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Brandywine Valley restaurants

Staying in the area for two nights early September. Looking for advice on restaurants. Will take a small cut in food for ambiance. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Brandywine Valley restaurants

Here's a start:

Dilworthtown Inn - very romantic, menu heavy on lobster and steak

Brandywine Bistro - excellent food, decor is fine but nothing special from what I recall


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2. Re: Brandywine Valley restaurants

I read some of your restaurant reviews, and I definitely think you would enjoy Dilworthtown Inn. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time. But also consider their sister restaurant, right next door, Blue Pear Bistro. Much more casual (and 21st century), but ambience is great. Have cocktails on the big overstuffed sofas in the second-floor bar, then move to the (still very casual) dining room for some delicious small plates or full-sized entrees.

Our favorite place spring/summer/fall is The Gables in Chadds Ford, mostly because their outdoor patio is something really special. Stone walls, a waterfall, a very private feel despite the roadside location. Very interesting menu, too.

Other choices:

* Catherine's in Unionville is a BYO in a lovely setting with a very well-executed menu.

* Sovana Bistro in Willowdale is an unexpectedly excellent choice in a tiny little strip shopping center. But don't let the setting put you off -- amazing food, nice if noisy ambience. Ask to sit in the private dining room if it's not being used by a group, because it will be quieter.

* Have Sunday brunch at The Farmhouse in Toughkennamon. Lovely setting.

* Can't vouch for the food in the past couple years, but Simon Pearce on the Brandywine River has a lot going for it ambience-wise. Great view! Sometimes there's glassblowing to watch. Plus a very cool, quite pricey gift shop to browse. (Their table settings are all produced by this factory or others affiliated. We once figured out that each place setting in the restaurant, based on the price tags of the pottery and glass in the gift shop, was well over $500. That's per person, not the table!)

* Gilmore's in West Chester, also a BYOB. Exquisite food in a Victorian setting. (I hate Victorian, but always willing to overlook in this case.) The chef worked for many years at Le Bec Fin. Weekend reservations go fast, but weekdays are easier.

* The Whip Tavern: Definitely worth the drive in the countryside for lunch or a very casual dinner. Nice outdoor space, inside looks like an English Pub that's been there for the past 80 years, but it's only about 5 years old.

Hope you enjoy your stay in this part of PA. Glad to help with any other questions.

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3. Re: Brandywine Valley restaurants

Simon Pearce is better at lunch when prices are MUCH lower and you can actually see something out the window.

And you MUST check out the Mexican ice cream place in Kennett Square. Actually Kennett square is a neat town to walk around for an hour or so and less than 5 minutes from Longwood.

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Thanks for the great post....will definitely try several of these on our next rip to the Brandywine. We ended up at Simon Pearce and Deep Blue in Wilmington. The Simon Pearce web site is deceptive in that the restaurant shown is their place in Vermont. It was an amazing gift shop with prices to match. Found the ambiance to be very nice and the food was good. Deep Blue had very good food but I would recommend eating in the bar area rather than the main restaurant which was rather cold as regards furnishings.

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