La Pina Valley Cantina
The tequila’s flowing—and so is the smoky mezcal at La Pina Valley Cantina, a festive new joint owned and managed by David and Fay Steiger. He’s a veteran of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, and she oversees the front of the house. Talented executive chef Angel Diaz is a Stephen Starr alum. His lime-tinged tacos come stuffed with pork carnitas, carne asada or grilled mahi mahi.
After 4 p.m. at La Pina, you can enjoy a full complement of cena (dinner) servings, including paella, mole chicken and tamarind-glazed roast suckling pig. A striking “Day of the Dead” mural and reclaimed church pews are nice atmospheric touches.
95 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 800-8055, www.lapinacantina.com.
Gatsby’s Bar & Grill
Bob Keates, the guy behind popular Bogart’s Bar in Springfield, has introduced Gatsby’s Bar & Grill to the Delco stronghold of Aston. One half pays homage to the Roaring Twenties; the other is a full-on sports bar.
This casual spot offers hearty sandwiches, filling platters, and 24 varieties of Black Angus beef burgers, each served on a Le Bus poppy seed brioche (double down on the indulgence with the Cheesesteak Burger). Also impressive are the 51 draft beers on rotation.
4936 Pennell Road, Aston, (610) 494-4500, www.gatsbysbarandgrill.com.
Lumbrada Cocina Mexicana
Opening just over two months ago in the former Avero Bar Italiano space in Devon Village, Lumbrada Cocina Mexicana is an authentic Mexican cantina from brothers Anselmo and Daniel Torres. Making the most of traditional family recipes, the duo excels at tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and tequila-based cocktails.
Lumbrada’s spacious, family-friendly dining room seats almost 200. Check out Salsa Night on Saturdays, with a DJ spinning 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
821 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-6369, www.lumbrada.com.