Best Overall Chef: Dave Wenerd, The Gables at Chadds Ford
Executive chef Dave Wenerd continues to wow diners at this upscale-casual eatery. His clever interpretations of seasonal ingredients result in refined, homey fare with vision, composition and striking flavors. Reimagined Southern classics include the fried green tomatoes, with panko breading, whipped goat cheese and dilled green-tomato salsa. Or try the duck breast, with fermented sunchokes, orange emulsion and spiced granola crumble.
423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7700, thegablesatchaddsford.com.