Where Local Chefs Eat

Six area chefs share their favorite places to wine and dine.

“That’s a hard one … I barely get out. But when I do, I love Wyebrook Farm, Birchrunville Store Cafe, my house [laughs], and, of course, Talula’s Table.”

—Aimee Olexy, owner, Talula’s Table, Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily

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“My No. 1 favorite is no longer a BYOB, but I must give it some credit since it was for years—Restaurant Alba. Other current favorites include Fraschetta, Amani’s BYOB and Desert Rose.”

—Joshua Friedberg, co-owner and co-chef, Antica, Il Granaio

“I enjoy Saffron Indian Kitchen. I drove by this place a million times, and thanks to my friend Kim Ettinger, I finally visited and was immediately hooked. It’s now my go-to place for lunch dates with girlfriends.”

—Moon Krapugthong, owner & chef, Yanako, Chabaa Thai

Aimee Olexy

Scott Megill

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“I enjoy Wyebrook—it offers great food, beautiful scenery, and an experience. It’s also worth taking a trip to Zeppoli in Collingswood, N.J. Joey Baldino does an amazing job with his quintessential Italian food that reflects the area. It’s a blend between upscale Italian and the local ‘red sauce joint.’ His antipasto is phenomenal, the dining room is cozy and bustling and the execution is great from pasta to dessert.”

—Scott Megill, executive chef, Inn at Grace Winery 

“Of course, Birchrunville Store Cafe. It’s my husband’s place, but the food is always amazing there. Also love Kumo—the sushi is always fresh and reasonably priced—and Pho Thai Nam—nowhere can beat their pho in the Montco or Chester County area.”

— Nui Kullanna, owner & chef, Thai L’Elephant

“Zeps are a part of me. My grandparents raised nine kids by selling zeps. Wasko’s and Lou’s Sandwich Shop sell the best. Kim’s Seafood is also a favorite. It’s an Old World-type place, and they import their fresh seafood daily. I’m always going across the street from my Wayne location to Ardé Osteria and picking at whatever they’re making. I also frequent my other neighbor, Paola’s Pizzeria e Cucina Italiana. I’d skip all meals for Paola’s pasta e fagioli.”

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— Frank Nattle, owner and chef, Vecchia Pizzeria

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