Cafette, Heirloom Named Among Top Suburban Restaurants

Suburban Life releases its top 25 restaurants in the Philadelphia suburbs.


Chestnut Hill’s Cafette and Heirloom Fine American Cookery were named as one of Suburban Life magazine’s top 25 Best Restaurants in the Philadelphia suburbs in its February issue.

The monthly magazine decided on its Golden Fork winners based on food, service, atmosphere and “other intangibles. They looked to reviews from this and prior years and accepted readers suggestions, according to their story.

“Chef Recommends: Half of a roasted chicken, cider brined and served with a comforting root-vegetable mix of parsnips, turnips and butternut squash,“ the Golden Fork article reports of patch Readers’ Choice winner Cafette.

The menu changes frequently at Heirloom, Suburban Life reports, but right now, the can’t miss dish is the Shrimp and Scallop Purloo.

If you haven’t been to either restaurant, just a reminder that they are both BYOB.

If you have been there, what do you think of Cafette and Heirloom Fine American Cookery?

  • Click here to add a review of Cafette
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Previous Stories on Cafette and Heirloom

  • Local Voices: Cafette’s Vegetarian Autumn Alternative (Nov. 19, 2012)
  • Local Voices: Cafette Has a New Chef & Menu (Oct. 24, 2012)
  • Restaurant Review: Chestnut Hill’s Heirloom (Feb. 9, 2012)
  • Moms Eat Local: Cafette (May 10, 2011)
  • Cafette: the Name Says It All (Dec. 15, 2010)
Dan Hudson March 07, 2013 at 03:37 AM
That's great for them and all, but seeing as how both restaurants are in the Philadelphia city limits, how are they suburban? Ask anybody who works there about the city wage tax they have to pay and see how they feel about working in the "suburbs".
Alex March 07, 2013 at 02:38 PM
This seems a very "select" choice. Mica is an outstanding restaurant, and is even closer to the suburbs than Caffette. Is Chestnut Hill still trying to have folks believe it is in the suburbs?
Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment March 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I think Chestnut Hill sees itself as a proud City neighborhood (as in "Philadelphia's garden district"). It was the Suburban Times that wrongly classified these two wonderful restaurants as "suburban". BTW, March is restaurant month on the Hill, so please remember to patronize Heirloom, Cafette, Mica and all the other dining establishments for breakfast, lunch and dinner as often as you can.
SP March 07, 2013 at 04:49 PM
It's easy to send a note to Suburban Life on their website (correcting their misconception about Chestnut Hill). I just did. I'm sure they've heard it before, but maybe if they hear from enough people, they'll stop calling Chestnut Hill a suburb.
Sharon Shaw March 07, 2013 at 09:18 PM
...Or perhaps they will just stop encouraging city-wary suburbanites to visit Chestnut Hill establishments. Geez.
Sharon Shaw March 07, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Chef Chip Roman's Blackfish is on the list. Just sayin'.
jm March 07, 2013 at 09:50 PM
If you have recommendations for reviews and/or restaurant guide selections, feel free to email or participate in the voting!!! Also -- are suburbanites not allowed to visit city establishments? It is great publicity for the restaurants and I'm sure they would include more if readers suggested them!
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