We have come to the end of our tour. The Mt. Airy section of Germantown Ave. prepped and planned for weeks, had booths, tents and approximately 50 food trucks organized all up and down the street, saw thousands of people, smelled wood burning pizza ovens, funnel cake and beer, and it’s over. The streets are empty and hopefully, at this point, clean. Another year has been deemed a success.
My husband and I popped over after our Heritage Farm Fare event and am I ever glad we did. We didn’t eat much but I love the throngs of people, the lights, the food, the music. I love it ALL. I think it’s safe to say that Aversa PR can call this another successful event.
We stopped and chatted with a few of the businesses we stopped at for our preview tour – Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe and Avenida. Others I pointed out to my husband and had fun telling him what their business is about and fun details I learned. Most of all we just enjoyed the gorgeous evening out – sans kids. I hear the kid turnout and activities were pretty awesome though.
Wine Thief Bistro
I love the name Wine Thief Bistro. It’s intriguing and let me tell you, their house made spinach cavatelli is A-MA-ZING. It’s house-made, people. Need I say more? You know me by now, right? I love homemade pasta. I hate going to restaurants that are suppose to be “authentic” and ordering pasta that obviously came out of a box. Seriously people, why would I pay $15 for a box of spaghetti when I can pay $1 at the grocery store?
We also sampled crispy calamari – the breading was light – this was not a “just eat one” kind of dish, and PEI Mussels, made with fennel, chorico, and tomato. The chorico flavor with the mussels was a different take than I have had before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to take the whole bowl home. Wine Thief delivers on all that is good with seasonal local foods and grass-fed meats.
Quality is key in making this girl happy and Wine Thief Bistro delivers even before we hit the wine menu that’s their signature. Their goal is to “make accessible the vast world of wine which can be daunting”, offering an extensive yet inexpensive wine list. One last note, the cocktails were good too. The low light ambiance of Wine Thief Bistro makes it a perfect date night.
Earth Bread + Brewery
It’s a pizza joint, it’s a brewery, it’s amazing. I actually cringe calling it a pizza joint but seriously, their wood burning stove turns out some pretty amazing pizzas. My favorite was the fig, bacon, and arugula. If they had that available at Street Fare it would have been ordered, hands down, no “would you like this hon?”. Or maybe it was and I somehow missed it. This way to the bar – in the doors, straight up the stairs. They have a unique and open area with tables, no one feels like they are sitting on top of each other and there is space to breathe. The bar is not your traditional heavy and dark wooded ornate area, but kept simple and clean in theme with the rest of the room.
Earth Bread + Brewery boasts one of the few in house breweries and Peggy shared a little about their business. She said her husband gets bored easily so he creates 4 new beers ever 1.5 – 2 weeks, and she can only remember them making the same beer once in the last 5 or 6 years. Sustainability and local products are very important to them so they experiment with different flavors and honeys that can be found in our area. What isn’t to love about that? He generally stays away from the fallback IPA but recently made one that I hear was pretty amazing. Craft beer and wood oven pizza. This is a family affair kind of restaurant – for the pizza that is.
And now the party’s over. Wrapped up, done for another year, and I can say, since I was there, it was a smashing success. Good job on another phenomenal Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor and Stroll. Can’t wait for next year.
Miss the other stops on the tour?
It was great meeting new people –
Parris, was it Side Car?
Julia West, Metro