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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.