Friday, December 29 2023 9:14

Best of the Best: Exton

Written by County Lines Magazine

Recommendations for best places to eat locally — morning, noon, night and more

Morning: Nudy’s Café

420 W. Lincoln Hwy., Exton
610-524-1508 /

Pop into Nudy’s for fabulous pancakes and French toast — and not just on National Pancake Day. Their fluffy pancakes are always a hit. Short stack options that keep patrons returning include chocolate chip, apple, gingerbread, pumpkin spice and the classic blueberry. French toast faves are the batter-dipped raisin bread or the “Best Ever” carrot cake French toast with cream cheese icing. If protein is your thing, order the omelet with real jumbo lump crabmeat. Can’t make it to the Town Center in your pajamas? Pancakes are still an option after noon, and there’s always delivery, as well as other Nudy’s in the area.

Noon: Ron’s Original Bar & Grille

74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton
610-594-9900 /

When the whole hungry gang’s ready to kick back at lunch, Ron’s is your restaurant. Inside and out, brick and stone lend a cozy feel to the comfortable, casual atmosphere. While everything on the menu — almost as big as a dictionary — is good, their pizza with perfect crust and ovals (pizza dough in a different shape with great toppings and special seasoning) get quite the raves. Both have gluten-free options. Sit down to a vegetarian Boardwalk pizza with cheddar, mozzarella and yummy sauce. Or go for top ovals: cheesesteak or the kicky Carciofo with marinated artichokes, olives, pepperoncini and more.

Night: Bluefin

555 Wellington Sq., Exton
610-458-3234 /

There are many reasons to seek the twinkling lights of Eagleview Town Center at night. One is Bluefin, the standout sushi and sashimi restaurant. Combinations of flavors and textures under Head Chef/owner Yong Kim’s talented care, along with beautiful plating, make any evening special. For a taste sensation like no other, ask for the small plate of toro sashimi — prized, rich, marbled tuna with fresh wasabi and Bluefin’s unforgettable house-brewed soy sauce with a deep smoky flavor. Want a spectacular dining experience at home? Order Bluefin’s Omakasi Box that features oysters, coveted toro sashimi, other delectable pieces and the special soy sauce.

Happy Hour: Appetites on Main

286 Main St., Exton
610-594-2030 /

On Sundays, owner Brad Weinstein serves huge luscious portions — of flatbreads, nachos, tacos, cheesesteaks, sandwiches and hoagies — catering to very hungry Eagles fans. Also, Apps on Main has specials all the time: for example, wings, nachos, beer and margaritas and more on Mondays; burgers, egg rolls, wings and more on Thursdays; hoagies on Friday, and so on. But every day, at Happy Hour, between 4 and 6, drafts and bottles of beer are only $2.75, well drinks are $4, and you get a dollar off on select craft beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers. Make a note. Get off of work early. And enjoy.

Don’t Miss: White Dog Cafe

181 Gordon Dr., Exton

Anticipation (cue Carly Simon) … It’s the third year we’ve been psyched for the newest addition to White Dog’s litter (number five), this in the former 19th-century Vickers Restaurant and Underground Railroad stop. When they open, expect the same sustainable menu served in cozy rooms bedecked with dog portraits, plus a new three-season room adding outdoor dining to the already large space. The other big news: 20 folks can commission local artist Janelle Morrison to paint their pooch’s portrait to hang onsite. Proceeds go to Alpha Bravo Canine, a nonprofit providing service dogs to vets. More good works from the Fearless Restaurant folks.

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