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Jun 11, 2014 03:38 PM

Lunch on way to Longwood Gardens...with young kids

We will be driving from Pitman NJ to Longwood Gardens. Looking for a place to stop for lunch on the way. Any cuisine is fine. Boys are 4 and 5, so needs to be family friendly. But I'm not looking for nuggets and mac and cheese either.


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  1. Longwood Family Restaurant is right outside the Gardens. I've not eaten there, but it might fit your bill.

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    1. re: sal_acid

      I think that may be a little too casual for my MIL. She is leaning towards Savona Bistro...just trying to figure out if kids are welcome as I don't see a kids menu listed.

      My boys are great eaters...almost anything goes. They love things from sushi to hummus to burgers.

      MIL is more into your American and/or Italian but with a leaning towards local and organic.

      Found out we will be coming over the Commodore Barry. I'm not familiar with the area and didn't know if we would go via Wilmington or not.

      1. re: rizzo0904

        Savona is fine, not exactly on the way to Longwood, probably 15 minutes away.

        1. re: sal_acid

          Thanks. Emailed them to find out about a kids menu. $15 for a pizza for my 4 year old will be hard to swallow if they don't.

          1. re: sal_acid

            ...probably closer to 5 minutes from Longwood, sal, but it is beyond Longwood.

      2. What about Half Moon? Reviews seem a bit mixed. Anyone been recently?

        1. Haven't been here yet, but this place got good reviews elsewhere on CH. It's right near the intersection of Rt 202 and US-1.

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          1. re: truman

            My kids would love the apple and cheese sandwich. I'll see if my mother in law will buy off on it. Thanks.

          2. Got it figured out, thanks! Inlaws will dine at Sovana Bistro, we'll take the kids to Farmer's Road. Thinking we may take it to go and picnic at Brandywine Battlefield. It'll depend on weather.


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            1. re: rizzo0904

              An alternative would be the food at Longwood. They have 2 places.the server style fancy rest and the cafeteria.

              Surprisingly, it's good for all and beer is also available. The cafeteria side might be better with kids and the selection is usually nice and you can always sit outside.

              Many of the things if not all are made there.definitely not you ordinary "museum food"

              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                Mother in law doesn't "like" the food at Longwood. We've eaten there before...I think I remember enjoying chicken pot pie.

                1. re: rizzo0904

                  what a shame.........most of their stuff is really good. The prob with your "idea" is Sovanna is about 12 miles from painter's crossing. better to get subs from the place across the street from there (Sovanna's) for the kids( called Landhope).....wawa style. Longwood also has a picnic area............beyond the entrance, about 1/8 mile on the left

                  OR..........if they are more daring..........continue on down 82.....through the circle....and into the village of Unionville......after you pass the school, firestation, etc.and the intersection of 842 or whatever it is......keep going.about 1/2 mile.........on the a great BBQ place that looks like nothing.....Woods..the URA baseball fields are on the right. Really really good......and burgers and hotdogs and "stuff" are also available

                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                    I would LOVE to try that BBQ place, but it looks like the smoker only runs on weekends. During the week, pulled pork is the only 'que but not sure how they make it with the smoker shut down...crockpot?? We will be in the area often (FIL is ill) so that will be a place to hit in the future.

                    We are coming over the Commodore Barry, so Farmer's is on our way...Sovana is the out of the way eatery. She emailed last night and that is the ONLY place in the area she likes. Shrugs shoulders.

                    Our lunch will be much faster than theirs. Any ice cream shops or candy shops right there? I'll try google maps, but sometimes things don't show up.

                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      There is at least one I/C shoppe ( Friendlys) in the same plaza. I think there may still be a 2nd independent one too down near the movie theater.

                      OH.....and at 4 and 5 yrs of age, they.and you might enjoy Jimmy John's Hotdogs, a 1/4 mile further up 202 on the right. Dogs of well as other sandwiches and fries, but the appeal might also be the model trains that run all around the place and some that can be controlled (for a fee). JJ is an institution in these parts(NOT the chain!) and Mom&Dad can have fun explaining to the kids who Roy Rogers was...a good friend of the original owner with pictures of him all over the place

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                        I second the recommendation for Jimmy John's, particularly for young kids. Also recommend Giordano's off of Route 1 about 1/4 mile West of Longwood. Italian cuisine, good pizza and they have a kid's menu.

                          1. re: rizzo0904

                            I don't think so, they are a local family (Kennett Square PA)

                            1. re: elmdt1229

                              No.totally sep places.although they may be a distant relation......they are locals as Elmdt said

                      2. re: rizzo0904

                        You can get pulled pork and BBQ brisket at Hood's during the week, and both are delicious. I often do take-out for the meat (by the pound) and get rolls and cole slaw at the nearby Giant market.

                        I stopped at Farmers Road once -- I found it boring and overpriced.

                        1. re: rizzo0904

                          If you are looking for an ice cream place you cannot go wrong with La Michoacana in downtown Kennett Square. It's 5-10 minutes from Longwood and 5 minutes from Sovana, so maybe you can go there with the kids (then wander Kennett, which is cute and small) while you're waiting for your in-laws to finish eating at Sovana.

                  2. Here's another thought: if you want to stick to the Jersey side of things on the way there, what about The Red Hen? ( In Swedesboro just off 322 on the way to Longwood. It's the more "Family Friendly" half of Tavro 13, with a pretty nice menu that should please kids and adults alike.