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From hidden foodie dives to pro-athlete Christmas albums, we covered all the Main Line area had to offer last year. Take a trip down memory lane with our most-read stories from 2023.
There’s no denying that 2023 was a big year for the Main Line region, with everything from Bachelor coverage to new-in eateries catching local attention. Your favorites ranged from hidden-gem getaways to relationship advice, Philadelphia sports stories and everything in between. Take a look back with us as we recount our readers’ top 10 most-read stories of the year before we look ahead to more great content in 2024.
10. This Podcast Details the Johnston Gang’s Chilling Crimes in Chester County
Sneaking in just under the radar right before the end of 2023, this gruesome true crime tale picked up traction on December 29 right as the year came to a close. Taking a deep dive into the mob violence that overwhelmed Chester County during the 1970s, the Johnston Gang had us hooked on the horrific details of a fascinating story.
9. Meet Chef Andrew Hufnagel of De La Terre in Downingtown
Andrew Hufnagel was named Main Line Today‘s critic’s choice best chef of 2023, and for good reason. Our food correspondent Ed Williams sat down for an exclusive interview with the dynamo behind Downingtown’s French-inspired BYOB De La Terre.
8. ABC’s The Golden Bachelor Features This Delco Resident
We all fell in love with ABC’s new hit spin-off The Golden Bachelor this fall. This take on the classic show featured one eligible Gerry Turner looking to share his “golden” years with one of 22 aged 65-plus contestants. Delco resident, and ex-wife of former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, Susan Noles immediately became a fan favorite. Although she was eliminated in week five, Noles is now slated to officiate the wedding between the final Golden Couple Turner and Theresa Nist.
7. 12 Instagram Worthy Brunch Spots Around the Main Line
Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day, so why not have fun with it? You loved our choices for these Instagram-worthy brunch spots. Share pictures of these mouthwatering meals to your heart’s delight, because it doesn’t get any more delicious than this.
6. Eagles Players Debut A Philly Special Christmas Special Album
Despite our Philadelphia Eagles’ recent swoon, fans still gave rave reviews to the offensive line’s Christmas album sequel. After the success of Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson’s inaugural record, they followed it up with A Philly Special Christmas Special, recorded in Bryn Mawr and produced by The War on Drugs drummer Charlie Hall.
5. The Loveliest Restaurant for Outdoor Dining Around the Main Line
Spring can’t come soon enough. The Main Line area has so many fantastic eateries, and they know how to do outdoor dining right. We can’t wait to get back to al fresco meals, and these picks for some of the top spots to enjoy the summer air with delicious food have us pining for the sun.
4. Madi’s on a Roll Opens First Egg Roll Storefront in Exton
Madi’s on a Roll has been a farmers’ market staple for years around the Main Line, so we were elated to hear Madi McShane was opening her own purpose-built storefront in Exton, where you can gorge yourself on her delicious creations any day of the week. With options like bangin’ shrimp, bacon cheeseburger, jalapeno popper and French toast-style egg rolls, you’re going to have a hard time keeping your diet going here.
3. 6 Ways to Reduce Lying in Relationships
Dr. Paula Durlofsky’s sage advice is always welcome. Her tips for reducing lying are a great way to not only improve your own mental health, but to keep those around you happy, too, making it one of 2023’s most-read stories.
2. Cut Your Christmas Tree at These Philadelphia Suburbs Farms
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by going to the Christmas tree farm to chop your own tree? These farms around the Philadelphia suburbs offered additional amenities from hot cocoa to holiday light shows and Santa photo ops to bring out the festive spirit of the Main Line.
1. 27 Drivable Weekend Getaways From the Philadelphia Suburbs
Your favorite story year in and year out has been our exhaustive list of drivable vacation destinations from the Main Line. Whether you’re looking for getaways to beach resorts in New Jersey or hiking retreats in West Virginia, these drivable getaways are a great way to start planning for your next vacation.