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Favorite Family Breakfast Spots Around the Main Line

The Main Line Parent's A to Z list of the most delish places to dine out for breakfast!

Making time to go out for breakfast can turn an ordinary day into a little vacation, don’t you think? And when the impulse strikes, it’s good to know some tasty, local breakfast spots! 

We asked the Main Line Parent Community to name their favorite places around the Main Line where you can order from a full menu of breakfast options and sit down to dine. We got lots of great recommendations, so get to know these favorite spots on the Main Line and in the surrounding areas. Because sometimes breakfast is the best meal of the day!

Apple Walnut Cafe

2924 West Chester Pike, Broomall

What’s in a name? For the Apple Walnut Cafe, it’s a pie that built a cafe—a scrumptious apple and cream cheese pastry, topped with cinnamon and brown-sugared walnuts. But beyond their stellar desserts, this cafe is a true scratch kitchen brought to you by the family that has run The Dining Car in Northeast Philly for 60+ years. Their menu features three pages of breakfast favorites, including crepes and a gluten-free section. Open for breakfast and lunch, every day from 8 am–2:30 pm.

Ardmore Station Cafe

6 Station Rd, Ardmore

This cozy, family-owned cafe gets lots of thumbs up from the Main Line Parent community.  Their extensive menu covers all the breakfast bases with classic platters, plus options with a twist. Just a hop across the street from the Ardmore train station, the Cafe serves breakfast and lunch from 8 am–2 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. 

Black Cat Cafe

42 Berkley Road, Devon

The Black Cat Cafe serves up tasty homemade food in a comfy, cottage atmosphere, but what’s really the cat’s meow, is that it’s a cafe with a mission! All proceeds from the restaurant benefit P.A.L.S, a cat rescue organization. When you browse the inspired menu, you’ll notice some cat-themed entrees, like Tiggers French Toast with mango/papaya or passion fruit butter, the generous Garfield Sampler, and Puss In Boots, a creamed chipped beef on toast. Breakfast from 9 am–2 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. 

The Classic Diner

352 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern

The Classic Diner serves up generous portions of traditional diner fare with an emphasis on presentation and “the art of a well-prepared breakfast and lunch.” Think upscale diner food with high-quality ingredients and an updated approach. Main Line Parent Community member, Mary W. says “their food is SOOO good. And they have a ton of gluten free delicious options!” Open weekdays from 6:30 am–2 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am–3 pm.

Diane’s Sidewalk Deli

500 Chesterbrook Blvd, Chesterbrook

Diane’s Sidewalk Deli gets rave reviews for its huge portions of excellent food and friendly atmosphere. “It has wonderful local owners,” says Stacy A. “It’s a small joint that makes you feel like family!” In fact, this local favorite has been family owned and operated for more than 27 years and embodies the traditions of a New York-style deli. Breakfast served weekdays, 8 am –10:40 am; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am–11:20 am. 

Dixie Picnic

215 Lancaster Ave, Malvern

Photo of sticky bun french toast, syrup bottle, oj, and bacon courtesy of Lauren L on Yelp
Photo of Sticky Bun French Toast courtesy of Lauren L. on Yelp

This unassuming little storefront cafe is a beloved local restaurant known for its breakfasts, boxed lunches, and their in-house, bakery specialty, the “Upcake”. With a name like Dixie Picnic, you probably guessed that you’re in store for some tasty Southern cooking. And indeed you are, as the owners are transplanted Southerners who set out to create unique, “slightly Southern” comfort food made from scratch. Definitely worth an excursion with the family! Breakfast served weekdays, 8 am–10 am; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am–noon. 

Em J’s Cafe

814 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn

Em J’s Cafe gets lots of shout-outs in the Main Line Parent Community, including Shannon H. who says, “EM J’s is amazing!” At this locally owned and operated BYOB, breakfast is served all day and the menu includes classic and inventive items, plus gluten-free options. Open Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 am–2:30 pm; Sunday at 7:30 am–2 pm.

First Watch

31 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood and multiple locations around the Main Line

First Watch is a restaurant chain with a handful of locations in the area serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch, and lunch using fresh ingredients. The modern menu features healthy specialty items like quinoa bowls and avocado toast, as well as a juice bar, plus seasonal items such as butternut squash bisque and pumpkin pancakes. Open daily from 7 am to 2:30 pm.

Havertown Grille

2409 W Darby Rd, Havertown

Situated in a vintage-looking storefront, Havertown Grille serves made-to-order breakfasts and lunch. Enjoy signature favorites like Nutella-stuffed French Toast, a Brioche Breakfast Sandwich, or the Apple Cheddar Omelet. Outdoor, sidewalk seating is available when the weather is nice. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 am–2:30 pm. 

Hymie’s

342 Montgomery Ave, Merion Station

Definitely worth a pilgrimage for their matzoh ball soup and pickle bar, Hymie’s is also a solid, long-standing breakfast spot on the Main Line. Inside, the vibe is that of a classic New York-style deli, complete with booth seating, caricature portraits on the wall, and bakery cases of Rugelach and other amazing-looking pastries. The menu is huge and has something for everyone. Open daily 8 am–3pm and breakfast is served all day. 

Julie Anne’s Place

22 S Warren Ave Malvern, PA 19355

This quaint, homestyle restaurant gets kudos for its great food, friendly service, and fun atmosphere. And when the weather’s warm enough, you can dine on the front porch. Yummy breakfast specials include Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, the Tuscan Omelet, and Chocolate Chip & Banana Pancakes. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 7 am–2:30 pm. 

Kettle

1 Brookline Blvd, Havertown

Kettle is a family-oriented, neighborhood restaurant dedicated to breakfast and lunch. Food is made to order with an emphasis on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Main Line parent, Colleen C. loves Kettle because it’s “locally owned and operated with lots of unique specials!” Outdoor, sidewalk seating is available in good weather. Open everyday from 8 am to 2 pm. 

Malvern Buttery

233 E King St, Malvern

This artisanal bakery offers a gorgeous selection of breakfast and lunch options on delectable breads and pastries. The menu also features modern, healthy options like Acai Banana Chia Pudding and Golden Overnight Muesli. Open everyday from 8 am to 2 pm. 

Minella’s Diner

320 Lancaster Avenue, Wayne

A great spot when you’re in the mood for the quintessential diner experience. Owned and operated by the Dellaportas family since 1998, Minella’s features a huge menu and a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Main Line parent Tara C. says, “Minella’s is a staple!” Open daily, 6 am to 10 pm.

Nudy’s Cafe

11 Cricket Avenue Ardmore Multiple Locations Around the Main Line

The first Nudy’s Cafe opened in Devon in 1979 and since that time, the business has grown to include 12 locations around the Main Line. The breakfast menu features both upscale items like Ahi Tuna Florentine and Roasted Red Pepper Omelet, as well as straightforward favorites like Blueberry Pancakes and Creamed Chipped Beef. Both breakfast and lunch are served all day. Open Monday–Friday, 7 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm. 

Sabrina’s Cafe

50 E Wynnewood Rd, Wynnewood

This popular breakfast and lunch cafe has locations in Philly, NJ, and Wynnewood, and has landed on a a few “Best Brunches Around Philly” lists, including Conde Nast Traveler! You can feast your eyes on many of their menu items online, like Cannoli French Toast, Chicken and Waffle and more. Parents will appreciate their thoughtful kids menu, which features simpler items and smaller portions. Open daily, 8 am to 3 pm.

Tank and Libby’s

1011 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill, PA

Carolyn F.C. recommends Tank and Libby’s for its “stellar menu with weekly specials.” Indeed this breakfast and lunch restaurant strives to serve up “classic American dishes with a twist” in a home-y atmosphere. Founded and operated by two accomplished chefs, Tank & Libby’s creative menu items are made fresh from locally sourced ingredients. 

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.

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