No matter the weekend or the weather, Day by Day always seems to have a line. They’re only open from 9:30am to 2:30pm, so the window for brunch is a little tighter than some other spots in the city. They also don’t take reservations, but they do have very friendly service, a rotating assortment of stuffed French toasts, and potato pancakes with smoked salmon. Stick with the more classic American brunch dishes and skip the huevos rancheros for once.
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Village Whiskey is one of the more low-key Rittenhouse bars with food that you’d actually want to go to.
Bob & Barbara’s Cocktail Lounge
Bob & Barbara’s is exactly what you want from a dive bar. It’s also the birthplace of the Citywide, so it’s basically royalty.
Helm is a good date spot in Rittenhouse where you can have a few drinks and split some seasonal small plates.
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Aether is a seafood restaurant in Fishtown with a solid raw bar and wine list, but not much else.
South is both a low country restaurant and a jazz bar - and it’s just as good for the music as it is for the po’ boys and creole food.
The Grill At Smuckers
Smucker’s is a stand in Reading Terminal Market with great breakfast and roast beef sandwiches.
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Middle Child is a contemporary diner/deli in Midtown Village that serves breakfast and lunch every day but Monday.
Cafe Lift is a good option for brunch just north of Center City. Make sure to get some cannoli French toast.
Sandler’s On 9th
Sandler’s On 9th is an all-day spot in Center City with everything from bagels and lox to poutine.
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