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#62 – Get to Know Philly

February 14, 2011

This weekend we took a little day trip up to Chestnut Hill, an adorable “Main Street” type area in northwest Philly. Chestnut Hill has the pleasure of being it’s own distinct neighborhood, unlike the suburbs of the Main Line (where we live now) that all blend into one another.

The business area of town is centered on Germantown Avenue where there are a variety of local shops and national corporations: Chestnut Hill Coffee, The Knit With, and Bredenbeck’s Bakery, to name just a few, reside alongside the likes of Starbucks, Talbot’s and Omaha Steaks. We stopped in several shops on our stroll, where the bf picked up a CD at Hideaway Music and I got some hard-to-find spices at Penzeys. Then we stopped in for lunch at McNally’s Tavern to experience the famous Schmitter sandwich, McNally’s take on the traditional cheesesteak. It has fried salami, steak, melted cheese, fried onions, tomatoes and Schmitter sauce on a kaiser roll. I got mine with a Coke and pickles (only offered on the side) and the bf enjoyed his with a Smithwick’s. It was delicious! And McNally’s is not the huge pub I expected; it’s a small, intimate space with old-fashioned pewter tankards hanging all over the walls and ceiling beams. Everyone there was super friendly and it was a great experience overall.

The Schmitter

The kind of cuteness you see all over Chestnut Hill

I think we need to go back for a dinner in one of the many local restaurants (I have my eye on Avenida or Cake), ice cream at the Trolly Car Diner and a hike through the northwestern part of Fairmount Park. There’s a very pretty trail that goes along Wissahickon Creek. Then I think I can check Chestnut Hill off my list!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 5:56 pm

    OMG I want a Schmitter soooo bad now!!

    I love that area of Chestnut Hill; aren’t the shops the best? They have a little fair in the summer where all the shops are open and the streets are closed off so you can just walk around. My Aunt and Uncle used to live near there and we would go walk around on a nice night.

    Fun fact about the Schmitter: you can get them at Phillies games. It’s one of the things I look forward to most at the game 🙂

    • February 15, 2011 11:39 am

      I did not know that you could get a Schmitter at Phillies games! Good to know! Hey, we’d love to go to that festival with you! We both had such a great day, we can’t wait to go back.

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