The Dining News You Need to Know Around the Main Line in September

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Photo by Ed Williams

A beloved eatery in Devon, a new steakhouse in West Chester and more make the month delicious around the western suburbs.

A nonprofit culinary venture, the Black Cat Cafe has been a well-loved fixture in Devon since 2010, and it continues to be a favorite with readers in our annual Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs poll. It’s owned by PALS Pet Adoption and Lifecare Society, with all net proceeds going toward the pre-adoption care of cats and kittens injured, abandoned or in danger of euthanasia at local kill shelters. A small sampling of adoptable cats and kittens greets patrons in the gift shop, which features cat-centric accessories, books and trinkets.

The Black Cat’s dining areas are rainy-day cozy, thanks to their mismatched furnishings and feline-focused knickknacks, wall art and silhouettes. “People feel good about patronizing a restaurant that not only has great food but saves the lives of cats and kittens,” says chef Judy Clemens, who’s been with the cafe since 2016.

Breakfast for two at the Black Cat Cafe: eggs, scrapple, French toast, pancakes and fresh coffee.Breakfast for two at the Black Cat Cafe: eggs, scrapple, French toast, pancakes and fresh coffee.
Breakfast for two at the Black Cat Cafe: eggs, scrapple, French toast, pancakes and fresh coffee. Photo by Ed Williams.

Clemens’ popular morning menu offers hearty breakfast sandwiches, omelets, pancakes and French toast. Indecisive diners can try the Garfield Sampler. Lunch includes homemade soups, salads, wraps, burgers, and a slew of elevated grilled cheese and panini options. Vegan and vegetarian items are also available, and kids love the hot dogs, milkshakes and ice cream.

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All servers are volunteers, so tip well. Additional donations are always welcome, in person or via the cafe’s website. 42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930, theblackcatcafedevon.org.

Other Nibbles: West Chester’s latest planned addition is a new steakhouse called Prime 9, located in a historic bank building in the borough’s center. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani has lent his name to the project, which should open before the end of the year. 9 S. High St., West Chester. … The newest Nudy’s Cafe opened in Audubon, bringing the total to 13 locations for this much-loved breakfast and lunch spot. 2798 Egypt Road, Audubon, nudyscafes.com.

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