For you, it’s not brunch without a side of smoked fish and a bagel topped with a schmear of cream cheese the size of your fist. For the closest thing to New York without any bridges or tunnels required, Queen Village’s Famous 4th Street Deli is your best bet. They don’t take reservations, but there’s no one else in town stacking corned beef higher or spreading cream cheese thicker.
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The Philadelphia Brunch Guide
Whether you’re looking to face-plant into some pancakes or host a birthday brunch, these are the best places in Philly for your favorite weekend meal.
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Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
Sam’s Morning Glory in Bella Vista has been around for over 20 years and has everything a diner should have.
Kalaya Thai Kitchen
Kalaya is a 30-seat BYOB in Bella Vista that serves the best Thai food in the city.
Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Hawthorne’s is a beer cafe in Bella Vista where you can get surprisingly good food and all the bottles you want to go.
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La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
Jerry’s is a renovated dive bar that serves good, gastropubby food and has a long list of local beers.
As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
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Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
Sandler’s On 9th
Sandler’s On 9th is an all-day spot in Center City with everything from bagels and lox to poutine.
The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
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