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Oct 30, 2006 04:41 PM

SO Dinner in Kennet Sqaure

In a week, my SO and I will be taken out to dinner in Kennett Square for his birthday. I was asked by his family to make a dinner reccomendation as I am a vegetarian and they weren't sure where to go.

Looking for a place with good food and at least one or two options for a vegetarian. Planning on eating around 8 on a Tuesday.

Price and decor aren't everything, but would prefer neither a hole in the wall or an extremely expensive dinner option.

What do you suggest?

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  1. Sovana Bistro has good broccoli rabe but I am not sure how vegetarian friendly the establishment is. You may want to call them directly and see what they have on the menu these days. Another option is the Orchard, but it is very pricey, and the Half Moon is too gamey for what you are looking for.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      I would have to agree suggesting The Orchard! Hands down the finest around but disagree that it is "very pricey". Dinner at the Outback and Sovana Bistro will cost you the same if not more... and at the same price range I would rather be seated at The Orchard in elegant comfort rather than standing in line holding my wine or a beeper waiting for the next available table. The choice is yours... which would you choose?

      1. re: chowmaven

        I've never been to Orchard, and that's primarily because of the reports I've heard about "snooty" waitstaff, high prices and outrageous corkage fees. The restaurant is situated practically within walking distance of where I live, but, prior to seeing your post, I haven't been moved to try it out.

    2. My family has been to Sovana and didn't find much as far as vegetarian fare.

      Any other ideas? Are any of the mexican restaurants a good match?

      1. Is Taqeria Morro Leon too casual?

        1. When you say vegetarian, are you vegan?

          Sovana Bistro:
          If you're vegan, pasta.
          If you eat cheese, pizza.

          1. My issue with Sovana lies in a previous post I made several months ago. A very good friend who I trust did not enjoy their meal there. I was hoping there MIGHT be another suggestion in Kennett. I've also heard that the chef from Django left in August.

            My previous post:

            "Friends of mine dined at Sovana this weekend and had a bad meal. They said service was terrible and the food was only so-so. In fact, they saw the chef from Django in the kitchen, but he wasn't cooking at all.

            It took them a long time to be seated, the bread served was paper thin, they never received water. They were charged a corkage fee but were served wine in cheap glasses. One of them was given a dish they didn't order and when they needed a new one it took a LONG time to get it, yet they were nonetheless charged for the dish they didn't order or eat.

            Lastly, the calamari dish LaBan loved so much, was apparently rediculously overdressed and inedible.

            It wasn't cheap either. It's a shame to go to an upscale restaurant and not get upscale service.

            I guess I am not going to try it. "

            Oh, and I am vegetarian. Not vegan.

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            1. re: saturninus

              It's unfortunate that your friend had such a bad experience at Sovana Bistro. I dine there, on average, 2-3 times a month. I did find that the wait time for a table increased considerably right after Craig LaBan's 3-bell review, but now that the hoopla has died down, it's not so bad. I'm wondering if your friend's experience occurred at about that time. The restaurant had more customers than it could handle for a while.

              I really enjoy the food there, and often make a meal of "small plates" -- a combination of appetizers, or a salad and an appetizer portion of pasta. I do object to the $5 corkage fee, but I'm glad to have the BYO option.