Archives: March 2014

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

Posted on: March 25, 2014

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.


Philly Eats: MT. AIRY

Posted on: March 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.

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!


Philly Eats: CHESTNUT HILL

Posted on: March 3, 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.

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!