PLACES TO WATCH
Wyebrook Farm Café & Restaurant
150 Wyebrook Rd., Honey Brook
610-942-7481 / WyebrookFarm.com
When we wrote in 2012 about what Dean Carlson planned for Wyebrook Farm’s 360 acres, we were impressed. Now we’re enthralled. From the original concept of raising grass-fed beef, heritage breed pigs and free-pastured chickens and butchering them onsite, to farm-to-fork chef’s tables, summer concerts, and then on to props from Martha Stewart, Craig LaBan and Open Table’s Top 100 al fresco dining spots, this rustic and refined gem keeps getting better. The seasonal menu changes, so check the website, but prepare for meat-centric options—pan seared pork chop, smoked beef shoulder, grass-fed beef burger—plus pasta perfection with house-made campanelle, pappardelle, conchiglie. All complemented with local produce and capped off with artisanal cheese plates, reflecting Carlson’s book, Field and Feast, Sublime Food from a Brave New Farm.
233 E. King St., Malvern
610-296-2534 / MalvernButtery.com
John and Silenia Rhoads invented it, and the rave reviews are in. Fresh, local, green, organic, welcoming. The rich aromas of coffee and made-on-site breads greet you. You choose your breakfast, lunch or snack from the daily chalkboard and serving table, selecting from soups, sandwiches, salads, quiches, flatbreads, baguettes, croissants, pastries, cookies and more. Modern and bright, filled with long wooden communal tables, as well as comfy couches and chairs, the space and food make you want to linger as you look out on King Street. Pay at the door as you leave. For now, though, relax, chat and watch the world go by.
Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie
1 West Ave., Wayne
610-688-1888 / CornerstoneWayne.com
After Wayne’s 2012 dining explosion, new additions are now curated—like the careful selections at Cornerstone, opened in October as the passion project of Christine and Nick Kondra. The shop sells prepared foods, cheese from around the world, as well as house-made pate and sausages, and offers a 14-seat, U-shaped table for BYOB sampling from seasonal lunch and dinner menus. It also hosts bi-monthly chefs tastings and classes: coming soon, David Punch from Boston’s Sycamore, plus Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon from Nantucket’s Straight Wharf. Enjoy to-die-for cheese and charcuterie boards and recommended pairings—from a memorable Spanish blue cow/goat/sheep cheese heavenly paired with honey to a local Doe Run Farm selection soaked in Victory’s Hop Devil Beer. Say cheese, please.
Former Waterloo Gardens property, Devon
This is just to say we have a plum of a place to anticipate in Devon. Plans are progressing for two restaurants from James Beard winning Chef Marc Vetri at the six-plus-acre, mixed-use (apartments, Terrain, Anthropologie) project from Urban Outfitters. Look for Pizzeria Vetri, named Best Pizza Restaurant in America, and Vetri’s more upscale, yet rustic Amis, a Bon Appetit winner for Top 10 Places for Pasta. No date set yet, but it will be sweet.