It’s nearing that time of the year where colorfully dyed eggs are on everybody’s mind. Come this Easter Sunday, if you don’t have the particular aching to whip up a feast at home, why not spring into the city and treat your taste buds to some of these restaurants for a tasty brunch or a hearty dinner?
A hidden treasure of South Philadelphia, Chhaya offers waffles that will surely put your Thanksgiving cornbread to shame. After a sunny morning of egg-hunting, stop by and indulge in a cornbread waffle drenched in sausage gravy. To get in the holiday spirit, top it off with a fried egg. If you’re feeling sweet, try one of their spring specials, including orange pecan pancakes that will give your step some zest. Chhaya will be open from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
Cafe Lift, an artsy spot subtly located on 13th street, has a vibrant red sign to help the café stand out amongst the monotony of the street. This cash-only joint is open 9 am to 3 pm on Easter Sunday. Their menu varies from tacos to frittatas to Italian flavored crepes and cannoli. Owner Michael Pasquarello does not disappoint with the aesthetic or the taste.
Known for their red-velvet pancakes, Green Eggs Cafe has three different locations spread across the city. Treat yourself to a classic Eggs Benedict or commit to their “Kitchen Sink” that is comprised of three scrambled eggs with sausage crumbles, cheese, potatoes, peppers and onions, topped with a homemade jumbo biscuit and country style pork sausage gravy.
If you started celebrating (maybe a bit too hard on Easter eve), try Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too. Sabrina's is one of the best hangover brunch spots in Philadelphia, known for their outrageously well-portioned French toast. You must forget the calory count and what it could do to your pant size. Their True Life: I Ate a Whole Stuffed French Toast is so delectable, just reading it on the menu will cause some severe salivation. This location is BYOB, so bring your pre-made Bloody Marys and make this Easter unforgettable. Sabrina's will be open from 8 am to 4 pm this Easter sunday.
Located in the heart of the Philadelphia, Serafina is one of the tougher places to get a table in the city. This Easter, Serafina will be open from 11 am to midnight. They offer over 20 varieties of pizza, homemade pasta, and fresh grilled meats and seafood.
If you are feeling celebratory, come to Tria, a destination for wine, cheese, and beer. You can enjoy a boozy afternoon brunch here without feeling the need to dress formal; you can swirl your wine glass in blue-jeans and a white tee. Tria is open every day of every week from noon to the late sultry nights. Every Sunday, they offer their “special Sunday school,” which entails specific items on the menu to be priced at a very low cost. If their Sunday school items don’t please you, try their Bruschetta or savor a three cheese and tomato Panino sandwich.
Should you be feeling proper and want to partake in a British style afternoon tea, come to Dandelion, a Stephen Starr restaurant. If the interior design doesn’t make you want to stay, perhaps their brunch menu will titillate your taste buds. Come from 10 am to 3 pm to catch their brunch menu and enjoy a cup of tea paired with their English breakfast or some porridge.
Open from 8 am to 9pm on Easter Sunday, Marathon Grill will be offering a special on the menu for their Sunday brunch. A new American cuisine flavor, try their tomato, smoked salmon, and goat cheese omelette or some short stack pancakes with home fries.
For all the Mexican lovers, El Vez, another Stephen Starr establishment, will be offering a special entrée (to be revealed on the day) along with their regular menu from 11 am to 10bpm. Treat yourself to their Mexican (malted) waffle while sipping on their “Cochino Caliente” Bloody Mary that has a bacon and chipotle blend.
Stephen Starr’s Butcher & Singer steakhouse is a great place to end your Easter Sunday. Dab on some red lipstick women, and tie up your best bowtie gentlemen, and come bask in an old Hollywood feel while dining on their swordfish entrée or their dry aged Porterhouse. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m.