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Good food near West Chester University

BFoodie Feb 4, 2012 11:43 AM

We'll be visiting WCU a couple of times and would love recs for good food. Any suggestions?

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    Buckethead RE: BFoodie Feb 4, 2012 12:16 PM

    Avalon BYO in West Chester. Also, if you like chocolate even a little bit, stop by Eclat and pick up a few varieties, they are incredible.

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      BFoodie RE: Buckethead Feb 4, 2012 02:33 PM

      Thanks! Any good lunch spots in town?

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        Buckethead RE: BFoodie Feb 4, 2012 02:53 PM

        I'm not there very often, those two places are the only ones I have any recent experience with (except Gilmore's, which I'd recommend you skip).

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        genevapics RE: Buckethead Feb 6, 2012 01:10 AM

        How I have missed Eclat I don't know. The S.O. will be thrilled to hear about this place! Thanks for the heads up Buckethead. I might need to venture over there for a little Valentine surprise package.

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          CindyJ RE: genevapics Feb 6, 2012 06:04 AM

          If you haven't been to A Taste of Olive, which is on the same street as Eclat, it's worth a look-see. They've got a unique selection of olive oils and vinegars from all over -- and tasting, of course.

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            genevapics RE: CindyJ Feb 7, 2012 02:31 AM

            I have not been there either. Thank you for the info. I really need to go to West Chester on a Saturday morning, have breakfast and explore. Need to walk up and down the various streets and see what is there. A lot of these smaller places Eclat, Taste of Olive, et al. have flown under my radar for too long.

            I think what I will do (provided weather is favorable) is visit on Saturday when the West Chester Farmer's Market is open (1st & 3rd Sat of each month during the winter). Have breakfast, shop at the market and then explore the many side streets that I have seemed to overlook.

            Wonderful thread! Thank you all for the information and thanks to the O.P.

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              CindyJ RE: genevapics Feb 7, 2012 05:42 AM

              Sounds like a great plan. Make sure you stop in at Carlino's, too. Chances are, it'll inspire a home-cooked Italian dinner.

      3. RC51Mike RE: BFoodie Feb 4, 2012 02:33 PM

        Ditto on Eclat. Great chocolates. We frequent High Street Caffe for Cajun. Breakfast at Market Street Grill. Carlino's Market is fun for a variety of things.

        1. CindyJ RE: BFoodie Feb 5, 2012 08:16 AM

          Another vote for Avalon; I don't believe it's open for lunch. We also like Nonna's on Gay St.

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            genevapics RE: BFoodie Feb 6, 2012 01:03 AM

            If you are in town during the warmer months, stop by D'Ascenzo's Gelato. (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792968)

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              thymeoz RE: genevapics Feb 6, 2012 06:22 AM

              If you like Cajun and Creole food, High Street Caffe is consistently good. Personally, I'm fond of Market Street Grill, a very casual place with an excellent chef. I believe both restaurants are owned by the same people.

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                genevapics RE: thymeoz Feb 7, 2012 02:37 AM

                I tried this restaurant once several years ago and found it lacking. I now see where many posters, whose opinions I respect, have said that it serves good, consistent food. I also read where they have remodeled their bar area. Looks like I will need to give them another visit.

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              leepinleemur RE: BFoodie Feb 6, 2012 07:06 AM

              I like the lunch Italian buffet at Limoncello. I have enjoyed dinner there as well.

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                katesprings RE: leepinleemur Feb 6, 2012 12:14 PM

                Try Penn's Table for breakfast, it's great!

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                elmdt1229 RE: BFoodie Feb 6, 2012 03:59 PM

                I second the Limoncello recommendation both for lunch & dinner. Some other places for lunch to consider New Haven Pizza on Church St., Nudy's Cafe on Darlington St. and The Three Little Pigs Deli on High St. For dinner, try The Mediterranean - great lamb and hummus and Noddi Thai for, of course, Thai.

                1. smobron RE: BFoodie Feb 8, 2012 03:22 PM

                  you can't go wrong with High Street for lunch or dinner ......would also suggest Side Bar it is on Gay street and there is a parking lot right next to it great menu and relly good rotating beer selection ......Three little pigs probably the best soup in town on a regular basis ......Olive Branch is on the other end of Gay street but tasty tapas menu...Sarcones for the best sandwich in town

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