Wayne is a wonderful community centered in Delaware Country, Pennsylvania. The area was originally settled back in the late 1600s, and to this day, it remains a bubble of hospitality and a favorite among visitors coming from the city of Philadelphia. Eclectic and contemporary American fare is spearheading the culinary movement in this quaint western suburb. Here are ten of the best places to dine when you’re in the area.
White Dog Cafe
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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White Dog Cafe has been committed to serving the finest organic ingredients to local diners for decades. Promoting healthy eating and sustainability within the community, the stylish menu serves dishes ranging from antipasti, sandwiches and salads for lunch, as well as warm entrées to cater to both meat eaters and vegetarians. For the latter, options such as the kale fusilli stands out, as does the butternut squash bisque paired with cinnamon mascarpone, roasted gala apples and candied walnuts. Carnivores similarly won’t be disappointed with offerings of pork chops, dry aged steaks and local Locust Point farm chicken, served with mushroom risotto, honey cap mushrooms and petite frisée salad. Don’t forget to order the mouthwatering truffle parmesan fries on the side.
Tredici is a wonderful little spot to pick up delicious Italian speciality foods, offering everything from a huge selection of fine cheeses, cured meats, olive oils and pastas to prepared meals. For those stopping by for a warm lunch, the market will certainly deliver. Pick from a large menu of made to order speciality sandwiches such as one filled to the brim with prosciutto, gorgonzola, arugula and walnut pesto. Alternatively, go for the parmigiana specials, smothered in homemade marinara sauce and cooked to perfection with a blend of provolone, mozzarella and locatelli cheeses. For those keeping an eye on their waistlines, a myriad of salad options are also available.
Inspired by modern American cuisine, Paramour delivers just that within a contemporary setting. Enjoy the premier al fresco dining in the bistro or the veranda, sampling carefully crafted dishes such as caramelized diver scallops, red wine braised short ribs or the mustard-glazed Scottish salmon. If you’re up for something a bit more low key, there is a selection of breads and crostini on offer, the one with whipped foie gras mousse and huckleberry jam is for the adventurous. For those eager for a small bite to eat with a crisp glass of wine, the bistro menu offers a range of small plates to share with friends and family. On the weekends, the creativity of the à la carte brunch menu will definitely inspire.
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Entering Christopher’s Neighborhood Place, visitors will know they’re in for a treat. The place has been open since 2001 and boasts a family friendly menu based on organic and local farm produce. Alongside the daily lunch specials, hungry diners can pick from a wide range of delicious starters, from veggie quesadillas to potato skins, to mains comprised of salads, brick oven pizzas, succulent burgers, sandwiches and wraps. Interestingly, there is also a section on the menu dedicated to mussels, so those are definitely worth a try. For those following a gluten free diet, take note that the restaurant offers specialty breads from a local Philadelphia based bakery.
Gryphon Cafe is a rustic little coffeehouse that serves delectable, gluten-free lunch options. While you enjoy your choice of caffeinated brew, sample the selection of no fuss bagels, paninis, soups and salads. Often buzzing with friendly local folk, this smashing joint is a lovely place to visit for a brief bite to eat or to while away the hours getting work done. The café also offers shelves upon shelves of board games, adding to its welcoming atmosphere.
Black Powder Tavern is located in a historic building harking back to the establishment of America. Existing since 1746, it has served as a stop off point for travelers heading west, playing host to a slew of remarkable characters over the centuries including George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. To this day, the tavern’s revolutionary hospitality continues to impress visitors, especially with its craft American fare. Sample many delectable small plates, soups, pastas, burgers and sandwiches, as well as entrées of chicken marsala, cedar plank salmon and char-grilled marinated flank steak. Wash it all down with a choice from the craft beer and wine menu, and the outstanding dining experience is complete.
Boasting one of the most adventurous menus in the area, Teresa’s Next Door is one of the top spots for an eclectic meal in Wayne. From creative options such as game burgers, goat tacos, beer-braised tender beef and cactus slaw, diners’s taste buds will certainly be in for a surprise here. There are also mussels on offer, cooked in seven different ways. Otherwise, grab a couple of sharing platters to go with your on tap beverages and sample the very best of French, Italian and American cheeses and meats. Finally, leave room for dessert as you certainly won’t be able to pass up options such as the mascarpone panna cotta or the heavenly chocolate chip bread pudding.
Started by a couple with a mutual love for sweets, today Crêperie Béchamel shares the same passion with Wayne’s local community. Here, delicate crepes are created right on the premises, giving diners a fantastic opportunity to witness the entire process. While signature crepes naturally appeal to the sweet-tooth – visitors simply won’t be able to pass up the caramel s’mores or the apple pie option – it is perhaps the savory offerings that really stand out. Be adventurous for a change and dig right into a crepe filled with chicken cheese steak, roasted vegetables or asparagus and cashew pesto. Alternatively, go wild and create your option concoction out of a myriad of savory and sweet fillings.
With a focus on seasonal produce, sustainable fishing and farm-raised poultry and meats, the chefs at The Silverspoon create the crème de la crème of contemporary American fare. In a casual atmosphere flooded with sunlight, the kitchen serves up top quality dishes all throughout the day, starting off with a large brunch menu. If dinner is what you’re after, the choices are similarly tantalizing with the Lancaster County beef short ribs, the pan-seared sea scallops and the butternut fettuccini immediately standing out. Finish off your meal with something sweet from the dessert menu, the dense Belgian chocolate truffle with Maldon sea salt is a winner.
Despite its location occupying a strip mall, Ella’s Bistro is nothing short of a stylish affair – indeed, it is one of the most upmarket restaurants in Wayne. The name pays homage to the later matriarch of the Wetherhills, who inspired the family’s love of fine dining and their culinary prowess. Ponder the plethora of small plates available such as roasted beets and potato gnocchi before you pick something from the main course. In particular, the pork loin, the cassoulet au pollute and the Rohan duck breast with local greens and mustard are wonderful options, especially when paired with a side of the mouthwatering macaroni and cheese. Yet while the everyday menu here is praiseworthy alone, it is the ever-changing specials that really shine. At least ten additional dishes are on offer each night, so keep an eye out for them.
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