Brunch it up in Philadelphia with a stop at the Green Eggs Café for Chicken and Waffles Eggs Benedict. (Photo: Danielle Nutt)
If you believe that brunch should be a national past time, as American as baseball, you couldn’t pick a better place to brunch than Philly. After soaking in all of the city’s Americana, you’ll want to relax and refuel by sucking down some of the city’s best breakfast bites. From Green Eggs to dim sum, Philly does not disappoint, especially when you brunch for sport.
Green Eggs Café is a Philadelphia breakfast gem, a favorite with locals and out-of-towners, maybe because of its fresh, locally sourced menu focused on sustainability and, most importantly, over-the-top yumminess. Green Eggs serves up five different kinds of eggs Benedict: besides the classic, there’s the Chicken & Waffles Benedict (with hot-sauce hollandaise; yep, it’s as good as it sounds), the Short Rib Benedict and the Sliced Lox Benedict. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, check out the Cookie Dough Stuffed French Toast and the ever popular Red Velvet Pancakes. Can’t decide? Try the “Kitchen Sink” skillet, where the eggs are scrambled with sausage, Gruyere, potatoes, peppers and onions, all topped with a homemade biscuit and country-style sausage gravy.
Locals love Sabrina’s Café for its seriously laid-back vibe and seriously scrumptious dishes. When Robert and Raquel DeAbreu opened the original in 2001, they wanted to create a place that had the cozy feel of dining in a friend’s home, and Sabrina’s nails it. Choose from egg sandwiches, omelets, frittatas and house-made granola, and that just scratches the surface; the menu is extensive with great lunch options, as well. Feeling indulgent? Try the Stuffed Challah French Toast. The Bleu Cheese and Bacon Frittata is also worth a taste. And if you’re a late sleeper, you’re in luck; at Sabrina’s, breakfast is served all day.
This adorable, corner spot is new to Philly but sure to be an instant classic. The food pays homage to the Dutch roots of one owner and the Pennsylvania Dutch roots of the other with a focused and creative menu. And best of all, they offer a sweet and a savory version of a Dutch Baby — a pancake made in a cast-iron skillet (it balloons over the top when cooked) with a custard-like consistency inside — the savory includes smoked sausage and the sweet has lemon and maple syrup. If you’ve never had a Dutch baby before, this is the place to try it. If you’re a Benedict fan, check out the Ring Bologna Eggs Benedict for a twist on the classic you won’t soon forget.
If you want to take brunch even more global, skip the eggs and pancakes and do dim sum, the traditional Chinese breakfast of savory small plates. In Philly, Tom’s Dim Sum in Chinatown is the place to go. What to bite? The Shanghai dumplings no matter how you like them (steamed, pan-fried or with soup in them) are to-die-for and the scallion pancakes are just … wow.