How Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods Got Their Names

We all know that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, but did you ever wonder how they were named? We found a pretty comprehensive list on Mentalfloss. Follow the link and enjoy!

 

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors to host The Friends of The Wissahickon Forbidden 10k this Weekend!

The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is hosting a 10K race along Forbidden Drive in the northwest section of Philadelphia on May 18.  The 10K, 6.2-mile loop course begins at 9 a.m. and takes place in the Wissahickon Park, along Forbidden Drive and will pass by many historic points of interest including the Thomas Mill covered bridge, the Tedyuscung Indian statue and Valley Green Inn. The race is perfect for both the serious runner and the occasional runner/walker.

There will be awards for male and female divisions as well as various age groups. Bryn Mawr Running Co. will be doing the chip timing for the race.  The cost of registration is $40 per entrant. After May 1, it is $50. Register for the race at fowforbidden10k.org.

Funds raised from the race will assist in the continued restoration and preservation of the historic Valley Green Inn and Wissahickon Park.

Click HERE for more info!

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No Place Like Home: Dollars and $ense!

Saturday, May 10th was the kickoff event for a week-long program on issues related to senior housing.  “No Place Like Home – Dollars and $ense” is a collaboration between Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Mt. Airy USA, Center in the Park, and Ralston My Way.  Marilyn Silberstein, an EWR Realtor and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), had the idea of providing a forum for seniors and/or their children to learn about resources for seniors as they cope with the serious dilemma of housing.

“Do I stay in my home?”  If so, how do I manage?  How can I find reliable contractors?  What do I need to do to make my house safe?  How do I cope with rising taxes and insurance on a fixed income?

“Do I sell my home?”  If so, how do I do that?  What do I do with 40 years of accumulated treasures?  Where should I go?  What’s available?

The kickoff event featured Estelle Richman, former Secretary, PA Dept. of Public Welfare, who is now retired and a Chestnut Hill resident.  She talked about the issues of health, Housing and Community – all issues that impact seniors.  She later joined a panel with Lydia Hernandez Velez, Deputy Managing Director for Aging for the City of Philadelphia and Bette McTamney, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.  They discussed the issues presented by Ms. Richman as well as topics that will be presented in workshops throughout this week.

Those topics include

  • Understanding the Affordable Care Act
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Protecting Yourself from Financial Exploitation
  • Letting Go: Emotional Aspects of Moving
  • The Process of Selling your Home
  • Reverse Mortgages and Tax Liens
  • Household Needs and Safety
  • Managing Finances and Stress
  • Tools to Manage Mortgage Challenges
  • Understanding Advanced Directives and Wills

The workshops will be held at Mt. Airy USA, Center in the Park, and at the office of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.  It’s not too late to sign up!  To register, call (215) 844-6021 or visit NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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PGW EnergySense Event at Citizens Bank Park

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Rena Asher, Jacob Markovitz and Cathy Davis attended the PGW EnergySense event yesterday morning at Citizens Bank Park. While eating breakfast in the Executive Dining Room, they sat through a program created to educate Philadelphia Realtors about the various Home Rebate Programs available to either upgrade a building to natural gas usage or to a more efficient system. After several informative speakers and question-answer time, the group set out on a full tour of the stadium, including visits to the press box, broadcast booths, batting cages, and most exciting – the Phillies dugout and locker room.

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Philly Eats: GRADUATE HOSPITAL

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of-Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital — or “G-Ho,” to fans of brevity — has solidified a reputation independent of its common moniker. South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare; it’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and more. Characterized by a mix of single-family homes new and old and thriving places of worship, it’s a remarkably kid-friendly place (just look at the stroller-filled sidewalks), but Graduate Hospital also has the distinction of possessing some of the best neighborhood bars in the area, from long-running institutions to gastropubby newcomers. (Visit Philly)

ETHNIC:

Balkan Express: (Eastern European) “Mediterrenean grilled dishes and slow cooked stews. Breads and desserts are baked in house.”

Fortune: (Chinese) ” Fantastic Chinese food for a hungry crowd! Try classic dishes like General Tso’s Chicken or something new like Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.”

Jamaican Jerk Hut: (Jamaican) “Along with its delicious menu, one of the popular reasons for visiting the Jerk Hut is its amazing outdoor dining area. During seasonal weather, there is an awesome, 60-seat, semi-secluded outdoor seating area around the side of the restaurant that will practically transport you to Jamaica. Bright tablecloths, blooming hibiscus and bamboo plants, candle-lit pathways and reggae music playing softly in the background set the mood. There is a covered veranda area plus additional seating for groups around circular picnic tables for true under-the-stars dining. In Jamaica, “jerk” refers to the traditional method of cooking spiced meat over an open fire. At the Jerk Hut, the meat is cooked over a charcoal pit in the kitchen. The homemade jerk seasoning — with ginger, thyme, all-spice, onions and soy and rubbed onto the meat before cooking — creating a delicious tangy, spicy and smoky flavor.”

Kidari: (Sushi) “Kidari” refers to a man who is warm- hearted, handsome, and tall. “Yatai”, a wheeled snack bar on the street, is a food culture that emits a heart-warming feeling. We intend to put our heart and 23 years of experience of making sushi to serve you. We will always serve you with fresh food and do our best to become “kidari sushi” that satisfy our customers. ”

My Thai: (Thai) “Traditional Thai food on 22nd and South Sts. Solid Pad Thai”

Roberto Cafe: (Italian) “Experience a true taste of Italy. Friendly atmosphere and great food.”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe: (Bakery / Pizza) “Imagine if a pizzeria and a bakery had a baby… a place where classic cakes and chocolate-everything fill cases alongside pizza pies topped with pepperoni, sausage and veggies. These are the grown-up versions of the recipes we grew up with. We use the first and freshest ingredients, and we’ve adapted to healthier times with whole-wheat crusts and gluten-free options. ”

Lazaro’s Pizza:(Pizza) “Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill has been serving Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities with the best pizza in town for over 10 years. We offer an inviting atmosphere perfect for the entire family. Our comfortable dining room and friendly staff create the perfect setting for a family dinner or a special date. Our selection of lunch and dinner choices range from thick, juicy cheeseburgers to mouth – watering gourmet pizza. With options including side salads, buffalo wings, calzones and Stromboli, there is no second guessing where you should be having dinner tonight. So come on by and indulge in our famous 18” steak, delicious seafood or a hearty club sandwich. But be sure to save room for dessert! We’re famous for our 26” jumbo pie!”

MISCELLANEOUS:

Ants Pants Cafe: (Eclectic)  “Australia-inspired cafe. Coffee, brunch, dinner and sandwiches.

Govinda’s: (Vegetarian) “Great vegetarian and vegan entrees”

La Va Cafe: (Cafe) “In 2005, Liron and Victor Agiv saw an opportunity to transform a building on the corner of 21st and South Streets from a vacant shell of what was formerly South Street Blues Bar into a bustling neighborhood cafe. Since 2006 La.Va has been the premier cafe of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.  With La Colombe coffee, a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, and free wireless internet, La.Va Cafe has become a popular place for locals to frequent to do work as well as meet new friends and get to know their neighbors.”

Pumpkin: (BYOB) “Impressive farm-to-table BYOB ”

Sidecar Bar and Grill: (Eclectic) “Cool brews, smokin’ good food and an atmosphere that warms the soul and cures what ales ya.”

Ten Stone: (Eclectic) “Located on the corner of 21st and South Streets, Ten Stone Restaurant and Bar is a neighborhood favorite because of our food, our atmosphere our outstanding beer selection and our staff. Connoisseurs of quality draught beers visit Ten Stone because we constantly rotate our selection of 16 imported and domestic micro brews and beers on tap. Our food style is “fine light fare”, reasonably priced and well portioned. You will feel comfortable in our English Pub atmosphere boasting warm woods, eclectic art and a cozy fireplace.”

Pub and Kitchen: (Eclectic) “Pub & Kitchen combines the sophistication of contemporary European cuisine with the comfort and warmth of an authentic neighborhood tavern. With a frequently changing menu created by Chef Eli Collins and an extensive list of spirits, beer and wine, Pub & Kitchen is a casual and energizing space where well-crafted food & drink happily go hand-in-hand.”

Rex 1516: (Eclectic) “REX 1516 offers quality Southern food in a comfortable, though elegant, setting.”

Magpie Artisan Pie: (Bakery) “We offer a variety of sweet pies with fresh whipped cream and savory pies with a side of homemade pickled vegetables. Magpie pies are one-of-a-kind. We take the classics and add new twists, develop unexpected flavor combinations and create pies that you have never tasted before. We can’t stop creating or baking; so don’t be surprised to come in and see new pies on the menu.”

Honey’s Sit n Eat: (Eclectic) “Excellent Brunch and heaping portions of tasty comfort food.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cookoff

The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cook-off took place on Sunday, April 6th at the Lutheran Seminary on Germantown Ave.  This is the Chestnut Hill Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from the event provide funds to Jenks Elementary School, Shelterbox, Power Up Gambia, Hope Childrens Home in Guyana and many other worthy causes.

For the second year Elfant Wissahickon Realtors participated as a Rose Gold Sponsor along with the Larry DiFranco Team, the Wendy Schwartz Team, and the Louise D’Alessandro Team.  Local firefighters judged the chili entries from 12 different local restaurants and caterers to arrive at the following winners for the day:

Mt. Airy Firefighters judged these as the best in a blind taste test:

1ST PLACE TRADITIONAL (MEAT) CHILI
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

1ST PLACE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN
TROLLEY CAR DINER, MT. AIRY

1ST PLACE EXOTIC
KEYSTONE HOSPICE, GLENSIDE

FIREFIGHTER’S FAVORITE AWARD (BEST OVERALL CHILI)
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

People’s Choice Awards:

1ST PLACE
McMENAMIN’S TAVERN, MT AIRY,

2ND PLACE
MAGERKS’S PUB & GRILL, GLENSIDE

Over 500 people attended the event and thoroughly appreciated the great chili while their kids enjoyed the balloon animals, face painting and magician throughout the day.

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Partners with Face To Face Germantown for its 2014 Anti-Poverty Initiative

From L to R: Jared E. Pontz (VP and Managing Partner, Martin Elfant, Inc.), Bob Elfant (President, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors), Susan O'Hagan Marley (Director of Development, Face To Face Germantown), Louise D'Alessandro (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors) and Larry DiFranco (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors).

Philadelphia, Pa – April 2, 2014 Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Philadelphia’s Leading Independent Real Estate Brokerage, in conjunction with Martin Elfant Inc., Class and Northwest Abstract, and Direct Mortgage Loan Co., is proud to announce Face to Face in Germantown as its community partner for the company’s 2014 anti poverty initiative.

Face to Face is a multi-faceted service organization that works with individuals and families living below the poverty level. It is located at 109 East Price Street in Germantown and offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed health center, a legal center, social services center and children’s summer camps and after school programs for people in the region. They also have a “Washeteria” where those in need can take a hot shower and receive a new set of clothes. Face to Face serves 2,500 annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for over 20 years.

Philadelphia’s poverty rate is at an historic high of 26% according to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. On the heels of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ most successful year ever, the partners of the company, along with those at Martin Elfant Inc., have decided to structure a campaign that would enable the companies to mount a significant antipoverty initiative.

The companies have set a fundraising goal of $30,000. The agents and owners of Elfant Wissahickon will donate funds every time someone does business with the company. Guaranteed Rate, Mortgage Master Inc. and First Choice Loan Services, the preferred lenders of Elfant Wissahickon, are making donations each time a Buyer client of EW secures a mortgage. Northwest and Class Abstract are making a contribution for each title insurance policy placed. The principals of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and Martin Elfant, Inc. will make an additional donation of 50% of the total funds raised after 12 months.

Home buyers and sellers will also receive information about Face To Face at the Settlement table which will allow them to make personal donations through Elfant Wissahickon Realtors. Bob Elfant adds, “The money will be used to fund an increase in the level of service provided by Face to Face, an organization that treats their clients with dignity and respect. We hope our contribution will make a real difference in the lives of people served by Face to Face.”

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Some Photos From The North Light “Madness In March” 5k!

On Sunday, March 23rd Elfant Wissahickon Realtors was proud to have sponsored and participated in the North Light Madness In March 5k!

The race/walk took place on the Manayunk Towpath and all proceeds went to benefit the North Light Community Center, a staple in Manayunk for over 75 years! Its mission is to enable people of all ages and abilities in our communities, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through initiatives that support and enrich children, teens, and families.

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Philly Eats: MT. AIRY

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Mt. Airy is a lovely and diverse neighborhood northwest of downtown Philadelphia. In addition to some beautiful and large old houses and lush, tree-lined streets, Mt. Airy has some great boutiques, excellent taverns and a wide variety of food options. Below are some you should check out!

ETHNIC:

Bacio Italian Restaurante: (Italian) “For real home made Italian dinners, lots of seafood, steaks and vegan foods. Gluten free per request. My grandmother made food from love, she never left the kitchen; come and see us cook for you in our open kitchen and taste the love.”

Mi Puebla: (Mexican) “Authentic Mexican Cuisine in the heart of Mt. Airy.”

Avenida: (Latin American) “We invite you to indulge your taste buds in the bold Latin American flavors and tantalizing cocktails that we serve at Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurant, Avenida. Set in a historic Mount Airy home built in the 1700s, patrons will sit by the stone fireplace or on the romantic outdoor porch sipping margaritas and sampling Chef Edgar’s signature guacamole with homemade tortilla chips and salsa. Stop by for dinner tonight to sample the award-winning delicacies that he and wife and partner Chef Kim Katz Alvarez have prepared.

Tiffin: (Indian) “Fresh, healthy and nutritious Indian and Asian food delivery to the location of your choice. The service has been modeled after the famous meal delivery service of Mumbai, India. Eat in BYOB as well”

Jyoti Bistro: (Indian) “Over thirty years ago, working in her home kitchen, Jyoti and her husband Vijai Gupta, dreamed of bringing the taste of fresh Indian cooking to homes across America. Using all natural ingredients, they soon started Jyoti Natural Foods which quickly became one of the first companies to make Indian cuisine for grocers nationwide and bring their kitchen flavors to your cupboard. Weaver’s Way Co-Op became one of the first grocers in Greater Philadelphia to carry their products. Having developed a robust variety of ready-to-eat for retail sale at stores including Whole Foods, as well as vegetarian entrees for several major airlines, Jyoti was ready to bring her recipes to the restaurant world. Today, that taste comes to Mt. Airy with Jyoti Indian Bistro. Jyoti Indian Bistro offers fresh and healthy Indian foods—with many gluten-free and vegan choices—every day with a rotating set of weekly specials. Eat-in or take-out or take home enough in our 32 oz. containers for a house party!”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Earth Bread + Brewery: (Tavern) “Flatbread pizza baked in a wood burning oven. Four house drafts along with seven ‘guest’ taps. Great selection of wines by the glass, including wine on draft.”

Mt. Airy Deli: (Deli / Sandwiches) “Mt. Airy Deli has been a staple in the Mt. Airy community for nearly 15 years. At the early age of 14 the founder Abdul–Raheem Thomas knew that he wanted to create a sandwich that was so good people would say that’s the best sandwich I ever had. Abdul put his dream to the side while working for various other companies in the food service industry. One day Abdul decided to pursue the dream he had 20 years earlier to open a hoagie and steak deli and that’s exactly what he did. With the blessing of his family Abdul took a leap of faith and opened Mt. Airy Deli at 7AM on August 8th, 1995 right in the heart of Mt. Airy (on the corner of 7200 Devon Street). Since that morning Mt. Airy Deli has been making the best hoagies and steaks in Mt. Airy. And if you don’t believe it you should give it a try.”

MISCELLANEOUS:

McMenamin’s Tavern: (Tavern)  “Ever so “loud” “when the Eagles are on TV”, this old-school Mt. Airy hang is a “true neighborhood pub” that’s flexible enough to work for “getting together with colleagues”, “a date” or “just relaxing in the early afternoon” over a pint and a “casual meal”; it’s “not the place to go to if you’re into decor”, but it is worth patronizing if you appreciate “polite” service and a “friendly” crowd.”- Zagat.

Chef Ken’s Café: (Southern / Soul Food) “Fantastic Soul Food.”

Wine Thief:  (American Eclectic) “Wine Thief’s seasonally inspired menus feature local products from neighboring farms and vendors including grass fed beef and fresh produce from Lancaster county and a selection of local wines and beers from as close to home as Fort Washington. The bar uses fresh juices and produce creating signature as well as classic cocktails that stand apart. We strive to provide an exceptionally comfortable, affordable, and delicious dining experience for all ages and every occasion. Style of service is casual while being professional. ”

Trolley Car Diner: (American Eclectic) “Welcome to the Trolley Car Diner. Slip into a booth. Get comfy. Turn around and check out our regulars. Guys by the name of Elvis, Frank and Jackie. And gals like Audrey, Grace & Ella. Yes, it’s always the 1950s in our magical little part of the world. But you don’t have to be an old-timer to enjoy our delicious milkshakes and succulent burgers. Just bring a sense of fun, and some of your favorite people. And leave the rest to us.”

Geechee Girl Rice Cafe': (American Eclectic) “Geechee Girl Rice Café is inspired by traditional southern rice delicacies with world influences. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Valley Green Inn: (American Eclectic) “Looking for a brunch or dinner spot to please your relatives from 7 to 70? This is it. The charming historic inn is not only a one-of-a-kind within city limits, but it is also one of Philly’s most painted buildings. The menu focuses on regional and seasonal American, farm-raised and free-range meats and fowl, and locally grown vegetables when possible.”

Umbria: (American Eclectic) “New American BYOB with seasonally inspired, local fare.”

Goat Hollow: (Tavern) “Mt. Airy has taken kindly to the resurrection of this long-dormant pub, now transformed into a friendly American brasserie. Chef Adam Glickman, previously at  Monk’s Cafe, is serving a variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, mussels and mains to the Northwest Philly eaters who crowd the cozy dining room.”

Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe: (Diner / Bakery) “Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia is serving up breakfast, lunch, and southwestern specialties along with all homemade bakery goods.”

High Point Cafe: (Diner / Cafe) “High Point Cafés are small neighborhood cafes, serving only the highest quality handmade patries and desserts created daily, along with made-to-order crepes and the best espresso in town.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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Philly Eats: CHESTNUT HILL

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood northwest of downtown Philadelphia. In addition to some of the nicest houses Philadelphia has to offer, Chestnut Hill has many wonderful shops, restaurants and museums flanking it’s tree-lined streets. Below are some of our favorite restaurants!

ETHNIC:

Cin Cin: (Chinese) “Cin Cin, in historic Chestnut Hill, has earned rave reviews for inventive Chinese and pan-Asian recipes with a refined French flair. Best of Philly award winner.”

Hokka Hokka: (Japanese) Chestnut Hill’s most extraordinary Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Here the food is art and the atmosphere is a mesh of elegance and casualness. Hosting an excellent sushi chef who has over 25 years of experience. Thehy prepare the most fresh and finest delicacies. A wide variety of sushi, sashimi and maki (rolls), delicious Japanese cuisine presented in a tasteful French style.

King’s Garden: (Chinese) “King’s Garden is a terrific neighborhood restaurant right in the heart of Chestnut Hill serving excellent Chinese food, both eat-in or take-out. The restaurant is charmingly decorated and has a nice little bar which is great if you want a drink, a glass of wine or a cold beer. Prices are reasonable, service is friendly. Reservations welcome but not required. ”

Osaka: (Japanese)  “Since 2003, Osaka has been a hidden gem located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, satisfying guests with a menu that is both familiar and unique. Its personable and knowledgeable staff functions in a warm and hip atmosphere, providing an intimate and fun dining experience for any occasion. Preparing traditional sushi, as well as elegant, nouveau dishes, Osaka’s innovative chefs integrate orthodox Japanese techniques with international flavors to create stunning, mouth-watering bites for an eclectic crowd. From seasonal, exotic fish, Tuesday night jazz, an excellent, affordable wine list, to reasonably priced lunch boxes, Osaka is a promising destination for all to enjoy and share.”

Stella Sera: (Italian) “A delightful Italian restaurant with a warm, intimate decor. Delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts with daily specials that always entice. Friendly, professional service. Stella Sera is a BYOB.”

Thai Kuu: (Thai) “A beautiful Thai restaurant located at the top of the hill plaza in Chestnut Hill. Executive Chef Tanawat Nontakarn creates wonderfully delicious meals with a wide variety of dishes from his native Thailand that are sure to please everyone’s palate. The restaurant is BYOB and is conveniently located right next to Chestnut Hill’s Liquor Store.”

GASTROPUBS:

Iron Hill Brewery: “With nine locations throughout Pennsylvania, the Iron Hill Brewery is a restaurant and bar that serves a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, pizzas and chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include petite filet mignons, grilled chicken and penne carbonara, baked crab cakes, turkey burgers, Mediterranean wraps, seafood bisque, apple crisp, crème brulee and chocolate hazelnut mousse cake. A gluten-free menu is available.”

Tavern on The Hill: “And its a warm welcome, indeed, that always awaits you at the TAVERN ON THE HILL bar and restaurant, located at the top of Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone Chestnut Hill district. Amidst the lovely shops, boutiques and galleries, here you’ll find the perfectly charming and cozy village pub which offers a great selection of beers, wines and spirits and serves up a superb menu at very reasonable prices, all with exceptional service and gracious hospitality. For a great lunch or dinner, for after work refreshments or a late night bite, at the TAVERN you’ll find the comfortable combination of a warm and friendly tavern ambiance with the best cookin’ anywhere around. Be sure to try the wings…Tavern on the Hill was listed as one of the top picks for awesome wings in Philadelphia by uwishunu.com.”

McNally’s Tavern: “Soups, salads, sandwiches and simple platters have been the mainstays now for 86 years. There’s also a Daily Special that includes a cup of soup and a soft beverage; could be a wrap of fresh baked turkey or a meatloaf & mashers plate, maybe even an enchilada. See this month’s Daily Specials just below the tapped keg to your right. Soups are scratch-made and there’s a new choice each day. Expect Prime Rib with mashers every Monday night, tavern-made crab cakes & authentic Snapper soup every Friday and, of course, McNally’s famous Chicken Corn Chowder each and every Saturday. And be sure to save room for Meg’s delicious chocolate cake, carrot cake or coconut cake!”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe: “One of the most innovative menus in the area. In the tradition of great Italian cuisine, and inspired by the very old and the very new.”

MISCELLANEOUS:

Baker Street Bread Co.: (Bakery)  “Baker Street was created to put the flavor-and heart-back into bread. They give their breads all the time they need to develop their full flavors and characters. Sometimes it takes all day and night.”

Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream: (Bakery) “Bredenbeck’s Bakery is a Philadelphia tradition. Since 1889, they’ve been welcoming customers to their historic shop in the heart of Chestnut Hill. They keep those customers coming back with their friendly service and exquisite cookies, special occasion cakes, pies, pastries and ice cream. No matter what you’re craving, Bredenbeck’s Bakery can be counted on to deliver a delicious treat and a delicious experience every single time.”

Campbell’s Place: (American) “Campbell’s Place is an Old World tavern styled after an English pub. A lively unpretentious atmosphere serving affordable New American fare along with an extensive selection of fine draught beers and wines. Dine in a cozy booth, at the 100 year old bar, or at the V bar and upstairs dining room. A neighborhood gathering spot, Chestnut Hill’s Cheers is located on Germantown Avenue just below Gravers Lane. Campbell’s Place, a Chestnut Hill institution for nearly four decades, changed hands October 2008 as Mary Campbell retired and longtime Chestnut Hill resident Vanessa Noonan Mullen and her husband Rob Mullen assumed control of the business.”

Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe: (American) “American Bistro Cuisine in a casual urban setting, offering Chestnut Hill’s premier outdoor dining. Open every day for lunch, dinner and late night drinks. Also Sunday brunch.”

Chestnut Hill Hotel: (American) Beginning with its original destination as “Summer Hausen”, the vacation spot of choice for colonial Philadelphians, Chestnut Hill always had a reputation as a most accommodating place. ”

Green Soul: (Wraps / Sandwiches / Salads) “A healthy lifestyle conscious cafe featuring wraps, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches and salads. Expect your meal to b fresh, fast and flavorful! Kid-friendly meals and a kids’ corner play area make this a great spot for the entire family.”

Heirloom: (American / BYOB) Heirloom restaurant is an intimate 50-seat BYOB that features New American Regional Cuisine influenced by the rich flavors of the American South, New England, the Midwest, West and Southwest. Locally sourced produce along with authentic American ingredients have inspired renowned chef Al Paris to craft innovative dishes that pay tribute to the rich and flavorful culinary traditions of our nation.

Market at the Fareway: (Farmer’s Market) “The Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, located behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel at 8229 Germantown Avenue, houses a variety of food stands, including fresh produce, prime meats, poultry, seafood, baked goods, coffee/tea, ethnic foods, deli meats and cheeses, flowers, and more.”

Mica Restaurant: (American / Electic) “Chef Charles ‘Chip’ Roman of Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken brings his award winning cuisine to Chestnut Hill. Recently named by GQ Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Restaurants in America.”

Night Kitchen: (Bakery) “Great sandwiches, cakes and cookies!”

Rollers at Flying Fish: (American) “30 years crazy delicious! Think neighborhood-comfortable with vibrant scrumptious food. The menu makes bountiful use of fresh, often locally-sourced vegetables and fruits to complement the sparkling seafood and meat dishes…..or simply star on their own. This marriage of the great culinary traditions of Roller’s and Flying Fish restaurants also showcases gorgeous salads, a carefully edited wine and craft beer menu and homemade desserts (don’t miss the pies!). During the summer, outdoor dining, legendary soft-shelled crabs and Tue.-Thurs. nights clambake reign”

Top of The Hill: (American) “Top of the Hill Café is committed to freshness. Our soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees are prepared daily on the premises. We offer outdoor seating in the warmer months, as well as free delivery to local homes and businesses.”

Valley Green Inn: (American / Eclectic)  “Whether dining before an open fire on a cold winter evening or enjoying the seasonal beauty of the Wissahickon Valley while dining outdoors on the Inn’s porch, visitors to the Valley Green Inn can always be assured of a delicious meal in a fantastic setting. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, the Inn is one of Chestnut Hill’s most notable landmarks and a favorite destination for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. It’s also a beautiful venue for banquets, weddings and other special occasions.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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