Sola’s scallops atop a spinach emulsion//photo by steve legato
Authentic Chinese: Yangming
Granted, the egg rolls, wonton soup and General Tso’s chicken are delicious. But it’s the more elevated plates—like wok-seared stuffed Mirin chicken and spicy sake black-bean shrimp— that keep us coming back for more.
1051 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-3200, yangmingrestaurant.com.
Best Bar for Students (and Their Parents): The Grog Grill
If you’re looking for a spot that’s reminiscent of your college days without the grimy bathrooms, then the Raptis family’s Grog Grill is it. Students and parents alike gather for the craft-beer selection and snappy cocktails (try the Bees Knees, Tanqueray floating atop a wheat beer). The expansive menu includes standard bar fare, Irish-inspired entrées, flavor-packed pastas, New York strip steaks and much more.
863 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-5870, www.thegroggrill.com.
Chef Tastings: Sola BYOB
The next time you dine out, leave the decision making to Sola’s executive chef, Colin Mason. Formerly of Fork and Nectar, Mason offers innovative contemporary-American plates infused with French flavors.
614 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 526-0123, www.solabyob.com.
Cocktails: Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar
If you call yourself a tequila bar, you better have some good cocktails—and, boy, does Verdad deliver. A vast selection of wines, sangrias, beers and freshly mixed specialty cocktails round out the beverage menu at this tapas-style eatery. The honey margarita is not to be missed.
818 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-9100, verdadrestaurant.com.
Happy Hour: Gullifty’s
There’s something for just about everyone at Gullifty’s. But happy hour is when this Main Line favorite really shines. A huge selection of “budget beers,” plus $6 hand-spun pizzas and select appetizers, are just a few reasons to stop by after work.
1149 E. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-1851, www.gulliftys.com.
Vegetarian Options: Vgë Café
Chef Fernando Peralta creates vibrant platters of high-caliber plant-based soups, salads and sandwiches—all from scratch. The options are adventurous and smart. Also try the vegan desserts.
845 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-3091, www.vgecafe.com.