The Best Restaurants You Haven't Tried Yet
The Town Dish names its favorite new and under-the-radar spots.
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Healthy Being Café
This petite takeout spot run by longtime organic farmer Daryl Katz is one of the few places in Chester County that serves an all-organic menu catering to gluten- and dairy-free diners—accompanied by endless shots of wheat grass. Healthy Being aims to buy local always, with cheeses from Elizabeth Stoudt (of the famous Stoudt’s Brewery family), plus tomatoes, roasted coffee and more from nearby sources. Satisfy your sandwich craving with options like the Veggie Hero, a collard leaf filled with hummus, onions, fresh cucumber, yogurt, cheese, tomatoes, sprouts and drizzled ginger-sesame dressing.
309 Gordon Drive, Lionville; (610) 363-6932, healthybeingscafe.com.
The fare at i-Pasta is pure Italian comfort. Owners Pietro and Antonella Belfiore hail from Northern Italy. The two fell in love with downtown West Chester, which reminds them of the quaint small towns in Europe. Antonella assembles her reasonably priced menu items in a kitchen filled with pasta makers and a lone freezer, ensuring the freshest experience. Choose from nine house-made pastas and 12 from-scratch sauces (options like walnut cream, Gorgonzola radicchio and Salento). It’s BYO, so bring some wine to sip while savoring food that arrives at a slower pace (just as you’d experience in Italy). Your patience will be rewarded with bold Old World flavors.
134 E. Gay St., West Chester; (484) 887-0760, i-pasta.net.
The Muse Restaurant
Muse’s primary strength lies in the husband-and-wife ownership tandem of Michael and Shannon Hall, from the craftsmanship evident in Michael's dishes to Shannon’s attentive supervision of the dining room. Thanks to a practical, simplistic setup, the main focus is on the farm-to-table fare, including grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, house-made pastas and seasonal veggies. Seasonal creations patrons typically fawn over include pulled-pork mac ’n’ cheese, eggplant Napoleon and the goat-cheese tart.
306 Market St., Oxford; (610) 998-1308, museoxford.com.
The Orangery at Glen Isle
This secluded, reservations-only dining experience is ideal for any romantic interlude or special celebration. Nestled at the end of a sheltered dirt lane just off bustling Route 30, Paul and Sabrina Lutz invite guests into their eye-catching mansion for a traditional Italian feast Thursday-Saturday (a single 6:30 p.m. seating). A native of Tuscany, Sabrina prepares a truly authentic meal using seasonal ingredients—most sourced from her own garden. The menu changes every two weeks, with rustic selections like fresh bruschetta, bresaola rolls and all-natural lasagna (with a melt-in-your-mouth besciamella sauce) arriving one after the other. When available, the involtini di carne ripiena will make anyone a cauliflower fan.
130 S. Lloyd Ave., Downingtown; (484) 401-5554, orangeryatglenisle.com.