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Aug 12, 2008 05:19 PM

Current recommendations in Brandywine

I will be going on vacation this sept. and am looking for all types of restaurants. Any type of cuisine, any price range. What would you recommend?
Thanks in Advance!

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  1. Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square gets my vote.

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    1. re: spyturtle008

      Talulah's Table in Kennett Square is very good. Bring your appointment book and your wallet because you'll need both (if you can find an opening!).

      1. re: bluehensfan

        Talulah's won't be available.. they are booked through next year. But they are a take out gourmet shop. Best thing would be to use them as an opportunity to have a great picnic and combine it with a visit to WIntherthur or Longwood Gardens.

    2. Its on the southern side of the Brandywine area, but the Whip Tavern is a wonderful authentic English pub, great atmosphere and food. Its off the beaten path but really a great place.

      Also, if you are in the Brandywine area, you must go to VaLa Vineyard. They offer an amazing wine and local food pairing, the second floor art gallery is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine.

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      1. re: AmblerGirl

        The Whip is a great suggestion; and a beautiful setting out surrounded by horse farms. It's very friendly and charming and I love the welsh rarebit there.

      2. Sovana's is great. Also try Hanks in Chadds Ford for a simple home-cooked breakfast (exepct a line on weekends), lunch or dinner (no liquor). Nearby is Brandywine Prime whose best deal is a cple of appetizers and cple of drinks if you're in a light mood. Just a mile down route 1 is The Gables, another good place.

        Now...for over the top, but one of the best meals on the East Coast, is the Dilworth Town Inn. Jackets are preferred, but not required, and with a good bottle of wine you'll be topping the $100/person limit, but as I said, it is superb.

        For somethiing more roadfood, try Jimmy John's on route 202 north, about a mile from the US 1 intersection. Hot Dogs, trains on the celing, nostalgia kitsch going back to 1940. Great trip, especially with kids or kids at heart.

        I used to like Sweet Basil (Thai), but think they are going downhill. Ming Garden (Painters Crossing, Rt1 and 202)) is coming up. There's also a PF Changs nearby if you like the chain.

        BTW.........if you are going to Longwood Gardens (You should!), the cafeteria there is actually excellent. Mostly sandwiches/soups, but fresh and wonderfully done. And yes, they let you buy airplane sized bottles of wine and beer. I like the self-serve cafeteria side better than the sit-down side.

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        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

          I have to disagree about the Dilworthtown Inn, I found it horrible. Definitely not the best meal on the east coast, it's not even as good as their more casual restaurant next door, the Blue Pear.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Sorry about that. I eat there 2-3 times a year and have always had an excellent meal. My wife and kids have gone to the Blue Pear( I haven't) and found it great. Neighbors around us have had mixed reaction to the Blue Pear. We lived about a mile away, and I cook for a living, so maybe my perception is different.

            What did you NOT like about the Dilworthtown Inn?

            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

              The dishes weren't particularly inspired (which I can excuse, the place is definitely an old-school fine dining establishment, so their guests have certain expectations). However, one of our entrees, a squash ravioli almost devoid of squash, was served with pine nuts that were bordering on rancid. The other entree was duck, which was way overcooked, despite my ordering it medium-rare. The apps (one was a beef carpaccio, I don't remember the other) were decent, but nothing special. This would have been a sub-par experience at my neighborhood BYO, let alone at the exorbitant prices they're charging at the Inn. I do like the Blue Pear though, so obviously there's some talent in the kitchen in that organization, it's just not at the Dilworthtown Inn.

              1. re: Buckethead

                Brandywine Prime has some of the best steaks I have ever had!!! I highly recommend them.

        2. I must admit I agree with 98% of what's posted here. I don't care much for Dilworthtown Inn, but great if your country club grandpapernts are in town kinda place. Also, 10 years ago I was going to get married there in their courtyard and canceled the wedding 5 days ahead of time- since moved on to a great guy. however, another reason I may not like the place.
          A pretty drive and not far is Krazy Kats at the Inn at Monchanin, that we enjoy food's an 8 or 9 but the location in beautiful in the summer.

          1. Somehow on a search here, I came across the name of a place in Wilmington called Domaine Hudson. I never heard of it, so haven't tried it. The review here said it was excellent. Anyone else been there?

            They also have a website

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            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

              It's very good. And they have a great wine selection bu the glass or two or four ounces, etc. Probably the best bet in downtown Wilmington if you ask me. If you think that your meal at the Dilworthtown was the best on the East Coast, then a meal at Domaine Hudson would be the best in the US at the very least, for comparison purposes.

              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                Domaine Hudson is one of my two favorite Wilmington restaurants. They offer a wonderful selection of small plates and wines by the glass. My other favorite is Moro. They're BOTH excellent!