Start your Day with Great Food in Philadelphia

When most people  think of Philadelphia,  visions of cheese steaks and pretzels come to mind. Breakfast isn’t usually what comes to mind.  It should because there are some very special places in Philadelphia to have a fantastic breakfast. Here are a few personal favorites.

Beau Monde

This writers all time favorite breakfast restaurant in Philadelphia is Beau Monde Creperie. If  you are looking for something traditional this might not be for you but if you want to try a creperie you won’t be disappointed. They only serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday so plan accordingly.

While not served traditionally,  you can find all the elements of a traditional breakfast used in creative ways. The steak and eggs with a buckwheat crepe and some very good home fries is a very satisfactory choice or more to my taste is the scrambled eggs with blueberries and maple syrup in a sweet crepe. The best part is that you can have a dessert crepe as your meal or add it to your meal, either way it is dessert with breakfast.

Morning Glory Diner

Morning Glory Diner  in South Philly is very popular. If you go on a weekend plan to spend upwards of 45 minutes in line to get a seat. Another problem before you get in line is finding a parking space. We circled the restaurant like Indians with a wagon train. We added at least a half hour to our breakfast wait just trying to park.

Is it worth it, locals certainly seem to think so. The portions are generous and the service is friendly. They are know for their frittatas which can be had with a variety of ingredients including tofu. They serve steel cut oatmeal, lots of fresh pancakes (pecan, chocolate chip, homemade biscuits can be had instead of toast and Challah French toast are always a favorite. They serve real maple syrup which is a winner with me.

There is really something for everyone here with a steak and eggs choice and a granola with yogurt and fruit. This is a family friendly place where you will get a full stomach without totally emptying your wallet.

Dutch Eating Place

Everyone needs to try scrapple at some point in their lives. Personally one try was enough  but there are plenty of other hearty and delicious choices at Dutch Eating Place . The Cinnamon Apple French toasts are my favorite with a side of thick sliced bacon they make a hearty and delicious choice. If you are getting one of their omelets I am going to suggest the rye toast, this is real rye bread with a chewy crust and lots of flavor. Portions are generous, the coffee is hot and served quickly and service is efficient. Don’t let the long line scare you, service is fast and turnover quick. Seating is at two luncheonette type counters with stools.

Down Home Diner

Not only the food is down home at Down Home Diner, the waitresses wear overalls and are inclined to call you Hon, once you get past the corn, the food is exceptional. If you order a platter you will get stewed apples and home-fries with your meal. These are huge platters, fried and scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and since this is Philly the Philly steak omelet. In keeping with the Amish tradition they have Amish made yogurt and granola which is a favorite of mine.

One thing for certain, when you stop for breakfast in Philadelphia you won’t be going away hungry no matter which of these restaurants you choose.