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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:46

Food News / August

Aston Abbey BrewingNew Brews

There’s yet another brewery in our area! Moving in down the street from 2SP Brewing Company in Delaware County and aiming to open soon, Aston Abbey Brewing Company plans to bring handcrafted Belgian beer—with hints of French and German inspiration—to our ever-growing beer scene. Husband and wife team Chuck and Sue McKenna are going for quality over quantity with a focus on unfiltered and unpasteurized brewing. 340 Turner Way, Aston. AstonAbbeyBrewing.com.

 

Special Supper

What better way to celebrate the Brandywine Conservancy’s 50th anniversary than a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef MacGregor Mann of Junto and the Millstone Café? Save the date for August 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., and dine in a historic Chadds Ford barn on Hill Girt Farm that was one of the first properties placed under conservation easement by the Brandywine Conservancy. Enjoy vegetables freshly picked from SIW Vegetables and a BYOB meal for this very special occasion. $65–$75. Brandywine.org/Conservancy/Events.

 

Frosé - frozen rosé wine.Frosé in a Bag

Wine in a bag has a new frozen friend—frosé on the go! Enjoy this rosé slushie on the beach, at a picnic or a BYOB summer festival using the same technique you used to make ice cream in a bag at camp—or maybe in your 5th grade science class. All you need is your favorite rosé, two small ziptop baggies, ice, salt and napkins or a towel. Find instructions at Food52.com.

 

Máquina Coffee RoastersCo-op Coffee

Calling all flavorful coffee lovers! Head to the West Chester Co-op to find coffee gem Máquina Coffee Roasters. This tiny roaster based in Gabe Boscana’s garage in Marshallton knows how to roast beans just enough so your coffee is clean and sweet—no milk or cream needed! High-quality, ready-to-order coffee beans are available for purchase at MaquinaCoffee.com or at the co-op’s Local Food Program. For another dimension in coffee, give them a try. More at WCFood.coop/2017-CSA-Program.

 

Levante at the Stables beer gardenOutdoor Oasis

Craft beer meets communal outdoor gathering at Levante Brewing Company’s second outpost, Levante at the Stables! A joint venture with West Chester’s Split Rail Tavern, this newly unveiled beer garden is now open in Chester Springs on the grounds of an 1840s farmhouse. Enjoy over two acres of cozy in- and outdoor seating, plus picnic tables, local food trucks with beer-friendly fare, live music, games, fire pits and more! 160 Park Rd., Chester Springs. LevanteBrewing.com/The-Stables.

 

Published in Food News
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:08

Food News / May

Fresh is Best! Craving a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza? Look no further than MidiCi, King of Prussia’s newest Italian destination. Located in KOP’s Town Center, MidiCi will take your taste buds on a journey to Naples with traditional dishes like Pizza Diavola, or—calling all dessert lovers—their signature Nutella Calzone. MidiCi flies in their non-GMO flour all the way from Naples. That’s a journey worth celebrating with a second serving. 201 Main St., Ste. 100, King of Prussia; MyMidiCi.com.

 

23rd Annual Buzz Off Homebrew Competition at Levante BrewingBest of the Beers. Head to the 23rd Annual Buzz Off Homebrew Competition at Levante Brewing. Mark your calendar for May 19–20 to watch as homebrewers submit handcrafted beers brewed using their own private equipment. This year Levante will choose one beer from the Best of Show table to be scaled up and brewed on their system for the taproom. That’s something to drink to! Awards Ceremony 4 p.m., free, Levante Brewing, 208 Carter Dr., Ste. 2, West Chester; BrewDrinkRepeat.com/Buzzoff.

 

Simply Crafted. Malvern’s newest watering hole—Locust Lane Craft Brewery—is bringing simplicity back to the search for craft beers. Four base beers make up the menu at Locust Lane, with no long lists to bog down your drink selection. Try simple favorites like IPA, ESB and stout and then visit the rotating lineup of food trucks. So, if you’re looking for a new place to grab a brew, take a stroll down Locust Lane. 50 Three Tun Rd., #4, Malvern; LocustLaneCraftBrewery.com.

 

Going Global - King of Prussia - Mistral Restaurant interiorCommunity-Crafted. Just in time for Memorial Day, The Creamery in Kennett Square reopens for a whole new season of family fun. This former 1902 creamery was refurbished in 2016 and now offers a pop-up beer garden, rotating food trucks and a community gathering space with a vintage twist. Marvel at the up-cycled renovations of this once industrial space, play lawn games and listen to local music all while sipping a cold craft beer. 401 Birch St., Kennett Square; KennettCreamery.com.

 

Going Global. King of Prussia Mall gets another taste of global cuisine with its newest eatery. At Mistral Restaurant, Chef Scott Anderson—2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist—blends international flavors and his trademark “interpretive-American” style to bring patrons tempting options like Lamb Belly, Thai Duck Salad and Crispy Maitake Mushrooms. Using the best that local farms have to offer, Mistral serves small, fast plates—perfect for a mid-shopping lunch break! 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; MistralKOP.com.   

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Friday, 24 March 2017 05:21

Food News / April

Think Fresh, Stay Local. A Chester County native, Eric Yost—formerly of The Gables, White Dog Café and Wyebrook Farm—recently opened Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden in Eagleview Town Center in Exton, featuring his take on farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant, adorned with long, family-style wooden tables and refurbished barn doors, features fresh produce from Chester County farms and an outdoor beer garden highlighting local craft beers to enjoy. Want to know more? Sign up for their newsletter. SuburbanBG.com.

 

Two people sharing a toast with beer bottles and an ocean background,Sweet and Tweet. With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to take a little inspiration from Mother Nature. If you’re tired of the same old strawberry shortcakes, opt instead for bird’s nest desserts! These miniature marvels can sit atop cupcakes or be made as no-bake versions—good when working with kids. Start with a base—like crunchy chow mein noodles or mini pretzel sticks—then top with chocolate candy eggs or a classic favorite—Peeps. Recipes on TasteofHome.com.

 

Something to Celebrate. Get your pint glass ready for New Beer’s Eve on April 6th. The night before National Beer Day on April 7th, New Beer’s Eve celebrates the end of Prohibition in the U.S. On April 6th, 1933, throngs of thirsty people waited outside bars and taverns until midnight, when buying alcohol would be legal for the first time in 13 years. Celebrate this historic event at your favorite bar or watering hole and toast New Beer’s Eve!

 

Founding Farmers Restaurant Group.Farm-Forward. King of Prussia Town Center added another eatery to its restaurant row: Founding Farmers Restaurant Group. This co-op from the North Dakota Farmers Union works to promote farmers’ rights and advance the quality of their livelihoods while serving locally inspired fare. Founding Farmers offers dishes like Farmers Slaw Reuben, Seafood Bucatini and Glazed Bacon Lollis—short for lollipops. This two-story venue has its own bakery along with a dining room and bar on the second floor. More at WeAreFoundingFarmers.com.

 

Power Up! Too busy to whip up a quick, nutritious meal? Breathe easy because Wegmans now has Power Meals—grab-and-go prepared meals packed with flavor and nutrients to get you through the day. Each Power Meal is crafted by certified nutritionists, has fewer than 600 calories, and packs at least 25 grams of protein. And with tempting options like Black Pepper Salmon, Tuna Tataki and Ceviche over Quinoa, eating on the go never tasted so delicious. More at Wegmans.com.

Published in Food News
Monday, 27 February 2017 06:28

Food News / March

West American Bistro, West ChesterThe Bistro’s Back in Town.

Searching for your next favorite BYOB?
Look no further than newly opened 39 West American Bistro in West Chester. Anthony Mastroianni, formerly of Malvern’s Cosimo Restaurant & Wine Bar, has a new culinary venture with a menu ranging from classics like Grandma M’s Meatballs to trendy options like shrimp and grits. Stop in for lunch or dinner and indulge in their unique American classics with a twist. Bistro, baby! 39 W. Gay St., West Chester; 39WestAmericanBistro.com.


Crunch Time.

Whether you eat them alongside sandwiches or as a stand-alone snack, you can never have just one potato chip. Savor the salty crunch even more on National Potato Chip Day, March 14th. The world spends $15 billion a year on potato chips—that’s about six pounds of crunchy goodness per person! Pay homage to America’s #1 snack food at a Chester County institution—Herr’s Snacks—by taking one of their factory tours. Book your tour at Herrs.com/SnackFactoryTours.


Can It!

Canned cocktails are on the rise and that’s the idea behind Better World Spirits’ venture to sell their own hard soda while supporting local agriculture.
The company launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at Chester County residents to invest in this very canny idea. Better World Spirits aims to craft vodka-based cocktails (with flavors like blood orange ginger) made of all-natural ingredients canned in 12-once portions—perfect for sporting events or as an alternative to beer. More at BetterWorldSpirits.com.


Image of sardines.Fish for Thought.

Most know them as the pizza topping everyone loves to hate.
But sardines are a superfood that’s in season during March. Sardines are a great source of vitamin B12, which regulates the nervous system to reduce that late winter stress. Skip the pizza and try them topped on toasted sourdough with red chili or mixed in with fettuccine and sautéed kale for an easy weeknight dinner. More recipes on Saveur.com.


Knock on Wood.

Barrel-aged drinks are the latest trend in alcoholic beverages—read “Spirited Wines” in this issue—and Victory Brewing Company jumped on the bandwagon with barrel-aged beers.
Victory Brewing CompanyVictory recently introduced Java Cask, a dark beer featuring undertones of coffee from local roaster One Village Coffee. The barrel-aging process adds the sweetness of bourbon and a hint of oak to the beer as it’s tapped. Much like barrel-aged wine, beer is now getting a new flavor with the addition of wood. VictoryBeer.com/Beers/Java-Cask.

Published in Food News
Friday, 30 December 2016 17:22

2017 Food Events

Thorncroft Equestrian Center "Lobstah" Bake


2017 Food Events

 

From food trucks to galas, mushrooms to chocolate delicacies, County
Lines Country offers an enormous number of festivals and parties to
eat, drink and be festive. We’ve put together a handy overview here,
but check the monthly events column in our magazine, online and in
our events newsletter for more and for more details.



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Published in Food
Friday, 30 December 2016 17:18

Magic In The Kitchen

Making Your Meals Quick, Easy, Delicious and Nutritious

 

Chef preparing to-go boxesHave fantasies of waving a magic wand and seeing dinner appear on your table? Or maybe you’re more practical and just want help sticking to a healthy diet while balancing a packed schedule. Either way, you’re not alone.

In an attempt to infuse that magic into your busy life, food services offer time-saving solutions that are as convenient as they are nutritious. And these magic meals taste amazing!

Don’t believe us? Keep reading …

 

Delivery

For the days you’d rather stay home or don’t have time for yet one more errand, delivery services are your best bet. Luckily your options aren’t limited to pizza and Chinese.

Some healthier services take care of literally everything. Take the national service Hello Fresh, for example. They don’t just drop off pre-measured, seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients at your house every week, they include quick and easy recipes, too. Their weekly chef-curated menus are packed with wholesome, tasty meals, all customizable to your dietary preferences, schedule and household size.

If you can do without pre-made menus but still want your box of fresh goodies, look to Hungry Harvest. In their effort to eliminate food waste, this “Shark Tank” participant’s surplus produce service will drop off personalized boxes of fruits and veggies at your doorstep—plus they give you recipe ideas for how to incorporate them into dishes. Stay tuned for their expansion to Chester County!

Currently concentrated in the Philadelphia area—for now—is UberEATS. Yes, it’s an Uber for your dinner, plus breakfast and lunch. Get food delivered from your favorite nearby Philly restaurants, all with the tap of a screen in their app.

 

Pickup

If you can muster the energy for pickup, your fast but healthy food world expands deliciously.

Places like Snap Kitchen, in Malvern and Villanova, offer high quality, quick meals to-go that won’t break the bank. Their chef-created and prepared menu is “100% tasty” with “0% cooking,” unless you consider heating in the microwave and operating a fork cooking. Everything is nutrient-dense with controlled portions, perfect for sticking with your diet, even for dairy or gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Whole30 or a combination.

For a full-course meal, HomeCooked in Paoli, celebrating their 10th year of business, earns their name. They do all the shopping, chopping and prepping, so you get a home-cooked, made-from-scratch meal you can grab and go pop in your oven. No fancy cooking skills required.

“Clients love our service because it saves them time and makes them feel good about what they’re eating,” says owner Claire Phillips Guarino. “They just skip all the usual work.” And when your family is juggling packed work, school and activity schedules, time saved feels like a godsend—especially when you can buy meals in advance.

One-stop gourmet shops like DiFabio’s Market & Tap in Media are perfect for eliminating extra stops if you need other groceries. Pick up beer, sinfully sweet baked goods and chef-selected to-go meals from their Italian market, all in one place.

Ludwig’s Village Market in Ludwig’s Corner is another high-end market worth checking out, with new additions on the way. Currently specializing in prepared foods for quick quality eats, they also provide fresh produce, meat and seafood for when you do want to cook, as well as convenient delivery services for customers in need.

Later in 2017, they hope to expand to include personal chefs to cater to more diverse needs. “Personal chefs are in demand these days,” says proprietor Matt Hilden. “Whether you’re on the Atkins diet, gluten free or just want more customization, we’re excited to offer even more options.” Stay tuned!

 

Participants in a cooking class standing around a stove and chef.Personal Touch

For instant dinner with an even more custom touch, personal chefs can’t be beat—if your budget allows. A personal chef will work with you one-on-one to devise a meal plan that’s just right for you and your family, and then do all the work.

Chef Emily Scott of The Wildflower Chef understands just how challenging eating right can be. “We give our clients the ability to stick to the type of diet they want, without having to think twice,” she says.

The Wildflower Chef team plans, shops, cooks and packages meals in their West Chester kitchen, then drops them off on your schedule for quick and easy fridge or freezer storage. All you do is follow simple reheating instructions.

“Hiring a personal chef means eating the types of high-quality, nutritious foods you know you should be eating, just without the time, effort and willpower,” says Emily.

Another local life saver, Chef Chris Welsh of Secret Ingredient has seen a diverse client base in her 15 years of business, from working couples and people with special dietary needs to those recovering from illness and busy new parents. She makes it easy for her clients to stay healthy in erratic times, helping them avoid less than ideal takeout quick fixes (and we’re not talking about the healthy options above).

Chef Slyvie Ashby of Cuisine de Sylvie takes it a step further with her “your home, your table, my cooking” motto. She not only prepares a meal, she goes to her clients’ homes and cooks it in their kitchen! Using the freshest in-season ingredients and a French touch, she offers private dinner parties, cooking classes and more. Look for her soups sold at Kennett Square Farmer’s Market and La Baguette Magique.

 

Learn

Speaking of classes, if you dream of cooking but still struggle with anything more complex than rice and pasta, consider trying the educational opportunities near you. You’ll be amazed how much easier whipping up a meal can be when you know the tricks of the trade.

Start with the basics. Art Roman’s Kitchen Workshop in Paoli offers great classes for amateurs and seasoned cooks alike, including Boot Camp, Knife Skills, Baking, Entertaining, Grilling and more.

Wayne Art Center has a great culinary program for both adults and kids. Check out their Tastes of the Town series where local restaurant chefs share insider tips.

In Phoenixville, Cooking Spotlight is cooking up not only classes but also private parties and team-building events for workplaces, schools and nonprofits—like Build-A-Meal Teamwork or Brunch Battles.

“Our tagline is ‘An Entertaining Cooking Experience,’” says owner Victoria Hanko. “Attendees learn a new skill or cuisine and have fun doing it.” Cooking Spotlight offers classes for all levels, with plenty of cuisine styles to choose from and chefs to answer your questions. “You don’t get that while experimenting at home!” she jokes.

For more advanced skills, Wyebrook Farm’s butchering and charcuterie classes aren’t for the faint of heart—read “Best of the Best” to see why they won Best Extreme Cooking Classes! Get an experience you won’t find anywhere else. And read last June’s Brandywine Table for Laura Brennan’s candid account of their pig butchering class.

Indecisive? Look into Chester County Night School or Main Line School Night for hundreds of adult evening classes to suit your fancy. And Delaware County Community College’s non-credit culinary courses are worth the try, especially when Chef Peter Gilmore is the teacher (more in this issue’s chef profile).

 

Now there’s really no excuse for settling for unhealthy takeout ever again!

Published in Food
Friday, 30 December 2016 17:12

Cozy Cookbooks

Find inspiration in these recommendations.

 

Good winter cookbooks.After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be nice to retreat into the kitchen for a cozy family meal. No more high pressure Entertaining with a capital E. Invite who you want, or no one at all. Set the table or don’t.

Here’s hoping this list of favorite cookbooks provides you with inspiration for a return to the simple Sunday supper—a meal you can spend your time working on and lingering over.

Whether your idea of simple is Mimi Thorisson’s recipe for Poulet-au-Pot (literally, chicken in a pot) or Anthony Bourdain’s Duck Rillettes, these recommendations have something for every taste, skill level and time commitment.

 

French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards

by Mimi Thorisson

As an ambitious home chef and lover of artfully styled food photos, I’m a big fan of Mimi Thorisson—so big a fan I recommended this book last month as a great gift. Thorisson is the author of “A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse,” the blog Manger, and an inspiring food and travel Instagram @mimithor.

Her new book, “French Country Cooking,” calls forth a rustic, homemade sense of luxury. Luxury is time. (And in some cases you’ll need that luxury for the recipes in this book.) Luxury is simple, high quality ingredients. (You’ll need those, too.) There’s a whole chapter on Sunday Suppers en famille with recipes like the aforementioned Poulet-au-Pot and Comte, Ham and Walnut Feuillete—basically the fancy French version of a ham and cheese hot pocket. Don’t let the French intimidate, this is not a high-concept cookbook. It’s simple food done well.

Appetites by Anthony Bourdain

Like Anthony Bourdain’s larger than life personality, this book is messy, irreverent and without pretension. Or, with a little rebellious, “I know what the you-know-what I’m talking about, and it’ll be delicious” pretension. Bourdain talks about the transition from wild child chefdom to fatherhood, and how for the first time in his life he’s cooking for his family instead of other people’s families. And this is what he cooks.

Flip through the pages and get pointers on how a professional chef elevates the same staples you’re flinging in your kitchen like omelets and burgers. Or benefit from Bourdain’s world travels to prepare dishes like his father-in-law’s Spaghetti alla Bottarga, Korean fried chicken, and a version of Mere Brazier’s Poulet “en Vessie” that doesn’t require the pig bladder. (Thanks for that, Tony.)

While this is about what Bourdain makes for his nine-year-old daughter, don’t expect “kid friendly” meals. This book is about acclimating your child’s palate to more adult cuisine, which Bourdain has clearly made a priority. The delicate of constitution (and prudish of language) may not enjoy the irreverent tone. But it’s a fun book with a bunch of good meals—what more can you ask for?

 

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings

by Nathan Williams

The delicate cook might find more of a kinship with “The Kinfolk Table” than “Appetites.” I can’t think of a magazine Bourdain would hate more than “Kinfolk”—the bastion of Brooklynesque trendy hipster homesteading. But, “the simple pleasures of a shared meal,” which “The Kinfolk Table” bids you to discover, are what we’re all after in the end.

This is a book for fans of the slow movement—the cultural shift towards slowing down life’s pace. The book takes you through multiple regions starting with, yes, Brooklyn, and meandering with local cooks and creators through the English countryside, Copenhagen and the West Coast’s Brooklyn—Portland, Oregon. This variety of contributors helps give the book an eclectic mix of recipes perfect for the authors’ alternative idea of entertaining—casual, intentional, meaningful. It’s basically your coolest friends’ best recipes.

 

V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking

by Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby

Now for something local. This one may sound familiar as “V Street” is written by the award-winning chef/owners of vegetarian restaurants V Street and Vedge in Philadelphia—Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. With a nice little section on how to shop ethnic markets, this book can help you switch things up and broaden your repertoire in more ways than one. Not only does it work some vegetarian recipes into your rotation (or offer new and exciting meals to your already-vegetarian kitchen) but it takes you around the world as the title implies. Your horizons (and your pantry) will expand with offerings like Israeli grilled eggplant, Tandoor zucchini, Huli Huli barbecue seitan tacos and more. If vegetables aren’t your idea of a main dish, you’ll come away with some show-stopping side dishes.

 

Home Made Winter

by Yvette van Boven

It can be hard to cook in the winter. It feels like nothing is in season and comfort food doesn’t always excite. When I’m in a winter cooking rut, I turn to Yvette van Boven’s “Home Made Winter.” (She is also the author of “Home Made,” “Home Made Summer” and “Home Baked.”)

There are a lot of meals from van Boven’s Irish upbringing, including toad in the hole, homemade Irish butter, potted ham, steak and kidney pie and Guinness fruitcake. There are also cozy, warming mains like baked risotto with cauliflower, gruyère and crisp bread crumbs, and pulled pork. A frittata of kale and bacon was one I never expected to become a staple in my repertoire, but it has. Kale is so much better with heavy cream, cheese and bacon!

 

Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers and Cocktail Party Snacks

by Maria Del Mar Sacasa

Let’s not forget the libations. When you hear there’s going to be a snow day the next day, let this wonderful cocktail cookbook guide you through your liquor cabinet.

 

So, this winter hunker down and get ready to hibernate with some sumptuous sustenance. 

Find these and more at Wellington Square Bookshop. The cookbook section is always stocked with the latest from your favorite celebrity chefs as well as classics of the culinary canon. Check back in May for a cookbook from Eagleview Farmers’ Market at Town Center. The Bookshop hosts a café, monthly fiction and non-fiction book clubs, staff picks and an Avid Reader podcast available on Podomatic, plus events with authors on site and on the website. 549 Wellington Square, Eagleview Town Center, Exton. WellingtonSquareBooks.com.

 

Published in Featured
Friday, 30 December 2016 16:50

Healthier Choices While Dining Out

Remember Where, What and How for healthy choices the next time you eat out.

 

Choose a side salad, with dressing on the side,instead of fries.When I was a little girl, going out to eat with my family was a special occasion. It didn’t happen often, and it felt so extraordinary that I’d order things I’d never eat at home. That’s certainly not the case now. I buy lunch at least twice a week, our family goes out to dinner about once a week, and takeout food graces our table several times a month.

Raise your hand if this sounds like you.

If your anniversary marks a rare dinner out and truly is a once-a-year treat, then this article isn’t for you. But for the rest of us, dining out is more a normal occurrence than a special occasion. If that’s your life, celebrate that you don’t have to prepare or clean up after this meal. And consider these four things: where to eat, what to choose, how to eat, and how much to have.

 

Where to Eat: Choose a restaurant that serves healthy options you like. Most places have at least a few healthful choices on their menu—or dishes that can be made healthful with a tweak or two. Many chain restaurants have nutrition facts online so you can make educated choices. Yet, there are still some places with very few dishes that aren’t deep fried or smothered. Try to avoid those!

 

What to Choose: When choosing your meal, you probably can’t justify deep fried anything, cheese or alfredo sauce, more than six ounces of meat, or a dessert with an entire day’s worth of fat and calories. Keep that in mind.

If you can, research nutrition information online, then you can be armed with notes outlining healthful choices. If you can’t do that, learn the code words on menus. Avoid options using words like breaded, smothered, crispy, au gratin, creamy or butter sauce. Instead, embrace foods described as broiled, roasted, grilled or steamed.

 

More ordering tips: It’s OK to be high maintenance! Ask for sauces and dressings on the side. And for your food to be prepared with no added salt, minimal oil or butter, and request steamed vegetables or a side salad instead of fries or chips. Ask if brown rice or whole wheat pasta is available.

Also, stick with water or unsweetened iced tea. Why waste calories and money if the food is the main attraction? Limit alcohol since it tends to make you eat more—plus there are extra calories in alcohol and mixers.

By the way, if you’re the first to order, you’re less likely to be influenced by less-than-healthy choices of others at your table! 

 

Healthy chicken dish topped with chives.How to Eat: Once your food arrives, take a moment to appreciate the colors and textures on your plate. Appreciate that someone prepared it just for you, and you didn’t have to prepare it yourself!

Then enjoy your food mindfully to truly relish the meal. Sip water. Put your fork down between bites. Concentrate on your dinner companions and conversation or the quirky decorations on the wall. Eat slowly, since it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to catch up with your stomach when you’re full.

 

How Much to Have: Portions served in restaurants 30 years ago were much closer to an appropriate serving size than those we see today. Because we eat quickly, are trained to clean our plates, and are conditioned to see large portions, we often eat much more food than our bodies need.

If half or lunch-sized portions are available, consider that option. Studies show that people tend to eat more when served more, yet are no more satisfied than when served smaller portions.

Share your entrée or appetizer with a dining companion, but always request your own salad. Ask for a take-home box to be delivered with your meal. You can box half or more of the meal before you even start eating. If you don’t want the leftovers, put a napkin on top of your plate to avoid picking at the food that’s still there.

 

We’re Only Human

These tips aren’t meant to ruin your good time or make you feel guilty for an occasional indulgence. Just consider them a reminder that frequently dining out can lead to indulging more than we intended. And be assured that healthful food can be quite tasty!

We might not always choose the perfect healthful option. And we may sometimes eat more than we should or order a cocktail or dessert because it just sounds so good! It happens. Just get back on track with your healthy habits. You’re in this for the long haul, not just one meal.

And remember to move around more, be proud of the healthy behaviors you do accomplish, and eat an extra veggie or two.

Oh, and make sure to tip your server well for coming through for you! 

 

Kim Knipe, Chester County HospitalKim Knipe has degrees in Business Administration from Bucknell University, Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University and a Master’s in Business Administration from West Chester University. She devotes her energy toward helping others live healthy lifestyles as the Coordinator for Community Nutrition and Outreach at Chester County Hospital. ChesterCountyHospital.org.

 

Published in Dining Out
Friday, 30 December 2016 16:34

West Chester Dining

Photos by Timlyn Vaughan Phototography. Download the PDF Version!


Read the latest developments in local dining

 

Spence Café. Timlyn Vaughan PhototographyAs winter is upon us and New Year’s celebration memories fade, feel warmed by the knowledge that downtown West Chester continues its tradition of fine food, expertly made, bringing family and friends together.

And the setting for this is motion picture perfect. In West Chester’s historic downtown district, nearly every structure is or appears old enough to set the stage for a different time. When a new eatery opens, it brings a new chapter to the history of the building, adding to the story of the town.

To start 2017, here are some new chapters to savor.

 

Interconnected Stories

When the popular Three Little Pigs closed after more than two decades of serving soups and sandwiches named after West Chester streets, the north end of downtown hungered for high quality luncheon fare. But now there’s reason to celebrate, as Andrew Patten has re-opened Spence Café at that location on 131 North High Street, with the promise to maintain the gourmet deli featuring homemade soups, breads and desserts.

Patten also plans a new dinner menu that many will remember from the days when an earlier Spence Café graced East Gay Street. Though Spence Café on North High is a BYOB, Chef Patten invites diners to relax with a pre-dinner drink at the recently opened Marquee Bar & Lounge, across the street in the Hotel Warner.

Both these additions to the dining scene have historic roots in downtown West Chester. Spence’s Café was first opened in 1874 by James Spence, a former slave, who named it Spence’s Oyster and Eating Saloon. Located on East Gay Street, the building housing the original Spence’s is currently being restored by the Zukin family, and for many years it was home to The Social Lounge, a popular restaurant and bar, which in this on-going story, moved a few blocks farther east on East Gay Street.

The Marquee Bar & Lounge is a nod to the magnificent Warner Theater that opened in 1930, but had run its course after 50 years. Brian McFadden re-purposed the North High Street structure into the lobby of the Hotel Warner with a newly constructed wing of rooms behind it. A hotel bar is a welcome addition to the hotel and to the downtown.

 

Structures with Stories

Another eatery has given new life to one of West Chester’s most curious structures. Restaurant 51 Tap & Spirit, at 30 North Church Street, has made its home where the First West Chester Fire Company was stationed in 1888. In fact, Restaurant 51 gets its name from First West Chester Fire Company’s official designation as Engine Company 51.

Architect T. Roney Williamson had the task of joining two buildings into one Queen Anne-style fire station with its patterned brick and carved stone and an eclectic design mix that Williamson was known for. The building has design elements of Tuscan Romanesque, Gothic and Colonial Revival styles. Visitors will notice the imposing tower that was used for spotting fires, housing the alarm bell, and drying the fire company’s 800-foot hose.

Of course, Restaurant 51 Tap & Spirit is now more concerned with serving lunch and dinner while providing Happy Hour specials from their fully stocked bar offering craft and domestic beers. A second floor lounge is available for parties.

Another historic structure with a new life, the serpentine building on the southeast corner of High and Gay Streets was once a downtown landmark with an incredible two-story mansard superstructure. But in 1980, the wooden upper-stories were destroyed by a fire.

Today, Lorenzo and Sons Pizza created a new type of landmark with their super-sized pizzas that look to be able to feed an entire football team! Started on South Street in Philadelphia, Lorenzo and Sons Pizza quickly became famous for their cheese pies—so tasty that The Daily Meal included them among the 101 best pizzas in America.

 

The Social Lounge. Timlyn Vaughan PhototographyShort and Sweet Stories

When it’s time for a tasty treat, celebratory cake, cup of coffee or snack, you’ll find a tasty selection downtown.

For over 40 years, The Master’s Baker, now in its expanded location at 319 West Gay Street, has taken pride in every cake they create, whether for a child’s birthday, a wedding or any special moment that’s better with cake. Each cake from the shop has a personalized white chocolate heart logo to indicate that the final product is the very best possible.

Also on West Gay Street, the Mediterranean Restaurant expanded its culinary selection with the opening of The Mediterranean Bakery. Offering a large selection of fresh baked bread, fruit-filled pies and yummy cookies for pick-up, it’s helping make any home-cooked meal even more of a delight.

To catch up with a friend or simply enjoy a quiet moment over a cup of coffee, Fenn’s Coffee, at 111 North Church Street, is an intimate coffee shop with a small-town flavor. Once known as the beloved Fennario Coffee, Fenn’s Coffee focuses on superior roasts, artisan goods, eco-friendly practices and gourmet beverages.

Next door, at the entrance to the alley, you’ll notice an alcove that’s part of an antique horse stable dating to the mid-19th century. The surprise for adventurers is an artistic depiction of the stable by local contemporary artist James Lee Burk.

In the tradition of neighborhood general stores, Rimon’s Coffee and Grocery, at 117 West Gay Street, offers the convenience of a quick stop for groceries along with a friendly morning greeting from owner Rimon Donain and wife Marisca with your coffee, espresso and breakfast sandwich. At midday, come back for a salad or snack to-go or eat-in.

 

And Exotic

If you’re a fan of pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup considered the ultimate comfort dish, then it’s time to rejoice. Pho Xua Vietnamese Noodles and Tea House (pronounced “for sure,” so you may find yourself creating puns) provides fast, casual Vietnamese cuisine to West Chester. Specialties include banh mi, bubble tea, smoothies and more.

Pho lovers can choose pho bo, made with beef broth, or pho ga, with chicken broth. And as every parent knows, either dish is a great way to introduce kids to more exotic foods. Located at 237 East Gay Street, Pho Xua has free parking, plus take-out and delivery. 

 

For more about West Chester dining, check DowntownWestChester.com and the Best of the Best and Dining Guide in this issue.

Published in Featured
Friday, 30 December 2016 04:36

Dining Guide 2017

Keep this guide handy all year long and make a resolution to try as many of these great restaurants as you can!


Raise a Fork

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Avondale

Farmhouse Restaurant at Loch NairnThe Farmhouse Restaurant at Loch Nairn
514 McCue Rd.
610-268-2235; LochNairn.com
This is a jewel in the country with two restaurants and a marvelous event facility on a golf course, all open to the public. The Farmhouse Restaurant fine dining experience offers food and service of rare excellence. The Greathouse is the quintessential destination offering casual dining, Sunday Champagne Brunch and celebrations. There are two outdoor dining facilities and a chef’s table in their 18th–century subterranean wine cellar.

Berwyn

30 Main
660 Lancaster Ave.
610-220-2367; 30MainLine.com

Nectar
1091 Lancaster Ave.
610-725-9000; TasteNectar.com

Thai Orchid Restaurant
556 W. Lancaster Ave.
610-651-7840; ThaiOrchidBerwyn.com

Birchrunville

Birchrunville Store Cafe
1403 Hollow Rd.
610-827-9002; BirchrunvilleStoreCafe.com

Boyertown

Frecon Farms & Cidery
501 S. Reading Ave.
610-367-6200; FreconFarms.com

Bryn Mawr

BIGA Pizza + Beer
810 Glenbrook Ave.
610-525-4800; RestaurantBiga.com

Bryn & Dane’s
Coming soon. 915–925 W. Lancaster Ave.
BrynAndDanes.com

La Colombe
915 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 160
215-398-3091; LaColombe.com

Restaurant Cerise
1011 Lancaster Ave.
610-527-4400; RestaurantCerise.com

Yangming
1051 Conestoga Rd.
610-527-3200; YangmingRestaurant.com
Always included in “Best Of Awards,” this Chinese-Fusion rock star offers cuisine to delight your taste buds in a newly renewed and redesigned interior. Jumbo lump crabcakes, firecracker veal and capellini with shrimp are can’t miss choices. Happiness hour, Mon–Fri, 4:30 to 6:30. Also named in Best Chinese Restaurants list in Travel & Leisure Magazine. Banquet facilities. Open 7 days.

Chadds Ford

Antica
1623 Baltimore Pk.
484-770-8631; AnticaPA.com

Brandywine Prime
1617 Baltimore Pk. (Rts. 1 & 100)
610-388-8088; BrandywinePrime.com

The Gables at Chadds Ford
423 Baltimore Pk.
610-388-7700; TheGablesAtChaddsFord.com
You’ll find a combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining that will keep you coming back time and again. Have a cocktail in the lounge while listening to live piano Thurs–Sat evenings, or sample their new bar menu outside in the new fire pit area. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner in the dining room every Tuesday and Wednesday and great Happy Hour specials weekdays, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Junto
Olde Ridge Village Shoppes
100 Ridge Rd.
484-547-8041; JuntoBYOB.com

Chester Springs

Limoncello Chester Springs
499 W. Uwchlan Ave.
610-524-3112; LimoncelloRestaurant.com
See their listing under West Chester.

Yellow Springs Inn
1657 Art School Rd.
610-827-7477; YellowSpringsInn.com

Concordville

Concordville Inn
Baltimore Pk. (Rt. 1)
610-459-2230; ConcordvilleInn.com

Downingtown

Amani’s BYOB
105 E. Lancaster Ave.
484-237-8179; AmanisBYOB.com

Station Taproom
207 W. Lancaster Ave.
484-593-0560; StationTaproom.com

Victory Brewing Company
420 Acorn Ln.
610-873-0881; VictoryBeer.com

Drexel Hill

Shere-E-Punjab
Drexel Line Shopping Center, 5059 State Rd.
484-452-8140; ShereEPunjab.com

Exton

Al Pastor
Eagleview Town Ctr., 560 Wellington Sq.
484-341-8886; EatAlPastor.com
Al Pastor, a modern-Mexican eatery is now open in Eagleview Town Center. Along with Bella Vista, these two restaurant concepts are heralded by former Stephen Starr alums Justin Weathers and Chef Joe Monnich. Expect a wide range of Mexican influences on favorite dishes in the always-changing menu—and don’t miss the signature Pork Belly Al Pastor Tacos! Make your reservations now.

Allegria Ristorante
8 E. Welsh Pool Rd.
610-524-6060; Allegria-PA.com

Appetites on Main
Main Street At Exton, 286 Main St.
610-594-2030; AppetitesOnMain.com
Offering casual American comfort food at a good value. This bar/restaurant has a taproom atmosphere in front and a family/quieter section in back. During warmer months, they open the huge outdoor patio. Happy hour daily, 4 to 6, includes $2.50 select domestics, $1 off all appetizers, craft beer and cocktails. Daily drink and food specials (H price wings on Monday). Open daily 11 am to 2 am, full menu until 1:30 am.

Bella Vista
Eagleview Town Ctr., 560 Wellington Sq.
484-341-8621; EatBellaVista.com
Bella Vista, a trattoria-style Italian restaurant is now open in Eagleview Town Center. Along with Al Pastor, these two restaurant concepts are heralded by former Stephen Starr alums Justin Weathers and Chef Joe Monnich. Only the freshest ingredients, handmade pastas and pizzas will be featured in the always-changing menu. Make your reservations now.

Brickside Grille
Eagleview Town Ctr., 540 Wellington Sq.
610-321-1600; BricksideGrille.com
Innovative American cuisine with ethnic influences in an upscale, casual atmosphere. Oyster bar, Sunday Brunch, and Banquet facilities. Open Mon–Sat, from 11 am; Sun, from 10 am.

Buca di Beppo
300 Main St.
610-524-9939; BucaDiBeppo.com

The Drafting Room
Colonial 100 Shoppes (Rt. 100)
610-363-0521; Drafting-Room.com

Duling–Kurtz House & Country Inn
146 S. Whitford Rd.
610-524-1830; DulingKurtz.com

Eagleview Farmers Market
540 Wellington Square
610-836-1391; GrowingRootsPartners.com

Nudy’s Café
Eagleview Town Ctr., 541 Wellington Sq.
610-458-7667; NudysCafes.com
Nudy’s, now with 7 locations in Chester County, has been comforting diners in a casual setting for breakfast and lunch since 1979. With over 110 items on the menu, there’s a meal for everyone’s taste from young children to college students and their families. They also do corporate catering. Mon–Fri, 7 to 4; Sat–Sun, 7 to 3.

The Pour House
116 N. Pottstown Pk.
610-280-7900; PJsPourHouse.com

Red Star Craft House
146 Exton Square Mall
610-524-5893; RedStarCraftHouse.com

Ron’s Original Bar & Grille
74 E. Uwchlan Ave. (Rt. 113)
610-594-9900; RonsOriginal.com
Serving real food, for the health of it! Prepared from scratch on site daily with all natural ingredients. American/Italian cuisine with daily specials and a School Night Value Menu Sun–Thurs. Live music, Wed–Fri–Sat; Happy hour, Mon–Fri, from 5 to 7. Lunch and Dinner, Mon–Thurs, 11 to 9:30; Fri, 11 to 11; Sat, 11 to 10; Sun, 11:30 to 9. Bar is open until midnight; Thurs until 1 am, Fri–Sat until 2 am.

SNAP Custom Pizza
291 Main St.
484-875-5800; SnapCustomPizza.com

Suburban Beer Garden
Coming soon to Wellington Square.

Vickers Tavern
Corner of E. Welsh Pool Rd. & Gordon Dr.
610-363-7998; VickersTavern.com

Glen Mills

Bluefin Sushi & Asian Cuisine
Cross Road Center, 1102 Baltimore Pk.
610-459-2055; BlueFinGlenMills.com

Byrsa Bistro
128 Glen Mills Rd.
610-444-3277; ByrsaBistro.com

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
549 Wilmington-West Chester Pk.
610-358-1005; HarvestSeasonalGrill.com

Not Your Average Joe’s
561 Glen Eagle Sq. 610-500-2222
NotYourAverageJoes.com/GlenMills

Shere-E-Punjab
301 Byers Dr.
484-841-6345; ShereEPunjab.com
See their listing under Media.

Terrain Garden Café
914 Baltimore Pk.; 610-459-6030
ShopTerrain.com/Glen-Mills-Restaurant

Zoë’s Kitchen
1751 Wilmington Pk. Ste. B-1
484-800-8914; ZoesKitchen.com
Other locations: Newtown Square, Wayne,
Bryn Mawr, Collegeville

Glenmoore

Ludwig’s Village Market & Catering
2918 Conestoga Rd.
610-458-0700; LudwigsVillageMarket.com
They are a locally owned and operated epicurean market and caterer in northern Chester County, offering freshly made soups, mouthwatering sandwiches and salads, in addition to fresh meats, seafood and gourmet market selections. From exquisitely prepared foods to-go, intimate to extravagant catered events, gastronomic demonstrations and personal chef services, make them a top choice for all things culinary.

Honey Brook
Restaurant at Wyebrook Farm
150 Wyebrook Rd.
610-942-7481; WyebrookFarm.com

Kennett Square

Country Butcher Fine Foods Market
145 S. Walnut St.
610-444-5980; CountryButcherMarket.com

Floga Bistro
826 E. Baltimore Pk.
610-444-6500; FlogaBistro.com

Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon
108 W. State St.
610-444-7232; HalfMoonRestaurant.com

Kaboburritos Mediterranean Grill
The Market at Liberty Place, 148 W. State St. 610-880-6074; KaboBurritos.com

Kennett Square Inn
201 E. State St.
610-444-5687; KennettInn.com

La Verona
114 E. State St.
610-444-2244; LaVeronaPA.com
Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, highlighting the northern region of Italy, they’re committed to making your meal a memorable one, with professional service in a welcoming social atmosphere. There’s a private dining area for parties up to 65. Join them for Happy Hour, Mon–Fri, 4 to 6. Serving lunch and dinner, Mon–Thurs, 11:30 to 9:30; Fri, until 10; Sat, noon to midnight; Sun, noon to 9.

Lily Asian Restaurant
104 W. State St.
610-925-3700; LilySushiAndGrill.com
Drawing fans in Kennett since 2011, this stylish, modern Asian restaurant serves Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes insisting on high quality food, freshly prepared with the finest ingredients. Meet friends for lunch, have dinner with family or come for a celebration. Tuesday is all-you-can eat sushi. BYOB, enjoy the comfortable ambience, delicious food and excellent service. Lunch and dinner 7 days, Sun–Thurs, 10:30 to 9:30; Fri–Sat, 10:30 to 10:30.

M&M Catering BBQ & Smoked Meats
The Market at Liberty Place
610-235-6375; TheMarketAtLibertyPlace.com

Nomadic Pies
132 W. State St.
610-857-7600; NomadicPies.com

Sovana Bistro
696 Unionville Rd.
610-444-5600; SovanaBistro.com

Sunrise Café & Tearoom
127 E. State St.
610-444-8141; SunriseCafeKSQ.com

Talula’s Table
102 W. State St.
610-444-8255; TalulasTable.com

The Creamery
401 Birch St.
484-732-7040; KennettCreamery.com

Two Stones Pub
843 E. Baltimore Pk.
610-444-3940; TwoStonesPub.com

Victory at Magnolia
650 W. Cypress St.
484-730-1870; VictoryBrewing.com

Kimberton

The Kimberton Inn
2105 Kimberton Rd.
610-933-8148; KimbertonInn.com

King of Prussia

Creed’s Seafood & Steaks
499 N. Gulph Rd.
610-265-2550; CreedsKOP.com

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
King of Prussia Town Center, 200 Main St.
610-337-4810; Davios.com/KoP

The Fat Ham
KOP Mall, 350 Mall Blvd.
610-765-4045; SbragaDining.com

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Kind of Prussia Town Center, 155 Main St.
484-965-9655; FogoDeChao.com

Hai Street Kitchen & Co.
KOP Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd.
610-290-8576; HaiStreetKitchen.com

Nicoletta Pizzeria
KOP Mall, 350 Mall Blvd., 610-312-0171
Simon.com/Mall/King-of-Prussia

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
King of Prussia Town Center, 250 Main St.
484-965-9779; PaladarLatinKitchen.com

Pizzeria Vetri
KOP Mall, 640 W. DeKalb Pk.
267-422-4201; PizzeriaVetri.com

sweetgreen
KOP Mall, 350 Mall Blvd.
610-312-0195; Sweetgreen.com

Lancaster

Gibraltar
931 Harrisburg Pk.
717-397-2790; GibraltarGrille.com

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N. Plum St.
717-391-6258; LancasterBrewing.com

The Pressroom
26–28 W. King St.
717-399-5400; PressroomRestaurant.com

Stockyard Inn
1147 Lititz Pk.
717-394-7975; StockyardInn.com

Malvern

Anthony’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
127 W. King St., 610-647-7400
AnthonysItalianRestaurant.com

Bunha Faun
152 Lancaster Pk.
610-651-2836; BunhaFaun.net

Cedar Hollow Inn
2455 Yellow Springs Rd.
610-296-9006; CedarHollowInn.com

Christopher’s
335 E. King St. 484-568-4127
ChristophersANeighborhoodPlace.com

The Classic Diner
352 W. Lancaster Ave.
610-725-0515; TheClassicDinerPA.com

The Farmhouse Bistro
39 Conestoga Rd.
610-647-8060; TheFarmhouseBistro.com

General Warren
9 Old Lancaster Rd.
610-296-3637; GeneralWarren.com
A charming 18th-century historic country inn serving new American cuisine paired with classic Continental specialties. Fresh fish, steaks, lamb, small plates, vegetarian and vegan entrées, too. Private party rooms for 15 to 60 guests. Rehearsal dinners and intimate weddings. Beautiful Springhouse Terrace for al fresco dining and all-season receptions. Eight lovely guest suites available for overnight accommodations. Lunch, Mon–Fri, 11:30 to 2:30; Dinner, Mon–Sat, 5 to 10.

The Hunt Room at the Desmond
1 Liberty Blvd.
610-296-9800; DesmondGV.com

Jimmy’s BBQ
309 Lancaster Ave.
610-879-8805; JimmysBBQ.com

Malvern Buttery
233 E. King St.
610-296-2534; MalvernButtery.com

Margaret Kuo’s Mandarin Restaurant
190 Lancaster Ave.
610-647-5488; MargaretKuo.com

The Office Bar & Grille
1021 Morehall Rd.
484-318-7806; TheOfficeBarAndGrille.com

Restaurant Alba
7 W. King St.
610-644-4009; RestaurantAlba.com

Tonino’s Pizza & Pasta Co.
235 Lancaster Ave.
610-240-9566; ToninosPizzaAndPasta.com
This is a family-run business that prides itself in using the freshest ingredients to make authentic homemade Neapolitan pizza, pasta and signature Italian dishes. They invite you to come in and dine, BYOB, Mon–Sat, for lunch and dinner, Sun, noon to 9 pm.

Media

320 Market Café
21 W. State St.
610-565-8320; The320MarketCafe.com

Azie Restaurant
217 W. State St.
610-566-4750; Azie-Restaurant.com

Brazuca Brazilian Restaurant
1032 N. Providence Rd.
484-444-2788; BrazucaBRC.com

Desert Rose
305 W. State St.
484-442-8012; DesertRoseMediaPA.com

Dominic’s
100 State St.
610-627-2011; DominicsHandCarved.com

Fellini Café Trattoria
106 W. State St.
610-892-7616; FellinisCafe.com

Hidalgo
30 W. State St., 484-443-8945
Facebook.com/HidalgoTasteofMexico

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
30 E State St.
610-627-9000; IronHillBrewery.com
See their listing under West Chester.

Jaco Juice & Taco Bar
21 W. State St.
484-444-2838; JacoJuiceAndTaco.com

Margaret Kuo’s Media
4–6 W. State St.
610-892-0115; MargaretKuo.com

La Porta
1192 Middletown Rd.
610-358-5104; LaPortaRistorante.com

La Na Thai French Cuisine
33 W. State St.
610-892-7787; LaNaBYOB.com

Quotations Restaurant
37 E. State St. 610-627-2515; On Facebook

Riddle Ale House
1073 W. Baltimore Pk.
610-566-9984; RiddleAleHouse.com

Shere-E-Punjab
208 W. State St.
610-891-0400; ShereEPunjab.com

Tagine
111 W State St.
610-566-6101; TagineMedia.com

Tom’s Dim Sum
13 E. State St.
610-566-6688; TomsDimSum.com

Mendenhall

Mendenhall Inn
323 Kennett Pk., Rt. 52
610-388-1181; MendenhallInn.com

Newtown Square

Firepoint Grill
3739 West Chester Pk.
484-428-3093; FirepointGrill.com

Ristorante La Locanda
4989 West Chester Pk. (Rt. 3)
610-353-7033; LaLocandaPA.com

Teca Newtown Square
191 Newtown Street Rd.
484-420-4010; TecaNewtownSquare.com

Teikoku
5492 West Chester Pk.
610-644-8270; TeikokuRestaurant.com

Tratorria Giuseppe
4799 W. Chester Pk.
610-353-4871; Mussotra.com

Paoli
Le Saigon Restaurant
82 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-889-4870; LeSaigon.com

Trattoria San Nicola
4 Manor Rd.
610-695-8990; SanNicola.net

Phoenixville

Bistro On Bridge
210 Bridge St.
610-935-7141; BistroOnBridge.com

Black Lab Bistro
248 Bridge St.
610-935-5988; BlackLabBistro.net

Gangster Vegan Organics 2
6 Gay St.
610-616-0000; GangsterVegan.com

Great American Pub Hotel, Bar & Grill
148 Bridge St.
610-917-3333; GreatAmericanPub.com

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
130 E. Bridge St.
610-983-9333; IronHillBrewery.com
See their listing under West Chester.

Majolica
258 Bridge St.
610-917-0962; MajolicaRestaurant.com

Marly’s BYO
106 Bridge St.
610-933-7471; MarlysRestaurant.com

Pepperoncini Sotto Restaurant & Bar
184 Bridge St.
484-924-8429; PepperonciniRestaurant.com

Seven Stars Inn
263 Hoffecker Rd.
610-495-5205; SevenStarsInn.com

Sips Bistro & Bar
400 Bridge St.
484-924-9721; SipsPhoenixville.com

Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery
520 Kimberton Rd.
610-935-4540; SlyFoxBeer.com

Soltane Café
138 Bridge St., 610-933-1819
CamphillSoltane.org/Soltane-Cafe

Stable 12 Brewing Company
368 Bridge St.
610-715-2665; Stable12.com

Thai L’Elephant
301 Bridge St.
610-935-8613; ThaiLElephant.com

Vecchia Pizzeria
249 Bridge St.
610-933-1355; VecchiaPizzeria.com

Pine Forge

Gracie’s 21st Century Café
1534 Manatawny Rd.
610-323-4004; Gracies21stCentury.com

Pottstown

Sly Fox Tasting Room
520 Kimberton Rd.
610-935-4540; SlyFoxBeer.com

Radnor

333 Belrose Bar & Grill
333 Belrose La.
610-293-1000; 333Belrose.com

Estia Greek Taverna
222 N. Radnor-Chester Rd.
484-581-7124; EstiaTaverna.com

Pietro’s Pizzeria & Birreria
236 N. Radnor-Chester Rd.
484-367-7072; PietrosPizza.com

St Davids

Glenmorgan Bar & Grill
593 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-341-3188; Glenmorgan.com

The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-341-3188; RadnorHotel.com

St. Peter’s Village

The Inn at St. Peter’s Village
3471 St. Peter’s Rd.
610-469-2600; TheInnAtSaintPeters.com

Springfield

Tavola Restaurant + Bar

Tavola Restaurant + Bar
400 W. Sproul Rd.
Springfield Country Club
610-543-2100; Tavolas.com
Casually refined dining blending Italian and American cuisines. Brick oven classics and contemporary menu selections with seasonal ingredients. The heated outdoor bar and lounge features excellent golf course views, fire pits and glass enclosures for drinks and dining year-round. DJs and live, local acoustic music weekly. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Mon–Thurs, 11 am to midnight; Fri–Sat, 11 am to 2 am; Sun, 10 am to midnight.


Swarthmore

Broad Table Tavern
10 S. Chester Rd.
610-543-7500; TheInnAtSwat.com

Toughkenamon

Brown Derby
1470 Baltimore Pk.
610-268-8252; FireHillPub.com

Unionville

Catherine’s Restaurant
1701 W. Doe Run Rd.
610-347-2227; CatherinesRestaurant.com

Foxfire at The Stone Barn
Rt. 842, (3 mi. N. of Rt. 1)
610-347-2414; TheStoneBarn.com

Villanova

Azie On Main
789 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-527-5700; AzieOnMain.com

Avenue Kitchen
789 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-525-3950; AveKitchen.com

Wayne

A Taste of Britain
Eagle Village Shops, 503 W. Lancaster Ave.
610-971-0390; ATasteOfBritainInWayne.com
Having recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary in August, this charming tea shop offers Full Afternoon Tea and light lunches. Private parties on Sunday. Retail area with British groceries, loose leaf teas, and tea gifts. Trays of tea sandwiches, salads, scones, and more available for take out. BYO. Catering available. Open Mon–Sat, 10 to 5. Reservations recommended.

Ardé Osteria & Pizzeria
133 N. Wayne Ave.
484-580-6786; ArdeWayne.com

Autograph Brasserie
503 W. Lancaster Ave.
610-964-2588; AutographBrasserie.com
A modern American brasserie celebrating individuals and cuisines who have left their signature on popular culture. Chef Ralph Fernandez’s contemporary menu is inspired by the flavors and classic dishes from France, Spain, Italy and America using the best ingredients available featuring the finest steaks from ranches throughout the Midwest, fresh seafood and hand-made pastas complemented with an impressive wine and specialty cocktail list. Open for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner.

Black Powder Tavern
1164 Valley Forge Rd.
610-293-9333; BlackPowderTavern.com
Located just outside Valley Forge National Historical Park, combining local flavors (edible and sip-able) with American history. The menu features a variety of small and entrée-sized plates and highlights the flavors, ingredients and culinary trends Philadelphia has become known for that pair well with their extensive craft beer offerings. Ask about private dining options. Open Mon–Thurs, 11 to 10 pm; Fri–Sat, 11 to 11 pm; Sun, 10:30 to 9, brunch until 2.

Christopher’s A Neighborhood Place
108 N. Wayne Ave., 610-687-6558
ChristophersANeighborhoodPlace.com

The Goat’s Beard
103 N. Wayne Ave.
484-584-4979; TheGoatsBeardWayne.com

Margaret Kuo’s, Wayne
175 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-688-7200; MargaretKuo.com

Matador
110 N. Wayne Ave.
484-580-8303; MatadorRestaurante.com

Paramour
139 E. Lancaster Ave.
610-977-0600; ParamourWayne.com

The Silverspoon Restaurant
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Eagle Village
610-688-7646; SilverspoonWayne.com

Teresa’s Café and Next Door Bar
120–126 N. Wayne Ave.
610-293-9909; Teresas-Cafe.com

Vecchia Pizzeria
134 N. Wayne Ave.
484-580-6135; On Facebook

White Dog Café
200 W. Lancaster Ave.
610-225-3700; WhiteDog.com/Wayne
White Dog features warm hospitality, inspiring and award winning food, surrounded by charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork. There are four distinctive dining areas each with their own charm and personality, in addition to the outdoor patio. Chef Zach Grainda has a passion for creating inspiring flavorful dishes that change monthly using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients available. All three locations, including Haverford and University City, are open daily.

West Chester


(See the West Chester article in this issue for more dining options.)

Avalon Restaurant
116 E. Gay St.
610-436-4100; AvalonRestaurant.net

Boxcar Brewpub
142 W. Market St.
BoxCarBrewingCompany.com

The Classic Diner
16 E. Gay St.
484-947-0809; TheClassicDinerPA.com

The Couch Tomato
31 W. Gay St.
484-887-0241; TheCouchTomato.com
The Couch Tomato Café has quickly become THE destination for a healthy, quick-service meal. It has won many awards including “Best Healthy Lunch,” “Best Pizza,” “Best Gluten-Free” and “Best Soups” just to name a few. You’ll find wood-fired brick oven pizzas and an amazing outdoor roof deck. They consistently source organic and local produce, hormone and preservative-free meats, and an overall “natural” product whenever possible, going that extra mile!

Dilworthtown Inn & The Inn Keeper’s Kitchen
Old Wilmington Pk.
610-399-1390; Dilworthtown.com

Éclat Chocolate
24 S. High St.
610-692-5206; EclatChocolate.com

High Street Caffe / Vudu Lounge
322 S. High St.
610-696-7435; HighStreetCaffe.com

i–Pasta
134 E. Gay St.
484-887-0760; iPasta.net

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3 W. Gay St.
610-738-9600; IronHillBrewery.com
Find fine handcrafted beers, creative yet informal cuisine, and friendly, attentive service in a casual, upscale atmosphere. They’re passionate about producing distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by fresh–from–scratch New American cuisine with a knowledgeable and courteous service staff. More locations in Ardmore, Huntingdon Valley, Lancaster, Media, Newark, Phoenixville and Wilmington.

Jaco Juice & Taco Bar
8 W. Gay St.
610-436-4177; JacoJuiceAndTaco.com

Kildare’s
18–22 W. Gay St.
610-431-0770; KildaresPubWC.com

Kooma
123 N. Church St.
610-430-8980; KoomaRestaurants.com

La Baguette Magique
202 W. Market St.
610-620-4729; MagicBaguette.com
An authentic taste of France in the heart of West Chester. Artisanal, all-natural bread baked fresh every day, luscious French vienoisserie, the best croissants this side of the Atlantic and a savory array of lunch options. Open every day but Monday, eat in or take home. Catering orders and private on-site events custom designed.

Landmark Americana
158 W. Gay St.
610-701-9900; LandmarkAmericana.com

Limoncello Ristorante
9 N. Walnut St.
610-436-6230; LimoncelloRestaurant.com
Serving Southern Italian cuisine and featuring a full-service bar and a charming atmosphere for private functions and banquets. Happy hour, Mon–Fri, 4 to 6:30. Lunch buffet Mon–Fri, 11:30 to 2:00; BYO, Sun, Mon, Tues, $5 corkage. Daily lunch and dinner. Off-premise catering available.

The Lincoln Room
28 W. Market St.
610-696-2102; LincolnRoomWestChester.com

Lorenzo and Sons Pizza
27 N. High St.
484-999-8756; LorenzoAndSonsPizza.com

Más Mexicali Cantina
102 E. Market St.
610-918-6280; MasMexicali.com
Owners Joanne and John Caulfield invite you to enjoy award-winning Mexicali Fresh cuisine with a rock-n-roll flair in the first floor Cantina, second floor Velvet Lounge & Tequila Bar or “Más on the Roof” with a great view. The hip Cantina ambiance sets the stage for family favorites like traditional tacos, plus veggies and tofu, too. Perfect and unique spot for your next private party or catering for your offsite event.  

The Mediterranean Restaurant
150 W. Gay St.
610-431-7074; TheMedWCPA.com

Pica’s Restaurant
1233 West Chester Pk.
610-789-7770; Picas-Restaurant.com

Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse & Martini Bar
125 W. Market St.
484-760-6100; PietrosPrime.com
Family owned and operated, Pietro’s Prime is the place to eat in West Chester, serving nothing but prime beef and fresh seafood in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. They have live music in the bar Wed–Sat. Lunch Mon–Sat, 11 to 4. Dinner Sun–Sat, 4 until ... Bar is open until 2 am. Come have a drink and or a bite to see what you’re missing!

Roots Cafe
133 E. Gay St.
610-455-0100; RootsCafeWC.com

Ryan’s Pub
124 W. Gay St.
610-344-3934; Ryans-Pub.com

Saloon 151 Whiskey Bar & Grill
151 W. Gay St.
610-701-8489; Saloon151.com
Saloon 151’s menu features slow cooked meats, hand cut fries, mix and match craft beers to go, and, of course, an extensive whiskey and craft beer list. The interior is pure country and they have daily Happy Hour specials. They also have great live music inside and on the outdoor patio, weather permitting. Open daily, 11 am to 2 am.

Side Bar & Restaurant
10 E. Gay St.
610-429-8297; SideBarAndRestaurant.com

Social Lounge & Bar
29 E. Gay St.
610-738-3948; TheSocialWC.com

Spence on High
312 S. High St.
610-738-8844; Spence312.com

Sprout Music Collective
130 E. Prescott Alley
610-696-6006; SproutMusic.org

Teca
38 E. Gay St.
610-738-8244; TecaWC.com

T’Ever Café
124 E Market St.
484-787-6187; T-EverCafe.com

Westtown Meat Market & Deli
1030 Old Wilmington Pk.
610-696-5588; WesttownMeatMarket.com

The Wildflower Chef
610-715-8159
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The Wildflower Chef is an organic meal delivery service based in Chester County. Meals are 100% customized to meet your needs, and are delivered ready to heat and serve. From gluten-free to dairy-free, low-sodium to vegan, the Wildflower team can accommodate many special dietary needs, all while maintaining a focus on healthy and organic cuisine. Perfect time-saver for busy families and working parents. Email or call to place an order.

West Grove

Twelves Grill & Cafe
10 Exchange Place.
610-869-4020; TwelvesGrill.com

West Marlborough

The Whip TavernThe Whip Tavern
1383 N. Chatham Rd.
610-383-0600; TheWhipTavern.com
Nestled in the Chester County countryside, the warm and inviting atmosphere of this English pub radiates at the heart of horse country. If you’re nearby, stop and settle in for a cozy toast by the fire and share glad tidings and flavours from The Whip. Enjoy traditional pub fare and American favorites. BYO for wine or choose from over 50 seasonal, local and imported beers. Lunch, 11 to 4; dinner Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 4 to 9, Fri–Sat, 4 to 10; brunch, Sun, 11 to 2.

Westtown

Westtown Amish Market
1165 Wilmington Pk.
610-492-5700; WesttownAmishMarket.net

 

DELAWARE

Centreville

Buckley’s Tavern
5812 Kennett Pk.
302-656-9776; BuckleysTavern.com

Montchanin

Krazy Kat’s
Rt. 100 & Kirk Rd.
At the Inn at Montchanin Village
302-888-4200; KrazyKatsRestaurant.com

Wilmington

Chelsea Tavern
821 N. Market St.
302-482-3333; ChelseaTavern.com

Domaine Hudson Wine Bar
1314 N. Washington St.
302-655-9463; DomaineHudson.com

Harry’s Fish Market and Grill
101 S. Market St.
302-777-1500; HarrysSeafoodGrill.com

Hotel du Pont, The Green Room
11th & Market Sts., 302-594-3154
HotelduPont.com/Dining/Green-Room.com

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
620 Justison St.
302-472-2739; IronHillBrewery.com
See their listing under West Chester.

La Fia
421 N. Market St.
302-543-5574; LaFiaWilmington.com

Merchant Bar
426 N. Market St.
302-543-5574; MerchantBarWilmington.com

Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar
1212 Washington St.
302-656-8638; Mikimotos.com

Tonic Bar & Grille
111 W. 11th St.
302-777-2040; TonicBarGrille.com

 


Raise a Glass

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Berwyn

La Cabra
642 Lancaster Ave.
610-240-7908; LaCabraBrewing.com

Elverson

Brandywine Branch Distillery & Bistro
350 Warwick Rd., 610-901-3668
BrandywineBranchDistillers.com

Kennett Square

Kennett Brewing Company
109 S. Broad St.
KennettBrewingCompany.com

Paradocx Vineyard
The Market at Liberty Place,148 W. State St.
610-255-5684; Paradocx.com
Paradocx Vineyard at The Market at Liberty Place offers guests a unique wine and beer experience in downtown Kennett Square. You are able to enjoy wine and beer by the flight to explore their menus and challenge your pallet. They also offer local artisan cheese and gourmet crackers for pairings. Paradocx wine is also available for purchase by the bottle, pouch and can to bring home as well as your favorite BYOB restaurant.

Media

Sterling Pig Brewery
609 W. State St.
484-444-2526; SterlingPig.com

Pairings Cigar Bar
12 W. State St.
610-565-1895; PairingsCigarBar.com
A premier full-service cigar bar and store with stick and box purchase options. Come for the cigars … stay for the experience. Pair your cigars with one of over 40 beers, a signature cocktail, their extensive bourbon and scotch selection, espresso, coffee, dessert or small plate in an unparalleled luxury setting along Media’s State Street.

Phoenixville

Baba’s Brew
333 Morgan St.
267-738-1973; BabasBrew.com

Bluebird Distilling
100 Bridge St.
610-933-7827; BluebirdDistilling.com

Stable 12 Brewing Company
368 Bridge St.
610-715-2665; Stable12.com

Pottstown

Manatawny Still Works
320 Circle of Progress Dr., Suite 104
484-624-8271; ManatawnyStillWorks.com

Spring City

Tuned Up Brewing Company
135 N. Main St., 610-306-3182
Facebook.com/TunedUpBrewing

West Chester

Marquee Bar and Lounge
at Hotel Warner
120 N. High St,
610-692-6920; HotelWarner.com
Every great hotel is improved by adding a lobby bar and the Marquee Bar and Lounge fills the bill. Stop by after work to relax and meet friends. Enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink in front of the fireplace. Sip craft beers, wine, cocktails or specialty drinks that brink you back to old Hollywood. Sun–Thurs, 5 to 10; Fri & Sat, 5 to midnight.

 

DELAWARE

Wilmington

Constitution Yards
308 Justison St.
302-407-5192; ConstitutionYards.com 


RIP ~ Restaurant Closings


It’s always sad when a favorite restaurant closes. Here are recent closings and some new restaurants opening in their place.

Downingtown

Barra Rossa, 2016
Now Milito’s Ristorante, Bar, Pizzeria

Chadds Ford

Farmer’s Road Drive Thru, 2016
Opened 2013. Looking for a new location

Glen Mills

Cask Bistro by Desert Rose, 2016
Desert Rose is still open in Media

Kennett Square

Byrsa Bistro, 2016
Byrsa Bistro moved to Glen Mills.
La Madera Bistro at Kennett location

Taste of Puebla, 2016
Now The SawMill Grill

Media

D’Ignazio’s Town House, 2015
New Owners Eli Kahn, Adam Loew, Matt Adams and Rich Miller

Margaret Kuo’s Peking, Granite Run Mall
2015, Mall Closed

Narberth

Carmine’s Creole Café Act II, 2016
Now New Habana, Cuban restaurant

Phoenixville

Buho’s Latin Fusion & Bar, 2016
Location in Exton still open

Newtown Square

Crazy Sofa, 2016
Opened in 2014

Radnor

Susanna Foo, 2015
Now Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
Susanna Foo opened SuGa in Philadelphia

Valley Forge

LP Steaks, Valley Forge Casino, 2016
Now Revolution Chop House

Wayne

Crêperie Béchamel, 2016
Now At the Table

Ella’s American Bistro, 2015
Opened in 2011

West Chester

3 Little Pigs, 2016
Closed after 22 years. Now Spence Café

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, 2016
Now The Social Lounge

Kildare’s, 2015
New Owners Dane Grey and Tom Farnase

RapiDOUGH Pizza Pies, 2016
Now Farrell Brothers’s Catering

Wilmington

Deep Blue, 2016
Chef Dan Butler has reopened as Tonic Bar & Grille

 

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