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Where to Eat and Drink in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill

Off the Germantown Avenue strip, diners can find everything from cold beers to jerk chicken to a great cup of coffee

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In a city as full of good restaurants and bars as Philadelphia, one would be forgiven for staying within a 10-block radius of their house. There is good food to be had everywhere in this town — from the bottom of FDR Park to the ends of the Northeast. But in the search for good food, the historic neighborhoods of the Northwest are occasionally forgotten.

The Northwest technically covers a large section of the city with several distinct neighborhoods (which themselves contain micro-neighborhoods) — Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, Wissahickon, East Falls, and Manayunk — but in this guide, Eater has collected the essential places to eat along the winding cobblestoned strip of Germantown Avenue that sits east of Wissahickon Valley Park. The neighborhoods are organized up a hill that begins in Germantown, transitions to Mount Airy, and summits at Chestnut Hill.

In this area, visitors find plaques that memorialize the early abolition movement, historic houses, and tall trees and blooming flowers galore. Start at either end of the hill and make your way up or down, stopping to enjoy everything from vegan soul food to cold cider to diner omelets along the way.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brunos Restaurant & Catering

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9800 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
(215) 242-1880
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No neighborhood is complete without a classic American diner where diners can eat Greek omelets and drink bottomless coffee. At Bruno’s, which is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s the added bonus of true Pennsylvania classics on the menu, like scrapple, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks with sauteed mushrooms, and roast pork on a roll. BYOB, if that’s your thing, and enjoy the outdoor patio.

2. Pitruco

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Winston Rd & Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

On Wednesday evenings, delicious wood-fired pizzas come to Chestnut Hill via the Pitruco food truck, parked near the Cresheim Valley Trail entrance. The Neapolitan-style personal pizzas are worth the preorder — especially when it comes to Pitruco’s seasonal specialties, like spring ramp and asparagus pies, or confit artichoke and leek pizza. Preorder online for pickup on Wednesdays between 5 and 8 p.m. at Germantown Ave and Winston Road.

3. Jansen

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7402 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(267) 335-5041
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Operated out of the historic Cresheim Cottage on Germantown Avenue, one might mistake Jansen for a family home if not for the scent of braised lamb shank wafting from its windows. Chef David Jansen turned the 18th-century house into the perfect date-night spot, with the original fireplace and a beautiful outdoor patio to boot. Dishes like crispy stuffed quail and oysters Rockefeller make it a destination for a special dining experience. Jansen also offers takeout, including a summer menu of barbecue to be taken to-go. Orders can be made online and reservations for indoor or outdoor dining are recommended.

4. Mount Airy Tap Room

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300 W Mt Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(267) 766-6668
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Pub food can frequently be dissatisfying, where limp french fries and boring burgers are often par for the course. At Mount Airy Taproom, that isn’t the case: The bar’s pub food and beer list — plus the remarkably friendly staff serving both — are all excellent. Go for the shrimp po’ boy for the biggest sandwich you’ve ever seen, or the burger with Gruyere to pair with a cold IPA. The bar just recently expanded into sidewalk dining, and its already spacious outdoor area is a nice place to drink and eat.

5. Malelani Cafe

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6734 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(267) 766-2396
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Diners interested in both a wide range of Mediterranean cuisines and Hawaiian poke can order either at this small cafe on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy. Malelani Cafe’s dolma, hummus, and chicken shawarma are all great. Definitely try the Mediterranean salad for its tangy tzatziki, and order an ahi tuna poke bowl from PokéOno (they share the space), because why not? It’s BYOB and there’s music on the weekends. Order online for pickup.

6. Jamaican D's Caribbean & American Restaurant

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1265 E Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138
(215) 927-7415
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While Jamaican D’s is a little farther afield from Germantown Avenue, it’s a must-visit for its jerk chicken, caramelized sweet plantains, mac and cheese, and collard greens. There can be lines outside to get the restaurant’s deluxe combo platters, but stay motivated. Customers can preorder online through Grubhub for pickup, so the oxtail and collards will be hot on arrival. Delivery is also available.

7. Young American Hard Cider

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6350 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 406-5307
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Young American Hard Cider was one of the many businesses to gear up for opening right before the pandemic hit, so its lovely interior has yet to be debuted to its guests. It’s worth a visit anyway: The outdoor patio is a welcoming place to drink one of the brewery’s many ciders (made from Pennsylvania apples) and local beers, especially right next to warming fire pits. Try the tart cherry cider with an order of savory handpies made by co-owner Stephanie Cole, or take a growler of cider to-go.

8. All the Way Live Cafe - Germantown

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6108 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 821-7298
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Veggie-forward visitors to the Northwest will be pleased to stop by All the Way Live Cafe a few blocks north of Chelten Avenue. The vegan cafe focuses on every kind of green thing that Mother Nature has to offer, and jackfruit burgers on spelt pita and grain bowls with squash tuna are highlights. The cafe has two locations in Northwest Philly for indoor dining — one in Germantown and one in Chestnut Hill — and takeout is available through UberEats.

9. The Nile Cafe

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6008 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 843-6453
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The Nile Cafe in Germantown is touted as the longest running vegan restaurant in Philly, making all the jerk chicken legs, pepper steak, and macaroni and cheese that a vegan heart could desire. It’s vegan soul food that even the most carnivorous of eaters can enjoy, especially with a side of cheesecake or coconut milk ice cream. Order online for takeout and local delivery.

10. Tyemeka's Soul Food Restaurant

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5920 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 368-6025

At Tyemeka’s — another of the great soul food spots in Germantown — the move is any kind of fried fish you can get your hands on. Platters of fried whiting and flounder are expertly seasoned and sides like yams, cabbage, and potato salad make for perfect complements. Stop by the shop, or order online through DoorDash for delivery and pickup.

11. Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books

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5445 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 403-7058
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There is no more pleasant experience than browsing in a book store while drinking a hot coffee, and at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, visitors can do so with a side of racial justice. That’s because the store was opened to celebrate books written by marginalized voices (the children’s section is especially robust). Uncle Bobbie’s is the best place to get a coffee, specialty lemonade, or pastry from Crust Vegan Bakery as well as the book on your list you’ve been meaning to buy.

12. Ultimo Coffee

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5901 Wayne Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 335-2285
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The Germantown location of Ultimo Coffee, the coffee roaster that has shops in four neighborhoods in the city, the place to head for a strong latte and pastry case treats like frosted tahini cake and lemon bars. Customers can also get bags of Ultimo’s roasted coffee beans there, available in four different grinds. Preorder for pickup or walk-in to order at the shop.

13. Attic Brewing Company

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137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 748-2495
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It’s impossible to go far in Philadelphia without hitting a brewery, but with its recently expanded outdoor seating area and its rotating food trucks, Attic Brewing Company is one worth traveling for. There are over a dozen beers on tap, and Deke’s BBQ is right next door. Plus, there is a calendar-full of weekly events like live music and B-movie screenings. With summer around the corner, Attic’s enormous patio is bound to be a worthwhile visit.

1. Brunos Restaurant & Catering

9800 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

No neighborhood is complete without a classic American diner where diners can eat Greek omelets and drink bottomless coffee. At Bruno’s, which is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s the added bonus of true Pennsylvania classics on the menu, like scrapple, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks with sauteed mushrooms, and roast pork on a roll. BYOB, if that’s your thing, and enjoy the outdoor patio.

9800 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

2. Pitruco

Winston Rd & Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

On Wednesday evenings, delicious wood-fired pizzas come to Chestnut Hill via the Pitruco food truck, parked near the Cresheim Valley Trail entrance. The Neapolitan-style personal pizzas are worth the preorder — especially when it comes to Pitruco’s seasonal specialties, like spring ramp and asparagus pies, or confit artichoke and leek pizza. Preorder online for pickup on Wednesdays between 5 and 8 p.m. at Germantown Ave and Winston Road.

Winston Rd & Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

3. Jansen

7402 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Operated out of the historic Cresheim Cottage on Germantown Avenue, one might mistake Jansen for a family home if not for the scent of braised lamb shank wafting from its windows. Chef David Jansen turned the 18th-century house into the perfect date-night spot, with the original fireplace and a beautiful outdoor patio to boot. Dishes like crispy stuffed quail and oysters Rockefeller make it a destination for a special dining experience. Jansen also offers takeout, including a summer menu of barbecue to be taken to-go. Orders can be made online and reservations for indoor or outdoor dining are recommended.

7402 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

4. Mount Airy Tap Room

300 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Pub food can frequently be dissatisfying, where limp french fries and boring burgers are often par for the course. At Mount Airy Taproom, that isn’t the case: The bar’s pub food and beer list — plus the remarkably friendly staff serving both — are all excellent. Go for the shrimp po’ boy for the biggest sandwich you’ve ever seen, or the burger with Gruyere to pair with a cold IPA. The bar just recently expanded into sidewalk dining, and its already spacious outdoor area is a nice place to drink and eat.

300 W Mt Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

5. Malelani Cafe

6734 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Diners interested in both a wide range of Mediterranean cuisines and Hawaiian poke can order either at this small cafe on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy. Malelani Cafe’s dolma, hummus, and chicken shawarma are all great. Definitely try the Mediterranean salad for its tangy tzatziki, and order an ahi tuna poke bowl from PokéOno (they share the space), because why not? It’s BYOB and there’s music on the weekends. Order online for pickup.

6734 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

6. Jamaican D's Caribbean & American Restaurant

1265 E Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138

While Jamaican D’s is a little farther afield from Germantown Avenue, it’s a must-visit for its jerk chicken, caramelized sweet plantains, mac and cheese, and collard greens. There can be lines outside to get the restaurant’s deluxe combo platters, but stay motivated. Customers can preorder online through Grubhub for pickup, so the oxtail and collards will be hot on arrival. Delivery is also available.

1265 E Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138

7. Young American Hard Cider

6350 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Young American Hard Cider was one of the many businesses to gear up for opening right before the pandemic hit, so its lovely interior has yet to be debuted to its guests. It’s worth a visit anyway: The outdoor patio is a welcoming place to drink one of the brewery’s many ciders (made from Pennsylvania apples) and local beers, especially right next to warming fire pits. Try the tart cherry cider with an order of savory handpies made by co-owner Stephanie Cole, or take a growler of cider to-go.

6350 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

8. All the Way Live Cafe - Germantown

6108 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Veggie-forward visitors to the Northwest will be pleased to stop by All the Way Live Cafe a few blocks north of Chelten Avenue. The vegan cafe focuses on every kind of green thing that Mother Nature has to offer, and jackfruit burgers on spelt pita and grain bowls with squash tuna are highlights. The cafe has two locations in Northwest Philly for indoor dining — one in Germantown and one in Chestnut Hill — and takeout is available through UberEats.

6108 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. The Nile Cafe

6008 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

The Nile Cafe in Germantown is touted as the longest running vegan restaurant in Philly, making all the jerk chicken legs, pepper steak, and macaroni and cheese that a vegan heart could desire. It’s vegan soul food that even the most carnivorous of eaters can enjoy, especially with a side of cheesecake or coconut milk ice cream. Order online for takeout and local delivery.

6008 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

10. Tyemeka's Soul Food Restaurant

5920 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

At Tyemeka’s — another of the great soul food spots in Germantown — the move is any kind of fried fish you can get your hands on. Platters of fried whiting and flounder are expertly seasoned and sides like yams, cabbage, and potato salad make for perfect complements. Stop by the shop, or order online through DoorDash for delivery and pickup.

5920 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

11. Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books

5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

There is no more pleasant experience than browsing in a book store while drinking a hot coffee, and at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, visitors can do so with a side of racial justice. That’s because the store was opened to celebrate books written by marginalized voices (the children’s section is especially robust). Uncle Bobbie’s is the best place to get a coffee, specialty lemonade, or pastry from Crust Vegan Bakery as well as the book on your list you’ve been meaning to buy.

5445 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

12. Ultimo Coffee

5901 Wayne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

The Germantown location of Ultimo Coffee, the coffee roaster that has shops in four neighborhoods in the city, the place to head for a strong latte and pastry case treats like frosted tahini cake and lemon bars. Customers can also get bags of Ultimo’s roasted coffee beans there, available in four different grinds. Preorder for pickup or walk-in to order at the shop.

5901 Wayne Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

13. Attic Brewing Company

137 Berkley St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

It’s impossible to go far in Philadelphia without hitting a brewery, but with its recently expanded outdoor seating area and its rotating food trucks, Attic Brewing Company is one worth traveling for. There are over a dozen beers on tap, and Deke’s BBQ is right next door. Plus, there is a calendar-full of weekly events like live music and B-movie screenings. With summer around the corner, Attic’s enormous patio is bound to be a worthwhile visit.

137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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