It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with these breakfast and brunch specials, it just might be the most affordable, delicious and fun. From complimentary cups of coffee and special menu items to drink specials and all-you-can-eat deals, these Philadelphia spots have plenty of offers that are worth getting out of bed to enjoy.
10 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
One minute you’re on the streets of Old City, and the next you’re having brunch in Havana. That’s what it feels like when you visit Cuba Libre. The menu is set up tapas style with three to four dishes recommended per person, but you can get the most bang for your buck by choosing the unlimited brunch option. Up until 1:30 p.m., your table can enjoy unlimited tapas for $26 per person. Cornmeal pancakes with mango butter and crispy bacon, a chorizo sausage and potato omelet and Cuban-style French toast are just a few of the favorites. The unlimited brunch option must be ordered by everyone at the table.
3945 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
From Iron Chef Jose Garces comes Distrito, a lively two-story spot in University City serving up modern Mexican street foods. Visit during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and enjoy the ultimate cheap brunch and a drink. For just $10, you can order Distrito’s “Kegs and Eggs,” consisting of a draft beer and an egg dish. Choose from three egg entrees, including huevos rancheros (fried egg with roasted tomato, black beans and asparagus), huarache de tomate (roasted tomato and fried egg over baby arugula with a bacon lager vinaigrette) and torta de huevos (egg over easy with bacon, refried beans, avocado and cheese). For a more substantial meal, go for the two-course brunch with complimentary Garces Trading Company coffee for $21 per person. Favorite dishes include the traditional guacamole, steak and eggs and mahi mahi tacos.
15 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19176
With a focus on local, seasonal ingredients, Farmicia is a 122-seat Old City restaurant and bar offering great food and drinks made with artisanal, organic producers. Proving that happy hour isn’t just a weekday activity, specials are offered on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy dishes such as an egg quesadilla, Amish cheddar grits or a goat cheese panini along with half-price alcoholic drinks. This offer includes all specialty cocktails, glasses of wine, draught beer, etc. Favorites include Farmicia’s signature bloody mary, named the Barn Burner, and fresh-pressed orange juice with Prosecco (both normally $10 each). For a non-boozy alternative, the alternating fresh-pressed juices of the day are always delicious.
Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop
6030 Torresdale Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Along with its new name, Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop (formerly Chink’s) now has new hours. For the first time since opening in 1949, the quirky malt, steak and soda shop is now open on Sundays. To celebrate, Joe’s is offering a Sunday breakfast special that’s the perfect hangover cure after a Saturday night out. At the same price as the regular cheesesteak ($5.75 for a small, $7.95 for a large), the Sunday “Steak and Eggs” is the favorite cheesesteak with two eggs, cooked any way you like them, on top. Pair your egg-topped sandwich with one of Joe’s famous egg creams or specialty sodas.
2491 Grant Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Along with a fun, friendly atmosphere and arguably some of the most delicious milkshakes in the area, Nifty Fifty’s is also known for offering one of the best breakfasts in town. Now, breakfast is being served until noon every day. In addition to great, affordable options such as breakfast sandwiches for $3.79 and three buttermilk pancakes for $4.99, all breakfast platters are served with fresh-brewed coffee, toast and hash browns. This offer includes any of the two-egg platters (with your choice of breakfast meat) for $5.89, the $13.39 filet mignon platter with filet and two eggs and any of the three-egg omelets.
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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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