Monsu, a BYOB Sicilian restaurant in Bella Vista

Monsu, a true gem in South Philadelphia. I don’t know why it took me so long to write about this little Sicilian BYOB brunch and dinner eatery. I don’t know why I never heard of it before innocently stumbling upon it last summer after returning from my trip. It was here that I had some of the best brunch food I had ever eaten. I think about it all the time, but I keep forgetting to revisit. They serve dinner and weekend brunch.

I make eating brunch a hobby and will give 4 stars to almost any place with eggs or a waffle. Monsu is different. It’s not standard good brunch the way Green Eggs, Cafe Lift, Sabrina’s, or Honey’s can be. Monsu is good, quality, refined brunch that is unique, but still classic and genuine. Okay, maybe some of that is because the menu is pretty extensive or because Sicillian brunch is completely new to me.

During the last visit, we brought a bottle of champagne and had ourselves some mimosa outdoors. The Croque Monsu is grilled Sicilian ham and cheese on a croissant with plum mostarda and provolone dipping sauce. The Raviolo Rustica is a singular ravioli stuffed with saffron risotto, caramelized cauliflower, gruyere and raisins, topped with crispy pancetta and over easy egg. Their menu changes frequently, with lots of great sounding things like that. Just thinking about the food makes me crave it again.

Monsu BYOB brunch

If you have never been to Monsu, I highly recommend you give their brunch a try. If you have been to Monsu, then you don’t need me reminding you how great it is!

One caveat is that Monsu is cash only, but that’s South Philly for you. The BYOB makes up for it though, as a good BYOB is becoming difficult to find in the city.


901 Christian St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 440-0495