Archive for June, 2009


Review: Blue Pear Bistro, West Chester

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
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Brandywine Valley Wine Trail “Big Bang” BBQ This Weekend

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Stuck on the lowly Main Line without a shore house this weekend? Consider the Big Bang BBQ — all the wineries on the BV Wine Trail will be celebrating throughout the weekend with wine tasting, food and live music.

We’ll be attending, as well as posting pics and recap shortly.

MLD’s French Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Looking for something different at breakfast that isn’t too unhealthy*? Try this baby out.

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The Freehouse Saga Continues

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Let’s take a look at what has been going on with The Freehouse, timeline style. Dates may be approximate.

January 10: Mims Food and Drink opens in the space formerly known as the Freehouse
January 28: The Inquirer first reports the non-compete clause that will force Mims to Phoenixville.
April 28: “Mims Food & Drink” officially closes.
May 6: The Freehouse reopens as, wait for it… The Freehouse.
May 12: In what seemed like an innocuous comment at the time, new Freehouse chef Brett Naylor mentions disagreeing with FH ownership about the name (whether it should have been renamed or not). (link)
June 3: A paper sign is seen on the darkened Freehouse stating “Closed for Renovations”. Philly.com’s Michael Klein responds to a Main Line Dine Tweet stating that it is a reported “plumbing issue” and that it will reopen this weekend.
June 4: Naylor ignores our email inquiring about the restaurant’s status. (He’d been very responsive previously.)
June 13: The Freehouse is still closed for perhaps the biggest Wayne restaurant day of the year, the Main Line Jazz Fest.
June 22: Klein posts on his blog that chef Naylor was seen working in the Urban Outfitters corporate kitchen in the Navy Yard, that the website has disappeared and that calls to the restaurant owners go straight to voicemail.

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Save Cash with Restaurant.com

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Took a look through the local restaurants that offer discounted gift certificates on Restaurant.com today and noticed some new places worth sharing. Typically you can get either a $25 certificate for $10 or a $10 certificate for $3. Just print out and bring to the restaurant. Enjoy…

 

Ice Cream and Rain

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Last night, as we waited on line behind ten other like-minded souls at Handel’s in Berwyn for a pint of Chocoholic Chunk, my mind wandered to summers as a kid growing up in the Boston area, heading to legendary ice cream shop Steve’s on a rainy summer night and finding a line that wrapped around the inside, out the door and around the corner. What is it about rain and ice cream?

In New England, they eat more of the stuff per capita than anywhere else in the States, so any excuse to go out for ice cream seems like a good one, but my experience at Handel’s had me wondering if this was more than a N.E. phenomenon. I broached the subject with Mrs. MLD. Sure, enough, she said, as a kid she got excited whenever there was a summer storm, because she knew that a trip to the Downingtown Tastee Freez was in order. (“To suck on some chili dogs?”, I asked instinctively).

In the end, we didn’t solve the mystery of ice cream and rain — we just enjoyed it.

Big Shakeup in Berwyn

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Bistro M in Berwyn has closed its doors (so much for the planned Bistro M Wine Bar), and longtime Berwyn BYOB Meridith’s will be moving from its somewhat hidden current spot to the Bistro M location on route 30 later this month.

Beer Pick: Brekenridge Pandora’s Bock

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Looking for a malty beer to enjoy as the weather turns hot, we picked up a case ($38) of this at the Beer Yard in Wayne.

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Doghouse Now Open

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Doghouse, the casual burger joint next to Firecreek in Downingtown, had a soft launch this week and is now open for business.

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Have you been? Post comments below.

Closings Roundup

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Wrote this a while ago, but forgot to post it. Oh well, better late than never. If you haven’t heard, there are a few notable closings on the Western Main Line… not really all that surprising in the current economic climate.

Cosimo Restaurant & Wine Bar is no longer. We never made it to Cosimo… bad reviews early on kept us away and though things seemed to brighten as time went on, we never found the occasion. I suppose that is the problem, no?

Tradewinds “Coffee in Motion” is also closed. The drive-thru coffee shop with perky, quirky service was certainly a novel concept and very convenient if your travels took you through west Paoli. Commenters on this site and others raved about the coffee (La Colombe), but we always found the espresso to be subpar, worse even than burnt Starbucks efforts. (One can only assume the drip coffee was better.) We’ll certainly miss is the ingenious “coffee cubes” that came in the iced coffee.