Archive for March, 2010

Elegance Cafe & Bakery, Paoli

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

elegance cafe paoli sandwich

One typically does not gush about chicken salad. This is not just any chicken salad. Strange as it may sound, Elegance Cafe in Paoli has some of the very best chicken salad you will come across. Ever. They also offer a wide variety of homemade breads and baked sweets.


Review: Burlap & Bean, Newtown Square

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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Royal Tea House Replaces Berwyn Coffee Company

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The Royal Tea House, a retail tea shop, has recently replaced the Berwyn Coffee Company at 720 Lancaster Ave. in Berwyn.

RTH intends to be a destination for specialty tea purchases as well as a relaxing spot for a hot cup of tea and a pastry. They also have an online store.

720 Lancaster Ave,
Berwyn, PA
Phone: 610-450-6133

Tues – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 3pm

St Patty’s Day & March Madness at Gypsy Saloon

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Start Your St Patty’s Day Celebration with March Madness!

To get you into the spirit of St Patty’s Day and March Madness, Gypsy Saloon will offer a $5 bar menu and drink specials beginning Wednesday, March 17th through Monday, April 5th. These specials are available at lunch and dinner, in both the bar and the dining room.

$5 Bar Menu
Chili Dog & Gypsy Fries
Mozzarella Sticks Marinara
Panko Crusted Jalapeno Poppers
Spicy Buffalo Wings
Chicken & Sweet Corn Quesadilla

Drink Specials
$4 Svedka cocktails
$2 Miller Lite & Yuengling drafts
$2.50 Miller Lite bottles

Butterfish Closes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Sadly we must report that West Chester’s Butterfish has closed. We always enjoyed dining there — great space, interesting food, etc., however often thought the somewhat out-of-the-way location might be difficult to maintain.

On a positive note, we are finally rid of one of the worst restaurant websites of all time. (Useless splash page? Check! Hidden menu? Check! Tiny scrollable content area. Check!)

Gift Certs will be honored at sister restaurant Spence Cafe (in downtown WC).

Farm Meets Table Event for Growers & Chefs

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Here’s an interesting local event coming soon from the Buy Fresh Buy Local organization — the Farm Meets Table event for chefs/restaurant owners and local farmers.

Farm Meets Table: Making Local Food Connections
FREE Event!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Restaurant Alba
7 West King Street, Malvern

Hosted by PASA Southeast Regional Office & Chef Sean Weinberg
RSVP by 4/8 here

This event brings together local farmers looking to sell directly to restaurant chefs. Owner/Chef Sean Weinberg has made a deep commitment to feature fresh, regionally produced foods at Restaurant Alba, and he will be sharing his expertise on buying locally in a brief “How to Buy from Farmers” presentation for chefs. In addition, a “How to Sell to Chefs” segment will be led by Mark Dornstreich of Branch Creek Farm for growers new to direct sales.

For Local Growers
We ask that only growers with the desire and capability to sell their locally grown items on a commercial scale attend this event. Please note that all local growers will be screened to determine eligibility prior to the event. Don’t meet the requirements, but interested in selling locally? We encourage you to locate farmers markets in your area by visiting

For Local Buyers
Savvy restaurants are choosing to buy locally for a reason- local foods offer premium taste, maximum freshness and keep dollars in our local economy. Not to mention, many customers think buying local foods is important and beneficial to the well being of their families and communities. We ask that only local buyers committed to buying locally produced foods attend this event.

Cedar’s Cafe Opens in Frazer

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Cedar’s Cafe has recently opened in Frazer (Malvern), in the Westgate Plaza (with Jimmy’s BBQ and Staples). They feature Mediterranean cuisine — lots of Hummus, Falafel, Kabobs and Shawarma. Tasty!

309 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-5551

Review: Rocco’s Steaks, Paoli

Monday, March 8th, 2010
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Navigating PA Blue Laws in Search of Beer

Monday, March 1st, 2010


Recently, PA State Senator John Rafferty has become the latest to challenge Pennsylvania’s strange and arcane beer sales laws in attempt to allow six-pack sales at beer distributors, grocery and convenience stores (read more about that here). In addition, it’s been just about a year since Wegman’s made a splash in the PA scene when it was announced they would be selling beer. Beer in the supermarket? In Pennsylvania? Amazing! The catch, of course, is that they got a “pizza place” license to sell up to 12 beers (or the equivalent) for takeout. Sales are only allowed in the food court area, not the main checkout aisle. Still, the fact that you can grab a sixer on a trip to the grocery store is certainly a big plus for PA residents (and a Wegman’s should open in Malvern in 2010).