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The Best Restaurants, Food and Drinks on the Main Line in 2022

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Find the best food and drink around the Main Line and western suburbs at these top-rated bars and restaurants in 2022.

FOOD & DRINK

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AÇAÍ BOWLS

Raw Can Roll Cafe

Start your day on a Zen note at with organic Brazil-themed bowls filled with palm fruit and topped with granola. 767 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-8454, eatrawcanrollcafe.com.

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ALFRESCO DINING

Tavola Restaurant + Bar

At this Springfield Country Club hot spot, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy pristine golf course views, a pillowed seat by the firepit, festive cocktails, and a menu that includes brick-oven pizzas, burgers, pasta and great kids’ options. 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 543-2100, tavolas.com.

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ALFRESCO DINING

Four Dogs Tavern

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

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ALFRESCO DINING FOR DOGS

Appetites on Main

This Chester County restaurant goes the extra mile for its four-legged friends, with one of the best dog-friendly patios and a special menu items for Fido, including grilled chicken breast, a beef burger and Italian sausage. Save the award-winning wings for yourself. 286 Main St., Exton, (610) 594-2030, appetitesonmain.com.

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ALLERGEN-FREE BAKERY

Bella’s Desserts

With a mastery of confectionary creations that goes back 20 years, Lauren Cortesi specializes in custom gluten-, egg-, and dairy-free cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tiny pies, and tarts for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. By appointment only. 1 Rabbit Run Lane, Glenmoore, (484) 467-1538, bellasdesserts.com.

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ANTIPASTO

Alessandro’s Wood Fired Italian & Bar

This spot’s 2020 rebranding under chef Alex Fiorello has bolstered the menu top to bottom. You could easily make a meal out of the appetizer menu—baked clams, calamari, burrata, octopus, and an antipasto board loaded with premium meats and cheeses. 133 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-6786, alessandroswoodfired.com.

APPETIZERS

Bar Avalon

116 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 436-4100, avalonrestaurant.net

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ARTISAN MARKET

Carlino’s Market

At Carlino’s, the homemade grab-and-go entrees, salads and desserts are consistently excellent. Choice items at this Best of the Main Line restaurant include the smoked mozzarella, imported Mulino Bianco Italian cookies, San Daniele prosciutto, and mortadella sausage with pistachios. 2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore, (610) 649-4046, carlinosmarket.com
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BAGELS

Country Bagel Bakery

145 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 696-8890, countrybagel.com

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BAKED FRENCH ONION SOUP

Ryan Christopher’s BYOB

Word has spread about this family-run neighborhood gem’s sublime French onion soup, its savory broth and tender-sweet, caramelized onions covered in a thick blanket of Swiss and mozzarella cheese. 245 Woodbine Ave., Narberth, (610) 664-9282, ryanchristophersbyob.com.

 

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BAKERY

Yori’s Church Street Bakery

15 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 344-9674, yorisbakery.com

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BAR BITES

The Grog Grill

This 20-year-old Irish tavern offers the college crowd (and their parents) sliders, empanadas, nachos, fried curds, wings and more. Nothing fancy at this Best of the Main Line restaurant—just well-executed favorites. 863 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-5870, groggrill.com.

BAR FOOD

Epicurean Garage

570 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs, (610) 615-5189, epicureangarage.com

BARBECUE

Sophie’s BBQ

64 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 642-0100, sophiesbbq.com

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BARBECUE

Southbound BBQ Company

Brad Webb’s barbecue joint on wheels specializes in Texas-style brisket and chicken, nachos, and a tasty marinated-mushroom burger. Track him down at your nearest brewery, distillery or winery.401 W. Washington St., West Chester, (484) 441-3609, southboundbbqco.com.

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BEER GARDEN

The Creamery of Kennett Square

Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, the Creamery is a community gathering space for all ages. Lawn games and live music add to a jovial indoor/outdoor environment, as do the brews, cocktails and kitchen snacks. 401 Birch St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-7040, kennettcreamery.com.

BEER SELECTION

Station Taproom

207 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 593-0560, stationtaproom.com

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BEER SELECTION

Flying Pig Saloon

The “when pigs fly” motif serves as a backdrop to this neighborhood institution, which offers a surprisingly comprehensive list of bottles, cans, and draft selections from local breweries and beyond. 121 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 578-9208.

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BIRTHDAY CAKES

Izenberg’s

Though she’s a wiz at personalized cakes for any age, Julia Izenberg offers a clever birthday package for 1-year-olds—matching cupcakes (gluten-free by request), a smash cake for photos, and one to serve—designed to keep all ages happy. 401 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (610) 828-8900, izenbergs.net.

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BORSCHT

The Choice

This Euro-fusion restaurant is owned by two Ukrainian families, so you know you’re getting the best when it comes to the rich ruby-red beet soup loaded with chicken and veggies. Proceeds from each bowl go to Ukrainian relief. 845 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, (484) 383-3230, thechoice-restaurant.com.

BREAKFAST

Nudy’s Café

292 E. Conestoga Road, Wayne, (610) 687-1345, nudyscafes.com

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BREAKFAST ALL DAY

Em J’s Cafe

At this low-key nook, any time of the day is OK to indulge in omelets, breakfast platters and local favorites like Chunky Monkey Belgian Waffles and Nutella Swirl Pancakes. 814 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 644-8275, emjscafe.com.

BREWERY

Levante Brewing Company

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

BRUNCH

White Dog Café

Various locations, whitedogcafe.com

 

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BRUNCH

Rosalie

Located in the historic Wayne Hotel, this upscale contemporary spot has a lock on boozy brunch. A well-curated selection of sparkling wines provide bubbly accompaniment to menu standouts like the Sunday Gravy Shakshuka, Egg in the Hole, and steak and eggs. Looking for something a little stronger at this Best of the Main Line restaurant? Rosalie’s twist on the Tuscan Mule is well worth a midday splurge. 139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 977-0600, rosaliewayne.com.

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS

333 Belrose

Tossed with roasted peanuts, shishito peppers, tangy ginger and lime aioli, these spicy Asian-style sprouts have a nice kick and a crunchy texture at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor, (610) 293-1000, 333belrose.com.

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BUBBLE TEA

Cup of Dreams Coffee and Tea

This new cafe adjacent to the Paoli train station makes a fantastic cup of bubble tea with non-dairy milk and your favorite boba—jasmine, Thai, lychee or matcha. Or add bubbles to a smoothie, sparkling Italian soda or flavored iced tea. 5 Paoli Plaza, Paoli, (484) 285-3122, cupofdreamscoffeeandtea.com.

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BYOB DATE NIGHT

Original Spence Cafe

Chef Andrew Patten’s BYOB is a magnet for couples in love. Could be the ambiance and the location, but we like to think it’s the locally procured seasonal menu, with its soups, salads, sharable plates and award-winning crab cakes. 131 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 918-1272, spence.cafe.

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BURGER AND FRIES

Hedgehog Grill

This roving comfort food enterprise is the work of Upper Merion High school graduates Paul Salamy and Steven Sicilia, who’ve garnered a following for their juicy, basic burger and crispy side of fries. 528 General Muhlenberg Road, King of Prussia, (610) 809-7210.

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BURGER NIGHT

Liberty Union Bar & Grill

This Wednesday-night meal deal features the substantial 410 Burger with pub fries and pickle chips. Specialty patties like the Juicy Lucy and the Blue ’Shroom are also available (for an upcharge) at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 325 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs, (484) 359-4061, libertyunionbar.com.

BURGERS

Buddy’s Burgers, Breasts & Fries

11 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 631-1006, buddysbbf.com

 

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BYOB

Amani’s BYOB

106 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 237-8180, amanisbyob.com

CAKES

Bakers of Buffington

131 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 873-8033, bakersofbuffington.net

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CATERER

Sage Catering

Liz and Greg Shockley will make sure your special event, wedding or other shindig comes off without a hitch. Their exceptional team of experts knows how to execute flawlessly without sucking out all the fun. 1000 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 647-7243, sagecatering.com.

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CAULIFLOWER WINGS

Local Wine & Kitchen

Like traditional wings, this superior dressed-up, spiced-up, crisped-up veggie alternative is ideal for sharing at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 39 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-4740, localwineandkitchen.com.

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CHARCUTERIE BOARDS

Seven Mile Boards

Caroline Meehan’s Insta-worthy custom boards will make any table shine. Fresh ingredients, exquisite design and free delivery make them a party no-brainer. Multiple shapes and sizes are available—savory or sweet. Malvern, sevenmileboards@gmail.com.

 

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CHEESE PURVEYOR

Birchrun Hills Farm

The Miller family controls every step of cheese production in their underground aging facility. Their fudgy, peppery French-style blue cheese (made with raw milk and aged a minimum of 60 days) is already legendary. 1020 Davis Lane, Chester Springs, (484) 798-4023, birchrunhillsfarm.grazecart.com.

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CHEESEMONGER

Di Bruno Bros.

Can we ever have enough Di Bruno Bros.? Apparently not. The new Strafford Shopping Center location is the latest pick-up hub for blue, brie, cheddar, gouda, truffle and so much more. Well-trained mongers flesh out pairings with a smile. 375 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (215) 665-9220, dibruno.com.

CHEESESTEAK

The Original Thunderbird Steakhouse

2323 West Chester Pike, Broomall, (610) 356-8869, theoriginalthunderbird.com

CHEF

Black Cat Cafe’s Judy Link

42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930, theblackcatcafedevon.org

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Welcome to the Avenue

This black-owned BYOB has cultivated a local following with its eclectic Caribbean/Jamaican-themed menu and feel-good vibes. Highlights include the curry goat, jerk chicken and savory hot pots. 107 E. High St., Pottstown, (484) 752-4076, welcometotheavenue.com.

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CHEF’S TASTING MENU

Verbena BYOB

The three- and six-course menus are consistently creative at Scott Morozin’s 36-seat BYOB. Rife with local ingredients, the menu can change on a dime, appealing to the culinary adventurer in all of us. 102 E. State St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-7932, verbenabyob.com.

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COCKTAIL FLIGHTS

Lola’s Garden

Lola’s Garden’s trio of sips comes in three variations, including a seasonal selection of cocktails on tap, the Ladies Night Out (with sangria) and the Guys Night Out (a Manhattan, a Negroni and four-grain bourbon).49 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, (484) 412-8011, lolasgardenrestaurant.com.

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CIDERY

Old Stone Cider

This out-of-the-way southern Chester County gem serves diverse old English and heirloom American varietal ciders. On-tap favorites include the Roxbury Russet, Enterprise, Virginia Crabapple and Oaked Gold Rush. In summer, you’ll also find food trucks, live music and local brews. 959 Chesterville Road, Lewisville, (484) 441-3344, oldstonecider.com.

CLASSIC COCKTAILS

Bar Avalon

116 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 436-4100, avalonrestaurant.net

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COCKTAIL

Jaspers Backyard’s Battleship Old Fashioned

Find your sea legs with this pint-glass concoction of Maker’s Mark, angostura bitters, club soda, sugar, orange and classic Luxardo gourmet maraschino cherries. 101 E. 7th Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 897-8212, jaspersbackyard.com.

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COFFEE ROASTER

House Cup Coffee Roasters

Though it’s hard to find at first, the aroma should lead you to this caffeinated mecca known for its international small-batch blends of almonds, berries, caramel, brown sugar, and nuts in light, medium and dark roasts. 2116 Darby Road, Havertown, (484) 424-9330, housecupcoffee.com.

COFFEEHOUSE

Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery

203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-8425, steelcitybrews.com

CRAFT COCKTAILS

Bluebird Distilling

100 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-7827, bluebirddistilling.com

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CROISSANTS

Strawberry Bakery

At this family-owned bakery, heavenly light and flaky croissants are baked daily. They come in plain, chocolate walnut, chocolate coconut, cherry, raisin custard and blueberry. 365 Lancaster Ave., Suite 2, Malvern, (610) 644-8484, strawberry-bakery.com.

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CULINARY CLASSES FOR KIDS

Chef Dad’s Table

Chef Scott Noye makes learning kitchen skills fun for kids and teens. Keeping the menu seasonal, he also explores varied American and international themes, along with holiday cooking. 203 Beechtree Drive, Broomall, (610) 505-5617, chefdadstable.com.

 

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CUSTOM COOKIES

The Bakery House

For 23 years, the Bakery House has been customizing their sweet and savory treats for schools, sports teams and special events. Cookie flavors include chocolate chip, Heath Bar, oatmeal raisin, M&M, Granny Spice and more. 604 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-4139, thebakeryhouse.net.

DAILY SPECIALS

Paloma’s

101 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 302-7830, ilovepalomas.com

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DATE NIGHT AMBIANCE

Nectar

Sleek, amber-toned décor, textured stone walls, lush drapes and a large Budda set the scene for a sexy, sophisticated evening at this Pan-Asian mainstay. The gorgeous sushi platters encourage sharing. 1091 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 725-9000, tastenectar.com.

DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT

General Warren

9 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, (610) 296-3637, generalwarren.com

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DECK FOR DINING

Fox Barn at Twenty9

If it’s wide-open spaces and live music you want, check out the Fox Barn deck during the week, with its inside/outside bar, lively happy hours and menu with a little bit of everything. 16 Great Valley Pkwy., Malvern, (610) 251-9229, foxbarnattwenty9.com.

DELI

Colonial Village Meat Market

929 S. High St., Suite 23, West Chester, (610) 436-9514,
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DEVILED EGGS

Hood’s BBQ

Dawn’s Deviled Eggs are a fan favorite, with the perfect mustard-mayo-paprika balance—just like Mom makes. 1664 W. Doe Run Road, Kennett Square, (610) 347-1670, hoodsbbq.com.

DINER

Minella’s Diner

320 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-1575, minellasdiner.com

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DINNER AND A SHOW

118 North

Reserve your table and enjoy some of the best live music from regional and touring acts at this high-energy restaurant, bar and club. The flavors here are as varied as the sounds—everything from couscous carbonara to fried chicken. 118 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-2628, 118northwayne.com.

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DIVE BAR

Square Bar

Nothing in this local watering hole is actually a perfect square. But the regulars here are as diverse as they come. Conversation with your neighbor at the bar is highly encouraged, as are shots all around. No fancy craft cocktails or quirky beers on tap—though the fries are some of the best in West Chester. 250 E. Chestnut St., West Chester, (610) 696-9825, squarebarwc.com.

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ELEGANT DINING

Savona Restaurant

With its circa-1765 roots, Savona has served as a legitimate excuse for Main Liners to splurge for over 20 years. Its latest iteration offers hand-crafted cocktails at the elegant marble bar, a wine lounge and an outdoor patio. Marquee menu items include filet mignon and an artfully presented wood-grilled branzino. 100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills, (610) 520-1200, savonarestaurant.com.

FAMILY DINING

Christopher’s A Neighborhood Place

108 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-6558, christophersaneighborhoodplace.com

FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT

Mae’s BYOB

39 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 887-0062, maeswc.com

FOOD TRUCK

Madi’s on a Roll

235 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (484) 695-0162, madisonaroll.com

FRENCH CUISINE

La Belle Epoque

38 W. State St., Media, (610) 566-6808, labellebistro.com

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FLATBREADS

The Refectory

The first-class flatbread selection from Biff Gottehrer’s team covers all the bases—cheese, spicy pepperoni, brisket, wild mushroom, squash, steak tartare and tuna. 862 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, (610) 519-5786, refectorynova.com.

FRIES

Buddy’s Burgers, Breasts & Fries

11 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 631-1006, buddysbbf.com

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FRIES

Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft

In a region where the humble potato has been elevated in all sorts of ways, Ripp Fries set the gloriously over-the-top standard, smothered in Ripplewood’s take on queso fundido, with brisket, jalapeños, chipotle mayo and pickled red onion. 29 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 486-7477, ripplewoodbar.com.

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FRITTERS

Terrain

Vegetarians have embraced these gluten-free crunchy quinoa fritters with za’atar spiced yogurt, arugula and lime. 138 W. Lancaster Ave., Devon, (610) 590-4675, shopterrain.com.

 

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GASTROPUB

Brick & Brew

31 E. Eagle Road, Havertown, (484) 455-7250, bricknbrewpub.com

GELATO

Gemelli Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Café

12 Market St., West Chester, (484) 557-8482, gemelligelato.com

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GERMAN FOOD TO GO

The Flying Deutschman

Born and raised in Germany, Stirling Sowerby is the chatty chef behind this popular food truck known for its authentic—and filling—bratwurst, schnitzel, goulash and more. 608 Meadowvale Lane, Media, (610) 333-7908, flyingdeutschman.com.

GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS

Ron’s Original Bar & Grille

74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, (610) 594-9900, ronsoriginal.com

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GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

Sorelle Cucina

The word is out about Deanne Boucher’s tiny specialty shop—especially for its dips, tapenades, pestos, and easy-to-heat entrées like eggplant lasagna and mushroom Florentine. 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (484) 994-9316, sorellecucina.com.

 

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GREEK CUISINE

Avlos BYOB

The former Majolica space is now home to some of the most authentic Greek food in the area. Standouts include the tzatziki, gemista (stuffed tomatoes) and extra-juicy lamb chops. The outstanding desserts and exceptional service are also worth a mention. 258 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 455-4110, avlosgr.com.

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GREEK-STYLE SEAFOOD

Estia Taverna

Estia boasts one of the largest whole-fish selections in the area, with options like European sea bass, dorade royale and Portuguese barbounia. The Mediterranean white snapper feeds two. 222 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, (484) 581-7124, estiarestaurant.com.

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GRILLED OCTOPUS

Lark

At this picturesque new addition to Pencoyd Landing, the octopus is charred to perfection and served with an artistic stack of littleneck clams, chorizo, black olives and chickpeas. 611 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8766, larkpa.com.

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HAPPY HOUR

Will’s + Bill’s Brewery

Get here early to grab a stool at Will and Bill Mangan’s expansive bar. Rotating drink and brew specials pair just right with roasted cauliflower hummus, beer-and-cheese fondue and the signature steak burger. 324 Swedesford Road, Berwyn, (484) 318-8538, wills-bills.com.

 

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HAPPY HOUR MENU

Limoncello

Covered in marinara, ricotta and fresh Parmesan, Maria’s Meatballs are a must at this high-energy happy hour—as are the mussels, personal pizzas and cocktail specials. 9 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (610) 436-6230, limoncellowc.com.

HEALTHY EATS

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

549 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 358.1005, harvestseasonal.com

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HOAGIES

A Cut Above

A go-to for Italian hoagie afficionados, A Cut Above offers six varieties—Classic, Old School, Sicilian, Tuscan, Milano and Napoli. Like any old-school deli, they don’t skimp on the meats. 3523 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 353-4543, acutabovedeli.com.

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HONEY

Bryer Apiary

Jeff Bryer has been working with bees since 2000, gathering tons of the gooey golden nectar each year. Score his honey online, by personal appointment or at West Chester Growers Market. 447 Reservoir Road, West Chester, (610) 696-8446, bryerapiary.com.

HOUSE-MADE DESSERTS

DiFabio’s

1244 N. Providence Road, Media, (484) 444-0851, difabiosevents.com

 

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HOUSE-MADE PASTAS

Rye BYOB

On Ryan Sulikowski’s seasonal American menu, the pasta takes center stage. New this summer: lumache with ’nduja (a soft fermented pork salume), roasted onion, potato and cauliflower purée. 112 W. State St., Media, (610) 263-7832, ryebyob.com.

ICE CREAM

Chester Springs Creamery

521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, (610) 363-8500, milkywayfarm.com

INDIAN CUISINE

Shere-E-Punjab

208-210 W. State St., Media, (610) 891-0400, shere-e-punjab.com

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INDIAN CUISINE

1st Indian Kitchen

We love the neighborhood feel of this place. No frills—just good food. The samosas, paneer makhani and chicken jalfrezi are all on point. And the chicken (or veggie) korma and chana masala are savory, with hints of all the right spices. 8917 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, (610) 255-2113, indiankitchenud.com.

 

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INSTAGRAM FOOD PORN

Malvern Buttery

The impeccable imagery on @malvernbuttery makes everything on John and Silenia Rhoads’ Euro-style breakfast and lunch menu appear almost too good to eat. But we know better. 233 E King St., Malvern, (610) 296-2534, malvernbuttery.com.

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IPA SELECTION

La Cabra Brewing

The sign of the goat remains one of the Main Line’s best brew stops for IPA lovers. Hipster Catnip, with its citrusy base, is a fan favorite. For the more adventurous, there’s Party Intellectual, a whopping 9.5% ABV. 642 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 240-7908, lacabrabrewing.com.

ITALIAN CUISINE

Limoncello

9 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (610) 436-6230, limoncellowc.com

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ITALIAN DESSERTS

Pomod’oro Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Pomod’oro’s on-site bakery turns out an incredible Southern-style Chantilly cake, plus cheesecake, cannoli and other specialties. House gelato comes in coffee, pistachio, hazelnut, stracciatella variations. 200 Chestnut St., Downingtown, (610) 873-0405, pomodorodowningtown.com.

JAPANESE CUISINE

Teikoku

5492 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 644-8270, teikokurestaurant.com

KOREAN CUISINE

Songsan Korean BBQ

66 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 642-3184

LATE NIGHT MENU

Station Taproom

207 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 593-0560, stationtaproom.com

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LATE NIGHT MENU

Letty’s Tavern

Letty’s elevated late-night menu is no sleeper. Weekends after 10 p.m., lay into a 14-inch cheese or pepperoni pizza (by the pie or slice) or a hearty meatball sandwich. Great beer and cocktail specials help make your night last. 201 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-5687, lettystavern.com.

LOCAL PURVEYOR

Pete’s Produce Farm

1225 E. Street Road, West Chester, (610) 399-3711, petesproducefarm.com

LOCALLY SOURCED PRODUCE

Lancaster County Farmers Market

389 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-9856, lancastercountyfarmersmarket.com

LUNCH

Black Cat Café

42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930, theblackcatcafedevon.org

 

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MARGARITA MONDAYS

Revival Pizza Pub

Nothing makes Mondays easier to swallow than $6 margaritas and $6/$12 margherita pizzas courtesy of Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, also the duo behind Al Pastor and Stove & Tap. Weatherstone Town Center, 240 Windgate Drive, Suite A7, Chester Springs, (610) 947-0999, revivalpizzapub.com.

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Olive Tree Greek Grill

231 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 993-9393, theolivetreegrill.com

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MEXICAN BYOB

Taco Mar

It’s hard to miss this festively lit, vibrantly colored spot. The Burrito Bar offers a selection of tortillas, bowls, carbs, proteins, greens and salsas. Or the grill will make you a house burrito or quesadilla. Tacos are made to order with fresh ingredients and as much kick as you desire. 122 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 455-1400, tacomar.com.

MEXICAN CUISINE

El Limon

103 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken, (215) 900-8578, ellimontaquerias.com

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MODERN ITALIAN

Bar Lucca

Indulge in rustic Italian cooking, served tapas-style, in a sophisticated brick-walled setting. The tender house-made pasta is complemented by a savory blend of old-style sauces, and executive chef Will Langlois also offers a six-course tasting menu for parties of four. 729 E. Hector St., Conshohocken, (610) 825-2700, barluccarestaurant.com.

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MOROCCAN CUISINE

White House Tajine

Don’t let the modest décor throw you. The ownership has roots in Casablanca. Mezze samplers for two or more prep the pallet for the made-to-order soups, salads and wonderful tajines. 1047 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 380-3532, whtajine.com.

MUFFINS

Sweet Jazmines Bakery

15 Bridge Ave., Berwyn, (610) 644-1868, sweetjazmines.com

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATERING HOLE

Berwyn Tavern

When this ever-changing world leaves us dizzy and disoriented, there’s always the BT to steady us. Grab a Bud Lite (it won’t kill you), retreat to the back deck, and indulge in some colorful conversation about sports, politics and menu specials. And don’t leave without trying the peanut butter pie. 625 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 889-9352, berwyntavern.net.

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NEW BREWERY

Artillery Brewing

Artillery’s Barracks Taproom takes a bit of scouting to pin down (hint: it’s in an alley), but the spoils of victory are well worth the search. Beers sport revolutionary names like the Paoli Massacre, the Fog of War, the Patriot and the Traitor. Varieties include sours, lagers, hazy IPAs and English bitters. 333 Granite Alley, West Chester, (484) 999-5976, artillerybrewing.com.

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NEW DELI

Mont Clare Deli & Market

Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery owners Laura Vernola and Ed Simpson have taken over the former Eagles Nest Deli, offering signature items like house-made meatballs, pulled pork and dill potato salad alongside sandwiches, cheesesteaks, prepared foods, breakfast and beverages. 500 Bridge St., Mont Clare, (610) 935-8773, montclaredeli.com.

 

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NEW MAIN LINE RESTAURANT

Paloma’s

101 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 302-7830, ilovepalomas.com

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NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA

Bella Italia Pizza

Brooklynites Vito and Maria Cilluffo offer hand-tossed pies with a thin crust that’s crispy yet pliable enough to fold for convenient eating. 12 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-1700, bellaitaliapizza.com.

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OMELETS

The Corner

At this neighborhood breakfast nook, eggs-ellent fare includes the coffee-rubbed short rib and Seven Sisters omelets. The place is cute, and service is quick. 15 S. Jackson St., Media, (610) 566-1558, thecornermedia.com.

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ONLINE FARMERS MARKET

Culinary Harvest

Carlo Luciano and Sam Kennedy bring the region’s unique artisan offerings direct to households on the Main Line. Shop online by product or culinary partner. Names include Baba’s Brew, Birchrun Hills Farm and Sweet Jazmines. Weekly curbside pickup available.
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OYSTERS

Brickside Grill

540 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 321-1600, bricksidegrille.com

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PARMESAN SANDWICHES

Tredici Italian Market

Topped with house marinara and a blend of cheeses, the substantial Parm sandwiches at this Italian deli and market include chicken, meatball and eggplant. If you’re on a low-carb diet, go bread-free with a side salad. 185 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne, (610) 254-0323, trediciitalianmarket.com.

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PASTRAMI

Hymie’s

Diehards and newbies alike gush over the pastrami at this Main Line institution. Tender and juicy, it’s cured and prepared in house. The Hymie’s menu offers countless ways to enjoy it—hot or cold. 342 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, (610) 664-3544, hymies.com

PASTRY CHEF

Sweet Jazmines’ Kimberly Cuthbert

15 Bridge Ave., Berwyn, (610) 644-1868, sweetjazmines.com

PIZZA

Carmine’s Parkside Pizza

180 Little Conestoga Road, Chester Springs, (610) 458-8200, carminesparkside.com

 

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PIZZA DOUGH

Pizzeria Vetri

What makes this dough any better than the hundreds of other local options? The four-ingredient, four-day Neapolitan process allows for fermentation, giving it that perfect tang while still maintaining a level of workability. 138 W. Lancaster Ave., Devon, (484) 207-6663, pizzeriavetri.com

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PIZZA EXPERIENCE

Ravanesi Pizzeria Napoletana

At his BYOB cafe, you need to call ahead to reserve your dough a few days in advance—seriously. But it’s well worth the wait thanks to the fresh ingredients and accommodating staff. An exceptional experience for your foodie bucket list. 790 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (484) 840-8912, ravanesipizza.com

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POST-HURRICANE COMEBACK

Amani’s BYOB

Flooding from Ida forced a complete redo of Amani’s existing space. But they’re back, looking—and tasting—better than ever. The latest development is North, an upstairs addition serving hip and classic craft cocktails. 105 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 237-8179, amanisbyob.com

PRIVATE DINING SPACE

Epicurean Garage

571 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs, (610) 615-5190, epicureangarage.com

 

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RAMEN

Oori

Asian comfort food at its finest, the ramen variations at this busy Pottstown spot are worth the drive. Our go-to favorites are the tonkotsu (pork bone), spicy fried chicken and sesame soy. The rich broth is well stocked with scallions, black garlic, eggs and bamboo shoots. 2228 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, (484) 985-8071, oorieats.com

SAKE SELECTION

Margaret Kuo’s

175 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-7200, margaretkuo.com

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SALAD SELECTION

Frankie’s Fellini Cafe

This low-key cafe offers delicious salads big enough to feed two, including the Mediterranean (with fresh tuna and warm flatbread) and a Caesar with sauteed shrimp and scallops over a fresh-out-of-the-oven tortilla. 678 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 647-1737, frankiesfellinicafe.com

SALADS

Ron’s Original Bar & Grille

74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, (610) 594-9900, ronsoriginal.com

SANDWICHES

Montesano Bros. Trattoria

55 Seaboldt Way, Chester Springs, (610) 458-8065, themontesanobros.com

 

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SCENIC RIVERSIDE VIEWS

The Landing Kitchen

A former industrial garage serves as a chic backdrop for outstanding plates overlooking the Schuylkill River. Cool cross-breezes in summer, cozy firepits in winter. 617 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8765, thelandingkitchen.com

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Ludwig’s Grill & Oyster Bar

2904 Conestoga Road, Glemoore, (610) 458-5336, ludwigsoysterbar.com

SEASONAL BEER GARDEN

Levante Stables

160 Park Road, Chester Springs, (484) 202-0622, levantebrewing.com

SEASONAL CUISINE

White Dog Café

Various locations, whitedogcafe.com

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SEASONALLY DRIVEN ITALIAN FARE

Amis Trattoria

We can’t get enough of the twice-fried artichokes, the inventive cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) fries and the pork shoulder sandwich. The house-made pasta and pesto pair perfectly with a stellar selection of Italian wines at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 138 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 140, Devon, (610) 590-4782, amistrattoria.com

 

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SIDEWALK DINING

The Goat’s Beard

This feel-good eatery enjoys one of the best see-and-be-seen locations on the Main Line. People-watch galore while sipping craft cocktails, local brews or a dram from the extensive whiskey collection. The seasonal menu capitalizes on the alfresco ambiance. 103 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 584-4979, thegoatsbeardphilly.com

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SKEWERS

Damas Mediterranean Grill

Everything here is prepared to order, so expect a wait—but it’s worth it at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. Grilled chicken, lamb and beef kabobs arrive on a bed of rice accompanied by a biting signature dipping sauce. Authentic sides include hummus with pita, baba ghanoush, muhammara, tzatziki, and labneh. 260 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, (484) 873-3835, damasgrill.com

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SMALL PLATES

At the Table

Husband-and-wife team Tara Buzan-Hardy and Alex Hardy orchestrate textured works of art on a plate at their Best of the Main Line restaurant, recently wowing diners with their melon-burrata salad, house-made ramp tortellini and foie-gras-infused Belgian waffles. 11 Louella Court, Wayne, (610) 964-9700, atthetablebyob.com

 

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SMALL-BATCH WINERY

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard

Eighteen varieties of grapes are grown on 14,000 vines at Wayvine’s southern Chester County vineyard. Owners Zachary and James Wilson specialize in dry varietals, including sauvignon blanc, rose, reisling, pinot noir and a few cabs. 4374 Forge Road, Nottingham, (610) 620-5261, wayvine.wine

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SOUL FOOD

Mabel’s BBQ

Thanks to Mabel Spann, genuine soul food isn’t so difficult to find in the area. Roasting her seasoned ribs, brisket and chicken is an all-day affair, and her collards are winsomely authentic. As for the Seven-Up Cake, don’t ask—just eat. 607 E. Market St., West Chester, (610) 701-0288, mabelsbarbeque.net.

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SOUP

Sontuosa BYOB

Ernesto Guzman’s superb seasonal selection includes Italian wedding, escarole with pork sausage, black bean, spicy Asian chicken noodle, root vegetable, and seafood chowder. And the soup of the day is always a good bet at this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 26 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 222-6216, sontuosabyob.com.

 

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SPEAKEASY VIBE

Good Bad & Ugly

Head down the back stairs below Stove & Tap’s West Chester location to this lively underground nook, which features a DJ and a late-night cocktail list with signature sips like the Bangin’ Lemonade and the Gay Street Mule. 158 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 999-0922, stoveandtap.com

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SPECIAL-OCCASION SPOT

Restaurant Alba

Consistency and attention to detail have kept Sean and Kelly Weinberg’s labor of love in the top tier of the best Main Line area restaurants for well over a decade. Charred octopus, crispy potato gnocchi and a grass-fed ribeye are among the menu highlights. And you can always expect an extensive wine list and VIP treatment. 7 W. King St., Malvern, (610) 644-4009, restaurantalba.com

SPORTS BAR

P.J. Whelihan’s Pub

4803 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 848-4100, pjspub.com

STEAKHOUSE

Pietro’s Prime

125 W. Market St., West Chester, (484) 760-6100, pietrosprime.com

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STREET TACOS

Al Pastor

The shrimp, chicken, pork and beef tacos are all grand. But what separates Al Pastor from a crowded pack are the zingy birria tacos—stewed meat with smokey chili broth. 560 Wellington Square, Eagleview, (484) 341-8886, eatalpastor.com

 

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SUPERFOOD SPECIALTY DRINKS

Good Life Organic Kitchen

This breakfast-and-lunch spot keeps things healthy without sacrificing flavor. Regulars rave about the Iced Kaaginator—nitro cold-brew coffee with cacao, vanilla keto bone broth protein powder, Ceylon cinnamon and pure maple syrup. 559 Wellington Square, Exton, (484) 872-2244, goodlifeorganickitchen.com

SUSHI

Bluefin Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Various locations, restaurantbluefin.com

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SUSHI

Osushi

Hoping to duplicate his success in Marlton, New Jersey, Osushi’s Sam Li has opened this Main Line outpost. Noteworthy signature rolls include the Mini Volcano, Black Pearl, Kani Maki and Golden Mango. We’re optimistic for this Best of the Main Line restaurant. 36 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, (484) 412-8155, osushipa.com

SWEETS SHOP

Bridge Street Chocolates

175 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-8100, bridgestreetchocolates.com

TACOS

El Limon

103 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken, (215) 900-8578, ellimontaquerias.com

TAKEOUT BEER SELECTION

Pinocchio’s Restaurant and Beer Garden to Go

131 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, (610) 566-7767, pinpizza.com

TAKEOUT MENU

Black Cat Café

42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930, theblackcatcafedevon.org

THAI CUISINE

Thai Orchid

556 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 651-7840, thaiorchidberwyn.com

VEGAN CUISINE

HipCityVeg

76 Coulter Ave., Suite 18, Ardmore, (484) 410-2860, hipcityveg.com

VEGETARIAN MENU

Roots Café

133 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 455-0100, rootscafewc.com

WAIT STAFF

Liberty Union Bar & Grill

325 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs, (484) 359-4061, libertyunionbar.com

 

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WINE AND WHISKEY FLIGHTS

Avola Kitchen + Bar

Sample in style with an Around the World whiskey flight—Hibiki Japanese, Redbreast Irish, Oban Single Malt Scotch and Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye. Or sip an Italian wine flight focused on pinot grigio, Montepulciano and Nero D’Avola varietals. Not to worry—attentive bartenders will explain it all at this Best of the Main Line Restaurant. 625 N. Morehall Road, Malvern, (484) 328-8584, avolakitchenandbar.com

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WINE PAIRINGS

Village Vine

Owners Jill Bennett Gaieski and Lori Kettering Knauer share their wealth of food and wine knowledge in the form of well-executed plates, a carefully curated list of wines and personalized pairing advice. 6 Park Ave., Swarthmore, (484) 471-3997, villagevineswarthmore.com

WINE SELECTION

General Warren

10 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, (610) 296-3638, generalwarren.com

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WINERY WITH FINE DINING

Inn at Grace Winery

Served in a breezy sunroom, this charming inn’s multi-course meal is seasonal and imaginative. White table linens, soothing music, candlelight and a glorious view of the grounds take the ambiance to the highest level. Enjoy an after-dinner drink on the vast back porch. 50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4711, gracewinery.com

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WINGS

Rams Head Bar & Grill

While the slow-cooked execution is impressive, it’s the offbeat flavor combos that set these wings apart. We’re partial to the chipotle peach and Asian glaze. 40 E. Market St., West Chester, (484) 631-0241, ramsheadbarandgrill.com

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