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Jun 9, 2011 07:37 AM

Family-Friendly Brandywine?

Hi Chowhounders!

I'm doing a long weekend in the Brandywine valley next weekend for my wife's birthday. We're staying a little north of Wilmington and will be hitting up the usual Brandywine & Wilmington attractions. The question is: where to eat?

We will have our kids (4 and 7) along, so family-friendly is a plus, though we're willing to be adventurous. We could use recs for both lunch and dinner spots, and are willing to travel off the beaten path a little for an excellent meal. Any ideas?

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  1. Just off the top of my head:

    For lunch, two Andrew Wyeth favorites:
    Hank's Place in Chadds Ford:
    Jimmy John's in West Chester:

    In Kennett Square, the Half Moon has a kids menu ( There's also El Ranchero for Mexican and you can't miss La Michoacana ( for ice cream.

    I'm hard-pressed to think of any family-friendly place in Wilmington that's not a chain. There's always Charcoal Pit ( which is a Wilmington classic but there are better places for burgers and ice cream.

    8 Replies
    1. re: MrRuffles

      Steer well clear of Charcoal Pit.

      What do you your kids like to eat? How are they in new settings/restaurants? What sort of interesting foods do they like to eat?

      1. re: scoopG

        The kids do pretty well, both in terms of new food and behaving themselves. The main things I'd want to avoid for them are 1) too fancy and 2) too noisy.

        1. re: nbruinooge

          Brandywine prime is a nice sort of steakhouse in Chadds Ford. Not noisy, not too fancy. Plenty of stuff my kids wouldve eaten on the menu.

          Agree with Hank's.

          1. re: gfweb1

            The Charcoal Pit (on Rt. 202) is a great choice. Also if your kids like Americanized Tex Mex, the Border Cafe near Christiana Mall is a great place to take kids but be forewarned, it's louder than loud. Kids are OK at the Half Moon in Kennett but I seem to recall that their kids menu is very limited. If your little eaters like excellent "gourmet" burritos, soft tacos, and quesadillas, El Diablo in Trolley Square in Wilmington is appealing. They can do citrus pork, lamb, short rib and others with as many or as few additions as you like. Finally, depending on your arrival time, you may want to take them to the St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington (if you go early!)

            Charcoal Pit
            714 Greenbank Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808

            1. re: bluehensfan

              Charcoal Pit is disgusting. It might have been good, in 1960. Avoid it at all costs. Much better options at the Hollywood Grill or Lucky's (on 202) for breakfasts, burgers etc. Then if you want ice cream pop in to Sweet Lucy's. Christiana Mall is miles from Brandywine and the north Wilmington area. Corner Bistro, Yi Palace for Chinese and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza are all family friendly joints.

              1. re: scoopG

                What's disgusting about the Charcoal Pit? Sure the bugers are frozen but the food's decent for what it is...

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  Has to be Wilmington's worst burger IMO.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    I'm with you, bluehensfan. I enjoy their burgers and my toddler loves the place.

      2. Can you be more specific on "the usual Brandywine & Wilmington attractions?" It's a big area, and there are a lot of things to do. If you have ideas on where you will be, it will be easier to come up with suggestions of nearby places to eat.

        1. I wish I could be more helpful, but if you find yourself in the Newark area, take the kids for some farm fresh ice cream at Woodside Farm Creamery. They close at 9:00 pm everyday. The kids can see the cows, enjoy a beautiful working dairy farm and mom and dad can kick back and let the kids roam on the large grassy area.

          Woodside Farm Creamery
          1310 Little Baltimore Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707

          7 Replies
          1. re: genevapics

            And they are having a pig roast on June 25th from 1 to 8 PM at Woodside Creamery. Now all we need is for them to bring back the M&M swirl flavor this year!

            1. re: bluehensfan

              Woodside pig roast??? Sounds great--where did you find the info for that? (Their website doesn't list anything.)

                1. re: neww22DE

                  Thanks! We will be there! I love Woodside.

                2. re: travelmad478

                  I am actually on Woodside Farms email list and they sent it out a while back... They do have a 10% off your order coupon sent out just about every mailing....

                  Woodside Farm
                  1310 Little Baltimore Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707

                    1. re: travelmad478

                      Great! Here are more details from the mailing:

                      Fire Company Appreciation Day!
                      JUNE 25th, 1-8pm, RAIN OR SHINE!
                      This year, it's a PIG ROAST!

                      We'll have fire equipment on display, kids activities, pork dinners for sale as well as
                      COW PIE BINGO TICKETS!
                      (Tickets will be $5 a piece, all proceeds go to the Fire Company. Woodside donates the $500 prize for the winner!)
                      Check the stand soon for ticket sales and game rules, regulations etc.
                      You will NOT need to be present to win so get your tickets soon!
                      *ALSO don't forget that becaue it's a Saturday we'll have local Bluegrass& Old Time Music players here to entertain your ears while WE entertain your taste buds!

            2. Thanks to everyone for their comments!

              Our weekend was a success. We hit up Hank's Place for lunch on Saturday, Iron Hill Brewery in West Chester for supper. Sunday breakfast was Kozy Korner in Wilmington, supper at La Ranchero in Kennett Square followed by ice cream at La Michoacana. Those were all the successes.

              We meant to get out to Woodside Farm but ran out of time. We'll save it for the next visit!

              Kozy Korner Restaurant
              906 N Union St, Wilmington, DE 19805

              Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
              710 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

              Woodside Farm
              1310 Little Baltimore Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707