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Jan 30, 2006 03:24 PM

West Chester

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Any suggestions in West Chester for weekend dinner? Price doesn't matter, just looking for good food in a nice atmosphere. thanks.

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  1. 3 Great WC Restaurants:

    Avalon: Byob, bistro/contintental cuisine
    Turks Head: innovative cuisine, cool place, full bar
    Mimosa: outside of town, but really creative, ever-changning food, BYOB

    People rave about Gilmore's but I think its one of the most overrated places in the area.


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    1. re: grossbard

      I think Gilmore's gives us lots to rave about, not overrated at all. It's a gem of a restaurant and those of us in the WC area are lucky to be able to enjoy such a fine dining experience without having to travel to Philly or even the Main Line.

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      1. Our usual suspects in West Chester: High Street Caffe for cajun/creole food. Crawdaddy's for same on Rt.3 east of town. Iron Hill Brewpub.

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        1. re: RC51Mike

          With the High Street Caffe in town, I don't see a need to go to Crawdaddy's again. Iron Hill... not one of my favorite spots, although their beer is quite good (but not nearly as good as Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown).

          1. re: CindyJ

            High Street Caffe is also one of our favorites but we kind of view that as the upscalish place, Crawdaddy's as more casual, then the Gumbo Shoppe just for a fast needed Cajun fix. We like 'em all. We spend way too much time at Victory, probably our all time favorite place of that ilk. Chili fest on Sunday was hugely crowded but loads of fun.

        2. Turk's Head has closed. I'd like to add a vote in favor of Gilmore's. I enjoy it and it is pretty modest in price for the quality, which is why I don't call it overrated.

          On the low end of the price scale, I am very fond of India Gardens in the Gay St. mall. Really decent Indian, not much atmosphere. Whenever they bring me the bill, I always think they've made a big mistake, on the low side.

          Consider Fiorello's, between Market and Gay, where both merge into Rte. 3 / Paoli Pike on the east side of town. Not been myself, bu heard good things from colleagues. Seems like the old-fashioned, full bar, Italian restaurant of the 70's, 80's. Somewhat pricey.


          1. Sadly, Turks Head closed last month. Seems that the owner chose to profit on the sale of his property (pretty much the entire block there).

            But, I discovered a new find on the WC dining scene last week: Limoncello on N. Walnut St., between Market and Gay. It's small, BYO, and a "high-energy" atmosphere. They opened in December, and have already attracted quite a following. The food is nicely prepared and presented, and the prices are very reasonable. The menu is southern Italian. There's an open kitchen and they seemed to be doing quite a business with wood-oven pizza, too. We shared two appetizers -- a large antipasto, which could have been a meal in itself, and an order of baked clams (sopped up the deliciously garlicky pan juices with less-than-memorable bread) -- and we should have stopped there. Our entrees were ample and delicious as well. After dinner, guests are treated to a glass of limoncello, compliments of the house.

            They don't take reservations, and, as I said, the place is small. One of the problems is that people waiting for tables have nowhere to really wait, and may find themselves bumping into guests who are seated at their tables. We arrived at about 6:30 on a Friday evening, and were seated pretty quickly, but there were folks standing, waiting for tables throughout the 2 hours we were there. I'll definitely return. Limoncello meets my definition of "neighborhood Italian" and BYO gives it lots of points in my book. Considering that Fiorello's is overpriced and their food isn't anything special, Limoncello will be my new go-to Italian in WC.

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            1. re: CindyJ

              I know that this is a reply to an old post, but.....

              Limoncello will be expanding. They are closing for @ 2 weeks at the end of August & will be breaking through the wall to the place next door. It will more than double their space. I have also heard that they will be getting a liquor lisence. The plan (I think) will to retain the restaurant as a byob on weekdays, with the bar open on weekends.