The 10 Best Restaurants In Lower Merion, Philadelphia

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Lower Merion |© Midnightdreary
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9 February 2017

Lower Merion is a sizable suburb of Philadelphia that was originally settled by Quakers well before the United States even existed. These are the best excellent restaurants worth scoping out while you’re here.

Pagano’s Italian Specialties

Deli, Grocery Store, Italian, American
Pagano’s is your classic Italian-American deli. You can find a multitude of different sandwiches including Italian hoagies like homemade eggplant Parmesan and hot roast beef. They also do some other tasty sandwiches like the caprese with a pan-fried chicken cutlet or the spicy Italian Diablo. Pair your meal with some yummy little side snacks like pepper shooters, potato salad, chicken Caesar pasta salad, or indulgent seafood salad. You can expect each sandwich to be made with high-quality, authentic ingredients. They even do a fish sandwich special during Lent. The interior is casual, and orders are typically served to go.

Brick & Brew

Brick & Brew specializes in new American gastro cuisine. Most of the food consists of creative twists on popular American fare. Some popular menu items include the short rib pizza, wedge salad, crab PLT (the ‘P’ stands for pancetta), and guava sesame wings. In addition to a great selection of craft beers, Brick & Brew also serves some inventive cocktails like the Speakeasy, made with fresh basil and hibiscus or the Sly Fox. For dessert, try the fried cheesecake. The interior is rustic, and it tends to fill up quickly. At Brick & Brew you’re bound to encounter a fun dining experience that’s sure to satisfy any foodie.

Brick & Brew, 2138 Darby Rd, Havertown, PA 19083, United States +1 484-455-7250

Centrella’s Deli

Deli, Market, Italian
Centrella’s Deli offers an amazing spread of Italian treats including packaged items imported directly from Europe. From cheeses and spreads to pastas and sausages to panettone, you’ll be able to find just about any Italian specialty item you can think of. Naturally, they also do some pretty yummy deli sandwiches served with thinly sliced meats. Their breakfast sandwiches are particularly popular as well. Try the sausage, egg, roasted pepper, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone. It’s unforgettable. Centrella’s can even cater your next special event, as they make platters of meats, cheese, olives and more in addition to the sandwiches. Did we mention they make their own homemade meatballs and lobster raviolis?

Boccella’s Deli

Deli, American, BBQ, Korean
A top spot in Lower Merion is Boccella’s Deli. They do their own melty, delicious sandwiches. One of the most popular is the cheesesteak and egg on a hoagie. We recommend ordering the perfectly crisp waffle fries as a side. Boccella’s also ventures outside of what could be served on a bun. Specifically, we’re referring to their amazing Korean BBQ tacos, which are not to be missed. In addition, Boccella’s Deli also serves lots of excellent regional brews.

Havertown Grille

Havertown Grille is our favorite hangout for breakfast and brunch in Lower Merion. Looking for something indulgent? Try the cannoli-stuffed French toast. For a more savory selection, check out ‘The Plumber,’ a bacon cheeseburger served with fried onions and an egg on top or the chorizo egg and cheese. Havertown Grille, also does all the traditional American breakfast staples like hash browns, pancakes, and omelets. Of course, they also make some excellent coffee to perfectly accompany anything you choose from the menu. Set in a brick building, Havertown Grille’s interior is simple and homey.

Havertown Grille, 2409 Darby Rd, Havertown, PA 19083, United States +1 610-449-2500

Ming’s Coffee and Tea

Ming’s Coffee and Tea also makes breakfast and brunch fare, but with a Chinese touch. This means that the menu also includes popular dim sum dishes as well as classic stir-fried noodles. Plus, each table has flowers set in china in addition to a trusty bottle of Sriracha hot sauce. Ming herself oversees all the food prep in the open kitchen. In fact, she’s been doing so for several years. Portions are notoriously generous. The pancakes are far too large to fit on one plate so they come folded in half. Order some freshly squeezed orange juice with your breakfast or a strong cup of coffee.

Ming’s Coffee and Tea, 730 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026, United States +1 610-622-6522

Kaffir Thai Cuisine

If you’re looking for something different to the usual American cuisine, head over to Kaffir Thai Cuisine for some delectable Thai favorites. The gilded gold and pink interior is both sumptuous and quirky. Meanwhile, the food is perfectly spicy and delicious. Start the meal with some crispy curry puffs served with a tasty vinegar sauce. Kaffir Thai Cuisine offers all of the Thai classics like green curry with meat vegetables or seafood and pad see ew. There are also some specialty items on the menu like the Evil Jungle Princess, which comes with veggies and your choice of meat served in a spicy sauce.

Kaffir Thai Cuisine, 20 E Eagle Rd, Havertown, PA 19083, United States +1 610-449-4414

Saigon Harbor

In addition to great Thai, there is fantastic Vietnamese to try in Lower Merion at Saigon Harbor. This place prepares authentic Vietnamese favorites to perfection like vermicelli noodles, broken rice dishes, lemongrass curry, and pho. They also do a pretty spectacular roasted quail appetizer, which we highly recommend. Saigon Harbor has a wonderfully friendly and attentive staff as well. The neat and tidy interior is casual, and there are tasteful Vietnamese decorations hung throughout. This is a great spot for a light and healthy meal that is equally full of flavor. Saigon Harbor is BYOB. One meal at this place, and you’ll want to come back for more.

Saigon Harbor, 1501 West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083, United States +1 484-454-5105

McKenna’s Kitchen

Market, Restaurant, Irish
McKenna’s Kitchen does breakfast, brunch, and lunch the Irish way. At McKenna’s you’ll find a charming menu. For breakfast, try ‘The Chipper,’ which comes with the eggs with sausage, baked beans, and authentic Irish soda bread. For lunch, go with the braised beef sandwich, and for a snack, the loaded chips covered in cheese and meat won’t let you down. To take a sampling of these, order the Afternoon Tea Basket that comes with scones and various breads. The rustic interior is pleasant with it colorful flowers and accents. McKenna’s Kitchen also offers a variety of classic British baked goods.


Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen, Seafood, $$$
Herosame serves many different Japanese dishes with an emphasis on sushi and sashimi. Many of them are interesting and indulgent. One of our favorites is the Jennifer Roll, which comes with avocado, cucumber, and mango topped with shrimp and crabmeat. If sushi’s not really your thing, go with the ramen or the spicy seafood gumbo. For an appetizer, you can’t go wrong with some deliciously slimy agedashi tofu. The sultry interior features Japanese paper lanterns and bamboo decor. Pair your meal with a Japanese Asahi beer or some plum wine.

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