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Restaurant Recommendations in Kennett Square

saturninus Dec 9, 2008 02:19 PM

I often visit my SO's famiy in Kennett Square, but we never know where to eat!

I realize Talulah's Table is there, but am looking for Chowish recommendations of all cuisine types and cost, as long as the food is delicious. Everything from a diner to a high-end restaurant.

Please let me know your recommendations and thoughts on those restaurants!

Because it is a small area we are always willing to drive a bit.

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  1. bluehensfan Dec 9, 2008 03:31 PM

    Far and away the best in Kennett is Sovana Bistro. I highly recommend it...it's a bit pricy but well worth it! http://www.sovanabistro.com

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    1. re: bluehensfan
      spyturtle008 Dec 11, 2008 05:30 AM

      Yet another vote for Sovana -- it is also BYO (small corkage fee -- I think they've started selling as well). One of my favorite outings is a trip to Va La Vineyards for a wine tasting, pick up a bottle of whatever strikes my palate while I'm there, and then heading over to Sovana with it. Hands down the best place in the area for a nice night out.

      1. re: bluehensfan
        RocketJSquirrel Feb 17, 2009 07:15 AM

        Sovana Bistro is also my recommendation. Four of us had a very nice lunch there about a month ago. Great for BYO, also.
        It is extremely difficult to get a reservation at Talula's, but the takeout market is easily accessible and has about the best takeout you can get anywhere. It is a little expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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        bignickpsu Dec 9, 2008 04:51 PM

        Taqueria Moroleon is a popular spot among Chowhounds for Mexican. It looks like a hole in the wall from the outside but they have really good, reasonable Mexican dishes.

        I am a big fan of Giordano's for a sports bar/casual dining night. Decent Italian dishes, sandwiches, pizza, and my favorite strombolis and calzones of all time.

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          keby Dec 10, 2008 01:45 AM

          I totally agree on both Sovana & Moroleon. If you want casual microbrews and possibley some kind of game meat, try Half Moon, or down the road towards 202, The Gables for good fish and cool ambiance

          1. CindyJ Dec 10, 2008 06:12 PM

            Sovana Bistro is my top pick, too. Taqueria Moroleon has good Mexican food, huge portions at very reasonable prices, and it's BYO. But don't go there if you're looking for ambiance! In Kennett Square, Portabello's (just across the street from Talula's Table) has fairly decent Italian food. The portions are large enough to be shared. It's also BYO.

            1. CindyJ Dec 11, 2008 08:13 AM

              Another thought -- the Blue Pear Bistro is definitely worth a visit. It's just next door to the Dilworthtown Inn, not more than a 10-15 minute scenic drive from Kennett. The food is nicely prepared and presented, they have a creative menu that includes small plates, and the ambiance is cozy. http://bluepearbistro.com/

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                pisforpaigexo Jan 7, 2009 12:06 PM

                For more upscale dining, the Orchard and Simon Pierce are delicious. Both are more expensive, but their perfect for a special occasion. Floga Bistro, by Genuardis, is also very delicious (its BYO). You have to order the Seafood Soup. Kings Island has really good chinese. Sunrise Cafe is really good for breakfast and light lunches. it's really cute and really fresh. I personally don't like Giordanos. I think it's a little boring. Half Moon has really interesting appitizers and is a great place to grab a drink and share food with friends. Their game burgers were featured an a Travel Chanel Special about Hamburgers!

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                  itown Jan 7, 2009 12:31 PM

                  Don't forget about Hank's Place right off of Baltimore Pike... I think technically in Chadds Ford, but go there for a great breakfast. Keep in mind the line usually wraps out the door on a weekend morning!

                  1. Rondo Jan 9, 2009 08:03 AM

                    If you don't mind a 15 to 20 minute drive through the beautiful countryside that is Unionville, may I suggest The Whip. Have been there several times and have yet to be disappointed.

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                      bmcdeepak Feb 14, 2009 05:13 PM

                      Yes, the Whip, Moro Leon...good and "ethnic". One's en English pub...complete with vinegar with fries and weekend Rugby/soccer games, the other pretty down home decent Mexican. Great tamales...we often stop by and load up on a couple dozen for the freezer.

                      Also, Just west of downtown West Chester is Don Gabriel's...mexican and even more downhome than ML...with a grocery store attached.

                      Oh, the legendary Jimmy John's....great place to stop by for lunch...your basic hot dog/hamburger (all served on the same roll!) and toy train set ups for kids to enjoy.

                      And, another decent but often overlooked strip mall place is Red Sombrero...great! in Dilworthown Plaza (202 & Dilworthtowm RD).

                      Blue Pear has already been mentioned...should also put in a special vote for the D-Town Inn (VERY EXPENSIVE...for a special occasion..not for this economy!)

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                      doggydaddy Feb 14, 2009 07:55 AM

                      OMG! I'm a new regular at Challie's Famous Grille. Every time I go there, I order something different........always surprised and pleased. Great prices, nice portions. BYOB...no corkage fees or convience charges. Sometimes I bring a nice bottle of wine or just my favorite six-pack. Very kid friendly

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                      1. re: doggydaddy
                        CindyJ Feb 16, 2009 09:15 AM

                        Has Challie's changed at all in the last year or so? I was there maybe 2-3 times, and was always underwhelmed at the food and service, which was always mediocre at best.

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