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Brandywine Valley---Where to Eat, What to do?

Hi All,
I'll be staying in the Brandywine Valley (in the Longwood Gardens area) and I'd love some advice on some good dining you've had in the region. Looking for some good lunch and dinner places. In particular we enjoy American (eclectic and traditional), French, Italian, Cuban, Brazilian, Afternoon Tea, Continental, etc...
(no steakhouses, Indian, Chinese, or Mexican).

What places did you enjoy (or not enjoy), what was your dining experience like?

Also, if you've been there, I'd appreciate your feedback on some fun things to do in the general area. (I already know about Longwood Gardens, Winterthur and the Brandywine River Museum.)

Thanks for your help! Looking forward to your feedback.

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  1. I absolutely love the Orchard, a very high scale BYO. It is located very close to Longwood Gardens, the service is impeccable and the food amazing (I remember a great cod there). The 1st time I went, the chef actually came to discuss another side dish option with a customer, just because the guy did not like risotto. I remember the chef concluding with "I will be creative", I thought this was awesome!

    503 Orchard Ave, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348, Tel: (610) 388-1100

    1. Thanks! I'll have to try looking it up online too. Would you happen to know a site for Brandywine that displays menus?

      Forgot-- Would like to add SEAFOOD to my list of types of dining I enjoy.

      Any more great suggestions?

      1. Check out the Half Moon Restaurant www.halfmoonrestaurant.com and Sovana Bistro www.sovanabistro.com in Kennett Square. Both offer great seafood while the first offers a lot of gamey items and the second has Italian items and very good broccoli rabe. Longwood Gardens is great, Winterthur is good, and the Brandywine River Museum is just ok. But across the street is a little place called Hank's that has decent breakfasts.

        1. I am not aware of any sites that would display menus... I have, however, been to the Half Moon, which is also nice, though not upscale like The Orchard. They have all kinds of meats there, like kangaroo, I believe... You can ask to be seated upstairs, which shoudl be nice in the summer (outside).

          1. You must go to VaLa Vineyards in Avondale. Besides amazing italian varieties of wine, they offer a wine and "local food" tasting. For only $5, you get to sample some delicous wine and each wine is paired with local cheese, mushrooms, chocolates. The family that runs the vineyardis extremely nice, it is a beautiful setting. Also, on weekends in the summer, they have a BBQ stand outside with delicous sdandwiches of salmon, brisket, pulled pork, etc. Just buy a bottle wine, pixck up a few sandwiches and some cheeses, and sit on their outside deck and look out over the amazing view of the vineyards. Life does not get any better than that!