Archives: January 2014

Reminder: The LOOP Deadline is Fast Approaching

Posted on: January 29, 2014

In a previous blog post, we discussed LOOP and how it could benefit you if you are a long-time resident:

Many people’s property tax assessments went through the roof under the city’s new property tax valuation system known as AVI. For some residents, specifically:

1) Those who have been in their homes for over 10 years.

2) Those whose property taxes will more than triple due to AVI.

The city is offering relief in the form of LOOP (Longtime Owner Occupants Program). To be eligible for this program you must fill out a form and be under a certain household income (illustrated on the second page of the form).

If you qualify, your tax bills will be calculated on a tripled assessment, abating anything beyond that for 10 years.

The Deadline for LOOP has been extended, but is fast approaching.   Visit the LOOP  page at Philadelphia.gov and apply by FEBRUARY 17th. 


Philly Eats: OLD CITY AND SOCIETY HILL

Posted on: January 20, 2014

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.

The Old City/Society Hill area is one of the most dense, restaurant-wise, in the city of Philadelphia. Being ground zero of the birth of our nation, this area represents colonial charm with quaint cobblestone streets lined with dozens upon dozens of excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoy our summary of the best of the area!

ETHNIC:

Amada: (Spanish) The gorgeous rustic-chic restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish gastronomy while incorporating avant-garde cooking techniques.

Morimoto: (Japanese) The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

Buddakan: (Asian Fusion) The fare is top notch — appetizers include seared kobe beef carpaccio, endamme ravioli, miso tuna tartare and tea smoked spareribs. For the main course, delve into delicious dishes like Japanese black cod, wasabi crusted filet mignon, roasted ponzu chicken and collosal tempura shrimp. For dessert, the chocolate bento box will please just about anyone.

Cuba Libre: (Cuban) Dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

Zahav: (Middle Eastern) With the opening of Zahav, chef Michael Solomonov realized his dream of bringing the flavors of his native Israel to his. adopted city of Philadelphia.

Eulogy: (European) The restaurant features Philadelphia’s largest beer selection with an amazing menu of over 300 international and domestic craft brewed bottled beers and 21 draught beers are served every day. Ranked as the fifth best beer restaurant in the United States by ratebeer.com beer menu highlights include “Eulogy’s Busty Blonde” beer brewed by La Binchoise Brewery in Belgium exclusively for Eulogy Belgian Tavern. The Belgian owned restaurant features a full menu of award winning Belgian and casual dining American foods.

Spasso: (Italian) When you’re dining at Spasso, you can expect great food at a reasonable price. Spasso’s open kitchen produces a menu that combines a full array of fresh seafood and meat, an assortment of appetizers, fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta. All the desserts are made on the premises, so be sure to save some room.

Positano Coast: (Italian) For an extraordinary dining experience, savor mouthwatering inspired Italian cuisine, such as the Sea Urchin Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Branzino, Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Grilled Octopus and of course, the must have Crudo. Positano Coast welcomes guests to sample delicious selections from the menu, including the freshest fish and seafood, the Crudo menu (the Italian version of sashimi) and creative variations of classic Italian dishes. With menu options for everyone in your group, including those seeking traditional Italian flavors and certainly for the adventurous palates, Positano Coast offers a dining experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

Han Dynasty: (Chinese) Award winning Sichuan style Chinese restaurant.

Aqua: (Thai / Malaysian) With a passion for fine food, a gifted expert chef, and love of hospitality, Aqua Restaurant welcomes you to experience the best in Asian dining right here in Philadelphia. Their distinctive menu features entrées from South East Asia.

Plough and The Stars: (Irish) The Plough and The Stars is Philadelphia’s premier Irish Pub.

Zento: (Japanese) Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Sake bar.

Kabul: (Afghan) This understated, long-running BYO sleeper takes you out of loud Old City via delectable Afghan dishes and a quiet setting that charms. There’s nothing more you can ask for besides an excellent value, and a staff that is as attentive as possible.

Ristorante Panorama: (Italian) A feast for the senses, Ristorante Panorama offers authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. The flavors of the Northern region influence this Philadelphia Italian restaurant, featuring homemade pastas, authentic veal dishes, and fresh seafood specialties.

Kisso: (Japanese)  Come and enjoy the edible art here at Kisso Sushi Bar in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. Kisso’s menu reflects the eclectic upbringing and taste of its chef and owner, Alex Park. BYOB.

Karma: (Indian) One of Philadelphia’s very best Indian restaurants.

La Famiglia: (Italian) An old world inspired menu, an exquisite wine list and flawless service to create the most romantic and memorable dining experience in Philadelphia.

La Locanda Del Ghiottone: (Italian) “You can smell the garlic a block away” from this “attitude”-filled Italian BYO in Old City, where “made-to-order” “classics” (mushroom crêpes, mussels) are slung with “panache” by “bossy”, “colorful” waiters who are quick to “dish out food as well as quips”; “you really feel like part of the family here”, so “don’t expect a quick meal” and don’t forget the cash. -Zagat.

European Republic: (European) A restaurant serving up fresh and healthy European wraps in the Philadelphia area!

Xochitl: (Mexican) While the food has its ambitious moments — like the deconstructed tamale served without its typical corn husk — there’s no pretension, simply a solid, modern play on classic Mexican fare. Both custom-ordered guacamole and ceviche serve as perfect starters, and from there, it can become a Tecate and taco night. Or you can make it a tequila flight, short rib and red snapper affair. Either way, prepare to leave wanting to return to Xochitl.

Pizzicato: (Italian)Since 1997, Pizzicato, the Olde City Landmark brings the robust flavors of Italy with hand crafted pastas, pizza, and truly authentic Italian cuisine.

Hibachi: (Japanese) Hibachi possesses all the qualities of a perfect dining experience. Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by Master teppan-yaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill.

Ariana: (Afghan) Experience the unique flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine. Traditional specialties, skillfully prepared and attentively served in a cozy environment.

Uzu: (Sushi) UZU, meaning “whirlpools” in Japanese, are known to produce some of the most fresh fish in the world.  At UZU, they aim to please every customer serving Grade-A sushi and sashimi, as well as some of the most creative rolls in the city.

Pagoda Noodle Cafe’: (Chinese) A simple, unassuming noodle bar.

Lucha Cartel: (Mexican) National Mechanics’ new Philadexican cousin Lucha Cartel is serving a tex-mex mix of apps and entrees at 2nd and Chestnut along with a bevy of beverages like mojitos, margs and a host of specialty cocktails. The decor is your typical rudos y tecnicos battling dia de los muertos monsters in a bloodbath of distressed bar stools, prickly cacti and evocative lighting. Your typical Mexican joint, basically.

El Azteca: (Mexican) Amigos abound for these “nothing-fancy” Mexican twins in Mount Laurel and Wash West that are “better than the big chains” with “authentic”, “consistently good” comida, “reasonable prices” and an offer to BYOT (bring your own tequila); the staff is “friendly”, the vibe is “comfortable, not uppity” and the decor? – well, “it’s one of those places you can’t judge by looks.” – Zagat

La Veranda: (Italian) Old School Italian Restaurant on the Waterfront.

Rosa Blanca: (Spanish) Rosa Blanca features a rotisserie in the kitchen, comfort food on the menu, and a take-out counter with a variety of Cuban coffee and pastries.

GASTROPUBS:

Triumph:  Always 9 or 10 Triumph brews on tap with a solid selection of pub food.

Race Street Cafe: Sit inside the low-key café and you’ll feel like you’ve settled into a rustic bistro: heavy wood beams hold up the ceiling, a wood stove warms the room, and a gas street lamp throws dim light on exposed brick. During the warmer months you are likely to find the large barn doors on the front of the building propped wide open looking out onto the sidewalk dining and passers by. Friendly bartenders and a broad selection of 15 beers on tap, with one hand pump, help you wet your whistle. The menu is simple but accomplished with a blackboard list of specials and a focus on seasonality of local products.

Cooperage Whiskey and Wine Bar: Gastropub meets southern soul, Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar combines southern bistro fare with an eclectic list of wine and whiskey.

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

LaScala: Since 2005, LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving up quality Italian-American home-style cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

Soho Pizza: Offers a wide selection of brick oven pizzas.

Pizzeria Stella: Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica: GianFranco Pizza Rustica has always given the people of Philadelphia quality food, fast delivery, and great customer service… all at a palatable price. Their pizza, pasta, and meats are prepared freshly daily in their kitchens.

Margherita Pizza: Pizza with a thin-crispy crust.

Pete’s Pizza Joint: Crispy crust and large prices.

Barra: Basic pizza place with a nice variety of pies.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Jones: (American) Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

Continental: (American) The creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.

Fork:(American) Ellen Yin’s elegantly casual New American bistro helped pave the way for Old City’s revival in the mid-1990s. Ever since, Fork’s consistent output of finely crafted and inventive cuisine has made it a neighborhood classic. With Chef Eli Kulp in the kitchen, Fork has continued to reinvent itself time and time again. Fork has a variety of menu options including a fixed price menu that offers diners the opportunity to choose from among Chef Kulp’s wealth of creative dishes and customize their own multi-course supper. Fork’s menu changes frequently throughout the year to showcase the region’s finest produce, seafood and meat.

Farmicia: (American) FARMiCiA is the conception of Kevin Klause (formerly of the White Dog Cafe), James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born (owners of Metropolitan Bakery), who share a vision of a restaurant that captures the pleasures of simply crafted food and excellent beverages served in a relaxed yet lively environment. The emphasis is on great tasting food and beverages crafted from local, organic, and artisanal producers.

City Tavern:(American) Est. 1773, City Tavern hosted the first July 4th celebration. Paul Revere stopped here on his midnight ride & the unofficial White House. Chef Walter Staib, host of PBS A Taste of History has recreated 18th century cuisine.

Wedge and Fig: (Modern American) A cheese-bistro in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. If you like carefully chosen cheese, hearty soups or salads, and inspired sandwiches, you’ve found the right spot!

National Mechanics: (Pub Food) National Mechanics is the most authentic new bar Old City has seen in years. The space is large but feels very neighborhood-like. And with a menu full of delicious bar fare and more than 15 beers on draught, National Mechanics is a place you should add to your to-do list.

Khyber Pass Pub: (Creole, Cajun) Khyber Pass Pub is a historic Old City tavern that features a beautiful bar handcrafted in 1876. One of Philadelphia’s oldest bars and a ‘Philadelphia Magazine’ Best of Philly 2011 winner, the menu features an extensive selection of craft beers, authentic New Orleans specialties, hickory-smoked barbecue, and tasty vegan and vegetarian options.

Moshulu:(American, Seafood) Docked permanently on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. Featuring an adventuresome contemporary American menu with a South Seas flair, the Moshulu was named one of the top 15 restaurants in Northeast America by noted food critic John Mariani and is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award (2005, 2006). Dining on the Moshulu, one of the world’s grandest tall ships, will surely be a most memorable experience. The Moshulu’s private dining rooms and outdoor decks take full advantage of the unparalleled views of the city and waterfront.

Sonny’s Famous Steaks: (Steaks and Burgers) Hand sliced ribeye steaks and 100% angus beef burgers.

Sassafras: (American) A fixture on Second Street for over 35 years, Sassafras is the Grande Dame of neighborhood bars. Among the bright lights and crowds of Philadelphia’s Old City lies this old-world pub with modern flavor.

Campo’s Deli:(Steaks and Burgers) Campo’s Deli is the best place for authentic Philadelphia food. Located conveniently in Old City, Campo’s is only three blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Visitor Center. So after your visit to the historic sites in and around Independence Mall, take the short walk down Market Street to this charming corner deli for a delicious Philadelphia Cheese Steak. Campo’s specializes in two authentic Philadelphia sandwiches — Philly cheesesteaks and Philly hoagies. There are several varieties of each, so take your pick. Both of the classic versions, however, are consistently rated among the best in the city. Campos will even ship a Philly Cheese Steak or hoagie anywhere in the country.

Mac’s Tavern:(Pub Food) Mac’s Tavern is a true blend of comfort and quality. Whether you are looking for a fantastic sandwich, a unique beer and a ball game to watch, or just a friendly face… Mac’s is where you want to be. Located in historic Old City, Philadelphia, Mac’s offers a welcoming tavern aesthetic and experience… with a little something extra. Mac’s Tavern was formed by a small to semi-medium group of partners, comprised mainly of old friends. Mixed with a few national, local and (perhaps) cult celebrities – most notably, Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame – the dynamic is as unique as it gets.

Chloe: (American) A solid, unassuming BYOB in the heart of Old City.

Serrano: (International) Nestled in the heart of old city, Serrano’s motto is simple…serve great food at neighborhood prices. Executive Chef Gina Rodriguez has recently introduced new menu items such as ‘Serrano’ Pot Stickers, Frito Misto and Pistachio & Coriander Crusted Perch. She’s also given a new twist to classic dishes like the Serrano Meatloaf and Lamb Shank. The craft beer and boutique wine lists have been hand selected.

Revolution House: (American) The creative comfort food is the work of Chef Luca Sena Jr. He has created a menu of internationally influenced comfort food and inspired wood fired pizzas made in Revolution House’s custom pizza oven. Some signature items include savory cupcakes (like the mozzarella lasagna topped with a warm ricotta “icing” and fresh marinara sauce), housemade tater tots (the traditional tot with a twist), and fried calamari served with a mustard and pickle infused dipping sauce.

Bistro 7: (American) Bistro 7 is a modern French byob located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City section. Chef/Owner Michael O’Halloran relies on a network of local, organic farmers for the pristine ingredients that form the basis for his creative dishes, and the ever changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer. The understated, minimalist décor features white linen tablecloths, filigreed heirloom flatware and graceful stemware, and the open kitchen provides an intimate glimpse of the chefs at work.

Nick’s Roast Beef: (Sandwiches) The first “Original” Nick’s Roast Beef opened in 1938 and is still a Philadelphia institution.

Buffalo Billiards: (Pub Food) Billiards, beer and pub food. Any questions?

Prime Stache: (American) American Comfort food, with a great fusion of spices that will tickle your palate.

DiNardo’s: (Seafood) DiNardo’s is the place to have your shell-cracking, claw-sucking, crab-eating feast…A Philly Tradition for 35 years, family-owned DiNardo’s flies fresh Crabs in daily, Served “Hot and Dirty” Baltimore Style or Sauteed Garlic Style, with the DiNardo’s family’s Secret Sauce. Award-winning Seafood Specialties, Grilled Juicy Steaks, Chicken and Pasta Dishes are also featured.

Morgan’s Pier: (American) At Morgan’s Pier Head Chef, George Sabatino (Philadelphia Magazine “Best Chef 2012” / Craig LaBan “Best New Chef”) has created a refined foodie picnic menu with fresh seafood snacks, creative bar bites, seasonal and locally-sourced veggie dishes and a variety of sammies.

Rotten Ralph’s: (Pub Food) A down to earth Philadelphia bar with pub food and solid beer selection.

Drinkers: (American) Bar and pub food. Party central on weekend nights.

Red Owl Tavern:(American) Cocktails hand-crafted with fresh squeezed juices, house-cured charcuterie, butcher shop cuts of steak. Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern – so ideas can be exchanged over a great meal and a cold drink. It manages to be old, new and free-thinking. Just like Philly.

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!


Tips: Moving with Children

Posted on: January 15, 2014

Moving with kids can be quite an ordeal. Children often thrive on familiarity and routine, and uprooting their lives can leave them reeling. There are some steps to help lessen the blow and even excite them about their new situation. Remember that as much stress as moving can be for everyone, it is a chance at a new beginning. If you stress the positives and downplay the negatives, you can help their chances of adapting to the change.

1) Maintain Positive Attitudes: If you are stressing about the move, don’t let the kids know. Start talking about moving day way in advance and illustrate the positives. Talk about the better things the new house or neighborhood  has to offer.

2) Make It An Adventure: Research the new neighborhood. For distant moves, the new city or state.  Find kid-friendly activities to get them excited. Be tourists in your new neighborhood. Make a family wish list for the new home– let them plan their new bedrooms and play spaces. These tips should keep the kids excited and stop them from thinking too much about what they are leaving behind.

3) Take It Easy:  Start house hunting right away and include the kids in some of the decisionsSpread the move out over a couple of days, even if you could get it done in one. Get family members to help, as familiar faces will make things smoother and extra hands are always useful. Give the kids simple jobs to keep them engaged.

4) Smooth Transitions: When packing, you may naturally want to throw things away. Before you do, talk to the kids, they might have a strong connection to some of the items. Ask them if they’d like to keep their old bedroom furniture, the familiarity might make the transition smoother.

5) Build New Connections: Get right to work toward building a new life in your new home. If your child obsesses over the old house or neighborhood, talk through it with them. Let them keep in touch with old friends, encourage phone calls and letters. Let them know they don’t need to break the ties between them just because they’ve moved away, but gently encourage new friendships.


How To Avoid Frozen Pipes

Posted on: January 9, 2014

This week in the Philadelphia area had some of the coldest weather in decades! Below zero wind chills are not only dangerous for your health, but the temperatures wreak havoc on your house! Frozen pipes are a major concern when the mercury dips below freezing.

Pipes burst when, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream — between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. It’s this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. (Source: Weather.com)

Below are some tactics that can help prevent pipe freezing.

1) Insulate Your Pipes: Make sure they are protected from cold, moving air and keep them as dry as possible.

2) Let The Faucet Drip: Letting your faucet run a very slow, constant drip on both the hot and cold sides can help prevent freezing pipes by not allowing pressure to build up.

3) Insulate or Heat Drain Lines: A heat lamp or a self-built enclosure can stop cold and damp air from freezing your drain lines.

4) Hair Dryers and Electric Heaters: If a pipe has frozen, you can attempt to thaw the problem area with a hand-help hair dryer or electric space heater. (Caution: Always keep away from flammable materials and slowly heat the vicinity around the pipe before applying heat directly to the problem area.  Always be careful with electric appliances near water.)

5) Detach Outdoor Hoses: Always disconnect your hose from your outdoor spigot when the temperature dips down. The water inside the hose will freeze and continue up the spigot to your pipes, causing a burst.

Following these simple tips might not completely prevent an incident, depending on the temperature or location of the pipe, but they are precautionary measures that are simple and worth taking! Stay warm!

 


Realtors to Tour Northwest Philadelphia Schools, January 8th

Posted on: January 6, 2014

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt. Airy USA, and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit Mt. Airy neighborhood schools.

MT. AIRY – January 2, 2014 – On Wednesday, January 8th, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt.

Airy USA and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit four neighborhood schools in northwest Philadelphia: Lingelbach, C.W. Henry, Houston, and J.S. Jenks.

Staff and volunteers at each school have planned a brief presentation that will highlight points of pride that make each school unique – such as the brand new tech lab where Houston students record weekly podcasts and the innovative STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at J. S. Jenks. The event is planned in collaboration with school staff and volunteers from each school’s Parent-Teacher, Home and School, or “Friends of” Associations.

School bus transportation will be provided to drive agents from school to school. Volunteers and staff will ride the bus with agents for additional Q&A’s en route.

For realtors, this first-hand knowledge will prepare attendees to better answer their clients’ questions about their local schools. “I think it’s important to get the agents inside the schools themselves. As Realtors, we’re looked to as a resource for information about the community; if you represent families with young children we should know what their options are,” says Christopher Plant of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, who helped to bring this event together.

Attendees will also receive information on resources that realtors and families can use to access additional information about school options in northwest Philadelphia.

“We know that realtors can have a major influence on someone’s first impression of a community and its schools,” says Abby Thaker, Director of Educational Partnerships at Mt. Airy USA, which has convened the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition in partnership with East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. “We’re excited about this tour as an opportunity to realtors to have more firsthand knowledge about many of the positive things taking place in our local schools.”

The format for the tour is based on the “caravan” model; each week, real estate agents travel to see new home listings as they come on the market. For this event, the schools replace the new listings. The tour will begin with coffee and breakfast donated by local favorite High Point Café, at Lingelbach Elementary School at 8:45; agents will then travel to C. W. Henry and Houston and conclude the tour at 10:45 at J. S. Jenks.

All real estate agents in northwest Philadelphia are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP to katey@elfantwissahickon.com.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is the leading independent real estate brokerage in Philadelphia, operating three offices in the city with over 70 agents, all dedicated to the highest professional standards and committed to the communities they serve. Visit them at www.ewrhomes.com

Mt. Airy USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant and diverse community by stimulating development responsive to Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy, USA works towards its mission through four program areas: Housing Counseling, Real Estate Development, Commercial Corridor Revitalization, and the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition. For more information, call 215-844-6021 or visit http://gomtairy.com.

 


Philly Eats: FAIRMOUNT

Posted on: January 6, 2014

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.

Fairmount is a mostly residential neighborhood in North Philadelphia. In addition to historic landmarks like Eastern State Penitentiary and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount has many great restaurants and bars to choose from. Let’s eat our way through historic Fairmount!

ETHNIC:

La Calaca Feliz: (Mexican) Contemporary Mexian cuisine based on bold, traditional flavors.

Figs: (Morrocan) The flavors are Morrocan influenced, the menu is mediterranean mix and the atmosphere is both intimate and energetic.

The Belgian Cafe: (Belgian) From the owners of Monk’s Cafe, a craft beer bar and restaurant.

Zorba’s: (Greek) Traditional Greek fare on Fairmount Ave.

Umai Umai: (Japanese) Adventurous Sushi and Japanese specialties.

Paris Wine Bar: (French) Terry Berch McNally and Chef Michael McNally, owners of Philadelphia’s beloved London Grill, recently opened a sister restaurant, Paris Wine Bar, an intimate 50-seat venue serving the finest local, sustainable wines. Berch McNally has long been at the forefront of the city’s craft beer and cocktail movements, and is proud to bring the same vision and focus to Pennsylvania-produced wines in a charming French-inspired setting.

Trio: (Thai) Opened in early 2006 by three friends and former servers; Trio offers Pan-Asian cuisine with a heavy Thai influence, along with the warm service and hospitality that you would expect from a cozy neighborhood BYOB.

Blue Cat: (Latin American) Part of the Fairmount neighborhood renaissance, this vibrant BYOB restaurant features Latin-inspired cooking for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends.

Alla Spina: (Italian) Inspired by years of visits to Italy and a true love of finely made beer, the Vetri family has brewed up their version of an Italian gastropub with Alla Spina (Italian for “from the tap”). Diners can expect a large selection of both local brews and Italian beers, as well as pub fare including house-made sausages, braised meats and oysters.

Staying true to its moniker, Alla Spina is a haven for seasonal craft beers.

Era: (African) Traditional Ethiopian Cuisine.

Dasiwa: (Japanese) Sushi, Sashimi and traditional Japanese favorites.

Philly Chicken Bowl: (Korean) Korean Fried Chicken.

Brigid’s: (Italian) A cozy, European-style bar and restaurant featuring a fantastic Italian-inspired menu by Peter McAndrews.

GASTROPUBS:

Lemon Hill: Offering fine food skillfully prepared by Chef Adam Zensinger to go along with expertly crafted drinks to any and all comers within hiking distance of Fairmount attractions like the Art Museum and the eatery’s own historic namesake, Lemon Hill Mansion.

St. Stephen’s Green: Put together tasty food, a drink or two, and a great atmosphere and you have St. Stephen’s Green. James Stephens (also owner of the Black Sheep) and Jeff Keel (who also owns the Bishop’s Collar), come together in order to bring Philadelphia it’s newest and most promising gastro pub. Executive chef David Shuman dishes up his amazing menu while James and Jeff put together their considerable experience and knowledge in the pub business with a beer list better than most wine lists in this city.

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Luigi’s Pizza Fresca: A family-friendly, neighborhood, quick-serve restaurant offering delicious Italian specialties and fresh ideas in pizza.

Pete’s Famous Pizza: Solid Mom and Pop pizza, sandwiches and more.

Angelino’s Restaurant and Pizza: A family owned BYOB, Italian Restaurant with savory, rustic food and a warm atmosphere.

Fairmount Pizza: Pizza and grill since 1979.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Fare Restaurant: (New American) Organic, local and sustainable cuisine.

Rembrandts: (Traditional American) Rembrandt’s Restaurant is a neighborhood gastro-pub located near the Philadelphia Art Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Barnes Foundation and Fairmount Park. They have upscale casual dining in their first floor bar areas and main dining room, outdoor seating in warm weather, and an upstairs venue, including a dining area and a cocktail lounge, for private parties or business meetings with a sensational view of the City skyline.

The Bishop’s Collar: (New American) Founded in 1999 in Philadelphia’s picturesque Fairmount neighborhood, The Bishop’s Collar has become one of the city’s favorite casual gathering spots for cocktails, conversation, and delicious pub cuisine. The bar takes its unusual name from an old Celtic expression for a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. Ireland’s most famous export is just one of dozens of great imported beers and domestic microbrews, available on tap and by the bottle.

Jack’s Firehouse: (BBQ) Featuring the nationally renown food of Chef Jack McDavid, their commitment to using the finest and freshest homemade and locally grown products provides a true Philadelphia dining experience. Set in a 19th Century Firehouse in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, Jack’s Firehouse offers a unique setting with an elegant old neighborhood feel.

Little Pete’s Restaurant: (Diner) A classic, down home diner.

London Grill: (New American) A place to kick-back outside of the grind of center city. To guzzle Willie Sutton Ale and sip fine wine. A place to bring your best friend or your mother-in-law, to woo a client or celebrate a boss, to enjoy fine dining, or a simple drink. A place where you naturally become a regular.

Urban Saloon: (BBQ) Between the 12-tap system and growing beer and wine lists, and the inventive pub grub, with a burger menu and a selection of burritos you won’t go hungry or thirsty at this watering hole.

Hickory Lane: (Modern American) Former Rouge chef Matt Zagorski is manning the kitchen, turning out dishes like: French onion soup, steamed mussels, crispy pork belly and as you might expect from Zagorski, a burger.

Waterworks Restaurant: (Seafood) Throughout the landmark’s “Golden Age” the Fairmount Water Works was a point of great pride for Philadelphians. It was said that you hadn’t truly experienced the city until you visited this marvel.

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!