It comes as no surprise why Media, Pennsylvania, America’s first Fair Trade certified town, is dedicated to building a community of empowered businesses and restaurants that emphasize supporting local and global sustainability. “Everybody’s Hometown” is more than just a slogan for the people of Media, but a way of life that truly represents a passion for family, friends, and the way food can bring everyone together. In our latest Taste of the Towns, we look at how organic coffee, third-generation pizza recipes, feel-good brunch, and craft cocktails and snacks blend together to brew a cohesive neighborhood of proud foodies. Each destination served as wonderful hosts as we dove into the meaningful stories that make up such amazing restaurants in the community of Media.
455 West Baltimore Ave.
From a vintage car garage, to an open-air, Pacific Northwestern oasis, Burlap and Bean has transformed their new Media location into the town’s first-ever coffee roast house. The shop has mixed beautiful, repurposed wood elements with industrial touches to create an inviting atmosphere where coffee comes only second to lasting customer relationships. Whether you’re grabbing a nitro cold brew to-go, or relaxing at the communal table with a cafe miel and fresh-baked good, your experience at Burlap and Bean will always be welcoming. With the new location came a gourmet toast menu that features made-in-house ingredients like ricotta, hummus, and pesto on locally baked Baker Street Bread Co. bread. With multiple women in leadership roles, the team in Media epitomizes the sense of female empowerment in the workplace. The shop envisions Burlap and Bean becoming the heartbeat of the town, proudly giving this Delaware County community authentic and delicious coffee.
131 East Baltimore Ave
With over 50 years of family-owned and operated service, Pinocchio’s in Media holds the spot as the town’s oldest and most-loved pizzeria. The third-generation of Volikas now runs the neighborhood staple and continues to serve the community homemade pizza and a variety of strombolis, hoagies, pastas, and entrees just like their grandparents once proudly did. Over the years Pinocchio’s has stayed true to its roots, and it’s clear the Delaware County community respects the restaurant’s homage to its history. Customers come from all over to enjoy the legendary taste, family-friendly atmosphere, and commitment to genuine service. Within the last 7 years Pinocchio’s has expanded their to-go beer garden to provide over 1,000 speciality beers. One can mix-&-match a six pack to include old favorites and new exciting finds from American, craft, and international breweries. This summer, enjoy your beer out on the patio with a fresh pie while spending time with good friends!
18 S. Orange Street
The concept for Bittersweet Kitchen was born when Michelle and Jeremy West had the dream to open a restaurant they would be excited to take their own family to, in a town they loved. The creative, comfort-food eatery that emphasizes small-batch baking has grown into just that—a cozy spot to which the whole community flocks for exquisite brunch. Natural materials, local art, and friendly employees immediately make you feel like you’re at home when walking in the door. The intimate setting complements the small-town vibe perfectly as you sip Fair Trade iced coffee out of a mason jar and indulge in scratch-made biscuits. Bittersweet Kitchen didn’t just fill Media’s brunch void, but surpassed all expectations with dishes like challah-stuffed French toast, huevos rancheros, and crème brûlée pancakes. The team is committed to not only maintaining close relationships with their customers, but also constantly supports other local businesses for a true sense of homegrown love and appreciation.
26 W. State Street
Brick and Brew’s Media location comes with all the familiarity and comfort of your local gastro-pub but with American tapas and exclusive dishes that truly incorporate big-city flavors and flare. The restaurant’s classic trolley vibe perfectly embodies the feel of the town, with unique metal and brick touches representing an atmosphere that mirrors the Prohibition era. This neighborhood destination prides itself in giving customers an eclectic display of creative, seasonal, and fiercely local meals that are anything but typical bar food. Gourmet brick oven pizzas, fresh salads, and imaginative appetizers pair flawlessly with the bar’s impressive repertoire of beverages. Award-winning cocktails are conceived with quality liquors and total craftsmanship while their cornerstone staple, craft beer, is always a visitor go-to. The carefully curated 12-tap rotating brew list, along with the can and bottle selection, personifies the support-local feel of the restaurant and town of Media.