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The Main Line Dining News to Dig Into in December

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December dining news. Photo by Ed Williams

The Main Line restaurant scene continues to expand with an Ardmore coffeehouse and cocktail bar, a new Mercato location and more.

Soft lighting and rustic wooden tables and chairs set the stage at Char & Stave, the uncomplicated, downright sexy new Ardmore coffee spot and cocktail bar from Bluebird Distilling’s Jared Adkins. Aside from the requisite drips, pour-overs and espressos, the foamy whiskey-tinged caramel latte will become your new best friend. Mixed with house spirits from the Phoenixville-based distillery, classic craft cocktails come out to play later in the day, in the form of the Manhattan, a tart gimlet, the Prohibition-era Bee’s Knees, a fine Old Fashioned and the absinthe-flavored Sazerac.

Pastries are available for the breakfast rush. Later in the day, you can bring your own grub to pair with your libations.

21 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 933-7827

Char & Stave espresso martini

Char & Stave’s espresso martini is a must while dining in Ardmore.

MORE NIBBLES: Seemingly running out of space in downtown West Chester with Mercato, Greystone Oyster Bar and an as-yet-unnamed spot, Alfredo Giannaccari has opened a grander version of his Mercato concept in the former Trattoria Giuseppe location in Newtown Square. The redone space is stunning inside and out, with an Italian-American menu.

Under the direction of executive chef Daniel Waller, the new King of Prussia Grill and Tavern offers a seasonally inspired menu, a variety of locally brewed craft beer, and cocktails made from local spirits.

Known for its cured meats, pasta, house-made bread and mouthwatering desserts, Mount Airy’s Trattoria Moma is bringing new life to the former Tin Lizard Brewing Co. The new Bryn Mawr BYOB is called Dua Mediterranean Kitchen.

Related: Margaret Kuo’s & Local Breweries Add Flavor to the Main Line