Exploring Philly neighborhoods is really the best. Since Mt. Airy is such a unique area of our city, I love getting a chance to pop up there, while, of course, eating all of the delicious food they offer. Some bloggers, foodie folks, and I took a little media tour last week in preparation for the neighborhood’s upcoming event, and I’m pleased to report that Center City certainly does not hold all of the great food our city has to offer.
Our first stop was Trolley Car Diner (7619 Germantown Avenue) for some chili, shrimp mac & cheese, and corned beef hash. The diner also has 400+ beers for sale each week, serves breakfast all day, and makes homemade donuts.
Next, we were able to try two Philly food trucks. First up was Pbon’s Phresh Food for the Philly Melt (cheesesteak) and The Veg (avocado, tomato, onions & cheese), both served on a pretzel roll. We also tried a “Mt. Airy” shot – cider, Fireball and ginger ale. Let me tell you . . . loved that.
We moved next door to Wonderland Cakes, a dessert truck with a full pin-up theme (yes, please). We sampled their cake shots – deconstructed cupcakes in a mini cup. Mine had chocolate cake, peanut butter cream cheese mousse, chocolate chips, and, because we all need it, chocolate sauce on top. It was truly amazing, and I needed a full bottle of water after I finished eating it.
Cantina Avenida (7402 Germantown Avenue) is so cute. While it is located in one of the first few homes ever built in Germantown, it was recently renovated and looks great. We tried their Chorizo Bites – pretty yummy! Their margaritas and sangria are always amazing and definitely did not disappoint.
Next we headed over to (my favorite) Jyoti (7220 Germantown Avenue), an Indian Bistro that I simply can not get enough of. We tried Chole Bhature (fried leavened flat bread topped with spicy chickpea curry) and it was heaven on earth. Seriously. I have been daydreaming about this dish.
Our last stop was Earth, Bread & Brewery (7136 Germantown Avenue) for some favorites: flatbreads and beer. We tried the Continental (fig, bacon & arugula), Earth (mozzarella, roasted onions, tomato sauce & arugula), and Seed (garlic sauce, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds & pine nuts). The Seed was phenom and I definitely took the last slice from our group. No shame in this girl’s pizza game.
The tour was an excellent way to try the many different types of cuisines and dishes the neighborhood has to offer. If you’re looking for a way to try all of these great places at once, you sure are in luck! Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stoll is happening this Thursday from 6-10:30pm. There will be over 50 restaurants and food trucks serving grub and drinks, and if you haven’t checked out the neighborhood yet, it’s a great way to take it all in.
If you need a little more convincing, check out my preview of last year’s Street Fare, and then plan your Thursday eating schedule accordingly. Have a great week! xx