700 W. Nields St. (Rt 52)
West Chester, PA
Butterfish closed in March 2010.
Overall: Creative, modern American BYOs aren’t that hard to find in this area these days, and Butterfish is certainly one of them. This restaurant, however, creates separation with a diverse menu, great execution and a vibrant atmosphere.
Food: Innovative, new American fare, as mentioned above. The signature dish is a sauteed Hawaiian butterfish in a ginger buerre blanc and a macadamia green apple salad. As you can imagine, this dish is quite popular and good, though perhaps our least favorite of all the dishes, which says something. The filet with a Cabernet demi, shallots and smashed yukon golds was simple, but very tasty and perfectly cooked. A pork “porterhouse” special, served with a smoky mushroom & pepper sauce and mashed sweet potatoes, was probably the true highlight of the meal. (The moral here: don’t be afraid to get something besides fish!) For appetizers, we tried the blue corn nachos (huge portion!) and the polenta with smoked tomato sauce, and both were scarfed down in no time. Lastly, be sure to save room for dessert. We were in a chocolate frenzy, ordering (if I remember correctly) a flourless cake with raspberry sauce, a chocolate pecan pie or tart, and lastly a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. My personal favorite was the latter, but there was much arguing over which was the best during the few seconds we were eating them.
Atmosphere: Bustling, open and bright room creates a very welcoming atmosphere; I’d even venture to say better than most in this class.
Service: Solid — attentive and helpful.
Value: Obviously the BYOB factor immediately creates value. Entrees are generally in the mid 20s, which is about right considering the quality of food and lack of wine markup.
# of Visits: 1