Earth Bread + BreweryAddress:
7136 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia , PA 19119
Neighborhood: Mount Airy
Parking: Street parking only, free after 6 p.m. (There is a large municipal lot off Germantown Avenue, just north of the restaurant beside the Fit Life gym.)
Handicap access: Not wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: Brew Pub; Pizza
Meals Served: Dinner - Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Style: Brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver have a winner with their funky new pizzeria and brewpub, a sprawling and casual bilevel space where the wood-fired oven, eccentric artisan beers, and Earth-friendly mission are perfect for Mount Airy. The menu is limited (and the toppings need some work), but the affordable "flatbreads" are among the best of the city's new pizza generation. The Philly debut of Baker (formerly of central Jersey's Heavyweight Brewing) marks an important addition to the local beer scene.
Specialties: Flatbreads: traditional; Seed; Mexican; cheese plate; house salad.
Alcohol: There are four taps with Baker's constantly changing lineup of esoteric, albeit excellent house-brewed beers, as well as a large selection of "guest taps" and bottles from a variety of top-notch local and international craft brewers. There is also a surprisingly well-chosen selection of affordable wines by the glass.
Weekend noise: A very noisy 90-plus decibels when busy. The small downstairs dining room is a slightly quieter 85. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m. Closed Monday.
Reservations: Not available