PHILADELPHIA - Brunch season is here, and Philadelphia Best Brunch Restaurants are stepping up to the plate to serve guests top-notch fare and expertly crafted cocktails. Folks can catch up with friends over coffee or a cocktail, as well as dig into dishes ranging from the classic waffle to more innovative brunch options, like caviar and crêpes from premier locales including Townsend EPX, Royal Boucherie, Forsythia, Patchwork, The Dutch, and Rex at The Royal.

Townsend EPX, the acclaimed French restaurant located on bustling East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, recently launched an all-new Sunday brunch menu with elevated, French-focused takes on traditional breakfast and lunch classics plus stunning daytime sippers. Highlights from the brunch line-up include Eggs Benedict, served with brown butter hollandaise, duck fat rösti, and a choice of smoked salmon or Canadian bacon, French Omelette, crafted with goat cheese and herbs alongside a mixed green salad, and Vanilla French Toast, made with sourdough, whipped cream, and orange. 1623 East Passyunk Ave

Royal Boucherie, Old City’s atmospheric and lively neighborhood restaurant and bar, is back with a bustling Sunday brunch featuring an expertly curated menu consisting of mouth-watering creations such as the Blueberry Waffle ($16), served with maple syrup and chantilly cream, Escargot Bordelaise ($16), crafted with a mushroom duxelles and red wine, Steak Frites ($31), prepared with grass-fed Bavette steak, arugula-anchovy butter, and frites. Additionally, guests can indulge in Royal Boucherie’s signature, robust raw bar program featuring Shrimp Cocktails ($16), Lobster cocktails ($21), and Plateaus de Fruit de Mer ($48/$95). 52 S. 2nd Street

Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, offers brunch-goers a bevy of French-focused small plates, entrées, and a variety of unique egg dishes as expertly crafted brunch cocktails. Standout fare includes the PB&F ($18), made with foie gras mousse, kumquat, sauterns, and lemongrass gelée, Ricotta Beignets ($14) with Nutella, Caviar & Crêpes ($120), served with osetra caviar, smoked whitefish rillettes, and traditional accouterments. Smoked Salmon Benedict ($19), prepared with potato rosti, sour cream, and meyer lemon hollandaise. 233 Chestnut St

Patchwork, a lively restaurant, and bar focused on New American cuisine, located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City, boasts a deluxe weekend-long brunch. Locals and visitors can dig into a Belgium Waffle ($13), served with candied pecans, whipped butter, and maple syrup, Steak N’ Eggs ($28), made with a New York strip, two eggs, breakfast potato hash, and chimichurri, as well as an Everything Philly Muffin ($15), topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and breakfast potato hash, and the Patchwork Burger ($20) on a brioche bun prepared with cambozola, onion marmalade, and lemon garlic mayo. 1620 Chancellor St

Rex at The Royal, Philly’s sexiest new restaurant and destination for elevated Southern and Lowcountry cuisine, provides guests with a wide variety of brunch options, including Southern-inspired twists on classic dishes such as the Shrimp and Grits ($29), prepared with fresh shrimp, cheesy speckled grits, andouille sausage, and trinity, She Crab Soup ($9), made with crab bisque, crab roe, and sherry, as well as Oysters on the Half Shell ($19), served with house hot sauce and pickled cucumber mignonette. 1524 South St

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