4 Philly brunch spots you don't want to miss

Boneless fried chicken, homemade Belgian waffles, bourbon syrup and powdered sugar are the makings of The Blue Duck’s signature Chicken & Waffle dish. (Photo: Joe Callahan /The Blue Duck)

Is there anything better than sleeping in on a Sunday and then starting your day with a leisurely brunch? You’d be hard-pressed to improve upon the weekend tradition, which is only made better by the sunny skies and warm temperatures that come along with the beginning of summer. In a city brimming with options, here are four we think are worth checking out on your next brunch outing.

The Blue Duck

The winner of our Readers’ Choice Best Brunch 2015, The Blue Duck is a new American BYO restaurant located in the Northeast. The restaurant prides itself on offering innovative takes on classic dishes, and the brunch menu reflects that. You’ll find items like Chicken and Waffles, featuring bourbon syrup and smoked paprika powdered sugar, a breakfast-y twist on Duck A L’Orange in which shredded duck is served on buttermilk pancakes topped with blood orange syrup.  If you’re in the mood for the “lunch” side of brunch, The Blue Duck’s award-winning Pork Roll Burger features a patty made of ground beef and ground pork roll topped with a sunny-side-up egg and sriracha mayo. Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 The Blue Duck, 2859 Holme Avenue. Information:  267-686-4687, blueduckphilly.com


With a focus on local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, FARMiCia’s weekend brunch menu offers subtle twists on classic dishes, from Maryland Crab Cake Benedict to Amish Cheddar Grits and Country Pork Sausage. The menu also features staples like buttermilk pancakes, BLT sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Enjoy your meal with fresh-pressed juices or FARMiCia’s signature Bloody Mary. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

FARMiCiA Restaurant, 15 S. Third St. Information: 215-627-6274, farmiciarestaurant.com


The Olde Bar

Located in the landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s building, The Olde Bar is celebrity Chef Jose Garces’ latest contribution to the Philadelphia restaurant scene.  Billed as a contemporary oyster bar, The Olde Bar is for you if you’re looking for a brunch in which seafood is the star. The brunch menu features an extensive raw bar, from which you can order oysters, clams, crab and lobster. Also featured are brunch originals like Beef Fat Fries and Snapper Turtle Soup as well as upscale takes on the classics, such as House Made Breakfast Sausage and Brioche French Toast with toasted coconuts, berries, and bourbon candied pecans. If you enjoy a cocktail with your brunch, the menu includes interesting takes on the Bloody Mary, introducing ingredients like tomatillos and veal stock to the traditional staple. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street. Information: 215-253-3777, theoldebar.com


Morgan’s Pier

Brunch is new this year at Morgan’s Pier, the outdoor beer garden on the Delaware River with stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The casual outdoor setting makes it the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend morning in the sunshine. Also new this year at Morgan’s Pier is celebrity Chef-In-Residence Nicholas Elmi, a Top Chef winner.  Elmi’s casual yet thoughtful menu offers a wide selection of classic brunch dishes, including a scrapple, egg and cheddar sandwich and the Greek Yogurt Parfait with Sunflower Granola and Berries. Also available are twists on the classics; satisfy your bacon craving with the Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps, or try the vegetarian No Evil Foods Stallion Dog with long hot peppers and scallions. The usual brunch cocktails are here, too, be they Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The best part of brunch on the Pier? Ending with a Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Sandwich. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard. Information: 215-279-7134, morganspier.com

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