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Best of Berwyn and Paoli


Beer Bar: TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery 

Voted one of Ratebeer’s Top 50 Beer Restaurants in the World, TJ’s boasts more than 25 ever-changing taps of craft and imported brews, an elite bottle selection and a menu made for beer pairings. Stop in to watch the big game, try some wild-boar-chorizo nachos, and sample one of many new discoveries. 

35 Paoli Plaza, Paoli, (610) 725-0100, www.tjseveryday.com.

Healthy Catering: Fresh Ideas Market

The area’s “it” female chef for over two decades, Meridith McLoughlin is now focusing her culinary pursuits on a grab-and-go market, which is also the HQ for her Aneu Catering. Inventory includes lively organic salads, seasonal frittatas, wraps, paninis, pastas, and much more. 

1556 Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 251-9600, www.shopfreshideas.com.

Italian Getaway: Tiramisu 

Approachable and comfortable, this Roman-Jewish delight offers bowls of egg drop soup with spinach and Parmesan in an authentic chicken consommé, hand-cut fettuccine with artichokes in a fragrant tomato sauce, and luscious brochettes of prosciutto in anchovy sauce. It’s dishes like these that make chef/owner Sean Delbello’s BYOB unlike any other Italian experience on the Main Line.

720 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 906-3299, www.tiramisuberwyn.com.

Mussels: 30 Main 

This lively bar and eatery offers three styles of mussels to choose from, not to mention a stellar $15.99 all-you-can-eat deal on Thursday nights. Pair these tender, perfectly cooked beauties with a Stella Artois from the bar, and your in seafood heaven.

660 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 220-2367, www.30mainberwyn.com.

Private Dining: Alfredo Italian BYO 

A recent refurbishing has transformed this charming BYOB into a stylish, rustic-chic hub that gracefully transports diners to the wine cellars of the Napa Valley. Pick from one of three intimate settings. 

668 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 640-2962, www.alfredobyo.com.

Vietnamese: Le Saigon 

Choose from a vibrant array of fresh, veggie- and herb-packed dishes like the spring or snow rolls. Or try your hand at rolling rice paper for bánh hoi, served with grilled lemongrass chicken or charbroiled prawns and scallops.

82 Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 889-4870, www.lesaigon.com.

30 Main’s mussels//photo by steve legato