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Restaurants near Wayne/Main Line

bigcmd Sep 13, 2011 07:26 AM

We are a group of 5 college friends having a reunion Columbus Day weekend and staying a one person's house in Wayne. I am looking for recommendations for dinner and great food $50 or less. We are middle aged and open to all cuisines.

  1. nfo Sep 13, 2011 11:54 AM

    I'd recommend Theresa's Next Door. Belgian food, with a great beer selection. I've only been once, but I'll be back. Bone marrow, mussels, and ribs were all very good. Creme brulee was pretty standard.

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    1. re: nfo
      bigcmd Sep 13, 2011 05:41 PM

      Thanks. Belgian food is an interesting idea.

      1. re: nfo
        Delucacheesemonger Sep 14, 2011 05:03 AM

        Excellent recommendation,even have a cheese plate of some renown.

      2. c
        cook262 Sep 14, 2011 05:46 AM

        I also like Theresa's Next Door and it is a good option but it can be noisy and there aren't many tables. Don't think they take reservations but not sure. There are also several other restaurants on Wayne Ave to consider. I wouldn't recommend Christopher's (too kid-oriented for your group) or Xilantro (went with a group of 8 and it was really average food at high prices and VERY noisy) but I do like Matador. Have only been there once but enjoyed the meal. Don't know how noisy it can get but I went with a friend and we were upstairs in a corner and conversation was easy and food was good. Other suggestions in Wayne would be Azie on Main and White Dog Cafe (have read complaints about noise but been there 3 times with 4 or 5 and never an issue for us). Haven't been to the Margaret Kuo's in Wayne for years as the service was so very slow but if you aren't in a rush, maybe that would be an option too. One of my favorites is Mayuree Cafe, in Devon, which is Thai food. Pretty reasonably priced and good flavors but can be very slow service so go knowing that. We actually go for lunch as very few others are there then. This gives you a few more ideas.

        Whatever you choose, I'd suggest a reservation.

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        1. re: cook262
          bigcmd Sep 14, 2011 11:26 AM

          Thank you for all the suggestions. I will certainly pick at least one for this group. We enjoy getting together so much that we don't mind slow service.

          1. re: bigcmd
            Chefpaulo Sep 14, 2011 03:10 PM

            Agree with all of the above on the noise factor. Reports of Xilantro's $8 club soda with lime was a total turn off. Matador is good but acoustics are bright.
            Margaret Kuo offers quiet elegance in both the downstairs Chinese themed service and upstairs Japanese theme. Call and explain what you would like and I'm sure she will accommodate.

        2. k
          katsak Sep 15, 2011 04:57 AM

          +1 Mayuree. It's one of my favorites and it's BYOB. Least noisy of all places mentioned so you can have a conversation and you can usually linger as long as you like.

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          1. re: katsak
            bigcmd Sep 15, 2011 07:29 AM

            Sounds great. I know we will definitely eat Asian one night. I am also thinking about Sola one night even though it might be over budget.

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