By Allen Foster

Be honest. Sometimes you are legitimately running late, but other times, you just want to start your day off right. A solid meal for breakfast ensures you are fully fueled and ready for whatever the day might throw at you. After all, you can’t take on the world on an empty stomach. Here are five incredible local eateries you can start frequenting so you begin the day already running at full speed!

Smart Street Healthy Kitchen & Juice Bar
38 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 761-5612
www.eatsmartstreet.com

How does organic acai, banana and apple juice topped with sliced banana, all natural peanut butter and granola sound? Like a power-packed start to your day! And that’s just one of the many locally sourced, all natural GMO-free, organic options available at Smart Street. This healthy eatery is located north of Rittenhouse Square and west of City Hall. It also features online ordering, so you can plan your perfect meal in advance, then just pick it up on your way to work. How convenient is that?!

Front Street Cafe
1253 N. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 515-3073
www.frontstreetcafe.net

Front Street Cafe, located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, is fully committed to your health. The establishment strives to utilize local, plant-based, farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible. Imagine starting your day off with their incredible Vegetable Hash, a dish made with potatoes, squash, mushrooms, onions, peppers with tofu scrambled or poached eggs. They also offer Bananas Foster Hotcakes, the Front Street Breakfast, Vegan Waffle Bites, and more. Definitely worth a visit or two… every week!

Good Karma Cafe
331 S. 22nd. St.
Philadephia, PA 19103
(215) 546-1479
www.thegoodkarmacafe.com

Everyone could use a little Good Karma. Not just in the next life, but in this one, as well! Speaking of, how about starting your day off with a Happy Buddha, which is an addictive mix of hummus, spinach, red onion, and tomato. Additionally, there’s Rox Out with Your Lox Out, Apple of My Eye, Vegan Tofu Scramble, and more. The best part? If you’re a late riser, or if you just enjoy morning fare immensely, Good Karma Cafe’s breakfast menu is available all day long! Now that’s something that could earn a cushy position in next life, for sure!

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Pure Fare
119 South 21st St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 318-7441
www.purefare.com

Fast and casual grab and go food with lot parking located in Center City?! This establishment’s got a heck of a lot going for it before even talking about its healthy menu options. Take a look: Quinoa Blueberry Muffin, Spinach Artichoke Frittata, Kale Ricotta Frittata, Oatmeal, and Quinoa Porridge. Not only does Pure Fare offer great food choices, they also have a suite of interactive web-based tools that help you achieve your health goals. Pure Fare has thought of everything!

P.S. & Co.
1706 Locust St.
Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 985-1706
www.puresweets.com

Embracing Socrates philosophy of “Food is thy medicine,” the remarkable owner of P.S. & Co. promises a uniquely delicious organic, gluten-free, plant-based menu built on the availability of organic and local ingredients. For a mind-blowing breakfast, try some Chai Pudding with Muesli, Avocado Toast, or Amaranth Porridge, served with pineapple puree and caramelized pecans. Earn a Ph.D. in eating healthy at this thoroughly impressive eatery.

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