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Review: SkyBrunch

Plenty to choose from at the build your own omelette bar

Plenty to choose from at the build your own omelette bar

Top of the Tower—the 51st floor event space at 1717 Arch, which offers stunning 360-degree views of Philadelphia—is now offering a buffet brunch of the 50th floor.  And SkyBrunch, as it is called, doesn’t only offer amazing views of the city as you eat—it also offers a buffet of everything you could possibly want for brunch, along with a list of excellent brunch cocktails to make sure you go home happy.

While the initial price tag may seem steep at $50 per person for the buffet and your first cocktail, the view from the dining room and the quality (and quantity) of food more than makes up for it.  The cocktails themselves range from savory (Silver Lining, their version of a Bloody Mary; Piece of Heaven, with oatmeal infused vodka, maple syrup, Fireball, and cinnamon) to sweet (Blue Skyy, blueberry vodka, white cranberry juice, blue curacao, lime juice; Cloud 50 Cocktail Spritzer, prosecco and blood orange juice), and they even have a non-acoholic option for the kids.

SkyBrunch is only available Sundays from 10am – 2pm, and should be on everyone’s radar.  While our drink service could have been better, everything else was top-notch.  Be sure to ask to check out the 51st floor balcony when you go, as you need to be accompanied out there.  But the picture opportunities are worth it.  For full disclosure, I was invited with a guest to try a complimentary brunch, but I can honestly say I would pay full price to go back—and I will.


Honey-stung fried chicken

Honey-stung fried chicken

Honey-Stung Fried Chicken – Some of the best fried chicken I’ve had.  The chicken was moist, the skin was crispy, and the honey sauce on it was slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so.  The chicken was great on its own, but could also be put on a waffle and drizzled with maple syrup if you so choose—and in which case, you will have chosen wisely.

Just…Everything – Honestly, along with the fried chicken, there were plenty of standouts.  Too many, in fact, the list all of them separately.  Just go to the buffet and start grabbing food, because they have something for everybody.  If you want normal breakfast food, they have awesome chicken apple sausage or maple pork sausage and pecan-smoked bacon and homefries, a build-your-own omelet station, bagels (and all the toppings), cereal, yogurt parfaits, fruit, and multiple cured salmons.  There is a meat carving station, sushi from Zento, and a piled-high charcuterie tray.  There is gruyere potato gratin, vegetables, caprese, cocktail shrimp, and crab claw shooters.  There are two tables of post-brunch sweets, including petit fours, macarons, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and cake pops. Every time I went to the buffet, there seemed to be something new I hadn’t noticed.  There is no end to the food, so go experience it for yourself.


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