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Best of the Main Line: Food & Drink in 2023

Photo by Ed Williams

Find the best food and drink around the Main Line and western suburbs at these top-rated bars and restaurants in 2023.

Alfresco Dining

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Alfresco Dining

Four Dogs Tavern
1300 W. Strasburg Road, West Chester, (610) 692-4367, thefourdogstavern.com


Rivertown Taps
226 Bridge St., Phoenixville, rivertowntaps.com

Critics’ Choice: Appetizers

The grilled wings, hummus dip and oversized soft pretzels are fan favorites at this lodge-style eatery and beer garden. We recommend the fried Brussels sprouts, the cheese curds (with dipping sauce) and the massive charcuterie board. 341 Thornton Road, Thornton, (610) 550-3440, bierhaul.com.


Rolling Stars
706 E. Market St., Suite 200, West Chester, (484) 947-2626, rollingstars.com


Yori’s Church Street Bakery
15 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 344-9674, yorisbakery.com


Jimmy’s BBQ
309 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 879-8805, jimmysbbq.com

Critics’ Choice: Beef Bourguignon

Sontuosa BYOB
Chef Ernesto Guzman’s braising technique combines burgundy, pinot and brandy for a rich and complex flavor profile. Interestingly, he also prepares the pearl onions and mushrooms separate from the beef and other ingredients. Apparently, it makes a difference. 26 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 222-6216, sontuosabyob.com.

Critics’ Choice: Beer Garden

The Creamery of Kennett Square
Adding an ice-skating rink this year, this ever-evolving beer garden complex continues to raise the bar for family fun. Along with draft brews, ciders and cocktails, there’s a kitchen offering apps, flatbreads and burgers. Food trucks, outdoor games and live music enhance the festive, all-inclusive vibe. 401 Birch St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-7040, kennettcreamery.com.


Nudy’s Cafe
292 E. Conestoga Road, Wayne, (610) 687-1345, nudyscafes.com


Levante Brewing
208 Carter Drive, Suite 2, West Chester, (484) 999-8761, levantebrewing.com

Critics’ Choice: Brewery With Live Music

Steel City Coffee House & Brewery
Ed Simpson and Laura Vernola-Simpson pour a mean latte at this artsy cafe, which features a diverse lineup of electric bands, open-mic nights and acoustic jam sessions. The on-site brewery has tasty suds, and the kitchen rolls out flavorful flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and soups. 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-8425, steelcitybrews.com.


White Dog Cafe
200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 225-3700, whitedog.com

Critics’ Choice: Brunch

On Rosalie’s outdoor porch, ceiling fans, woven bistro chairs and marble tabletops provide a leisurely Euro-style backdrop for an unforgettable weekend brunch. Family-style and à la carte menus feature handmade pasta dishes, a Sunday gravy shakshuka, French toast, and a signature breakfast pizza with sausage, two kinds of cheeses, eggs and arugula. Coffee and classic Italian cocktails keep things lively. 139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 977-0600, rosaliewayne.com.


Ron’s Original Bar & Grille
74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, (610) 594-9900, ronsoriginal.com

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