Valley Green Inn
Philadelphia’s last remaining roadhouse
The Valley Green Inn is one of the most beloved places in Fairmount Park. And what’s not to love? The place offers great food, welcoming porches in the summer, warm fireplaces in the winter and an unparalleled setting.
The food more than lives up to the wonderfully romantic locale. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the Valley Green Inn boasts a seasonal menu of creative new American cuisine. The menu changes regularly and reflects local ingredients in season, but here are a few examples of popular dishes.
For lunch: the grilled cheese with brie, gruyere, caramelized onions, tomatoes and hickory bacon or the lump crab cake sandwich on toasted challah bread. For dinner, expect creative, flavorful dishes: the pretzel-crusted pork chops, the raspberry-laquered roasted duck, and the polenta-crusted poached filet of salmon are three highlights on a dinner menu full of them.
However, the most famous dish at the Valley Green Inn is a dish that has made the Inn’s brunch a veritable right of passage for many Philadelphia families. The famous brie-stuffed French toast is legendary. It’s inspired the Food Network to call brunch at the Valley Green Inn as one of the best in the country.
So whether you plan on visiting for lunch, dinner or the famous Sunday brunch, be sure to call ahead for reservations. And any meal at the Valley Green Inn wouldn’t be complete without a lovely pre- or post-meal stroll along the Wissahickon Creek.
Built in 1850 by Edward Rinker, the Valley Green Inn, which was originally called Edward Rinker’s Temperance Tavern, is the last remaining example of the many roadhouses and taverns that served and watered the carriage trade along the Wissahickon in the 19th Century.
The Friends of the Wissahickon has been the guardian of the Inn since 1934 when it rallied to raise $30,000 to save the Inn from being demolished by the City of Philadelphia.
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