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dmjuli Jul 20, 2007 12:25 PM

Will be going to the Brandywine area next weekend. I have already searched this board and the mid-atlantic board for recommendations. Does any one have any new information on restaurants in the area. I am looking for any cuisine and different price ranges for all meals. We will be staying at the Hilton near Delaware Park. Thanks!

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  1. AmblerGirl RE: dmjuli Jul 20, 2007 12:48 PM

    My favorite afternoon in the Brandywine area would consist of heading over to VaLa Vineyard in Avondale. They offer a wine and local food pairing where you sample some of their fantastic italian style wine (some of the best in PA) and pair it with local cheese, local mushrooms, belgian chocolate, fresh honey and other yummy things. Most summer weekends they have a fantastic barbeque truck on side. After sampling, buy a bottle of wine, a few sandwiches, and maybe some local cheese and sit on their back purch overlooking the wineyard. Best afternoon ever!

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      bluehensfan RE: AmblerGirl Jul 20, 2007 04:26 PM

      Don't laugh but the Border Cafe located almost across the street up North Rt. 7 (towards the other entrance to Delaware Park) about 1/2 mile has excellent inexpensive Mexican cuisine, especially the grilled Salmon San Sebastian and all the chips and salsa you can devour.

      Also, very good up 20 minutes to the north is Talula's Table in Kennett Square where they serve gourmet take-out from the folks who created Django.

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        jessicheese RE: bluehensfan Jul 24, 2007 08:10 AM

        I have to second that. I was sent there by chowhounds and it's now one of my favorites. Very inexpensive, very tasty, great margaritas and close to your hotel. Look for the big sign that says EAT.

        For sandwiches I really like Pure Bread which is similar to Panera. If you head west on Churchman's Marsh Rd, it's a 1/2 mile down in a plaza with the Home Depot and Bugaboo Creek. Great sandwiches. Get something on the cheddar bread.

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          dmjuli RE: jessicheese Aug 2, 2007 12:31 PM

          We went to VaLa for the wine tasting and the bbq-Highly recommended.
          Had a lovely dinner at Sovana, lunch at Hank's place and another dinner at Borders. The margaritas were great.
          Thanks again for all the recommendations.

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            bluehensfan RE: dmjuli Aug 2, 2007 06:51 PM

            Glad you liked the Border Cafe. What's with this BBQ truck though (and what do they serve and when...!)

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              sballard RE: bluehensfan Aug 2, 2007 07:53 PM

              I was actually there this past Saturday for the first time. What a great vineyard. Loved their wines, and can't wait to go back. The BBQ truck guy was there. From what I understand he is there most Saturdays during the Summer. He is the chef of a restaurant in the area, but I forget the name. When we were there he had smoked leg of lamb, smoked turkey, brisket, and something else that I forget. My wife and I both got the smoked leg of lamb sandwiches, and they were excellent. Next time though, I think we'll stop by Tallulas to pick up some side dishes to go with the sandwhiches. They didn't serve them with any sides.

              I believe the restaurant the guy is from is on Rt. 1, near Chaddsford Winery.

              -Shawn

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                dmjuli RE: sballard Aug 3, 2007 04:48 AM

                The four of us were at VaLa on Saturday too. We had a Turkey, leg of lamb, sausage and pork sandwich. I managed to drop my sandwich when we were getting a bottle of wine. The BBQ guy replaced my sandwich free of charge. What a nice guy!

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                  bluehensfan RE: dmjuli Aug 18, 2007 05:05 PM

                  I stopped by today for BBQ at VaLa but no truck! What time is he/she there anyway?

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      tetellita RE: dmjuli Aug 19, 2007 01:10 PM

      I absolutely *love* Sovana Bistro (http://www.sovanabistro.com/) where I had the best roast chicken EVER (it's free range from Lancaster County). I am not so impressed with Talula's Table, although everyone here seems to rave about the place. I find the food way over-priced!

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