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esperada Jun 23, 2008 08:24 PM

I'm looking for recommendations for a nice place to eat al fresco in King of Prussia, mainline, west chester or somewhere off Rt 3 between West Chester and Havertown. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS!

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  1. rabidog RE: esperada Jun 23, 2008 09:13 PM

    EEK! that's a tall order. hrm, you've got mckenzie's and meredith's off the top of my head. fine for drinks. spinach + artichoke dip at mckenzie's is pretty decent putting them first in the running. but there is a real void here.

    my REAL advice, since you do say *any* suggestions, is to head down to the intersection of routes 3 and 252 in newtown square, get yourself a hoagie from a cut above deli, and do like i do and picnic in between cars in the parking lot. probably not exactly what you were looking for, but it's damn good i promise!

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      Decker RE: esperada Jun 24, 2008 05:28 AM

      I would suggest 333 Belrose in Radnor. They have great food and a nice porch for al fresco dining. You can google their website and if you go, make sure someone orders the Java Pork Tenderloin.

      1. PattiCakes RE: esperada Jun 24, 2008 07:49 AM

        The Desmond (hotel & conference center) used to have some great evening deals -- oldies nights? -- out on the big deck off their bar/restaurant. Might be worth looking into.

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          PattiCakes RE: PattiCakes Jun 24, 2008 07:59 AM

          Here are the links:

          for their special events: http://www.desmondgv.com/events/index...

          for the Sunset Grille (outdoor dining): http://www.desmondgv.com/dining/sunse...

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            rabidog RE: PattiCakes Jun 24, 2008 05:25 PM

            desmond's balcony is gorgeous but their food is atrocious, IMO. i steer clear of them unless i'm invited to a company-paid function. they really need to work on that.

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            nevets RE: esperada Jun 24, 2008 06:18 PM

            Brasserie 73 in Skippack Village and Zacharias Creekside (Worcester) both have outdoor dining.

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              sageblue RE: esperada Jun 24, 2008 07:59 PM

              A few of the chains in KoP have outdoor seating: Maggiano's, Bahama Breeze, and Champps. Speaking of chains, the Iron Hill in Phoenixville has a patio. If you'd like to actually eat relatively decent food, the Black Lab in Phoenixville also has some tables outside.

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                the dog ate my homework RE: esperada Jun 25, 2008 05:27 PM

                Taquet at The Wayne Hotel right on Lancaster Avenue has beautiful porch seating. French menu but not too fussy. The only drawback is they do not take reservations for outdoor dining (indoor, yes).

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                  PattiCakes RE: the dog ate my homework Jun 26, 2008 05:30 AM

                  The latest issue (July 2008) of Philadelphia Magazine has dining al fresco in Philly & the 'burbs as its cover story.

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                    bluehensfan RE: PattiCakes Jun 26, 2008 07:11 AM

                    Rumor has it that they have seating out back at Maia in Villanova, but I am sure that there's not much of a view (execpt possibly the blue route).

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                      the dog ate my homework RE: bluehensfan Jun 26, 2008 02:53 PM

                      There's really nIce outdoor seating at the upstairs Maia: about 7 or 8 tables with market umbrellas. This is the part of the restaurant with the fish menu.

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                        Buckethead RE: the dog ate my homework Jun 26, 2008 03:06 PM

                        The view does suck, though.

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                  ddeblasi RE: esperada Jun 29, 2008 08:39 PM

                  Check out the July 2008 Issue of Philadelphia magazine that focused on the Best in Outdoor Dining in the city and towns around Philly.


                  Per your areas:
                  Westchester: Blue Pear Bistro, Avalon, Dilworthtown Inn, Coyote Crossing
                  Main Line - Taquet in Wayne, Maia in Villanova, 333 Belrose in Radnor, Pond in Radnor on King of Prussia Road


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