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Dec 6, 2013 05:54 AM

Any recs for upscale dining in Chestnut Hill?

Is there an updated thread for Chestnut Hill? Just moved back to the area after 13 years. I'm sure there have been some changes. Looking for a good restaurant to take visiting foodies (without going into Center City).

We actually live in Wyncote and there are a couple of interesting restaurants in Jenkintown but I think Chestnut Hill has a better vibe.

We've only been here two weeks and unpacking is currently hogging all my time but I can't wait to explore the dining scene.


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  1. Heirloom is quite good and byob. Mica is also good as I recall but I've only been once, a long time ago. I think it is more expensive than Heirloom. Others here can give you more recent opinions on Mica.

    1. We really like Mica and Heirloom which is a BYOB.

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      1. re: crazyspice

        Thanks. Those both sound really good. Great menus and I like the "cooking in season aspect." We moved from Western MA and we're used to knowing the farms where our meat and produce come from! Can't wait to try both of these.

      2. I'll be at Heirloom myself next weekend.
        Mica is also a good recommend.
        Please don't hesitate to add the wonderful Italian Stella Sera to your list.
        A true favorite of mine and all are BYOB.
        Welcome back to the City of BL.

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        1. re: arepo

          Are you referring to being able to BYOB at Mica for a corkage fee? What is the fee?

          1. re: arepo

            Thanks! Stella Sera looks good too.

          2. Since you are in Wyncote, you might also be interested in several new places in Elkins Park, near the Creekside Co-Op (a nice little store if you are also looking for shopping).

            The most foodie is probably Park Plates, which just opened. I haven't been yet but have heard good things from friends who have gone:

            Also, there is Alexander's a little Polish place. Not fancy, but quite good.

            Finally, Leila's Trattoria:

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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              Thanks! Yes, always looking for grocery shopping options!

              We've eaten at Leila's and loved it! Park Plates looks very interesting. Will definitely check it out. Alexander's looks really sweet inside. Is there a large Polish population in this area? I was used to that up in Western Mass. but not really expecting it here. I was surprised to find pierogi on the menu at Linda Jean's (I think that's the name (by the Jenkintown train station). I ordered them and they were the worst I have ever had. They tasted and smelled like cardboard - or like something that has been kept in the freezer too long (in cardboard). Just awful. Their sandwiches and other things might be okay but we haven't gone back.

              If you think of anything else in our area let me know. The places we've tried so far are - Mandarin Garden (very good), Argana Tree (very good), Drake's Tavern (okay), Glenside Pub (okay), Roman Delight (hmmm?), Bonnet Lane Diner (it'll do for breakfast),Trolley Car Diner (we liked it),Trios Tomato Pie (not bad), and of course Lee's Hoagie. Had Korean fried chicken from Cafe Soho - very tasty.

              We've heard that Jasmine and Pho & Beyond are good. Looking forward to trying them. We had a burger at Iron Hill Brewery in Media and liked it. I see there's one in Chestnut Hill. I kinda hate that it's a chain.

              Can't wait to explore the Center City food scene. I know it's changed a lot. The only new place we've eaten at is Kanela.

              Thanks again!!

              1. re: JunieB

                Definitely check out the Co-op for food shopping. It is a nice little store that is working hard to improve the community.

                Sweet is a good word for Alexander's. I haven't been in a bit, but we went a lot when they first opened, and everything was fresh and well prepared. Nice people too. I don't know that there is a huge Polish population out here, but I assume you know about the Port Richmond area and all the Polish stores and restaurants there--an easy jump down 95.

                Pho and Beyond is very good. Not as good as the places in South Philly, but plenty enjoyable. We also discovered a great little Cambodian place in Northeast Philly, sort of near the Pho 75 on Adams avenue. It is called Angkor. It's set back in a sort of scary strip mall, but is really delicious.

                The Korean soft tofu place--Jong Ka Jib is just down 5th Street from Cheltenham Avenue, not far from Cafe Soho. It is very good.

                For Indian, there is the Tiffin in Elkins Park.

                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  Good stuff! I like to support local co-ops.

                  The good Indian places seem to be kind of spread across the region. My husband has several Indian co-workers so I'm looking forward to trying their recs. I think we tried Tiffin once several years ago but I could be wrong. If it was, I wasn't all that impressed.

                  Not all that interested in the Polish places. I lived in Warsaw and although I love the food, it's a little heavy at this point in my life! I got the pierogi at Linda Jean's just to see if they knew what they were doing. I was just surprised to see them on the menu of an otherwise basic American grill. And I really couldn't understand why, if you were going to put something so out of place on your menu, you wouldn't make sure they were really good. I'd rather see a restaurant have a limited menu and everything be good than to see them try to make everything in the world and do it badly.

                  Am definitely interested in the Korean places.

                  I have a friend in the Northeast. She's not much of a foodie but maybe I can get her to take me to the pho place.

                  Any good Mexican food around? Western Mass. was finally getting some authentic restaurants but for most of my time on the east coast the Mexican food scene has been the pits.

                  Friends who live in Paoli are taking us to Restaurant Alba in a couple of weeks. They have a very interesting menu.

                  I'm salivating, just thinking of all the possibilities!

                  1. re: JunieB

                    Regarding Mexican food, both South Philly and Norristown have a number of authentic mexican restaurants, just search this board

                    1. re: Bigley9

                      I'm looking forward to exploring the Mexican food scene in the area. When we lived here before there were only a couple of places.

                  2. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                    Glad to hear that the Cambodian place is good. We were planning on going there tonight, till the snow interfered.

                    1. re: Bob Loblaw

                      Yes, we've been several times now and it is always good. The woman's English is not good, but usually the son is there, and he is great about explaining the dishes, making recommendations, etc. It is usually pretty quiet in there, and you can tell they are making things to order (because sometimes they take a while).

                  3. re: JunieB

                    Jasmine is ok for greasy Chinese take out dishes. Most of the menu is plain bad.

                    1. re: barryg

                      That's not good. I think we'll stick to Mandarin Garden.