After a leisurely stroll at Longwood Gardens, head to this BYOB that’s so much more than a taqueria. Sophisticated, yet casual, the menu takes Mexican cuisine to another level with pollo poblano (sautéed chicken breast, Kennett Square mushrooms in a poblano pepper light cream sauce, topped with jumbo lump crab meat) or enchilada de costilla (short rib rolled in a corn tortilla, topped with mole sauce, queso fresco and sesame seeds). Decadent chocolate mousse cake with a tongue-tingling kick tops the creative dessert list.
1620 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
If a casual brunch date is more your style, try this off-the-main-drag eatery. Focusing on stacked panini sandwiches and savory soups that push the envelope in presentation and flavor, other favorite options include french toast, eggs benedict and a breakfast burrito. The interior is quaint, simple and well lit. Tote along your favorite bubbly for sipping mimosas.
110-114 S. Jackson St., Media.
The hype is real at this upscale West Chester eatery. Co-owner/chef Anthony Andiario serves a seasonal menu of house-made tender pastas and locally procured ingredients. Manager Maria van Schaijik’s contagious smile and front of house flair provide a warm atmosphere to enjoy extraordinary dishes presented on local artisan dinnerware.
106 W. Gay St., West Chester
Enjoy a movie at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, then continue your date at this BYOB just around the corner. Chef Ernesto Guzman presents a well thought out menu that leans toward Italian with 10-inch small-plate pizzas, a choose-your-own pasta menu and entrees that include pollo piccata, roasted and layered eggplant and a 10-ounce stuffed pork chop.
26 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr.
Indulge in a diverse selection of visually stunning dishes from mild to hot at this local favorite spot. Begin your date with fried crispy rolls, dumplings and hot soups, then delve into entrees of flounder, catfish, salmon, shrimp and duck. Beverages include mango iced-tea, lychee juice and Thai iced coffee. Relax in the city-like vibe with a casual feel.
301 Bridge St., Phoenixville.
If you’re looking to impress, you must experience owner/executive chef Scott Morozin’s vision of uniquely prepared and incredibly plated masterpieces in a soft, inviting and intimate atmosphere. The refined menu changes seasonally and includes first course ribeye beef tartare and pork shank agnolotti. Main courses include steelhead trout and Lancaster chicken. Don’t skip the baklava for dessert. Try the chef’s tasting menu for that extra special touch.
102 E. State St., Kennett Square.