Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2011: Food & Drink

Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Chinese with National Clout >>> Yangming
Michael Wei and his team at Yangming garnered national recognition when they placed first in Chinese Restaurant News’ seventh annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards among 45,000 eateries around the country. Tell us something we didn’t already know. 1051 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-3200,

Cocktail >>> Bird of Paradise, Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Tequila blanco is mixed with crème de cacao, amaretto, coconut milk and chocolate for a rich but not-too-creamy drink we’ll take over a milkshake any day. So good, you’ll want one before and after dinner. 818 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 520-9100,

Coffee Spot for Main Line Moms >>> Green Bean Coffee
Once the kiddies are off to school, Main Line moms converge at Green Bean to dish on the latest gossip. The tasty joe is from Chestnut Hill Coffee Co. Owners Tammin Kim and Brian Storey worked together at high-end Berwyn eatery Nectar, so it’s no surprise that their café—its menu filled with sophisticated soups, salads and sandwiches—is fast becoming the “it” place for a casual lunch. 358 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne; (484) 412-8266,

Cup of Coffee >>> Town Hall Coffee
An obsessive precision is afforded each cup of hand-poured coffee at Town Hall, from the temperature of the water to the amount of ground goodness that goes into each cup. The organic, sustainable beans are sourced from micro-roasters around the country. 358 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station; (484) 270-8041,

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