Downingtown - last date before kids
OK, the wife and I are going to dinner and a movie (we have free passes) in Downingtown /Thorndale/Coatsville this weekend, near where my parents live. They are watching our 2 year old, but this is the last time we'll be able to go out just the two of us for quite a while because a 1 year old foster kid is arriving in our home next weekend.
So we're looking for something good, but not insanely expensive or formal since we won't have a huge amount of time -maybe 1.5-2 hours tops. I want to avoid the chains, but if there's something that sticks out where I've never been, I'd consider it.
I'm counting on SE PA chowhounders to come up with something!
If you need to be in Downingtown, Fiorvanti http://www.fioravantibyob.com/ or Alegria http://www.allegria-pa.com/ are my recommendations. If you can venture a little outside D-town, there are a number of excellent options in West Chester, Malvern and the surrounding area. In West Chester:
High Street Caffe www.highstreetcaffe.com/
are three of my favorites.
If you'd like someplace a little less formal, 4 dogs tavern www.thebrandywine.com/dine/fourdog/fo... in Marshalton has a great old chester county atmosphere, decent food with a lot of comfort.
There is always Birchrunville in Chester Springs, but you probably won't get a reservation in the next two months. birchrunvillestorecafe.com/