By Catherine Murray
With warm and sunny weather just around the corner, we want to share some of our favorite brunch spots in South Philly that are the perfect places to reemerge from your weekend hibernation. In no particular order, here’s where we are brunching these days.
Cafe Y Chocolate
A treasured staple west of Broad, Cafe Y Chocolate serves Mexican brunch with layered and rich flavors. Start off with a Oaxacan hot chocolate with spices, cinnamon, and your milk of choice including whole, coconut, or soy. Add a shot of La Colombe espresso and make it a cafe con chocolate for a much needed morning boost. If you want to start your party off in the morning (or extend it from the night before), bring you own bubbly or tequila and Cafe Y Chocolate will provide juice or margarita mixes. Cafe Y Chocolate offers options for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike. Dig into dishes of huevos rancheros, chilaquiles with red, green, or mole sauce, and perfectly-made churros.
Cafe Y Chocolate
Brunch: All day menu served; Saturdays: 8am – 7pm, Sundays: 9am – 5pm
2100 S. Norwood Street
Pistolas Del Sur
For brunch along East Passyunk Avenue, check out Pistolas. Enjoy breakfast burritos, pork roll egg & cheese, and and Pantacos De Drizzle – crepe-like, slightly crunchy pancakes with sausage, eggs, and spicy maple syrup. For those who believe taco time is all the time, Pistolas also offers its full menu all day. Menu items are made to order, which makes it easy to adapt dishes to vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. When the weather cooperates, or if you’re brave enough to endure the last of the winter chill, bring along the pup and sit outside on the patio.
Pistola’s Del Sur
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 3pm
1934 E. Passyunk Avenue
For a taste of New Orleans, head to Bella Vista to enjoy the bountiful brunch options at Acadia. Need some hair of the dog to get over the final round from last night? Order one of the speciality cocktails ranging from bottomless mimosas, hurricanes, or speciality cocktails including the Moulin Rouge (vodka, muddled strawberries, sugar, and lemon). Acadia is a great place to take your gluten free friend or vegetarian visiting from out of town – it has clear menu labeling and several of its decadent dishes are made without meat or gluten.
Sunday Brunch: 10am – 4pm
824 S. 8th Street
For music that will gently wake your spirits from the darkness of winter, book a table for the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Pennsport’s Warmdaddy’s. Musicians delight diners with soulful and lively music while the kitchen serves up bountiful brunch options including peel-and-eat shrimp, smoked house BBQ brisket, cheddar cheese grits, and candied yams. To top that off, Warmdaddy’s offers a make your own omelet and pancake station. Brunch is $27.95 per person (tax, tip, and beverages not included). Be sure to book in advance.
Jazz Brunch: Sundays, 10:30am – 3pm
1400 S. Columbus Blvd (at Reed and Columbus)
What’s your favorite South Philly brunch spot? Give it a shout-out in the comments below!