Here’s a look at a few places you might want to discover and tastes to sample:
Philadelphia favorite DanDan brings its “flavors of southwestern China” and “Rittenhouse style” to the Main Line with a second location in Wayne. Sample authentic Sichuan and Taiwanese cooking, including, of course, dan dan noodles.
Princeton’s Mistral (like the wind) now serves “fresh, vibrant local fare with an international flavor” at the King of Prussia Mall. Spring highlights include slow-roasted pork belly, Thai duck salad and grilled calamari.
Bluestone Lane joins Savor King of Prussia, the Mall’s expanded food area, serving “health-minded light bites.” It’s the Aussie-inspired café and coffee shop’s third Philadelphia-area outpost.
Find farm-focused fare at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden, a newcomer to Exton. Choose casual dining or the intimate Farmer’s Room, serving spicy lamb Bolognese, Amish chicken and braised beef shoulder.
The Creamery, Kennett Square’s pop-up beer garden, reopens for the season, offering “milk stouts to double IPAs” Thursdays to Sundays. Check out the food trucks, bands and even a children’s garden.
Satisfy those late-night cookie cravings at Baked Cookies & Dough, now open in West Chester. And coming soon: Insomnia Cookies.
Chef Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew celebrates the grand opening of A Culture Factory in Phoenixville, her kombucha tasting room and workshop space. On Friday, June 2 from 5 to 9 p.m., tour the brewery and try kombucha paired with local cheeses, chocolate, sourdough sandwiches and other fermented foods.
Head to Linvilla Orchards in Media for its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rain date June 4). Learn how to make strawberry jam and don’t miss the the unveiling of “Delaware County’s largest strawberry shortcake” at 11 a.m. www.linvilla.com/family-fun/strawberry-festival
Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne marks 10 years in business “with 10-year-old beers, a throwback menu and guest bartenders from their beloved former staff.” Join the anniversary party on June 3 beginning at 10 a.m. Be among the first 50 guests for complimentary pastries. www.teresas-cafe.com/teresas_next_door/home
Not your typical Happy Hour: On Thursday, June 8, Sip Behind the Scenes at Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills. Enjoy local beverages and get a closer look at the historic site during this free, adults-only event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. www.newlingristmill.org/sip-behind-the-scenes
Just in time for Father’s Day, treat dad to a five-course Scotch tasting dinner at Sovanna Bistro in Kennett Square on Wednesday June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Paired with each course: a single malt from a different region of Scotland. Call 610-444-5600 for reservations, $110 per person. www.sovanabistro.com
The annual Craft & ’Que series returns to Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, beginning with its Crab Fest on Thursday, June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Feast on Maryland hard shell crabs, crab cakes, lobster bisque and more. Tickets cost $69.95, $74.95 for VIP. www.normandyfarm.com/craftandque
And finally, congratulations to the winners of the recent Battle of the Berries at Brandywine, benefiting the Brandywine Health Foundation. General Warren in Malvern took home the Culinary Excellence Award for its meskouta orange cake with strawberries, yogurt, honey, nougat and caramelized pine nuts. Amani’s BYOB in Downingtown earned the People’s Choice Award for its buttermilk-semolina cake topped with strawberry curd, strawberry-basil syrup, mixed berries, mint and lime whipped cream.
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