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Cookie dough-stuffed french toast, Thai street noodles, fresh-ground sirloin burgers — is your stomach growling? Then it’s time to head to Brewerytown, Philadelphia, where you’ll find some of the city’s best breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert spots. Whether you’re a local looking for your new favorite hangout or a visitor hoping to sample everything Philly has to offer, one thing is certain — you won’t leave this neighborhood hungry.
Early morning risers and brunch enthusiasts will love these Brewerytown, Philadelphia restaurants:
Named for its location on Girard Avenue, 2637brew is a bar and brunch hotspot with craft beers and cocktails and a menu self-described as “elevated comfort food.” Inside the cozy, industrialized exposed brick restaurant, enjoy classic breakfast staples, like a mixed fruit or chocolate parfait, carrot cake oats and a number of decadent egg dishes. Try out-of-the-box originals, like chicken wings and waffles and 2637brew’s “hangover cure” pho. Avocado toast-lovers will enjoy toppings like cranberries, bleu cheese and walnuts.
On the “liquid brunch” menu, start your day off the right way with a ginger apple fizz — made with vodka, cider and champagne — or a spiked Vietnamese coffee with chocolate bitters, serrano pepper-infused tequila, chicory and condensed milk. 2637brew also has ongoing events showcasing local music talent.
Green Eggs Cafe has been the go-to brunch spot for many Philly residents, and that popularity is the reason a sixth location recently opened on 2800 West Girard Avenue. In addition to weekly specials, Green Eggs Cafe has classic egg dishes, now-famous red velvet pancakes and a tofu scramble made with vegan sausage. One of the best parts of breakfast here means choosing from one of the restaurant’s french toast flavors, like salted caramel banana, pecan pie, creme brûlée and cookie dough.
Looking to try something new? Don’t leave without grabbing a breakfast egg roll, made with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and served with sriracha ketchup and cheese sauce.
Whether you prefer lighter fare or an indulgent mid-day meal, here are a couple of the best Brewerytown restaurants to grab lunch.
iMunch Cafe at 1233 North 31st Street is passionate about offering health-conscious cuisine that never sacrifices flavor or authenticity. Choose from soul-fueling favorites like a smoked fish or hummus plate, a pressed panini stuffed with Italian tuna, roasted red peppers and olive tapenade, or try one of the restaurant’s variations on the BLT by subbing in turkey or avocado.
One of iMunch Cafe’s best-selling dishes — sold more than 12,000 times — is their salmon patty sandwich, made with a salmon cake, lettuce, tomato, avocado and spicy mayonnaise. Top off your meal with a cafe creation, such as a sticky bun latte, brewed loose tea or a fruit smoothie.
NINE at 2829 West Girard Avenue is a flavor-lovers’ dream. The bring-your-own-wine eatery is lead by a chef with 19 years of experience, who serves up favorites like roasted duck tacos, dumplings and Tom Yum or Tom Kha soup. Locals love the Thai street food menu, which features things like Thai jerky or Khao Mun Gai with winter melon soup and ginger soy sauce. The Moo Ping with tamarind sauce and optional sticky-rice is another crowd-pleasing favorite. For dessert, cool off with Thai or coconut ice cream or sip on a smooth imported Thai ice tea made with half-and-half.
Crime + Punishment Brewing Company at 2711 West Girard Avenue is a quirky, community-minded eatery inspired by Russian literature and local history. The menu is as interesting as the concept — caramelized cauliflower with pumpkin seed satsivi, mushroom stroganoff with cashew cream, potato pierogis, sauerkraut or roasted chicken made with cherry gastrique. Enjoy brewery-made drinks like “Ghost Station,” brewed with lemon zest and 200 pounds of raspberry puree, or “Pretend Winter Happened,” an imperial stout with chocolate, vanilla and tangerine.
Juicy gourmet burgers, creative pizzas, authentic Indian cuisine — no matter how you enjoy your dinner, Brewerytown has a place for you.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Brewerytown, Spot Gourmet Burgers on 2821 West Girard has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Each burger is made with fresh-ground sirloin, and the menu has something for everyone. “The Jawn,” made with ribeye, sloppy joe meat, fries, Cheez Whiz, onions and Spot sauce won Best of Philly’s best menu item award in 2016. Other mouthwatering favorites include the veggie-friendly Umami mushroom burger with pickled daikon, the house-butchered cheesesteaks and the Roquefort burger with bleu cheese and a truffle balsamic reduction.
Pizza Dads at 2843 Girard is known for their delicious and unique plant or protein-based pies. Choose from favorites like the Barbie Pie made with house-made barbecue chicken or the Patrick Pie, which features root beer-braised beef, hot cherry peppers and a combination of cheeses. Non-pizza offerings include lamb merguez, herbed Greek yogurt and pickles made in-house.
For true Indian cooking, make your way to 2817 West Girard to JYOTi Indian Bistro. This restaurant highlights fresh, all-natural ingredients on set and rotating menus. Enjoy the samosas appetizer made with peas, potatoes and chutney or Raita yogurt with mint, tomato, cucumber and Indian spices. Baked Kati rolls, Naan, Roti, Poori and Parantha bread make the perfect accompaniment to every entree. The dessert menu — with things like Kheer, a basmati rice pudding served with rose water, cardamom and almonds — is enough to keep you coming back for more.
For a sweet treat at the end of the day or a quick and tasty mid-day jolt, these cafes offer memorable coffee beverages alongside yummy desserts and pastries.
The Monkey & The Elephant at 2831 West Girard is serving delicious food and making a real difference in the community as Philadelphia’s first and only non-profit coffee shop. The shop employs those aging out of the foster care system and helps them build skills through workshops, supportive services and surrounding them with a loving community.
On the menu, you’ll find classic coffee shop drinks, as well as snack time favorites like scones, loaf cakes, trail mix, popcorn and apples with peanut butter. You can also enjoy your brew with an English muffin topped with figs, smoked gouda, sun-dried tomatoes or goat cheese.
The family-owned Lucky Goat Coffeehouse on 888 North 26th Street is a community gathering space for coffee lovers, locals, visitors or anyone looking for a friendly face. The coffee house works to present African culture alongside delicious specialty drinks that operate on a seasonal menu.
Depending on the time of year, you’ll enjoy the summer flavors of an orange truffle mocha or Lulu’s Lavender Lemonade. In the fall, sip on a Spooky Cider made with gingerbread and cinnamon or try the famous Bacon Breve, which they serve with real bacon, whipped cream and maple syrup. Warm up in the winter with a honey and ginger espresso drink or a Mint Chocolate Kiss Breve. Finally, usher in the blooming flowers of spring with a honey and mint iced tea or the Renewal Latte with rose and vanilla.
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