Hometown Tuesday: Best Brunch in Manayunk

There aren’t too many things in this world that are better than brunch. Call me a stereotypical white girl all you want but you know I’m right. As an avid brunch enthusiast, it’s quite convenient that I find myself residing in what is arguably the brunch capital of Philadelphia.

Manayunk’s Main Street is lined with tasty restaurant after tasty restaurant, each with its own unique brunch specials. Most restaurants in Manayunk offer some sort of brunch but no two are quite the same.

On this page, I’m going to introduce you to three of the best (in my opinion) places to grab brunch in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Read ahead with caution — you will get hungry!

U.S. Hotel Bar & Grill

The first place I ever went for brunch after I moved to Manayunk was the U.S. Hotel Bar & Grill. From the outside, even in the daylight, this place is slightly off-putting. Take it from me, though, it is completely 100% worth it.

The U.S. Hotel Bar & Grill offers a brunch menu of about ten or 12 items that you won’t find anywhere on the internet. I’ve tried a variety of their brunch items including the Angry Bird Breakfast Sandwich featuring fried chicken and a sunnyside-up egg, which was hearty and lunch-like but still delicious nonetheless.

My go-to brunch dish from here, though, is their steak and eggs with tater tots. You haven’t had steak and eggs until you’ve had it from here. Their marinate a strip of tender flank steak in a tangy house sauce and pair it with two perfectly cooked eggs, which I always get dippy. The best part about this dish is that it’s just the right amount of food.

The other best part of this dish is that it goes together perfectly with both their $1 mimosas that they make by the bucket and their $2 Bloody Mary’s — my absolute favorite drink.

Winnie’s Manayunk

Winnie’s Manayunk is an eclectic, full-service restaurant, but Winnie truly shines between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on every day of the week. Winnie’s Manayunk offers an expansive brunch menu that ranges from vegan berry oatmeal to a surf n’ turf cheesesteak to creme brulee french toast. Whether you’re craving breakfast or lunch, they have something for you.

This is especially true if you’re looking something that falls right in between the two which can be none other than eggs benedict. Eggs benedict is my go-to when it comes to brunch because hollandaise can’t disappoint in a way that most other foods can.

They always have their traditional eggs benedict, which comes topped with smoked Canadian bacon and chive hollandaise, as well as a veggie option and a specialty option. I’ve had a crab eggs benedict here that is to die for, but you can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Also, do not sleep on the cornbread at Winnie’s especially when it’s hot out of the oven. Slather that baby up with butter and then some of their house-made jam, and you’ll be in brunch heaven.

SOMO Manayunk

My first experience at SOMO Manayunk was a boujee date during restaurant week that felt a bit out of my league. However, I’ve been back recently to dabble with their brunch menu, and I’d dabbled and a half.

At first glance, the menu at SOMO Manayunk seems a bit out-there. But, once you get past the delightfully hipster-ish facade, you’ll see that everything on the menu is reminiscent of mom-made comfort food. Every dish is someone innovative and familiar at the same time.

Normally, I’m a savory breakfast kind of gal but I decided to branch out a bit at SOMO with Fried Chicken French Toast — and it did not disappoint. It is literally a thick slab of French toast topped with the biggest piece of fried chicken you’ve ever seen, two sunny-side-up eggs, and chorizo gravy. It comes with housemade slaw and syrup, and, mixed together, this heaping mess is a meal you’ll never want to stop eating and getting all over yourself.

I have yet to try a breakfast cocktail from here, but I can proudly say that I really enjoy their coffee — I’m usually pretty picky about a regular cup of Joe.

In reality, anywhere you go to eat in Manayunk is sure to please because the unbelievable rent on Main Street has weeded out the weak. Enjoy your brunch!

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