S. High St. (Across from Courthouse Parking Garage)
West Chester, PA
** Turks Head Inn has closed. **
Rating: 4 silver spoons out of 5
Overview: Turks Head started out as a great new addition to the W.C. scene, and has since established itself as a mainstay, improving and innovating as time passes. Don’t let the pub-style facade fool you — inside (and outside on their great patio) is very good restaurant with fresh, trendy cuisine.
Food: American eclectic, often with some game options. For Starters, the Spinach and Arugula salad is a light but very interesting salad choice. The “Tuna Tuna” is a rather boring take on raw tuna, complete with a tuna tartare that had way, way too much mayo. (Go with the salad.) Ostrich tenderloin with a raspberry red wine reduction is succulent and tasty, although mine was closer to rare than the medium rare ordered. On a recent visit, the sweet potato-crusted salmon was flat out awesome — a brilliant combination of sweet and savory.
Bread: Pretty good bread with butter.
Ambiance: Great outdoor patio, partially covered and partially not. If you go, definitely try to pick a time when its nice out so you can sit outside. My only complaint was that the mosquitoes got a bit peckish as dusk settled so bring some spray if you are common snack for the pesky critters. Inside its white tablecloth and candles, and there is a nice bar up front.
Service: A little inconsistent, but pretty good overall.
Value: A reasonable value for a fine dining experience with a solid wine list. Turks Head is by no means inexpensive, but the food is delicious, so the price is worthwhile, especially for special occasions. GREAT NEWS: Turks Head has recently implemented a BYOB policy Sunday – Thursday, making a mid-week trip even more valuable.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 3