Archive for May, 2006

Outdoor Dining on the Main Line and Western Philadephia Suburbs

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

One of my biggest gripes about the Philadelphia area in general is that there are not nearly enough places with outdoor seating (a few flimsy tables on the busy sidewalk hardly counts), and this applies even more so to the Main Line. This is especially irksome when visiting cities like Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Pittsburgh, all of which have generally colder weather than this area, yet far more choices for outdoor dining. However, this trend seems to be improving of late, so I’ve attempted to put together a list of the various options available. If you have any suggestions that we missed, add them via the comments section below.


Five Guys Comes to Gateway

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries has opened a franchise in Wayne’s (really KoP’s) Gateway Shopping Center. We typically stay away from chains, but a “Best of Philly” fries win has us intrigued. We just hope the “well done” only rule for burgers is just a rumor.

Update: Went to Five Guys, and yes it is true that you can’t order a burger anything but well done (although mine came with a little pink in the middle). Burgers are still pretty darn good though, and two quarter pound patties cost less than $5. Fries, on the other hand, are solid but outrageously expensive — $4 bucks for a “large” which is about enough for one hearty appetite. This is easily the restaurant’s money maker — they are probably taking home 90% profit on these babies. Service is pretty bad too, but overall this is a good place to pick up a burger if you’re in the mood.

Dylan’s is Open

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Dylan’s of Chesterbrook is now open. You can check out the menu on their new website. (Seems a tad boring if you ask me… might be a short stay for Dylan’s.)

Main Line Jazz & Food Festival Returns

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

The third annual Main Line Jazz & Food Festival is back, taking place once again on the 2nd Sunday in June (6/11) and featuring a huge variety of food and entertainment between Noon and 5pm.

More details should be up shortly at the official event website.

Garrett Hill Gets New ‘Brothers’

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The same people who bring you Baggataway Tavern in Conshy have opened “Brothers” in Garrett Hill, where the Brick Bar (and JB Garrett’s) once stood. Setup is pretty much the same as the most recent tenant, JBG’s.

Review: McKenzie Brew House, Malvern

Monday, May 8th, 2006
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Sola Gets New Ownership & Chef

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Former chef-owner John Wolferth has sold Sola to Donna Mozzone and new chef David Clouser (recently of Berwyn’s Nectar and the Inn at Montchanin in Delaware). The restaurant’s contemporary American theme will remain the same, with entrees in the 20s.