Tired Hands in Ardmore, Pa.
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Tired Hands in Ardmore, Pa.

Ardmore’s restaurant scene keeps thriving — and growing

The pandemic has slammed restaurants all over, but you would hardly know it in Ardmore. There’s a lot of food and fun packed into this 2-square-mile slice of Lower Merion Township, just 10 minutes outside of the city.

A sampling of the options, in no particular order:

Tired Hands

Popular craft brewery has a pub, a fermentaria, and a general store. 16 Ardmore Ave., tiredhands.com.

The Ripplewood

Opulent food and bar. 29 E. Lancaster Ave., ripplewoodbar.com.


Region’s only Japanese supermarket/cafe. 5 E. Lancaster Ave., maidoardmore.com.


Chinese restaurant on speed dials since 1973, where Susanna Foo started. 47 E. Lancaster Ave., hunanardmore.com.

Delice et Chocolat

Pastry shop (macarons!). 9 E. Lancaster Ave., delicechocolat.com.

Carlino’s Market

Gourmet grocery that’s been dubbed the Di Bruno’s of the western suburbs. 2616 E. County Line Rd., carlinosmarket.com.


Fast-casual vegan food. 76 Coulter Ave., hopcityveg.com/ardmore.

Nam Phuong Bistro

Spinoff of the South Philly Vietnamese destination. 43 Cricket Ave., namphuongbistro.com.

Nudy’s Cafe

Diner food. 11 Cricket Ave., nudyscafes.com.

El Limon and Buena Vista

Right-priced Mexican comida. 61 W. Lancaster Ave., ellimontaqueria.com; 5 W. Lancaster Ave., ardmore.buenavistamexonline.com.


Asian-inspired bowls. 1531 W. Wynnewood Rd., sesamieats.com.


Poke bowls. 59 W. Lancaster Ave., pokeono.com.

John Henry’s, Jack McShea’s, and McCloskey’s

Worth noting

Owners of The Bercy say the splashy French restaurant will return in 2021; for now, it’s booking private events. And more is on the way. Suburban Square, the shopping mecca off Montgomery Avenue, will see a vast indoor-outdoor restaurant called Lola’s Garden, the region’s third location of the Chinese restaurant DanDan, and another Shake Shack — all by spring.