We’ve always taken pride in the premier lineup of award-winning culinary cornerstones cradled within the rolling hills and small towns of theBrandywine Valley.
And now we’re ecstatic to highlight some of the “new kids on the block” that will make you feel good all over this year. Whether you want to tear into a hearth-baked artisan pizza, delve into a hearty soup or enjoy a crisp healthy salad from one of our local farms, Chester County has the go-to spots you’re looking for.
So hop in the car and come on out. See what all the fuss is about. We guarantee you’ll love these youngsters!
Owner-chef Christine Kondra uses an interactive, communal style as Cornerstone’s backdrop for presenting a nationally sourced selection of premium cheeses, sausage and pâtés (e.g,. creamy award-winners from Vermont, cured meats from Chicago, smoked salmon from New York). Fourteen seats are available for weekly lunch and dinner or weekend brunch. Recurring guest chef dinners (visit the events listing for details) are already becoming hot tickets. 1 West Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-1888
This latest suburban entry into the Thai and Japanese cuisine arena is nailing the wow factor out of the gate. Opened in December, the BYOB touts an incredible sushi bar and is certainly on the fast track to rave-worthy reviews. Knowledgeable, pleasant staff along with precisely plated salmon and shrimp teriyaki dishes make Murasaki a definite destination. 475 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, (484) 341-8362
Don’t let the petite size of this very new Market Street location fool you. Offering a full menu of solid Mediterranean food, Shawarma creates authentic slow-roasted beef, lamb and chicken dishes to dine in or take out. 38 E. Market St., West Chester, (610) 436-1500
This architectural marvel in the farmlands of Parkesburg is a true state-of-the-art brewery. Tapped in bold red and yellow, the newest Victory Brewpub is a definitely a destination, complete with fun-filled, self-guided tours that feature real hop sniffing and a loaded gift shop. Executive chef Joe Pryor’s spot-on menu—tailored ideally for the two-level, light-filled pub—boasts incredibly prepared “brewery” burgers, above board mac and cheese and well-thought-out vegetarian options. Try the proprietary behind-the-bar canning machine that can throw together a six-pack of one ofVictory’s popular seasonals on the fly. 3127 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg, (484) 718-5080. Victory Brewing Co. also opened a new brewpub in Kennett Square in April 2015. Find it at 650 W. Cypress St., (484) 730-1870
A sister company to the Wayne Coffee and Ice Cream Bar, the West Chester branch serves up coffee from a variety of local roasters such asReAnimator Coffee and Greenstreet Coffee Co. in Philadelphia. Consider it a hip coffee bar with ice cream on the side. This new spot is great for a quick meet-up or first date. 6 E. Gay St., (484) 983-3937
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Splashing onto wine-centric Bridge Street, The Barrel is the dreamchild of brothers Matt and Mike Dellose. This funky rustic-chic hot spot offers up 10 rotating taps of new-to-market wine blends from their family’s A’Dello Vineyard & Winery, wine-constructed cocktails and perfectly paired kitchen snacks including soups, salads and cheese plates. Nightly live entertainment also assists in making this wine bar hard to resist. 222 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-3399
Owner and founder Catherine Seisson opened La Baguette Magique, the first traditional French bakery in the area, with handmade breads, sandwiches, tarts and treats. After growing up in France, Seisson spent 24 years in the pharmaceutical industry before learning to bake. She graduated from Ecole Hôtelière François Rabelais, worked for numerous bakeries in France and America and has now opened her dream bake shop.202 W. Market St., West Chester, (610) 620-4729
This trendy refuge in downtown Malvern is perfect for a late morning or early afternoon rendezvous. Staples at Malvern Buttery include crusty hearth-baked artisan breads, hand-tossed salads, kitchen-crafted quiches, sandwiches and flatbreads. A daily rotating menu is full of seasonal plates for the adventurous. Be sure to say hello to owners John and Silenia Rhoads, who are always willing to offer up a welcome smile. Open to 6:30 p.m. daily (note: closed Monday). 233 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 296-2534
Nomadic Pies’ Molly Johnston bakes a signature crust that complements every seasonally flavored filling placed inside—from sweet pies like apple ginger, chocolate lavender and sour cherry to savory choices including roasted winter veggie, cheesy potato and chicken pot pie. You’ll be hooked by the aromas wafting from this truly charming location in the center of town as soon as you step through the front door. 132 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 857-7600
Located on the south side of the West Chester University campus, this recently opened diner is super clean, bright and decked out in WCU purple and gold—but it’s not just for students. Slinging a 24-hour menu that plates breakfast eggs, home fries, bacon and toast along with burgers, shakes and fries, the Rams Diner also offers free Wi-Fi and smiles with a hometown feel. 907 S. High St., West Chester, (610) 701-8080
Brothers Nick and Tom Farrell combine the concept of easy touchscreen ordering with fresh, creative and seasonal dishes. Taking the art of hand-crafted pizza to new heights with a crust that defies logic, Rapidough Pizza is definitely on the must-experience list. In-house soups, artisan salads and pasta dishes are must-tries, too, as is all-natural cane sugar–sweetened fountain soda from 3rd Coast Soda Company and Inspired Brews’ kombucha tea. 30 S. High St., West Chester, (484) 266-0681
Opened in June 2015, Saloon 151 is a solid whiskey bar offering strong sips and signature dishes including “entree” fries decked out with assorted toppings, cheesy tater tots and a slew of slow-roasted sandwiches. Next door at the Crafty Dog you’ll find mix-and-match craft beers to go; in the mornings, grab coffee, Danish or fruit. 151 W. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 701-8489
Rustle up a brunch, lunch and dinner menu full of chef Doug Huntley’s showcase upscale and refined comfort food plates like lambneck tacos, grilled octopus and burgundy brick chicken. Split Rail opened its two-story gastropub in July with a rustic-hip vibe and a who’s who of local craft brew list that includes Victory, Levante, Tröegs, Sly Fox and Yards. 15 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (484) 999-8805
Station 52 is a welcome addition to the casual sports bar scene in the Chadds Ford area. Sit back while watching the game at the bar and imbibe a few brews while noshing wings, steak bites and hand-tossed 8- or 16-inch pizzas. The space, complete with a large bar and plenty of seating, uses strategically placed sports memorabilia to serve as ambience. 329 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Mendenhall, (610) 388-1033
Recent Charleston, South Carolina, transplant Diane Simmons brings her classic Southern desserts to Sweet Magnolia Bakery, located in a cozy corner of The Market at Liberty Place. Signature like-velvet cheesecakes, flaky tarts and decorated cookies highlight an array of decadent goodies, punctuated by her mother’s secret recipe coconut cake. Closed Mondays. 148 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-2600
The freshly refurbished historic 1715 White Horse Tavern welcomes a distinct top-tier wine bar and farm-to-table menu that fits in perfectly with the newer classic-colonial ambience. Live piano happy hours and stayover packages create the ideal excuse for a weekend getaway close to home. 707 E. Lancaster Ave., Frazer, (610) 280-2580
The Brandywine Valley is currently planting seeds for the next crop of eateries scheduled to bloom in the new year. Take a look at what’s looming on the incredible food horizon in Chester County.
Main Line restaurateur Marty Grims is transforming this space, formerly Peppercorn, into Autograph Brasserie, an all-new concept for the White Dogproprietor. Look for upscale presentations of European classics in a modern American brasserie setting. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Think historic firehouse (and former Moose Lodge) meets fine dining in this totally refurbished multi-story destination on bustling and expansive Church Street. 30 N. Church St., West Chester
South Street pizzeria Lorenzo and Sons, famed for its 28-inch pies and appeal among late-night bar crawlers, is opening in West Chester at the former Sprazzo location at High and Gay Streets. 27 N. High St., West Chester
Located directly next to the Art Deco–inspired Hotel Warner, this combo restaurant/lounge will provide the cherry on top of an already winning stayover experience. 120 N. High St., West Chester
Joe Milito acquired Barra Rossa Downingtown from the Dave Magrogan Group in late 2015. The restaurant’s name will change to Milito’s Ristorante-Bar-Pizzeria, but the concept will remain the same. Opens mid-January. 20 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-6000
An Upper Darby institution since 1956, Pica’s is constructing a brand new location on West Chester Pike in East Goshen township. House-famous clams casino sit alongside fries and pizzas on an exceptional Italian menu, expected to roll into the area later this year. West Chester Pike, West Chester, (610) 789-7770
Acclaimed chef Marc Vetri may have sold his Vetri Family Restaurant Group to Urban Outfitters, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still delight over him bringing two of his well-regarded concepts to the Devon Yard project. Get excited to soon see Vetri’s Roman trattoria, Amis, and a Pizzeria Vetri in Devon (next to the Devon Horse Show grounds).
Whether for an evening, a long weekend or an extended vacation, discover Chester County, Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and its charming downtowns. We invite you to explore the scenic rolling hills and endless countryside landscapes within this nook of the Philadelphia suburbs and to appreciate our unique attractions (gardens, museums, trails, historic sites), energized restaurant culture, thriving breweries and wineries, specialty shops and farmers’ markets, year-round events and much, much more!