Uncreative Philadelphians take their out-of-town friends to Marathon Grill for brunch. Every. Time. They. Visit.
Don’t fall victim to this pattern of Sunday morning complacency. Instead, next time you’re looking to get your fill of late-morning mimosas and French toast, try out one of the city’s best brunch spots.
Philadelphia magazine: Café Apamate
1620 South St.
Think outside the omelet at Apamate, the South Street café named for a strikingly beautiful flowering tree of Venezuela. Instead, take in the restaurant’s hip vibes while nibbling on tasty affordable options like Tostas con Pisto (stewed green and yellow squash, onions, garlic, tomatoes and eggplant served over toasted bread and topped with a poached egg) or La Catalana con Jamon de mi Edgar (French baguette marinated with tomatoes and garlic extra virgin olive oil topped with Serrano ham). Everything is less than $10. Simply put: Café Apamate will add a much-needed kick to any blasé brunch schedule.
Citysearch: The Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons
One Logan Square
Sunday brunch at the Fountain is more event than meal. Here, the upscale clientele you’d expect to find at the Four Seasons dines on such extravagant options as sautéed Chilean sea bass with osso bucco, eggs benedict with sautéed spinach and heirloom tomato and crab salad, and pan-seared jumbo lump crab cake with spinach gnocchi—yes, for brunch. This isn’t the type of place you’d visit weekly, but if there’s a special occasion on the horizon, you can’t go wrong.
AOL City’s Best: Carman’s County Kitchen
1301 S. 11th St.
Cornflake-crusted challah French toast topped with fruit? An omelet of summer squash, fresh herbs and sharp Italian cheese? Carman’s has a menu full of unexpected-yet-delectable flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else in the world—let alone anywhere else in Philadelphia. So it’s no surprise AOL selected the South Philly breakfast institution as its top pick. Just the right amount of quirkiness awaits diners here—especially in the warmer months, when visitors can enjoy their brunch from the converted bed of an old red pickup truck. Really.
Around Town pick: Creperie Beau Monde
624 S. 6th St.
Unless you’re a regular to the northwest region of Brittany, France, you haven’t tasted crepes like you’ll find at Bella Vista’s Creperie Beau Monde. The menu, which lists more than 30 items that can be mixed and matched to suit any taste, can be overwhelming at first. Thankfully, for the indecisive, Beau Monde offers some suggestions. For example, how does a crepe with smoked salmon, artichoke hearts, béarnaise sauce and poached eggs sound? To us, it sounds like a damn fine way to start kick off your Sunday.
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