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Hickory Lane American Bistro

4.1
372 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Hickory Lane American Bistro offers an eclectic aspect to American classics by adding international ingredients and flavors to give Philadelphia diners a new and unusual experience. With artisan-crafted sandwiches, chef specialties and appetizers on the menu, it would be difficult to leave Hickory Lane American Bistro unsatisfied.

One of the unique sandwiches is the duck �Rachel� which includes a house cured duck pastrami, cabbage slaw, gruyere cheese and 1,000 Island aioli on toasted sourdough. It is served with sweet potato fries and a pickle. Another house specialty is the Scottish salmon which is served with garlic spinach, cilantro jalapeno cream and quinoa. There are a number of vegetarian options on the Hickory Lane American Bistro menu as well.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Bar Menu and Cocktails, Saturday &Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30

Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday 4:30pm-9pm
Wednesday - Saturday 4:30pm-10pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm


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Phone number
(215) 769-2420
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Albert Alvarado Jr
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corinthian Ave
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Parking details
There is street parking with a public lot next to Eastern State Penitentiary. Parking lot is owned by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Valet Parking - Friday and Saturday Night
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Public transit
SEPTA Route 48 and 7
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.1
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3.9
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4.0
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NewYorkerOnrBusiness (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

The veggie burger was unusual and was one of the best I have had in a restaurant.

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vipLawrence (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Have been going here since it started out as a BYOB - have loved it ever since

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outwithbuds (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

What a wonderful place for brunch. The pork belly benedict is suberb. This is my third visit and I cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The burger was delicious and pulled pork was savory.

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vipPhilly (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The food was excellent and our server, Harrison, was outstanding. He was courteous, attentive and very pleasant. We would go back.

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Foodie3 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Had a wonderful brunch with my friends. This is a true gem in the neighborhood. Live a few blocks from Hickory Lane.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Food was fabulous, service excellent. Open kitchen also adds an interesting touch.

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vipLuv2dine (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

My daughter has been coming here for breakfast often and so finally I had a chance to try it out. I really like the quaintness and the location. The staff was exceptionally nice, everyone was pleasant & greeted us upon entry and exit. I had the blueberry French toast with a side of eggs and turkey bacon. The French toast was delicious, the eggs were, eggs and the turkey bacon could've been cooked a little longer. My daughter had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were huge, I wasn't a fan of the grits, they were too thick and lumpy for my taste. I'm not sure I'll be as frequent a visitor as my daughter, but there were a couple of other items that I would like to give a try.

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vipc3686 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

Nice outdoor seating. Great cocktails and food.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

If you're looking for a quick and casual brunch spot in Fairmount with great food and good service check out Hickory Lane. I've eaten outside a few times, they usually have tables available and it's never too crowded. They have good options for picky eaters, as I am not the adventurous type. And they're helpful in allowing you to take out something you don't like or add something you do like (small fee depending on what you're adding).

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vipphilly (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Good meal with nice wait staff in a comfortable environment. One big negative however is that they refuse to stock any decent scotch Whisky

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

The meal was very good. However, I almost lost my guest waiting for the tart dessert. Much too long. Wine list is VERY limited. Need a most extensive choice for full bottles.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Had an amazing dinner on Mother's Day. Everything was delicious!

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vipJeffTrexler (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Excellent dinner - great food and good drink selections. I thoroughly enjoyed my duck pastrami sandwich - so rich and complex with flavor. Will definitely have again.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

This is a very pretty restaurant- in an area which is growing, and quite walkable. We'd gone for brunch here several years ago, (had a great experience) and were looking forward to showing our our of town friends a nice place/special dinner.

Our dinner came to ~$200- so one would expect that the basics would be there. The food was ok- drinks ok- but the water needed filtration (awful.. and we are from Philadelphia) and the after dinner decaf tasted like a watery sanka from the 70's. Each ruined the taste of our lovely after dinner profiteroles! The restaurant was not crowded, and neither the server nor bartender were busy. Server, however, was quite polite and attentive.

It just seems like the quality has fallen off sharply since opening. Every restaurant has an off-night so we're willing to give the benefit of the doubt- but just an extra focus on the little things would have made the time with our guests so much more pleasant.

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ptadvk (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Thoroughly enjoy this local Fairmount eatery. Sunday brunch is terrific as is every day dinner. Service and staff are friendly and attentive. Always a good choice. In nice weather, wonderful to sit outside. Gets busy for Sunday brunch and may be a little boisterous if its packed, but its still a great place. Always a good neighborhood go to.

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vipdarpon (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Some of the best French toast I've enjoyed in quite some time. Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Served with syrup on the side, you hardly need it, as the powdered sugar does enough. Topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, in the middle of winter (HOW?), this is dessert for breakfast.

Mimosas are generous and light, large pours and large glasses, keeps the champagne flowing.

Pork Belly Eggs Benedict is generously sweet, savory, and oh so rich. The portions don't appear at first to be very filling, but a little goes a long way, particularly with those crispy house potatoes.

Recommendation: If you're going for brunch on a Sunday, they take reservations, and it's worth it!

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vipAllan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Dined at Hickory Lane before but this time decided to "introduce" a better cuisine to our 6-yo granddaughter.
Being in the area didn't hurt either :)
While we had a 4:30 reservation, we got to HL slightly earlier. Although the kitchen was still closed we were greeted very warmly and seated immediately. Our waiter took our drinks order and gave us plenty of time to look over the menu.
5 mins after the kitchen was 'officially open' he took our order and was constantly attentive throughout the whole meal.

We started with the cheese plate, I then opted for Red Pepper bisque and the famous HL burger, while DW went for Duck Raechel and GD - Mac-n-Cheese
Totally delicious and nice portions too

Wonderful time and great meal!

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vipCpgranados (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

I was visiting my friend who just moved to Philadelphia and we found this spot on open table. It is situated in an up and coming part of Philly, close walk to the museum of art. I thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic menu and the friendly service.

We had the special--Fig french toast and the egg platter breakfast--we shared them both. My friend had a bloody Mary that turned out to have just the right kick to it--a bit spicy. We sat for a long time and the waitress was very friendly and most of all, they did not rush us out. The place is quaint and comfortable. It appears there a lot of locals that frequent this restaurant.

I highly recommend it for the food, service and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Cocktails not great

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

Came here for brunch on a Sunday and it was somewhat chaotic. Tables are so packed together that the waitress accidentally spilled coffee on the jacket of the woman at the table next to us (they were about a foot away from our table so I can see how an accident like that could easily happen). The woman was flipping out the whole time and because she was practically sitting at our table it was very distracting. They packed way too many tables into this small place, but I can see why they needed to because the food was delicious and the french toast was out of this world. I would go back at a time that wasn't so busy to truly enjoy this spot.

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vipLettsEat (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Food was great. We showed up early for our reservation and they were very accommodating. Would definitely recommend to friends, and we'll be coming again.

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Milkman (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Food was great, scallops perfect. Music selection and volume combo was IDEAL. Can't wait to come back. Price/taste/ambiance/service = COMING BACK A LOT.

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vipAndiW (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

My husband and I love going there for brunch and went back there for Easter brunch. We love their brunches. We also had a great waitress.

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fairmounter (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

We've been here a few times for dinner and always enjoyed it - we were excited to try it for brunch. We found the menu heavy on breakfast/egg items and sweet items (french toast, etc.). My husband who wanted more lunch than breakfast was disappointed. They did have 3 sandwiches and one salad, but most of the menu was breakfast items. So go with that in mind. I had the eggs benedict and it was very good; our friend had the waffle, which I frankly thought was over-priced. One smallish waffle with a few stawberry slices on top for $10. Coffee was good and the service was very nice. Would go for an occasion, not just for the heck of it.

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vipLuv2eat (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

We were able to secure an outdoor table for brunch and the restaurant was most accommodating to allow us to keep the table even with part of the party running late.
We ordered and while the food was tasty the service was spotty. The food came out at all different times and we also had to wait 15 minutes for our check to be settled. Nevertheless the staff was friendly and the food was good.

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CJDT (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

We enjoyed Sunday brunch before heading off to the Phila Museum of Art, a 5 minute walk away. We've eaten here before, and I have to say, it was better the first couple of times we tried it. I had the Tex Mex poached eggs creation, and it was mostly tortilla chips coated in salsa, with a little chorizo as a base for 2 poached eggs. Don't think I'd get it again, but the 2 teenage boys dining with us enjoyed it! My bloody mary was really spicy, with too much black pepper. Nothing special. My husband enjoyed the duck hash, and the cherry french toast special looked fabulous! All in all, a little disappointing.

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Zahav (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

The French Toast on the brunch menu was awesome! The drinks for brunch are fun too and the outdoor seating is great for nice weather. It is a bit small inside so make a reservation ahead of time especially if you have a group larger than 4!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Had the burger and the wife had the chicken. Burger was good; however, I ordered it medium rare and it came out more medium. Drinks were fun!

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rosa (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Discovered this place when my Son and fiance and I were looking for a place for an afternoon snack after visiting Eastern State Penitentiary. Location - great. Good off street parking and a lot just a block away. Nice neighborhood with other eateries and shopping. Went back with my husband and daughter and everything was very good except for the waiter. The rest of the staff was as wonderful as the first time. He looked new and not so in tune with everything. Overall though I would definitely go back again.

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