7852 Montgomery Ave.
Elkins Park , PA 19027
Neighborhood: Elkins Park
Parking: Free street and lot parking after 6 p.m.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: Mediterranean
Meals Served: Brunch Dinner
Style: Restaurant-starved Elkins Parkers have been cheering the arrival of this ambitious Mediterranean-inspired BYOB overlooking the Creekside Co-op from two veterans of the Commissary and Starr Catering. The casual but sophisticated mood is right, and the menu is appealing. Unfortunately, consistent lapses in execution spoiled what could be a game-changing bistro for this sleepy northern burb.
Specialties: Amuse-bouches; chickpea soup; beef short ribs; mujadara; Kit Kat bars; lemon-thyme polenta cake.
Alcohol: BYOB. Try a Rhône-style red or dry Spanish white to pair with the Mediterranean flavors.
Weekend noise: Can spike into the high 80s, but generally a pleasant, conversation-friendly 84 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 9:30. Brunch first Sunday of each month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.