Best of West Chester

BYOB Newcomer: Spence 312 

West Chester native Andrew Patten is back—and he’s thinking local. His innovative takes on nori-seared Scottish salmon, cioppino, barbecue spice-rubbed pork loin, and sweet-corn arepa are matched only by the kitchen’s expert execution. A worthy follow-up to the beloved Spence Café, Patten’s new eatery—with its burgeoning popularity—has all the earmarks of a classic in its own right.

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312 S. High St., West Chester, (610) 738-8844,

Classic Pizza: Benny’s Pizza 

Benny’s has been a West Chester institution since 1959. Deck-oven baked, the pizza is unpretentious, loaded with classic flavor and sensibly priced. The oldest pizzeria in town is also a great spot for cheesesteaks, stromboli and calzones. The white pie is a must.

114 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 696-0754,

Coffee Creation: Fennario’s Funky Monkey Double Latte 

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With its refreshing approach to all things caffeinated, Fennario is a true coffee overachiever. Its offbeat creativity may be best embodied in the Funky Monkey Double Latte, a delicious, over-the-top fusion of chocolate and banana.

111 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 436-8104.

New Bakery: La Baguette Magique 

True to classic techniques, this much-anticipated boulangerie has met with instant success. Fan favorites include an outlandishly delicious peach tart, pain Viennois au chocolat, brioche rolls and classic baguettes.

202 W. Market St., West Chester, (610) 620-4729,

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Off-Site Catering: John Serock Catering 

Serock executes classic crudités and more for catered events, dishing up miniature beef Wellington, veal saltimbocca and chicken française. His plated dinners (a duck duo of seared breast and confit, Cape May scallops, a cabernet-braised short rib) are the best around.

835 Lincoln Ave., West Chester, (610) 640-2836,

Start-Up Breeding Ground: Artisan Exchange 

Sometimes a little brick-and-mortar space goes a long way. Add a kitchen, a market and some forward thinking, and the result is a medium for opportunity. Artisan Exchange provides promising new businesses like Flour & Oats, Mojo’s Pop Co. and Goshen Donuts all the space they need to offer fine craft foods and other goods.

208 Carter Drive, West Chester, (610) 719-0282,

Fennario’s Funky Monkey Double Latte//photo by tessa marie images

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