Looking for a break from the lunch routine? Though neither place is exactly new to the scene, two independent businesses are serving fresh, interesting and casual fare. First, Dixie Picnic in Malvern (in the shopping center with Giant). Started as a restaurant on the Jersey Shore town of Ocean City, this location opened a few years ago. The menu features a wide variety of sandwiches, many of which are available in Bette’s Box Lunch, which comes with a side salad, a deviled egg, and an “upcake”, the Dixie Picnic version of a cupcake (in which all surface area is covered with frosting).
I couldn’t resist the grilled chicken pesto wrap (given my well-documented love of pesto), which delivered all it promised. Dixie Picnic also has a full breakfast menu as well as a short list of entrees. (Georgia-style pulled pork, anyone?)
With a menu based on the ideals of fresh, local ingredients, Shoo Mama’s Farm Fresh Cafe in West Chester (corner of 202 and 926) offers a variety of interesting sandwiches as well as a plethora of salads, plus daily specials. They also serve breakfast and dinner.
Brook’s mama (each dish is “someone’s mama”), a sultry combination of roast turkey, brie cheese, bacon and cranberry mayo, was particularly tasty. We didn’t actually have the salads, but I must say that, based on obsevation only, they dont seem as interesting as the sandwiches.
On a few visits, Shoo Mama’s always has seemed on the empty side, but pehaps three-meal a day service as well as an off-site catering business has them in ok shape. It’d certainly be a shame for a locally owned business such as this one to close, so get out there and support them!
215 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
Shoo Mama’s Farm Fresh Cafe
66 E. Street Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382