Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2010

Our readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Best Unconventional Dessert (Photo by Steve Legato)Unconventional Dessert: The Upcake at Dixie Picnic
Despite efforts to craft the perfect recipe, for many, a cupcake is merely a disposable holder for the frosting. Not so with Dixie Picnic’s Upcake, smeared top to bottom with frosting of almost any flavor. It’s finger-lickin’ good. 215 Lancaster Ave., Malvern; (484) 320-8024,

Unconventional Pizza: Ovals at Ron’s Original Bar & Grille
Special seasonings, thick toppings and hand-tossed crust are the key to Ron’s one-bite-and-you’re-hooked Ovals pizzas. What makes it unconventional is its origin: It was accidentally invented one day when the folded sides of a stromboli opened in the oven. Today, the growing minions of Ovals fans can enjoy dozens of toppings—everything from spicy Italian sausage, charcoal-grilled chicken and homemade meatballs to crispy bacon, steak or chicken steak, smoked ham, and breaded eggplant. 74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton; (610) 594-9900,

*Vegetarian Dishes (Readers’ Pick): Siamese Princess
36 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-2755.

Wedding Cakes: Bakers of Buffington
From traditional three-tiered chocolate-and-vanilla to heart-shaped carrot cakes with pink frosting, Bakers of Buffington has harried brides covered. Cakes can be customized to resemble Tiffany’s turquoise box, decorated with delicate flowers or iced to create a cheetah-print effect (for those looking to take a stroll down the aisle on the wild side). 131 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; (610) 873-8033,

White Pizza: Mom’s Bake at Home Pizza
When it comes to white pizza, it’s all about the cheese-to-sauce-to-garlic ratio—plenty of the first, not too much of the second, and just enough of the third to add a little zing. Beyond that, the crust better be good enough to add heft and texture to what, in lesser hands, can amount to a pretty bland combination. That said, Mom’s gets the precarious balance just right. And don’t shy away from the low-fat mozzarella—trust us, you’ll never know the difference. 4007 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; (610) 356-4099,

*Wine List (Readers’ Pick): Dilworthtown Inn
1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester; (610) 399-1390,

*Wine Store (Readers’ Pick): Wine & Spirits Premium Collection Store
Devon Village Shoppes, 821 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 110, Wayne; (610) 964-6516,

Wonton Soup: Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen
With so much tempting Asian-fusion fare coming out of Susanna Foo’s kitchen, it never occurred to us to try the wonton soup. The spice comes on the side, so you can adjust it to your taste. But don’t overdo it, because you’ll want to enjoy every nuance and chunk of this seafood version, made with sake-steamed shrimp, wakame and a rich broth. 555 E. Lancaster Ave., Radnor; (610) 688-8808,

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