Built in 1925, this home must have been quite grand in its day, with an interior to match its exterior. These days it still cuts a grand figure but has quite a surprise to offer: Inside, it’s completely renovated, with stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, and distinctly contemporary notes like glass vessel sinks and recessed lighting. There’s even new stucco, new electrical and new plumbing. The house is positively bathed in newness, but still fits in with the Mt. Airy aesthetic.
Philadelphia is chock-full of great neighborhoods, some well-known, some up-and-coming, some waiting to be discovered, others still waiting for better days to come again.
But of all the city’s dazzling variety of neighborhoods, which one most impressed the CNN Money editors this year? Mt. Airy, the Northwest Philly neighborhood that serves as the bridge between Germantown and Chestnut Hill.
Not to sound hokey but it’s nice to see a good plan come together. When the crew from The Food Trust partnered with Mt. Airy USA this winter to host its second Night Market in the neighborhood, they did so with the intent of turning future Mt. Airy Night Markets over to the folks at the community development corp. Now, that plan is coming to fruition as Mt. Airy USA announces its first installment of “Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll.”
We’ve been talking about delivery at Luke’s Lobster and Paesano’s over the past couple of days. And now comes word that Mount Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery is finally doing takeout. After five-years in business they are finally taking call-in orders for their fine
Days and times may be restricted due to how busy the dining room is but the dream of walking out with a hot flatbread in a box in one hand and a growler of EB+B beer in the other, is finally a possibility. Give them a call, you might just be in luck.
Earth Bread + Brewery [Official Site]
The blue-on-the-outside, purple-on-the-inside (like a gobstopper) Ingram Lounge is for sale in East Mt. Airy, and it’s being marketed as an investment opportunity with a “well-established clientele.” The bar is “ready for a new owner operator looking to start their own brand or expand an existing concept.”
May we issue a request to the new owner of this bar? PLEASE DO NOT ALTER THE INTERIOR PAINT OR TAKE DOWN THE STREAMERS.
Moving to Mt. Airy
Tucked away in northwest Philadelphia, Mt. Airy is a bit of a natural wonder in the midst of an urban jungle. The Wissahickon section of Fairmount park winds itself through the neighborhood, allowing residents and visitors to forget they’re in the city when they venture off along its trails. Mt. Airy owes its name to William Allen, who built a summer country estate in 1750 at the site of the current Lutheran Theological Seminary on Germantown Ave. He called his home “Mount Airy.”
The major artery through Mt. Airy is Germantown Ave., which divides the area into East and West Mt. Airy. The avenue offers restaurants, shops and galleries, and stays open late the first Friday of every month for Mt. Airy First Friday. The arts thrive in the neighborhood, which is home to Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Mt. Airy Art Garage, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and the Stagecrafters Theater. And there are plenty of great restaurants and bars in the area, including Avenida, Earth Bread & Brewery, Tiffin and Wine Thief Bistro. And of course, the newly renovated Weaver’s Way Co-Op is a popular spot for local, natural and organic food.
Mt. Airy is also rich in Early American attractions, including Historic Rittenhouse Town, where the first paper mill in North America was built in the 1680s, as well as historic homes such as Upsala Mansion, Wyck, Grumblethorpe and the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.
The neighborhood itself is characterized by charming older homes with plenty of character. The region is family-friendly, and professionals who work in the city will find easy access to downtown via public transportation—or if they’re more adventuresome along bike trails.
Click here for more information on homes available in Mt. Airy.
The Illusion of Space
Sneaking home late night?
Shenanigans on the couch?
Mirror wall sees all.
Trey Popp finds much of Goat Hollow to be hit-or-miss but he still seems to like it.
This warm and unassuming spot has enough going for it to balance out its middling ambitions and occasional flops. After all, there’s a time for fennel-pollen mortadella and vinegar-shrub cocktails, and there’s a time for a solid bowl of mussels, a top-notch beer list, and a heaping $6 kid’s plate of orecchiette bolognese. Because above all, a neighborhood spot should know how to take care of the neighbors, and Neil Campbell’s second restaurant (after Old City’s Race Street Cafe) has the knack.
Two Stars – Good
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Hit-or-Miss Charm at Goat Hollow [Philadelphia Magazine]
Goat Hollow [Official Site]
Adam Erace visited Goat Hollow,the recently revived Mount Airy brasserie, and comes away impressed by the bar and underwhelmed by the kitchen.
Dumplings plumped with pickled pork belly sounded promising, and Glickman indeed pickles the meat before braising it in the pickling liquid to underscore the sour note that rockets through the stuffing of pork, daikon, cabbage and shiitake. But they’re made in big batches and frozen ahead of time, seared on each side to order then steamed, a process that’s torture on the pot stickers’ texture. They arrived so thoroughly caramelized it appeared they’d actually stuck to the pot, and yet instead of the tooth-breaker crunch I expected, I got dumplings limp and gummy as members of a nursing-home bridge club. Not helping was the soy-based dipping sauce, so salty I might as well have driven down the Shore to dunk the dumplings in the Atlantic.
Surely the mussels would be better, considering Glickman spent nine years steaming moules at Monk’s, and the bowl of fat bivalves basking in coconut milk dyed jade by mild house-ground “Greene” curry paste was better. However, the “Durham” mussels — each of the five styles is named for a different Mount Airy street — drew little flavor from their broth: a Caprese-salad soup of white wine, chopped tomatoes, basil and diced mozzarella. Either the cheese had melted into the hot liquid, or a line cook had forgotten to add it. Skinny, crisp frites accompany, as does a roll, redundantly.
Bar Hits and Kitchen Misses at Mount Airy’s Goat Hollow [City Paper]
Goat Hollow [Official Site]
If you garden in Philadelphia, you’re probably a connoisseur of shade plants. We have big old trees hanging over narrow streets. We have tall row houses and looming apartment buildings that block sunlight. And many of us have small, dark backyards. It’s easy to get a hundred gorgeous shades of green packed into one garden, but the options are more limited for flowering shade plants.
You can’t go wrong with bleeding hearts and hellebores, but I have a special weakness for columbines. There are dozens of varieties, and in many cases the colors are exquisite–deep purples, pale yellows, dark reds and pearly blues. The flowers look like something from an alien landscape, and the buds look like tentacled sea creatures.