Back in 2003 when the so-called Loft District was emerging just east of Broad Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets, an eager young couple named Michael and Jeniphur opened a quirky little bruncherie called Cafe Lift in an old loft building on 13th Street. Ten years later, the Pasquarellos still have Cafe Lift and have added two kids, a house, the bar Prohibition Taproom up the block and soon the pizzeria Bufad at 13th and Spring Garden. Lots of brunch spots have followed Cafe Lift into the city, but Lift still knocks ‘em out of the park. Don’t miss the huevos rancheros ($9.50), one of downtown’s best belly fillers.

Cafe Lift, 428 N. 13th St., 215-922-3031. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

(via Weekend must-tries: Lots of soul; a couple of tasty brunches)