Conshohocken and Whitemarsh Township Represented in Craig LaBan’s Best Restaurants in the Suburbs

The Conshohocken area’s restaurants are well represented in Craig LaBan’s Best of the ’burbs – Montgomery County’s Top Restaurants​” featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaBan’s Top 25 restaurants in Montgomery County included Conshohocken’s Blackfish and Whitemarsh’s Cantina Feliz. In Conshohocken specifically, LaBan heaped praise on Bar Lucca, Cerdo, Spring Mill Cafe, El Limon, Conshohocken Brewing, and Lafayette Hill’s Persian Grill. Strangely classified under “Blue Bell and Beyond,” were Plymouth Meeting’s Woodjung and Lafayette Hill’s Ye Olde Ale House.

You can go through the whole list here, but here are some quotes from each mention:

Blackfish – Conshohocken

“A lovely meal this summer reminded why this Vetri and Le Bec-Fin alum’s food is still a hit, from delicate ravioli stuffed with English peas in brown butter to a tile fish caught by the chef himself over basmati and Madras curry sauce.”

Cantina Feliz – Fort Washington

“While the food certainly caters to suburban American tastes, Spinner, a Garces alum, creates dishes that are rooted in classic, no-shortcut preparations updated with polished style and great ingredients, from excellent ceviches to the tender steak grilled al carbon with fresh tortillas, awesome fish tacos, and delicate black bass over creamy poblano rice with crab.”

Bar Lucca – Conshohocken

“The menu overseen by exec chef Will Langlois steers away from the red-sauce standards to more authentic-minded dishes, like the wild boar ragù; farro salad; thin-crusted Tuscan-style pizzas; and bucatini with fresh pecorino, chunks of bacon, and Calabrian peppers.”

Cerdo – Conshohocken

“Coveted Ibérico pig is served both as cured ham, hand-sliced onto a tasting platter with Valdéon cheese, or pan-roasted fresh to a juicy pink that has a unique richness in the world of pork.”

Spring Mill Cafe – Conshohocken

“It’s particularly lovely at brunch, when sunlight fills the old rooms along with a vintage jazz soundtrack, and diners dig into croque Madames on thick-cut brioche, truffled pâté, and rustic dishes like local rabbit, slow-braised in Riesling mushroom cream over wide egg noodles.”

El Limon – Conshohocken (has multiple locations in region)

“I’ve been especially impressed with the hand-pressed sopes, the simple freshness of the marinated shrimp tacos, the crackly crisp tostada rounds, and pretty much anything in the excellent tomatillo-tanged salsa verde.”

Persian Grill – Lafayette Hill

“After more than three decades, the Persian Grill, founded in 1984, remains one of the region’s only reliable destinations for the distinctive flavors of Persian cuisine, from straight-up charcoal-grilled kebabs over fluffy basmati pilaf to exotic sweet-and-sour sauces vivid with aromatic (but not hot) spice, and slow-stewed delights like chicken Fesenjan.”

Conshohocken Brewing – Conshohocken and Bridgeport

“Most importantly, Conshy’s beer quality is rising, too, with strong finishers in the Inquirer’s recent Brew-vitational competition (Type A IPA, Conshohopfen Hull Melon Helles) to go along with its already excellent Puddlers Row ESB.”

Woojung – Plymouth Meeting

“But the crowds come for the signature “Kiss” creations, including the smoky-sweet Kiss of Smoke and a Kiss of Fire tempura shrimp roll topped with a brûléed mince of fish so spicy (at just a “3”!) it left my lips happily numb.”

Ye Olde Ale House – Lafayette Hill

“There are basically three good reasons to visit this old school tavern: hot beef sandwiches hand-carved from a huge roast sitting in a pool of juices behind the counter; a seat alongside friendly Lafayette Hillers at the big wrap-around bar for Eagles games; and the hot beef sandwiches.”