I am going to be honest with you all, one of my absolute favorite foods is a truly amazing sandwich. I feel like if a place does it right, they really do it right, and I would one hundred percent list House as one of those places that just gets it. If you are looking for an amazing assortment of elevated sandwiches, soups, salads, large plates, and an expansive brunch menu, you will want to check out House in Media Pennsylvania.
As always, I like to dive right into the history of an area that we are talking about, because in Pennsylvania (and many areas in the Northeast) our roots are heavily influenced by our beginnings here. It is so much fun to wander streets and really get the sense of who may have walked there before us, and how that impacts where we are today.
Media is located about 13 miles west of the city of Philadelphia, and is the county seat of Delaware County. This area actually goes back to the time of William Penn, who was a proprietor of the colony of Pennsylvania in 1681 by King Charles II of England. It was predominantly rural until the twentieth century, with the early village of Media including a wheelwright shop, tailor shop, blacksmith shop, barns, and other small shops and buildings as well.
Media also has a famous location that was in the Underground Railroad, as the John J. Tyler Arboretum farm (which was donated in a public trust in 1944 by their eighth generation descendent.) On a scientific note, the region also is home to the Delaware County Institute of Science, which was formed in 1833. Also, like other Pennsylvania spots, there are major ties to the railroad system, with the West Chester and Philadelphia railroad being built here in 1854. As for more recent events, in 2006, Media became the first town in the United States to attain fair trade certification. This basically means that the region makes sure that there are a range of fair-trade products (coffee and tea) available for local businesses as well as in local government offices.
Now that you know more about the area, we should talk more about the spectacular restaurant House that we stumbled upon a couple weeks ago. Since we are located in the Philadelphia area, Media is not far from us to visit, so we decided on a warmer autumn day that we should walk around the borough. We discovered this really sweet and whimsical restaurant, and we knew that we had to try it.
As we walked into the restaurant we were greeted right away with a warm positivity from the staff that made us feel at home. The location was very clean, and the set up inside the restaurant was very inviting. As we checked out the menus we decided to try a couple “Boylan Root Beer” sodas, three different sandwiches (one would be an appetizer) and also a side of the these delicious cheesy potatoes with bacon that they had for a special that day. The sandwiches that we ordered were the Stilton Grilled Cheese (this had aged white cheddar with organic apples and gorgonzola), the Memphis Panini (a delicious combination of BBQ pork, melted cheddar, and apple slaw), and my husband chose the SBLT (this dish is like a BLT, but it has smoked salmon, bacon, greens, tomato, and a delicious garlic aioli on their marble rye.)
To try a bit of everything, my husband and I will split up all the sandwiches so that we can sample the menu. Each dish was so unique, fresh, delicious, and standout on its own. You can tell that this place puts a lot of thought, energy, and creativity into its menu. On their website, they state “We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients seasonally and as locally as possible. No matter what time of year, you can be sure you’re eating the best of the season.” I can honestly agree with their statement, and I know that we will keep going back. This is another place that I would personally recommend to my family and friends, and I know that they would enjoy it!
Let me know in the comments if you have gone here, and what you thought as well. It really is super convenient if you are traveling to Philly, or live in the surrounding areas. Also, as a reminder, I am not affiliated with this establishment in any way, and all opinions in this post are my own. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!