Earth Bread + Brewery: Upscale With Unique Flatbreads and Beer

We go “off the Line” to this Mt. Airy restaurant, enjoying everything from craft brews to the mascarpone-, chocolate- and fruit-topped flatbread for dessert.

Photo by Jared CastaldiMt. Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery is unique compared to other area restaurants. Its menu consists mostly of wood-fire-baked flatbreads. It also has an on-site brewery offering at least five craft brews at a time, plus several “guest drafts” and bottles from various breweries said to be some of the best around. And sustainability, support of local growers and respect for the environment are the cornerstones of this unexpected, undeniably tasty new dining destination.

“Upscale brewpub” is a fitting description of this large, two-story corner space just minutes from Chestnut Hill. From the chandeliers in the dimly lit upstairs dining room to the local artwork adorning the walls, Earth Bread + Brewery has charm—and a good vibe to match. A lively mix of families, couples and bunches of friends kept the place in full swing on a recent evening.
 

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The menu features more than 10 flatbread varieties. A small is about $9, and a large (enough for two people) $12-$22. With garlic oil, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, artichoke hearts, house-made mozzarella, pesto and no meat in sight, the Gatherer is flavorful and light. Hunter types should love the toothsome blend of tomato sauce, portobello, button and shiitake mushrooms, spicy turkey sausage and mozzarella. For just about anyone, the mascarpone-, chocolate- and fruit-topped flatbread makes for a decadent dessert.

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There’s also a great selection of salads, plus small bites like hummus, edamame, artichoke dip and local cheeses. My advice? Order several flatbreads so you can try a little bit of everything. Wash it all down with a Big G—a pale oat ale brewed with Cheerios—and you’ll taste what all the fuss is about.

7136 Germantown Ave., Mt. Airy; (215) 242-6666, earthbreadbrewery.com.

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