Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Avalon Restaurant - West Chester PA

Avalon Restaurant is a neighborhood gem that continues to be one of the best restaurants, not only in Chester County but also within the entire Delaware Valley. The food is inventive, delicious and reasonably priced (probably because it's a BYOB). The space manages to be both warm and inviting AND sleek and modern at the same time. The outdoor patio is secluded and can be extremely romantic, especially if seated near the little fountain as my wife and I were during lunch a month ago. At dinner, the place really comes to life with a blazing fire and intimate lighting. The staff is top notch, paying attention to the small details (like the old fashion touch of folding your napkin while you visit the restroom). During our last visit for dinner, last Friday, the kitchen whipped up a brand new appetizer, had the wait staff sample it and then 5 minutes later we were being offered it. 'Twas creative and fantastic!

On Jan 9th, I had the Braised Beef Agnoloti in a Cabernet Demi Sauce over top Broccoli Rabe Holy cow, it was incredible. The beef was so tender and succulent. I look forward to every visit, knowing I'm going to be treated to a great meal and taken care of with precision. As a bonus, you can often get a street parking spot right out front, but worst case there is a nice big lot a mere 3 blocks away on High street.

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