Heirloom Opens Tomorrow in Chestnut Hill

Al Paris’s Heirloom is set to open tomorrow at 8705 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. The 50-seat BYOB will serve modern American cuisine sourced locally. Menu highlights will include:

  • Warm Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad
  • Diver Scallops with Pork Belly
  • Short Rib of Beef with Sassafras Glaze
  • Heirloom Grits Crusted Black Bass

Paris is once again partnering with restaurateur Robert Bynum (Warmdaddy’s) in the space that includes reclaimed wood tables including a large communal table, bamboo flooring and an antique service hutch from a Bucks County farmhouse. HEIRLOOM is thoughtfully spaced for both larger gatherings and intimate meals.

In addition to the traditional BYOB options of wine and craft beer, Heirloom offers mixers of house-made sarsaparilla soda, small batch root beers and ginger ale.

Tuesday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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  • no

    Can’t even consider going until they post a menu on their websit so I can see if my vegetarian girlfriend can eat there too.

  • honeybadger

    heirloom tomato season already!!! wait…no…no it’s not. It’s December. Cook with the seasons or pull into a cubicle and play minesweeper all day.

  • cambrai

    heirloom refers to a lineage of vegetables not specific to tomatoes, dumbass

  • barryg

    The first item on the menu is heirloom tomato salad, dumbass.

  • bad jack

    I don’t know which is more annoying – an internet honeybadger griping for a restauranteur to “cook with the seasons” or the fact that (likely) imported burrata and out of season imported heirloom tomatoes make up the first item on a “local, seasonal” menu.

    It is impossible to be truly “local and seasonal” and run a year-round business. It’s great to source much as possible as locally as possible, but feeding fancy meals to hundreds of people every day/week necessitates a global food economy. The Cult of Local is out of control, and obnoxiously holier than thou.

  • Andy

    Birds still migrate south for the winter yea? says something about eating local 365.

  • http://heirloomdining.com Rich Pawlak

    I think Al Paris sources as much local as he can, but also realizes that he needs to have other American sources. Nothing “imported”. Burrata cheese at Heirloom is American, as is the Duroc and Berkshire pork on the menu. This place isn’t about only “local and seasonal”, and as Bad Jack correctly states, you can’t realistically run a year-round business toeing to that line. Heirloom is more about reviving forgotten ingredients, flavors and preparations and putting them into a modern context, without being precious and pretentious. I’ve eaten a bunch of the menu already, and it’s hearty, clean, uncomplicated and actually refreshing. Some of the plate combinations are flat out eye-opening. Paris seriously researches these older recipes and ingredients, and tries to find local sources for as much as possible, as much as I have been able to observe so far.

  • jay

    The tomatoes were good? I don’t care if you import an avocado or a banana, but I have never had a good tomato in December. I know the supermarkets are importing stuff/shipping from warmer states and I wouldn’t even hold it against them except the tomatoes have never been good. So either the man has found a hook up that very few other restauranteurs have found or he’s being lazy.