Our editors and critics pick the 47 they can’t live without.
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333 Belrose Bar & Grill
Not much changes at this Radnor mainstay, and that’s just the way we like it. You can’t go wrong with the consistently fresh, straightforward and flavorful menu prepared by chef Carlo deMarco. Juicy steaks and seasonal wines will keep you cozy when the weather outside is frightful, and the outdoor patio seating in warmer months is an elegant detour from the dining room. 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor; (610) 293-1000, 333belrose.com.
A la Maison
A la Maison stays true to its name and delivers an experience that feels just like home, even if mom wasn’t a French gourmet. The sunlit dining room, sophisticated ambiance and rustic comfort food combine for an unpretentious departure from formality that will please Francophile and newbie alike. Try the beef short ribs—and don’t forget to BYO. C’est parfait! 53 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (484) 412-8009, alamaisonbistro.com.
Impeccably Italian and thoroughly satisfying, Avalon features exceptional local cheese and salumi selections, including a creamy Lancaster County blue and duck prosciutto from Bucks County. The chef’s table is the best seat in the house, perfect for special-occasion dinners with friends and family. If you plan on visiting this month, be sure to snag a seat by the stone fireplace and order some saffron cioppino to shake off the winter chill. 312 S. High St., West Chester; (610) 436-4100, avalonrestaurant.net.
Loaded with city flair—minus the parking and traffic woes—Media’s East-meets-West showpiece is sure to please any appetite, adventurous or reserved. Sushi fans love the exotic maki rolls, while the perpetually undecided can make a meal out of first-class appetizers like crispy rock shrimp tempura, Kobe beef seared on hot rocks, and miso chicken lettuce cups. 217 W. State St., Media; (610) 566-4750, azie-restaurant.com.
Bar Savona’s swanky Mediterranean vibe and top-notch service combine to make even the most casual diners feel like VIPs. Weather permitting, try your best to grab a table on the newly renovated terrace, a romantic spot ideal for lingering over a Purple Haze or Raspberry Fuego cocktail. 100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills; (610) 520-1200, savonarestaurant.com.
Birchrunville Store Cafe
If you’re looking for a perfect date-night spot, look no further than the Birchrunville Store Cafe. With only a handful of tables and plenty of candlelight to go around, the service is personal and the setting intimate. Meat lovers can indulge in French-Italian spins on culinary classics like Kobe beef, Chilean sea bass and Black Angus strip steak. 1403 Hollow Road, Birchrunville; (610) 827-9002, birchrunvillestorecafe.com.
Bistro on the Brandywine
Brandywine Prime’s little sister delivers the same bold flavors and quality meats in a more relaxed environment. Steakhouse classics with a French accent are the name of the game here—but also be on the lookout for unconventional menu items like the pinot noir pizza, made with portobello mushrooms, Boursin cheese and an impossibly velvety wine reduction. 1623 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-8090, bistroonthebrandywine.com.
Blackfish’s acclaimed menu changes daily, its selections as varied as they are decadent. From oysters to pumpkin soup to Scottish salmon, there’s something for every discerning taste. The truly adventurous will delight in the four-course prix-fixe menu, which has been known to feature lobster, foie gras and beef, plus melt-in-your-mouth desserts. 119 Fayette St., Conshohocken; (610) 397-0888, blackfishrestaurant.com.
The fact that it’s in a strip mall doesn’t deter the likes of Tory Burch and Shane Victorino from gushing over Blue Fin. Another diehard “Blue Finner” was heard saying, “It’s by far the greatest restaurant I’ve ever been to.” If you’re craving an array of sushi and über-fresh seafood, set aside the menu and allow owner Yong Kim to prepare a stellar “chef’s choice” meal. Just tell him what you don’t like, and he’ll focus on your faves. 1017 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, (610) 277-3917.
Home to one of the state’s largest wine cellars, the Dilworthtown Inn is a repeat winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. From rare to local, the remarkable selection is the perfect complement to the candlelit, 18th-century ambiance and carefully crafted American cuisine, with a menu that changes weekly. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, head next door to the inn’s Blue Pear Bistro for savory yet sophisticated comfort food, including barbecue beef short ribs and chestnut fettuccine. 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester; (610) 399-1390, dilworthtown.com.