Bar → Tired Hands Brewing Company
The atmosphere of this adventurous brewery is refined yet rustic, much like its beers. With a few mainstays and a variety of seasonal beers, patrons are sure to find something they love. Try the breads, cheeses, and candied bacon made with local maple syrup. 16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-7621, tiredhands.com.
Breakfast → Ardmore Station Café
Pancakes piled high, omelets stuffed with goodness, hash browns made fresh from real potatoes, a challah French toast sampler plate … They’re doing breakfast right at Ardmore Station Café. But be prepared to wait: This tiny spot is packed at prime eating hours. 6 Station Road, Ardmore, (610) 642-3889.
BYOB → A la Maison Bistro
At this spirited place, you’ll discover a pitch-perfect menu of French classics, each presented with sheer refinement and enticing rustic touches. Keep it traditional with your bottle of choice, and enjoy country-style pork pâté with champagne mustard, escargots in sweet butter, Boeuf Bourguignon, and chocolate pot de crème. 53 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (484) 412-8009, alamaisonbistro.com.
Cheesesteak → McCloskey’s Tavern
This quintessential Irish tavern has been a Main Line mainstay for more than 75 years. But it wasn’t until the past few that they decided to fine-tune the menu. And their cheesesteak—thinly sliced sirloin smothered in American cheese and layered on a long roll—is a leading Philly contender (bold statement, we know). 17 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-9280, mccloskeystavern.com.
Frozen Yogurt → Sweetgreen
Sustainable, local and organic, Sweetgreen’s tart, homemade fro-yo is great on its own. Or dress it up with toppings like fresh fruit, chopped mint, granola, chocolate chips and coconut flakes. 68 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-9400, sweetgreen.com.
Pizza → Felicia’s Pizza Kitchen
Primarily a takeout hub, Felicia’s specializes in New York-style pies like its deluxe namesake pizza with sautéed spinach, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone, Romano and white garlic sauce. Looking for a casual night out? Grab a six-pack, and hit the rooftop dining area. 18 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-6900.