For the best of Chestnut Hill's cuisine, head to Germantown
Avenue. Dozens of unique eateries line the street and provide residents with opportunities to dine on dishes from around the world. Local favorites range from American pub-style lounges to Chinese cafes. Start with the world-class neighborhood bar McNally's, a family friendly pub with the perfect atmosphere to savor a pint of Guinness at any hour. This local favorite has served its signature sandwich since 1921. Try the Schmitter, loaded with sliced beef, extra cheese and fried onions atop a flash-broiled Kaiser roll smothered in Schmitter sauce and topped with a chunk of grilled salami. For a taste of something less like a Philly cheesesteak, order The Dickens. This dish makes it possible to taste the savory nuances of Thanksgiving all year long with a slab of roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on a toasted wheat roll. Polish off a slice of the owner's renowned coconut cake to complete the McNally's experience.
Climb the hill for a meal at Top of the Hill CafÃ© on Evergreen Avenue. This market-cafÃ© hybrid allows residents to pick up fresh produce while they are out for lunch or dinner. Residents call this the go-to place for a quick meal that still has excellent flavor. Order a bowl of the turkey corn chowder, a market staple and local favorite that leaves everyone who eats it stunned. Rejuvenate yourself with "Barb's Favorite," roasted turkey breast covered in smoked Gouda cheese with alfalfa sprouts and red peppers. Grab a few crab cakes to go and continue with your regular shopping.
On your date night or evening out with your pals, visit CinCin Restaurant on Germantown Avenue. The eclectic Chinese menu, described as Asian fusion with an adventurous twist, sells exquisite dishes from brandy-infused Szechuan beef to pan-seared dumplings. Locals appreciate the large portions and delivery service, especially since the parking lot fills quickly. Order cashew chicken and the cheesesteak egg rolls to go for a true taste of the neighborhood's best Chinese food.
Nightlife is not a prominent aspect of life in Chestnut Hill, although residents can indulge in live music from a few humble venues. The Mermaid Inn, an old cottage turned bar, hosts local bands and small performances inside its charming interior. Locals come for a relaxing drink and good music without the overwhelming atmosphere of a club. A similar environment exists within the Paris Bistro and Jazz Cafe. Residents enjoy classy French dishes on decorated plates while the bluesy hum of jazz music fills the background. Regulars recommend heading downstairs to the jazz lounge for a more lively experience bound to fill you with nostalgia and good liquor.