Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2011: Food & Drink
Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.
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Brunch in Philadelphia (Elegant) >>> Lacroix
An edible work of art, Sunday brunch at Lacroix is an exceptional showcase of unique offerings, from the hors d’oeuvres and entrées to the beautiful dessert table. Somewhere between the raw bar and the chocolate fountain, you’ll need that second Bloody Mary. Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; (215) 546-9000, lacroixrestaurant.com.
Burger >>> The Stone Rose Restaurant
A good burger shouldn’t be tricky, and The Stone Rose has a simple combination that works: grilled Angus beef topped with onions, bacon and Cooper sharp American cheese on a toasted challah bun. Complex? Hardly. Satisfying? You bet. 822 Fayette St., Conshohocken; thestoneroserestaurant.com, (484) 532-7300.
BYO >>> Sola
Innovative and sophisticated, this unassuming Lancaster Avenue spot has a knack for marrying quality seasonal ingredients with clever, European-influenced preparations. We love just about everything, from the espresso-braised short ribs to the mouthwatering house-made desserts. 614 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 526-0123, solabyob.com.
BYO in Philadelphia >>> Koo Zee Doo
Portuguese cuisine is far from being the next “it” cuisine in Philly, but we’re still abuzz over this cozy little Northern Liberties eatery. Dishes are served family style, so the simple, authentic ingredients and spices can shine. Standouts include the roasted suckling pig and the seafood-and-bean stew. 614 N. Second St., Philadelphia; (215) 923-8080, koozeedoo.com.