Top 12 Spots To Seek Out Shakshuka In Philadelphia

Philly spots putting their own spin on shakshuka, the savory egg dish that's not just for brunch...

For too long brunch menus around town were ruled by eggs Benedict and stuffed french toast, but there’s a new delicious dish showing up on menus all over Philadelphia.

Shakshuka is a delectable dish of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce that’s of Middle Eastern origin, but it’s also popular in Israel, Morroco and Egypt.

In Philly, restaurants are serving it up with aplomb by adding spinach, feta, herbs and spices from all over the world, and one spot even makes a vegan version by swapping out the eggs for soft tofu!

Here are our favorite Philly places serving up and adding their own spin to shakshuka — let us know if we missed a favorite of yours!

Dizengoff

Set your alarm clock because your only chance of the week to enjoy Dizengoff’s shakshuka is on Sunday mornings. Served in a mini iron skillet, this version is thick and jammy, a spicy, pepper-studded tomato stew with two eggs sizzled on top. Pickled shishito peppers, blistered slightly, add zing. Mop up all remaining sauce with their focaccia-like nigella seed bread. A new option, you can now choose between the traditional vegetarian shakshuka, or go for a version that includes local lamb merguez sausage from La Divisa Meats!

Dizengoff

When:Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-Sold Out
Where:Dizengoff, 1625 Sansom Street

www.dizengoffphilly.com

Pub & Kitchen

Chef Eli Collins has earned high praise for his revamp of the menu at Pub & Kitchen. Now, on the brunch menu next to the chicken scrapple with maple syrup and the sourdough French toast, there’s shakshuka. Expect a piping hot casserole of your own filled with eggs baked in deep red tomato and red pepper stew with fennel and piquillo peppers. While aleppo pepper does lend a little heat, this version is spiced, but not spicy. The blend of seasonings includes caraway, black pepper, coriander and cumin. A drizzle of olive oil and a shower of fresh chives finish the dish, along with a few strips of preserved meyer lemon zest.

Pub & Kitchen

When:Brunch, Saturday and Sunday
Where:Pub & Kitchen, 1946 Lombard Street

www.thepubandkitchen.com

Restaurant Neuf

Good news for those of you who have trouble making it out of bed in time for brunch! Since Neuf opened last fall Chef Joncarl Lachman has had shakshuka on the dinner menu. Neuf’s version is the classic eggs poached crushed tomato stewed with chili, red pepper, garlic and onion, but the addition of the Moroccan spice blend called ras al hanout gives it a delicate cinnamon spiciness. Finishing touches of fennel and persillade, a parsley pesto, keep it resolutely savory.

Restaurant Neuf

When:Daily
Where:Restaurant Neuf, 943 S. 9th Street

www.neufphilly.com

Plenty Cafe in East Passyunk

Shakshuka is a natural fit for the menu of global flavors you’ll find at Plenty Cafe, so it makes sense that it’s cropping up as a special addition to their menu on weekends at their recently-redone East Passyunk location. The Plenty dish is topped with a shower of fresh chives and a side of smoky, grilled bread. Note that shakshuka is only available at Plenty's East Passyunk location.

Plenty Cafe in East Passyunk

When:Saturday and Sunday
Where:Plenty Café, 1710 East Passyunk Avenue

www.plentyphiladelphia.com

Cafe Olé

At Old City’s Cafe Olé, there is no messing around with shakshuka. The menu boasts four different versions: The Standard is three eggs in tomato, and the addition of feta is optional. The Moroccan adds chicken and green olives. The Vegetable adds spinach, chickpeas, potatoes, and mushrooms. And The Vegan? It swaps out the eggs for tofu.

Cafe Olé

When:Daily
Where:Cafe Ole, 147 N. 3rd Street

Renata’s Kitchen

This homey Baltimore Avenue eatery offers an entire menu of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Try their standard shakshouka or the shakshouka merguez, which includes a spicy pork sausage in the mix. Enjoy at brunch or have them for dinner when you can round out your meal with a few more of the smaller offerings from the menu such as fried cauliflower with tahini or crispy haloumi cheese with pomegranate molasses.

Renata’s Kitchen

When:Daily
Where:Renata's Kitchen, 4533 Baltimore Avenue

www.renataskitchenphilly.com

Hawthornes

Huevos Ahogados, literally “drowned eggs” are the Mexican version of Middle Eastern shakshuka. Two eggs, poached in a tomato and poblano pepper sauce, and topped with melty provolone cheese. The dish is served with corn tortillas and a little salad of arugula, gouda and potatoes, all tossed with chipotle lime vinaigrette. Though Hawthorne’s cooks up plenty of eggs on weekdays, this dish is only available at weekend brunches.

Hawthornes

When:Saturday and Sunday
Where:Hawthornes, 738 S. 11th Street

www.hawthornecafe.com

Aksum

Aksum Mediterranean Kitchen on Baltimore Avenue does a brisk weekend business for brunch. On the robust menu, look for a traditional shakshuka: three eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce with hot peppers and onions, served with warm pita and a side of turkey sausage. Go vegetarian by swapping out the sausage for fresh fruit or go in the other direction with Moroccan eggs, which is essentially the same as the shakshuka with the addition of spiced ground beef.

Aksum

When:Saturday and Sunday
Where:Aksum, 4630 Baltimore Avenue

www.aksumcafe.com

Soup Kitchen Cafe

It should come as no surprise that at Fishtown’s Soup Kitchen Cafe, the tomato stew that forms the foundation for their shakshuka is the standout. Deep red and studded with chunks of red pepper, jalapeño, and onion, it’s topped with a poached egg, and a shower of tart feta and fresh cilantro.

Soup Kitchen Cafe

When:Daily
Where:Soup Kitchen Cafe, 2146 E. Susquehanna Avenue

www.soupkitchencafe.com

Honey’s Sit n’ Eat

In a menu loaded with irresistibly delicious, rich offerings, eggs poached in tomato with spinach, parmesan and toast is positively righteous eating. Though Honey’s shakshuka isn’t part of their regular menu, it’s a regular addition as a special at both the Northern Liberties and South Street locations.

Honey’s Sit n’ Eat

When:Daily
Where:Honey's Sit 'N Eat, 2101 South Street

www.honeyssitneat.com

La Va Cafe

This cozy, Bohemian coffee shop on the corner of 21st and South streets invites patrons to get to know one another over breakfast sandwiches, paninis, and platters that incorporate Yemenie, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean flavors. Their shakshuka is two eggs in slow-cooked tomato sauce spiced with a combination of fresh jalapeños and hot paprika, along with a side of the same warm, grilled bread they use for their paninis. At $6.25, which includes a side of tomato and cucumber Israeli salad, it’s a total bargain.

La Va Cafe

When:Daily
Where:La.Va Cafe, 2100 South Street

www.lava-cafe.com

Figs

Though Fairmount’s comfortable Moroccan staple, Figs, might be your go-to for BYOB braised lamb shank and baked brie in the evening hours, the spot's relaxed approach to weekend brunch is also not to be missed. Called “Moroccan Eggs,” Figs' shakshuka is two sunny-side up eggs, poached in a spicy tomato and ground beef sauce. Add rock shrimp for a dollar more. Had enough shakshuka by this point? The rest of the menu is homey staples like eggs Benedict, a BLT, and raisin challah French toast.

Figs

When:Saturday and Sunday
Where:Figs, 2501 Meredith Street

www.figsrestaurant.com

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4 comments

  1. Plenty doesn’t even have shakshuka on their menu. The women working there today said it will be added in the future (a couple months) #fail

  2. Hi Meredith,

    Thanks for the correction. We’ll look into this and update our post accordingly.

    Thanks,
    Jillian

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