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

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




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Bakery for Special Diets >>> Main Line Baking Company
Located at the Wynnewood Train Station, this gluten-free outpost makes it easy for anyone to enjoy sweets without feeling deprived. Everything is worth a try, from traditional celebration cakes to the incredibly moist muffins. 75 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood; (215) 292-4200, mainlinebakery.com.

Bakery Worth the Drive >>> Night Kitchen Bakery
Elaborate cakes and pretty desserts don’t always taste as good as they look, but the impressive creations at this 25-year-old institution have it all. The specialty cakes are divine, but we’re partial to the pies—with their perfectly flaky crusts—the fudge brownies and the yummy breakfast treats. 7725 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill; (215) 248-9235, nightkitchenbakery.com.

Bar Menu >>> White Dog Cafe
It may take some gentle pushing to get there, but once you find a seat at the bar, you’ll be rewarded with refined, seasonal, locally sourced dishes. The Meadow Run lamb sliders pair well with a local brew, and the fried Lancaster pickles or truffle Parmesan fries are perfect for groups. 200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 225-3700, whitedog.com.

Biscuits and Gravy >>> Dixie Picnic
Offering Southern comfort food at its unadulterated, made-from-scratch best, Dixie Picnic could’ve found its way onto our list for any number of things, including the sublime potato salad or its signature dessert, the Upcake (a winner last year). Our latest DP indulgence: fluffy homemade biscuits covered in a meaty sausage gravy. Make time for a nap afterwards. 215 Lancaster Ave., Malvern; (484) 320-8024, dixiepicnic.com.

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