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15 New Restaurants You Need to Try This Summer in the Philadelphia Suburbs



Chef Brian Duffy brings Southern-style barbecue to the former Barbacoa space with pit-worthy brisket, ribs and chicken. Sides, like collard greens, green beans with bacon and gooey mac and cheese, add a homemade touch. All-inclusive combos are perfect for group feasts.

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


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Buena Vista

Having established locations in Malvern and Wayne, this Ardmore expansion promises more of the delicious Michoacan Mexican cuisine we’ve come to expect. Look for housemade guacamole and chef specials like punta con napales (steak with cactus) and camarones al chipoltle (shrimp with chipotle sauce) served against a vibrant backdrop.

5 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-3041.


Factory Donuts

This local family-owned franchise recently debuted, bringing fresh made-to-order donuts to Media. With flavors like maple bacon explosion, french toast and mint chocolate chip, it’s sure to become a favorite spot.

845 N. Jackson St., Media, (610) 627-2224.


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GG Italian

White tablecloths, black tufted walls, frosted glass and red candles lend this Glen Mills newcomer an air of sophisitcation. The owners of Chaddsford Tavern dishes us an Italian menu is packed with pastas, steaks, chops, sharable antipasto boards and pizzetes. Don’t miss the chilled raw bar selections and scrumptious desserts including zeppole, Nutella cake and traditional cannoli.

1110 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 358-2676.


Green Papaya

Locally-sourced ingredients are used to create the Asian-inspired menu and Thai-themed house specials at Green Papaya. There are plenty of tofu options for vegans.

202 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-2288.


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Gryphon Cafe

Already a favorite in Wayne and Kensington, this West Chester newcomer has done a fabulous renovation on the former Mad Platter location with exposed brick (adorned with local art), original flooring and rediscovered skylights. Caffeine choices are basic and the beans are their own. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are made onsite and the space overlooks bustling Gay Street.

111 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 983-3909.



The Philadelphia-based eatery has expanded to Ardmore’s Suburban Square. The fast casual and vegan restaurant chain offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features an entirely plant-based menu, with dishes like vegan burgers, nuggets and cheesesteaks.

76 Coulter Ave., Ardmore; (484) 410-2860.


Related: HipCityVeg to Open this Weekend in Ardmore’s Suburban Square


Jasper’s WestSide

The team at Jasper’s Backyard just opened a new casual and comfortable neighborhood spot on the other side of town. An elevated, yet approachable dinner menu includes house-cured pork belly, seared scallops, pasta and rock shrimp. Lunch and brunch include plenty of beer, wine and cocktails.

101 Ford St., West Conshohocken, (484) 368-3529.


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Opened just in time for the hottest stretch of year, this new addition to Suburban Square offers decadent original recipe ice cream served in freshly baked waffle cones. Indulge in Mackinac Island fudge, chocolate dipped pretzels and more.

85 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (484) 413-2270.


La Cannelle Café

Opened in late spring, this breakfast, lunch and brunch joint has indoor and outdoor seating and a Southern-inspired menu. Well presented plates include lemon lavender pancakes, crab and egg en cocotte, and lamb and brie toast with the day’s soup.

21 N. Providence Road, Wallingford, (484) 445-2108.


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Slurping is encouraged in this new pho-focused establishment, which also offers traditional Vietnamese dishes. Fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures and reliance on herbs and vegetables provide a healthy way to dine with lots of flavor. We like the  Banh mi Vietnamese hoagies on a crispy toasted baguette roll.

226 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 881-5111.


Purebread Deli

Canine-themed names make great tasting sandwiches. Case in point: the Jack Russell with chicken, bacon, cheddar, peppercorn ranch on grilled cheddar bread or the Greyhound with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, tomato and basil pesto on focaccia. Soups, salads and a kids menu are also available at this Delaware mainstay’s Kennett Square expansion.

825 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, (610) 600-9866.


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Songsan Korean BBQ

The owners of next door’s Rittenhouse Deli bring a Korean barbecue experience and sizzling tabletop grills to Ardmore. Marinated brisket, pork belly and ribeye are among the searable proteins, which are served with traditional sides of kimchi, ban chan and mu-chia for street flair. Sip imported beers and soju cocktails in rustic ambiance.

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


Stone House Grille

Formerly Station Bistro, this new farm-to-table BYOB from chefs Bill Rutter and Jon Seltzer touts a locally-sourced and seasonal menu of omelettes, bennies and pancakes for breakfast; salads, bowls and burgers for lunch; and grilled bavette steak, woodland jewel grilled polenta and togarashi seared yellowfin for dinner.

1300 Hares Hill Road, Phoenixville, (610) 933-1147.


The Creamery at The Farmhouse Coffee & Espresso Bar

Dana and Pete Petrizzio are scooping cones, mixing shakes and prepping waffles in a recently opened location next to their 2 year-old Downingtown coffee oasis. Bassetts Ice Cream and a country-chic vibe make for a great way to chill for a spell.

119 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-1400.


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