NOTE: Meridith’s changed its name to ANEU Bistro & Wine Bar in October 2010.
Rating: 3 silver spoons out of 5
Overview: After a long period of “growing pains”, Meridith’s has evolved into a consistent spot for casual, creative cuisine, be it brunch on the weekends or dinner.
Brunch: Creative omelets and pancake/french toast selections for breakfast, paired with interesting salad and sandwich options at lunch — all prepared with fresh, quality ingredients. Omelets — whether it be an old classic like bacon & cheese, or something extraordinary like crab & asparagus, are excellent. Perhaps stealing the show, however, are the breakfast potatoes, sauteed with peppers, onions, and a variety of spices. In the pancakes and french toast section, enjoy some creative and healthy (multi-grain) choices, all adorned with fabulous cinnamon butter.
Dinner: Meridith’s latest menu is a big improvement over the original. A recent steak special with a brown sugar marinade was excellent, though on the expensive side. Other options on the seasonal menu, like Hawaiian butterfish and pan-roasted duck, entice the appetite.
On a previous visit, the orange ginger salmon with red pepper risotto & sugar snap peas in a citrus reduction was clearly the standout entree. I was slightly concerned that the citrus flavor might overwhelm the fish, but in actuality the creamy sauce was just sweet enough and perfectly connected the fish, red pepper risotto and peas.
After dinner, an order of chocolate molten cake in a raspberry sauce was as good as it sounds — save room! Other desserts, the cheesecake with blueberry sauce and the triple chocolate cake, were solid but not nearly as good as the molten cake.
Ambiance: Nicely decorated room with a hip take on country cottage decor. Very stylish tables & chairs and artwork. They also have a few tables outside on their patio. One of the nicer features of Meridith’s is the bar available for those waiting for a table — If you get there early or don’t have a reservation, you can grab a seat at the bar (if there’s one available) and open your wine.
Service: Though the service was a major sore point of Meridith’s for some time, they seem to have finally worked out the kinks. Our last two visits were enhanced by prompt, informed and pleasant servers.
Value: Dinner came to around $30 per person, including tip, an nice value for the quality of food Meridith’s has to offer. Brunch is also very reasonably priced.
575 Lancaster Ave.
Berwyn, PA 19312
# of times we’ve eaten there: 5+
Reservations: Yes, for dinner
Meridith’s now has a full service bar and still allows BYOW for $7