Friday, April 23 2021 12:34

Best Brunch Spots

Written by Madison Meinel and Channimuth Miller

So many ways to eat eggs and to sip brunchtails!

Brunch! The mere word brings a smile to your face.

Brunch gives us the perfect excuse to gather with friends and family and contemplate a tempting menu as we enjoy a morning cocktail. And after a long winter and an even longer 2020, it’s about time we caught up with the people we’ve missed.

Here are some of our favorite brunch spots, starting with local dining hub West Chester then on to the western Main Line, around Chester and Delaware Counties and ending in Wilmington.

West Chester

Bar Avalon

Mimosas and Bloody Marys are brunch-time staples, made even better by Bar Avalon’s new cocktail boards. Try the sweet option (Mimosa) complete with fresh fruit, French toast bites and yogurt parfaits or the savory option (Bloody Mary) featuring classic add-ons like cheese, shrimp, bacon and olives. Don’t forget to order some food! 116 E. Gay St.

Mae’s West Chester

Mae’s West Chester

Check out Sunday brunch at Mae’s with their ever-changing seasonal menus. Enjoy brioche French toast with vanilla whiskey syrup, chorizo and green onion pancakes, Mae’s fried egg sandwich and more. 39 W. Gay St.

Roots Cafe

Feel good about your brunch with ingredients from local, sustainable farms. Even Roots’ compostable to-go cups are good for the environment. Celebrate May with a Brown Sugar Jalapeño Margarita or one of their rotating weekly cocktails like Apple Cider Mimosas. 133 E. Gay St.

Side Bar

Brunch at Side Bar means new twists on old classics, like savory French toast with smoked mozzarella and fig jam, breakfast tacos or avo toast with chickpeas and harissa sauce. Add a spring cocktail, like the Bubble-Jito or Persephone Mule and enjoy! 10 E. Gay St.

Slow Hand

Choose from classic brunch plates including a breakfast sandwich on buttermilk biscuits, pancakes with PA maple syrup and whipped butter, or biscuits and gravy with sage sausage and sunny eggs. Add a mimosa, Bloody Mary or Irish coffee for the perfect brunch combo. 30 N. Church St.

Stove & Tap

Stove & Tap

Try out Sunday brunch at this new location with shareables like fried Brussels sprouts, crispy scrapple bao buns and smoked chicken cobb. Why not add their bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys while you’re there? 158 W. Gay St.

Two Birds Cafe

This local-ingredient, scratch kitchen has a cozy atmosphere perfect for intimate brunch meet-ups. Popular eats include buttermilk pancakes, hen’s egg platter filled with country potatoes and Southern eggs Benedict with pimento cheese, Tasso ham and biscuits. 653 Downingtown Pk.


The Classic Diner

For classic brunch dishes, this is just the spot. With a menu full of buttermilk pancakes, brioche French toast, egg platters and plenty of eggs Benedict variations, you’ll find exactly what you’re craving. 827 Lincoln Ave.

Malvern Buttery

For busy weekends, stop by Malvern Buttery for take-out brunch options. Snack on freshly baked croissants, sticky buns, chicken potpies and much more. Add delicious drinks like their bottled cold brew, cafe au lait or a macchiato. 233 E. King St.


Terrain Cafe

Embrace spring at your weekend brunch with greenhouse seating. Savor smoked salmon toast, a harvest bowl or fried cauliflower sandwich. Paired with unique brunch cocktails like The Real Dill Bloody Mary and Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa. 138 Lancaster Ave. (Also in Glen Mills)

Chester Springs

Bloom Southern Kitchen

Head over for a Southern brunch experience at Bloom. Popular eats include fried chicken and rosemary waffles, stuffed brown sugar pumpkin French toast and fried green tomato BLT. Explore cocktails named after famous Southern cities—Savannah with rosemary infused vodka and Augusta with house-made sweet tea and lemonade. 123 Pottstown Pk.

Epicurean Garage

Get your comfort food fix at Epicurean Garage. Take your wild mushroom, bacon and brie omelet out on the patio and enjoy the spring air. It’s BYOB, so don’t forget your brunch champagne. 570 Simpson Dr.

Kennett Square & Chadds Ford

The Gables

The Gables

Brunch al fresco on the picturesque patio. Enjoy entrees including vanilla bean French toast, shrimp and grits, or The Gables chicken sandwich. Add a cocktail like their peach and berry sangria and prepare for a perfect Sunday. 423 Baltimore Pk.

Talula’s Table

Nothing beats sweets and at Talula’s Table you can pick up freshly baked pastries including chocolate croissants, mixed berry scones or lemon and lavender polenta cakes. Or those with savory cravings can tuck into croissant breakfast sandwiches, egg frittatas and breakfast burritos. 102 W. State St.


Autograph Brasserie

Brunch with your favorite celebrities (in photos) on entrees like cinnamon donuts, breakfast BLTs and the classic, eggs Benedict. Plus delicious cocktails—Pear Necessities, Bacon Mary and multiple variations of Bellinis. 503 W. Lancaster Ave.

Black Powder Tavern

Give me liberty or give me brunch! Travel back in time at this brunch spot with tempting entrees including smoked whitefish dip or poached egg croque madame. Pair with a Bloody Mary or mimosa for a historic brunch. 1164 Valley Forge Rd.



Enjoy Italian specialties on Rosalie’s spacious veranda. Try Lioni Mozzarella with charred broccolini, blood orange mostarda and focaccia or a Lioni burrata with citrus, watercress and pistachio vinaigrette. 139 E. Lancaster Ave.

White Dog Cafe

Plan brunch on their outdoor patio and share dishes like fried chicken Benedict or avocado BLT on toasted brioche. Take a moment to toast the spring weather with a fresh Basil Bloody Mary using Revivalists Spirits spicy gin. 200 W. Lancaster Ave. (Also in Haverford and Glen Mills)


Station Taproom

Green Street Grill

This is the spot for great specialty omelets, ranging from Greek with feta cheese and olives to Southwestern with bell peppers and salsa. Or settle in for crowd favorite, “The Mainline Benny,” with poached eggs, avocado and hollandaise on cornbread. 150 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Station Taproom

With so many cocktails to try, start with a spicy house-made Bloody Mary or Spiced Whiskey Sangria. Pair it with something fun, like corned beef eggrolls with honey mustard dipping sauce. 207 W. Lancaster Ave.


Bittersweet Kitchen

Feel good knowing the freshest ingredients are in your brunch. Try Bittersweet’s crème brûlée pancakes, challah stuffed French toast or the classic Bittersweet breakfast with eggs, biscuits and potatoes. Afterwards, take the goodness home from their bakeshop. 18 S. Orange St.

House Restaurant

Stop in for classic omelets, sizzling skillets and unique specials. Expand your typical brunch fare with something new like the Shakshuka, a Middle Eastern-inspired dish with poached eggs, spicy tomato broth and goat cheese. 110 S. Jackson St.


Sedona Taphouse

Dig into delicious Nutella French toast, a crab Benedict or a margherita omelet. While you’re there, try craft cocktails, like the Sedona White Sangria with fresh juices or Xique-Xique with cucumber vodka. 131 Bridge St. (Also in West Chester)


Columbus Inn

Plan a family-style Sunday brunch. Order the shellfish and avocado toast with lobster, shrimp and crab on sourdough, or a sweet apple cobbler French toast made with thick cut brioche and cinnamon cream cheese icing. Yum! 2216 Pennsylvania Ave.

Le Cavalier

Settle in for a full brunch or keep it light with smaller plates like avocado tartine or shrimp cocktail. Make it a brunch date and order Marys for Two or Bubbles for Two with unique drink varieties like orange/rosemary and peach/mint. 42 W. 11th St.