217 W. State St., Media
610-566-4750 / Azie-Restaurant.com
Azie Media is … unexpected. One moment you’re on State Street in Media, and the next it’s LA meets Tokyo. Very chic. The restaurant serves beautiful sushi, sashimi and nigiri, plus more creative Asian fusion fare. From the bar, order premium sakes, Asian beers, champagnes, wine or from the seasonal craft cocktail list. Visit or order takeout form the sister restaurants: Azie of Main in Villanova, Teikoku in Newtown Square, and Mikado Thai Pepper in Ardmore for more variety. Can decide what to order? The Azie roll never disappoints—spicy tuna, tempura crunch, avocado, samurai eel sauce. Pleasure in a roll.
305 W. State St., Media
484-442-8012 / DesertRoseMediaPA.com
They’re often thought of as fierce, deep-seated enemies—at least their governments are—but their cuisines are strangely compatible. At Desert Rose, Israeli and Iraqi cuisines (with a bit or Morocco mixed in) are brought peacefully to the table by Jason and Natalie McHugh. Falafel, fresh chicken shawarma, home-baked pita. The hummus, at room temperature with tahini and olive oil, or warm with eggplant and poached egg, will take you to the streets of Tel Aviv or Baghdad. It’s a small restaurant that’s been selling out its takeout offerings, and a very special addition to the ethnic options in town.
6 W. State St., Media (Wayne, Frazer)
610-892-0115 / MaragretKuo.com
Since 1974, Margaret Kuo has established several well-regarded restaurants, winning awards from the Wine Spectator nine times, Best of Philly four times plus others. The Wayne restaurant, the flagship with an entrance marked by two Han Dynasty dragon reliefs, spans two floors. Inside, you’ll find one floor devoted to Chinese—think Hot & Sour Shiitake, Chengdu Lover’s Beef and Poet Su’s Pork Belly—and the other to Japanese—think Clam Soup, Grilled Squid, Kobe Beef Sukiyaki. Always a feast of authentic dishes, and a perfect choice for your Year of the Ox celebration. Order take-out from Caviar and feast!
Pinocchio’s Restaurant and Beer Garden to Go
131 E. Baltimore Ave., Media
610-566-7767 / PinPizza.com
This is indeed a hometown favorite, even for those beyond Media, for lunch, dinner and late night snacks of comfort food—pizza, cheesesteaks, burgers and more. With 65 years and three generations of the same family now bringing 1,000 varieties of craft beet (plus domestic and imported brands), what’s not to love? The first pizzeria in Delaware County and the oldest restaurant in Media, Pinocchio’s deserves all our love and support to make it to the next generation.
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