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Desperate in DownIngtown

Tommytd78 Dec 20, 2012 10:48 AM

Hi all, just moved to Downingtown, Pa from Bay Area. Trying to get my bearings, looks like high end restaurants are limited. Where should I be looking? Yelp seems worthless, is West Chester or Kennett Square my best bet? Just looking for some general ideas, butcher shops, cheese shops, coffee shops etc. Thx!!

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    elmdt1229 RE: Tommytd78 Dec 20, 2012 06:49 PM

    Try Wegman's on Route 30. Grower's Markets in West Chester and Kennett Square, Plethora of restaurants in WC - not sure they would be considered "high end" but Limoncello Restorante in WC, The Mediterranean, many people recommend Avalon. Taste of Olive for specialty olive oils and vinegars, Eclat for Chocolate - all in West Chester. Carlino's in West Chester for Italian items. Only went to Fiire Creek in Downingtown once but had a good experience.

    1. sal_acid RE: Tommytd78 Dec 20, 2012 06:58 PM

      Talula's Table in Kennett. Farmhouse in Avondale is OK.

      Avalon, Blue in WC area.

      Whip Tavern in Doe Run is a charming recreation of a Brit Pub.

      Country Butcher in Kennett is good for meats and specialty stuff.

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        CindyJ RE: sal_acid Dec 20, 2012 08:28 PM

        Did you mean Blue Pear?

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          sal_acid RE: CindyJ Dec 20, 2012 08:30 PM

          yes indeed. thanks

      2. CindyJ RE: Tommytd78 Dec 20, 2012 08:26 PM

        Coming from the Bay Area, you might be disappointed in the choices for groceries, gourmet foods and dining, but I'm sure you'll eventually find just what you're looking for. Wegmans in D'town is a great place to shop for cheese, prepared foods and many other things. Talula's Table in Kennett is a great place for cheese and I enjoy it for coffee, too. Talula's is also a unique place for dinner, but a reservation might leave you waiting for a year because there's only one table and you have to fill it with 8-12 people. The Country Butcher in Kennett has wonderful prime beef and provides great service if you need something special. For dining out, I'd recommend Sovana Bistro in Kennett.

        A word about Yelp -- and this is just my own personal opinion -- there might be some places in the country where Yelp is accurate and helpful, but this area isn't among them. I've found Chowhound to be the single most reliable source for anything food-related here in southeastern PA.

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          Joshmaxwell RE: Tommytd78 Dec 20, 2012 08:39 PM

          Hi Tommy, My name is Josh and I am the Mayor of Downingtown. Thanks to google alerts I saw your post. For groceries you want to try Kimberton Whole Foods on Pennsylvania Ave. For a great local place to grab a meal in a cool place, Station Taproom was just named the best new bar in Philadelphia. It's on W. Lancaster in Downingtown. You can't go wrong with Victory Brewing, a favorite in the Philly region either. In addition, if you like BYOBs, Jon Amann at Amani's had been ned the best Chef in Chester County for three years in a row. He uses lots of locally grown food. Any questions, shoot me an email. Jmaxwell@downingtown.org

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            Bacchus101 RE: Joshmaxwell Dec 21, 2012 06:01 AM

            Could you provide a reference for your comment "Station Taproom was just named the best new bar in Philadelphia"? Thanks

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              cwdonald RE: Bacchus101 Dec 21, 2012 06:04 AM

              Its from Philadelphia Magazine...


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                Bacchus101 RE: cwdonald Dec 21, 2012 08:16 AM

                Right, thanks cw: " Best Suburban Bar"!

          2. RC51Mike RE: Tommytd78 Dec 21, 2012 05:48 AM

            Victory and Station Taproom are two of our favorites. We regularly come up from Delaware to go to both. Second the recs on Carlino's, Whip and Eclat. In WC, High Street Caffe is our favorite for Cajun. Would also note Whole Foods is in Malvern, not far away.

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              danbee1 RE: Tommytd78 Dec 21, 2012 06:12 AM

              Try Foxfire at the Stone Barn in Kennett. Open for lunch and dinner on Thursday thru Saturday. BYOB (as are many local eateries). stonebarn.com.

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                CindyJ RE: danbee1 Dec 21, 2012 01:38 PM

                And for ambiance, it doesn't get better than Foxfire. They've got a HUGE stone fireplace in the main dining room. Also, unlike so many of the Chester County BYOs, there's no corkage fee at the Stone Barn. I think we might be going there on New Years Eve with a group of friends.

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                Tommytd78 RE: Tommytd78 Dec 21, 2012 08:01 AM

                Thank you everyone! Appreciate all the feedback, my high end comment was probably a bit misplaced, just looking for quality establishments with fresh ingredients.

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                  arepo RE: Tommytd78 Dec 23, 2012 02:51 AM

                  Avalon is a restaurant to consider in West Chester.

                  You've got a killer Wegman's nearby that covers butcher, cheese and coffee as well as superior produce and deli.

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