Run done. Now, what to eat?

By Stacey Gray

So it's Saturday morning and you just crushed your long run. Yesterday was payday and you have some extra money to spend on a delicious (recovery-fueling) post-run meal. I know what you're wondering, "where should I go?"

I get it. I often find myself in a similar scenario. I struggle with making good post-run eating decisions, especially when I’m 40 minutes or so away from home. With that said, if you're like me, finishing a long run is a great time to reward yourself. If you need ideas for your next post-run brunch, I compiled a list of local spots to get your carb and protein grub on: #thankmelater

The list is sorted by neighborhood so all you need to know is what part of the city you plan to end your run in. 


West Philly

Quick photo before chowing down at Renata's Kitchen [Photo by Stacey Gray]

Quick photo before chowing down at Renata's Kitchen [Photo by Stacey Gray]

  • Renata’ Kitchen: This is one of my favorite brunch spots. I would recommend a dish but literally everything is good. [Location: 4533 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104]

  • Booker’s: If you don't want to be indoors after your run, Booker's has outdoor seating so you don't have to worry about your workout scent lingering. [Location: 5021 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143]

  • Sabrina’s Cafe - If you don't mind waiting for a table to become available, Sabrina's is a great option. Two words: Banana Pancakes. [Location: 227 N 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104]


Have you ever had Key Lime Pancakes? Pic. by Ants Pants Cafe Facebook

Have you ever had Key Lime Pancakes? Pic. by Ants Pants Cafe Facebook

Rittenhouse

  • Day by Day - This place is a local gem. Brunch is their thing. [Location: 931 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123]

  • Plenty Cafe - My favorite menu item? The breakfast sandwiches are definitely the winners here. [Location: 1602 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103]

  • Ants Pants Cafe - Run through Philly then get served Australian-style. [Location: 2212 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146]


Challah French Toast w/ Homemade Strawberry Sauce. Pic by Morning Glory Diner's Facebook

Challah French Toast w/ Homemade Strawberry Sauce. Pic by Morning Glory Diner's Facebook

South Philly

  • Morning Glory Diner -  It’s a diner. Need I say more?. [Location: 735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147]

  • Hungry Pigeon - This place is one of Philly’s new hot spot so there will be a line. This will be the perfect time to get your post-run stretch in that many runners like to skip out on. [Location: 743 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147]

  • Red Hook Cafe - They have organic options and yummy local bagels.  [Location: 765 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147]


The Summer Benedict at Green Eggs. Pic via Green Eggs Facebook. 

The Summer Benedict at Green Eggs. Pic via Green Eggs Facebook. 

Northern Liberties

  • Green Eggs Cafe - Fan favorite. Remember, cash only. [Location: 719 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123]

  • Cantina Dos Segundos - Add some Mexican flare on your fuel. [Location: 931 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123]

  • Silk City Diner -  You don't have to wait for the weekend, they serve brunch everyday! [Location: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130]


Bring friends for breakfast at OCF Coffee House. Pic from OCF Coffee House facebook.

Bring friends for breakfast at OCF Coffee House. Pic from OCF Coffee House facebook.

Fairmount

  • OCF Coffee House - You may know they have a few locations in the city but I always find myself at this one. Grab your brunch and enjoy the outdoor seating. [Location: 2100 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130]

  • The Belgian Cafe - Craft beer and brunch. Uh, yes :D [Location: 601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130]

  • Little Pete’s -  Another diner, can’t go wrong. And, they have outdoor seating - that’s a plus! [Location: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130]

So there you have it. Fuel your post workout body. Not only did you earn it, it’ll help you to be a stronger and fitter runner. Also, if you have any go-to grub spots, share in the comments!