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Downingtown - last date before kids

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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!

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  1. 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/
    Avalon www.avalonrestaurant.net/
    Gilmore's www.gilmoresrestaurant.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/

      1. re: isadorasmama

        Have not been to the Olive Tree - but it does look intriguing.