16 Delicious Main Line Brunches
These local spots do the week’s most anticipated meal right.
Xolo Tacos in Bryn Mawr.
For the Bride
This beautiful venue is the perfect place to make memories. Elegant farmhouse décor sets the tone for a luxurious girls’ brunch. The menu pleases with a mix of savory and sweet, such as bourbon French toast and salmon Benedict—which both pair delightfully with mimosas. Choose from the buffet or à la carte, and enjoy your meal on the serene covered patio or within the polished interior.
423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7700, www.thegablesatchaddsford.com.
Just because you’re doing business doesn’t mean you should settle when it comes to food. Standards like eggs Benedict and a turkey club with house-made chips share the Classic Diner’s menu with strawberry-and-Nutella-stuffed French toast and a grilled-salmon BLT with avocado and lemon-chive mayo on a brioche bun. Quick, friendly service and an unfussy interior let you focus on the topics—and meal—at hand.
352 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 725-0515; 16 E. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 947-0809; www.theclassicdinerpa.com.
A Taste of Britain in Wayne.
Been too long since you’ve caught up with your bestie? Sneak away to this cozy café for a full afternoon tea. Enjoy the selection of sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as the homemade scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd. Tea lovers will delight in the wide variety from around the globe.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-0390, www.atasteofbritaininwayne.com.
When just the two of you need to get away, duck into a quiet booth at the romantically modern Harvest, and enjoy locally sourced fare. Brunch is served all weekend, featuring something for everyone—vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo or none of the above.
549 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 358-1005; 555 E. Lancaster Ave., Radnor, (484) 584-4975; www.harvestseasonalgrill.com.
Reservations are recommended at this rustic 200-year-old country inn. Sunday brunch is three decadent courses, including homemade sticky buns and biscuits to whet your appetite. The menu boasts lighter options like brûléed red grapefruit, plus heftier plates like a grilled boneless pork chop with maple-pecan glaze and mashed sweet potatoes. Don’t miss the Belgian waffle with honey-whipped mascarpone.
2105 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, (610) 933-8148, www.kimbertoninn.com.
Any time of day, this tried-and-true Wayne fixture serves up all the classics. Breakfast sandwiches and omelets round out the stick-to-your-ribs options, while French toast and buttermilk pancakes offer a lighter, sweeter way to get your fill. Our go-to is the Main Line Special—two pancakes, two eggs any style, one sausage and two slices of bacon. Snag a scratch-made cake for the road.
320 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-1575, www.minellasdiner.com.
Eclectic art featuring nods to ’60s pop culture adorns the walls of this casual, modern diner. The plate-sized pancakes and scrumptious French toast are enough to keep kids busy, but there’s also plenty of room for them to color and read. Meanwhile, dig into the generous build-your-own omelets—we like the combo of short rib, mushrooms, onions and sharp provolone.
150 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown, (610) 873-1700, www.greenstgrill.com.
A Bevy of Benedicts (and Hangover Cures)
The dark wood exterior of this West Chester hot spot belies the sunny interior that’s bustling with morning cheer. The menu boasts seven takes on eggs Benedict with fun names like the Main Line—avocado, sweet cornbread and poached eggs smothered in hollandaise. It’s the perfect recovery food for when you’ve just crushed a morning workout or had a long night.
6 Market St., West Chester, (610) 429-5328, www.themarketstreetgrill.com.
Dine alfresco at this quaint restaurant, set on a working Chester County farm. Choose from the covered porch overlooking the farm or a picnic table on the lawn. Locally raised ingredients fuel a creative American menu that changes daily. The kitchen’s artistic plating adds charm. Don’t miss dishes with the farm’s own grass-fed beef, woodland-pastured heritage-breed pork, and pastured chicken.
150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, (610) 942-7481, www.wyebrookfarm.com.
Bed and Brunch
Chef Scott Megill’s culinary prowess is as apparent at breakfast as it is at dinner. Dishes like crêpes stuffed with local soft-ripened cheese and chamomile apple butter are a cut above the usual breakfast suspects. An eye toward local sourcing and seasonal flavors keeps the plates fresh and interesting. Come for the wine tasting and chef’s dinners, and stay for the cozy suites and delectable breakfast.
50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4711, www.gracewinery.com.
Spicy Mexican Brunch
The décor is bright, sunny and polished, with a rustic cantina charm. Be prepared for bold flavors and authentic Mexican ingredients like nopales (cactus pads) and flor de calabaza (squash blossoms). Our favorites are the huevos rancheros, the frittata with chorizo and potatoes, and the selection of filling brunch burritos. Wash it down with a mango-habanero margarita.
14 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-7777, www.xolotacos.com.
A blend of modern European influences and oriental accents elevates the ambiance of this Main Line gem. Enjoy a complimentary champagne while you decide where to take your taste buds. Go continental with the omelet station, cheese blintzes or yogurt parfaits. Or maybe stay traditional with Kobe-beef spicy noodles and sushi rolls. We say mix and match until you’re content. Keep things buzzing with killer cocktails.
789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, (610) 527-5700, www.azieonmain.com.
Cheese and beer—a match made in heaven. Why not start the weekend off with this culinary combo? Every Sunday features half-price cheeses, with local and global choices ranging from fresh goat to funky blue. This Wayne darling’s beer list is legendary. Carefully curated drafts shine alongside a cellared list full of inspiring, unique brews. Round out the meal with mussels and burgers.
124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 293-9909, www.teresas-cafe.com.
Pour Richard's Coffee Company in Devon.
You’ll need two hands for the treats at Pour Richard’s. The oversized doughnuts, sticky buns and cookies are as delicious as they are colossal. They also pair perfectly with the craft coffee that’s roasted on-site and brewed up by a talented team of baristas. Chocoholics will love the artisan bars from Taza and Twenty-Four Blackbirds.
36 Berkley Road, Devon, (484) 857-9406, www.pourrichardscoffee.com.
Mistral is a playground for the talents of chefs Scott Anderson and Ben Nerenhausen. Every plate is gorgeously composed. Snacks and small plates offer up global flavors and evocative combinations. Expect creative large plates like the farm-egg frittata, with New England crab, asparagus, black truffle and Old Bay sourdough toast. Finish with a very shareable bowl of chocolate for dessert—chocolate ganache, brownies and potato chips.
160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (610) 768-1630, www.mistralkop.com.
Something for Everyone
This Main Line mainstay was established 1979 and now has 10 locations in the Philadelphia area. The service is fast, the food is delicious, and there’s simply something for everyone. Omelets, eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and assorted platters team up with a full roster of salads and sandwiches. The specialty-cake French toast—our favorite is the carrot cake—is a must.
Multiple locations, www.nudyscafes.com.