the sign notes, is always free for Johnny Law, but I've never seen a Springfield cop in there. (Closed Easter Sunday.)

Cedar Park Cafe (2035 N. 63d St., Overbrook; 267-292-2715). If you live anywhere near Bala Cynwyd, Wynnefield or Overbrook, a fire last year at 49th and Baltimore worked to your advantage. This breakfast/lunch spot was forced to relocate, and it popped up earlier this month near the Overbrook train station. The scrambles and egg-white omelets come highly recommended. Of course, if you live near 49th and Baltimore, it's not so good. (Open Easter Sunday.)

Milkcrate Cafe (400 E. Girard Ave., Fishtown; 267-909-8348). Vinyl records and breakfast burritos? Take a retro spin at this Fishtown corner; its slogan is "coffee, food, records, hi-fi, wi-fi." (Open Easter Sunday.)

The Hungry A (755 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield, Delaware County, 610-543-9720). Family owned since the Johnson administration (Lyndon, silly!) and you can tell. Known not for the atmosphere but for breakfast sandwiches and good conversation.(Closed Easter Sunday.)

Pat's Colonial Kitchen (127 S. State St., Newtown, 215-860-0570). You want country kitsch, you'll get plenty of it at this sweet nook in the first floor of a historic house in Newtown Borough, Bucks County. You'll also get some of the best pancakes you could ever imagine. (Open Easter Sunday.)

Easter eats. Looking for Easter Sunday brunch suggestions? If you want to brave the madhouse, OpenTable has something like 156 ideas here. Note that the Passyunk Avenue newcomer Sophia’s (1623 E. Passyunk Ave.) has decided to start brunch on Easter Sunday (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Tip: Go next Saturday and Sunday and you'll enjoy it so much more.

Eat this sandwich. This grilled veggie pagnotelle - baked in-house at District 611 in Riverton - is filled with red peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, mozzarella, and balsamic onion spread.