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The Best Philadelphia Breakfast Restaurants

Twelve picks for a great morning meal

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We're a brunch-going people, Philadelphians – come Saturday and Sunday, we'll wait for hours to enjoy an airy omelet or fruit-topped pancakes at our favorite spot. But what about weekdays? Most of the brunch spots we love are open for breakfast during the week as well, serving up the same spectacular food without the lines. So whether you're in the city on vacation or playing hooky from work, check out the best Philadelphia breakfasts:

1. Café Estelle

Cafe Estelle
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Labeled "one of the city's best new bruncheries" by Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, Café Estelle makes almost everything they serve – including surprising foods like sausage and ice cream - on site.

444 N 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-5080

2. Dutch Eating Place

Located in Reading Terminal Market, the Dutch Eating Place is the go-to spot for a big Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast, scrapple and all.

1136 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-0425

3. Sam's Morning Glory Diner

The term "diner" isn't quite accurate for this popular breakfast location that's more fresh-and-friendly than greasy spoon.

10th St. & Fitzwater St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-3999

4. Hinge Café

Hinge Cafe
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This eclectic coffee bar and restaurant serves three meals a day as well as hosting yoga classes, acoustic music and other events.

2652 E Somerset St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 425-6614

5. Ida Mae's Bruncherie

Located in the heart of Fishtown, Ida Mae's serves up a variety of options including a traditional Irish breakfast.

2302 E Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 426-4209

6. Honest Tom's Taco Truck

This tan truck features an ever-changing array of breakfast tacos. They truck isn't always in the same place, though, so you're best checking Honest Tom's twitter account before heading over.

33rd St. & Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

7. The Metro Café at Farmicia

Part Farmicia, part Metropolitan Bakery, the Metro Café serves up breakfasts to please vegans and meat-lovers alike.

15 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6274

8. Honey's Sit-N-Eat

Honey's serves a combination of Southern comfort food and Jewish cuisine with a heaping dose of fresh, local ingredients.

800 N 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1150

9. Café Lift

Cafe Lift
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This "Euro style" café serves decadent pancakes, egg-filled crepes and delicious frittatas.

428 N 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-3031

10. Carman's Country Kitchen

Sassy and a little strange (you can reserve a table that's in the bed of a pickup truck parked out front), Carman's is one of the odder – but certainly delicious – breakfast spots. Try the challah french toast.

1301 S 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-9613

11. Ants Pants Café

Breakfast classics with a twist are available all day.

2212 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 875-8002

12. Sabrina's Café

Sabrina's Cafe
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Sabrina's is widely considered to have one of the best brunches in Philadelphia. Try it for weekday breakfast to avoid the weekend wait.

910 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 574-1599

1804 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 636-9061

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