Being that Kimberley Vassal is located in Chadds Ford and many of our clients as well as staff live around the Chester County area; I have compiled a list of some of the best restaurants to check out if you are looking to dine out! Personally, I have visited all the restaurants on the list and must say each one offers something different. From gator soup to classical italian dishes, Chester County has some of the best restaurants to offer Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Below are my top six restaurant choices in Chester County, the list isn’t in any specific order.
- Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon: Located at 108 W. State St., Kennett Square | 610-444-7232.
With Travel Channel accolades for “Hamburgers in Paradise” and New York Times note in “36 Hours in the Brandywine Valley,” this place is known far and wide for Belgium beers, Crab Nachos and wild game. Yearning for antelope, buffalo, caribou or elk? You’ll find a sophisticated approach in the kitchen that turns out Kangaroo Filet, vanilla parsnip puree, heirloom carrots, poached pear ver jus. You’ll find Half Moon is a whole lot of fun.
- Victory Brewing: Located at 420 Acorn Ln., Downingtown | 610-873-0881.
Maybe Discovery Channel’s new reality show “Brew Masters” features Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, but Downingtown’s Victory Brewery has a great story, too. With a Wikipedia entry, Beer Advocate A-rating, and top-beer accolades from the New York Times, this local brewery with a conscience (solar panels at the brewery plus sustainable practices) has a growing fan base in 23 states. Top ranked beers include Prima Pils, with snappy hoppiness (for extra happiness?), Hop Devil, which sets the standard for IPAs. The brewpub gets points for a strong menu of standards (Wings of Victory, pizzas, BBQ, burgers, fish & chips) and a seasonal menu (turkey pot pie; saffron, corn & bacon chowder). And a Brew Pub on wheels that serves 1,000!
- Nectar: Located at 1091 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn | 610-725-9000.
This high-octane spot continues to deliver a “sensuous, sumptuous, savory” experience. Soaring, stylish spaces (Rockwell Group design) and a hopping bar make this a see-and-be-seen scene. Anchored by star Chef Patick Fuery’s kitchen skills and commitment to the freshest ingredients, the land-sea-spicy menu delights on many levels. Bento box starters, superlative sushi, and entrées like Wild King Salmon, Striped Bass, Nova Scotia Lobster make it hard to choose. Come with a group (a tad loud for romance) to sample the range, and bring a carnivore to order Pineland Farm natural steak. Although some extol the peanut butter Semifreddo, the dessert star is the mini Hot Donuts with dipping sauces, worthy of their own Facebook fan page.
- The Whip Tavern: Located at 1383 N. Chatham Rd., West Marlborough | 610-383-0600
Folks hankering for a taste of Brit pub spirit head to this popular gathering place in the middle of horse country. Wrought-iron sconces and vintage horse-and-hound images on dark wood paneling set the scene. The variety of suds dazzles: 50+ domestic and international beers and ciders, including seasonal and limited releases. BYO customers welcome, too. Comforting pub grub like Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and ever-popular Fish and Chips always appeal. “American” options include Long Island Duck Breast with cherry compote and Braised Short Ribs with black currant demi-glace. The South Cheshire Entrée, a take-off on the South Beach diet, is meatloaf made with all-natural local turkey. Internationalism rocks.
- Il Granaio Italian Restaurant: Located at 711 Concord Rd. Glen Mills | 610-459-8469
Just from the name you can tell this place is authentic (there website even offers a pronunciation of the name). Located in a turn of the century mill and storage barn Il Granaio sits conveniently off of Route 1 and Route 322, they are perfectly situated whether you are seeking a quiet family or romantic meal, winding down from visiting the Brandywine Valley attractions or shopping in the neighborhoods vast array of retail stores. It offers authentic homemade italian dishes made from only local, farm fresh ingredients. Il Granaio welcomes you to bring your own wine as well!
- Four Dogs Tavern: Located at 1300 West Strasburg Road, Rt. 162 West Chester | 610.692.4367
An innovative city bistro found its way to a quaint country village making The Four Dogs Tavern something to bark about. An outrageously eclectic menu and seriously delicious food keeps patrons coming back. The tavern’s logo, based on an antique French print that now hangs next door in the Marshalton Inn, sets the tone for its whimsical décor. Those four dogs are purported to be the grandparents of the first basset hounds. Outdoor terrace dining available three seasons.