A South Philly Style Brunch with a Portuguese Twist
When “Afternoon Smackdown” is a menu section, you know that South Philly’s brunch haven, Porto, means business. Chef Christine Liskowicz (usually in her frayed Eagles cap) has already attracted devoted regulars in a year of business by serving up bold dishes like the Yo Cuz (grilled chicken on a bacon cheddar waffle with jalapeno maple butter glaze) or the Hail Mary (pressed porkbelly, stewed honeycomb tripe and pickled cukes). But these mondo dishes are far from the only attention getters on the menu. Putting her Portuguese inspiration on the plate, Liskowicz also serves up more traditional dishes like migas or bacalhau cakes (salt cod) with your choice of housemade piri-piri hot sauces. Lighter options include two eggs anyway with toast, a trio of salads and a tofu scramble, among others. But come on! Just go for the Banana Smores Stuffed French Toast and call it a day.
Best to get there on the early side or be prepared to wait a bit; the restaurant only has seating for 18 inside and a few tables outside.