Pad thai from Thai Place//photo by Steve Legato
Bar Food: Bistro on Bridge
Loyal fans of Bistro on Bridge visit for the extensive craft beer offerings, creative cocktails and fun atmosphere, but the innovative bar menu is the reason to stay for a meal. Nibble on truffle-bacon popcorn, edamame and marinated olives to start. Then advance to the risotto balls, Thai lettuce wraps or Philly cheesesteak egg rolls. Swing by during happy hour Monday-Friday for half-priced appetizers at the bar.
210 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-7141, www.bistroonbridge.com.
Café for a Cause: Soltane Breads and Spreads
Enjoy an expertly poured cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked bread topped with homemade apple butter. It’s not just breakfast at Soltane—it’s a chance to help those with special needs. The shop is staffed with bakers and baristas from Camphill Soltane, a local nonprofit.
138 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-1819, www.camphillsoltane.org/breadsandspreads.
Chocolatier: Bridge Street Chocolates
Gail Warner’s chocolate shop combines small-town charm with big-time flavor. One bite of a decadent truffle, and you’ll know what all the fuss is about; they’re the perfect combination of salty and sweet. And the chocolate-dipped fruits, marshmallows and jellies will have you swooning.
158 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-8100, bridgestreetchocolates.com.
Growler Fills: Armstrong Ales
Sample fresh-made beer straight from the source at Armstrong Ales’ production brewery. The on-site tasting room has five rotating taps to fill 32- or 64-ounce growlers. Enjoy it at the brewery, or hit one of Phoenixville’s many BYOBs. Owner Steve Armstrong is frequently on-hand, pouring his brews and answering questions.
1000 Hollingsworth Drive, Suite 210, Phoenixville, (484) 639-7607, armstrongales.com.
Happy Hour: Sips Bistro & Bar
This quaint French eatery boasts a happening happy hour seven days a week in its bar area. Try the half-price french fries with chipotle aioli, or the fried oysters Specialty cocktails include a grapefruit bellini and a cucumber mojito. European wines and craft beers are also discounted. 400 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-9721, www.sipsphoenixville.com.
International Delight: Thai Place
Tucked away in a nondescript strip mall, this low-key BYOB offers fresh, flavorful, authentic dishes, including crispy tamarind duck and massaman
700 Nutt Road, Suite 735, Phoenixville, (610) 917-9943, www.eatatthaiplace.com.