At first glance, Letty’s Tavern might seem like your typical pub. But this revitalization of a faded landmark has more culinary depth than the menu lets on. West Coast transplants Jacob Short, Matthew Killion and executive chef Daniel Daley are the trio behind Saucey’s in West Chester. They’ve done something far more impressive with their transformation of the former Kennett Square Inn.
Procuring seasonal ingredients from local farms and businesses, Daley perfectly orchestrates his crisped toasts (pork and mushroom), pastas (gnocchi and agnolotti) and short ribs. A major shoutout also goes to the inspired vegan crispy cauliflower with romesco sauce and pistachio pistou.
Must-try cocktails include an exceptional maitaki-mushroom-infused Old Fashioned and the playful, gin-based Cheech Marin. Letty’s Bottle Shop, which occupies the ground floor, is “a vessel for all things artisan wine,” says Short. “We look to host monthly tastings, winemakers dinners, tasting menus with pairings, and wine parties.”
Modern art on display in the shop perfectly suits the basement vibe. “It coincides with the eclectic and unique ethos of the bottles the shop houses,” Short says.
201 State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-5687. lettystavern.com