Beer Selection: The Beer Shoppe
With a selection of more than 800 varieties, the Beer Shoppe is sure to please any Main Line brew expert. Stop in and make your own six-pack, or grab a pre-made version off the wall. Call ahead, and your case can be ready for a curbside pickup. Or hang out and enjoy the eight rotating drafts weekdays during happy hour. 44 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore (484) 416-3594, ardmorebeershoppe.com
Cheers-Style Bar: McCloskey’s Tavern
At McCloskey’s, the bartender banter is sharp, the service is quick, and the vibe is far from pretentious. After more than 75 years, the place continues to exude charm. Visit on a Thursday night, and catch your favorite pepper-haired regular belting out Hank Williams Jr. Maybe you’ll see us there, too. 17 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-9280, www.mccloskeystavern.com.
Family-Friendly Dining: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
A brewery might not be your first choice when dining out with the family, but it should be—if the brewery in question is Iron Hill. The kids can enjoy house-made root beer while you sip your award-winning suds. And the children’s menu goes beyond typical tyke fare to include chicken pot pie, fish-and-chips, and sides like steamed broccoli and fresh fruit. 60 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, (610) 228-2280, www.ironhillbrewery.com.
French Toast: Ardmore Station Café
This bustling breakfast hub knows a thing or two about sweet beginnings, achieving utmost excellence with its stuffed French toast. It begins with fluffy slices of LeBus challah bread—and options like Nutella and strawberries encourage newbies to sample more than one. It’s comforting to know that perhaps the most notoriously delicious version—dipped in pumpkin-spice batter and rolled in crunchy cinnamon sugar—is available all year. 6 Station Road, Ardmore, (610) 642-3889, www.ardmore-stationcafe.com.
Grab-and-Go Lunch: Firinji
This health-conscious spot serves a wide range of casual Turkish, Lebanese and Mediterranean delights. From lamb and salmon kebabs to chicken-curry kumpirs (stuffed baked potatoes), the variety of choices is enough to keep the regulars happy. 54 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 658-6246, www.firinji.com.
Personalized Pizza: Snap Pizza
With Snap’s creative and delicious approach to building a pie, the combinations are practically endless. Begin with the dough, select your sauce, choose from one of five cheeses, and go to town with your own blend of veggies and proteins. Snap also offers delightful finishing touches like truffle oil. 4 Station Road, Ardmore, (610) 896-4488, www.snapcustompizza.com.
Seasonal Lunch Menu: Sweetgreen
This fast-casual salad stop makes plenty sure your daily greens are never a snooze. Sweetgreen rotates its salad-and- grain-bowl lineups five times a year, based on what’s grown locally. So house staples always have seasonal flair—and that also means the freshest ingredients. We love the umami grain bowl drizzled with miso-sesame dressing. 68 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-9400, www.sweetgreen.com.