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jmol11 Apr 21, 2010 03:23 PM

Hello foodies! Going to my nephew's graduation at Villanova; heading into the area a day early and looking for recommendations for a great meal with good atmosphere (as it will be a mini family reunion). Quality key, price not a factor as long as food is worth it. Any suggestions? Thanks (Posted this in Philadelphia board also, but just realized Villanova is outside of Philly).

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  1. vicarious RE: jmol11 Apr 22, 2010 08:32 AM

    For a great meal, I would head to Sola in Bryn Mawr, but it's a small BYO. For atmosphere (beautiful landscaping and swans swimming in a pond) Floret is great, but it's new, so I don't really know about the food, Other options to consider: Azie in Villanova, Savona in Gulph Mills, and 333 Belrose, Susanna Foo, and Fleming's in Radnor.

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      cook262 RE: jmol11 Apr 22, 2010 03:12 PM

      I would definitely consider Azie on Main. It's VERY close to Villanova and I've had several really good meals there. My other suggestion would be Tango in Bryn Mawr....only about 5 minutes away...I do also agree with vicarious's suggestions of 333 Belrose and Susanna Foo. Haven't been to the others. Also owned by Azie on Main (and essentially next to it) is Mixx. I haven't been there but my friends often meet there for lunch and they keep going back. I know Savona is supposed to be wonderful but we went to a fancy event catered by them and the food was so awful I haven't been willing to try the restaurant.

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        Whinerdiner RE: jmol11 Apr 23, 2010 12:53 PM

        Verdad in Bryn Mawr is terrific. It would be perfect for a family get together as the food is served Tapas style and is perfect for sharing. We just discovered it, and already it's our new favorite.

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          norman olson RE: jmol11 Apr 25, 2010 08:27 AM

          Do not go to Floret. New chef there only 4 days, Meal a disaster. Maybe they will get it sorted out but for now, stay away!

          1. paychecktoday RE: jmol11 Apr 26, 2010 11:24 AM

            I would say try mikado/thai pepper in ardmore on rt 30. they are owned by the same people who run azie and mixx.

            1. Mawrter RE: jmol11 Apr 28, 2010 09:15 PM

              Get as far away from campus as possible b/c graduation weekend is BEDLAM. All the local food establishments brace themselves for the onslaught and pray to keep up with the huge groups, with the unrelenting volume, and for it to be over.

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                Brianne920 RE: Mawrter Apr 29, 2010 05:12 AM

                Agreed (from a 2006 graduate).Especially with an event that will be a "mini-family reunion," where I am sure you would like to hear each other talk, a restaurant in the city or further out in the suburbs (Blue Bell, Ambler, etc.) might be a better choice. If that is not possible- and you can get a reservation- I think Tango has good enough food and might be alright for a group that size.

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                  jmol11 RE: Brianne920 Jun 3, 2010 03:22 PM

                  Thanks all for your suggestions! Went to Verdad, and loved it! The food was fantastic with a very creative menu. My only complaint was that the Tortilla Espanola seemed a little undercooked, but only one complaint out of 16 tapas from a table of ladies? I think that's a compliment. haha Would recommend Verdad!

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