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Cajun Kate's

We have dined the best and worst of New Orleans. Closer to home it is difficult to find authentic n'awlins cuisine. Sure there is High Street, Carmines, Crawdaddy's, Nora's, a wannabe in Paoli, several in Phila and Manyunk and others that have opened and closed.

A while ago we discovered Cajun Kate's at Booth's Corner Farmers Market in Boothwyn, PA. Since then we have been enamored with all they have to offer.

Just this week we had some fried cajun mac & cheese, crawfish pie; gumbo of the day, gator on a stick, and crawfish pie. This place is the real-deal regarding Louisiana flavors and taste. They do a nice take-out business which is what we do since there is limited seating.

When visiting Total Wine we always make a point to drive cross-country just to savor their delicious treats.

Mexican in Malvern?

In Phoenixville---just several miles up Rt 29 from Malvern is Los Mariachis.


Food and service are great. Call ahead and it'll be ready when you arrive.


We have lived in Birchrunville for over 30 years and visited BSC when it was owned by Gar and again when it was reopened by Francis. Recently we decided to see if all the fuss and acclaim was warranted. We made reservations for July and August. After our July visit we soon canceled our August reservations.

They are only open three days a week so the place should be spotless and reflect their high ratings. But no. The napery was tattered, unironed, not shabby sheik, but should have been put in a rag bin, table was sticky and wobbled. Our server attempted to adjust with a pre-cut, ready to help cork but it was unsuccessful. I held it steady with my foot during the meal. What they thought clever was not a remedy and the fact that the corks were ready cut was a clue that it is a often needed fix. The rugs need a major cleaning.

The asparagus gazpacho soup with crab contained a skimpiest portion of crab and it was not lump crab meat. Our entrees: Salmon with crab cake (again not lump) was not remarkable and we did not finish. We are foodies from before the word was coined and we usually clean our plates. We knew immediately after the so-so soup that the looked forward to crab cake would again be backfin or whatever it was that was not jumbo crab which it should have been in any 4 star establishment. Our other entree was veal with chanterelles. It was hide and seek with the mushrooms. Where are they? The sauces are thin and off target. This a French chef!

Our shared dessert of warm butterscotch cake with pinenut and caramel gelato was very good. We did ask the server for her recommendation. We asked on the other courses as well but she was unable to give an answer as she had not sampled the courses. Why not? What about staff on staff meals? At least we ended on good note but the coffee was ordinary.

It was mentioned that Francis was preoccupied with his other effort of replacing Martin at St Peter's Inn but that only diminishes his BSC effort.We did indeed see him that evening. We have learned since that he is no longer at St. Peter's. Rumors????

It was so much better years ago. We did overhear direction conversations on the phone. Acoustics are not good. Directions from the website, could be better. We have lived here 30 years plus. We have assisted lost patrons over the years that have driven by our home on their lost route to the restaurant. We think that folks are just so happy to have found the place that they are thrilled. We have driven by the establishment numerous times and seen very happy diners stumbling out of the old general store. Way back when it was still the "general store" and we used to put our Sunday NYT and milk on our tab, and there were no "tourists" anywhere in the vicinity, it was a very cool place to be.

How time changes everything. NOLA will remain our best place to dine in the USA. Skip Birchrunville and book a flight to New Orleans and go to Galatoire's. You will never be disappointed.


Los Mariachis in Phoenixville

We have been especially enamored with Los Maraiachis at 201 Gay Steet in Phoenixville. Very authentic and frequented by native Mexicans

We recently visited Jose Garces' Distrito on 39th Street in Phila. It was excellent but fancy and pricy.

Los Mariachis taquitos are mucho bueno

New Thai L'Elephant in Ridley Park

We live in Birchrunville and frequently dine at the Phoenixville restaurants (Los Mariachis, Majolica, Black Lab Bistro.) One of our favorites is Thai L'Elephant. Just the other day Michael mentioned that he is opening a new Thai L'Elephant in Ridley Park at 500 McDade Blvd. The corner of Edgemont in Folsom.

To all you folks in the Ridley Park area you are indeed lucky. The presentation, the succulent flavors and the price are all on target for this delicious combo of Thai and French cuisine.

Need pig roast outfitter in Chester County

Montesano Bros in Eagle PA do a great whole pig and perhaps the best selection of oysters and shucking in the area.

Often they have events at their place and offer a whole pig or they can cater.

Tinto's Chef Menu

We have been often just so we can try everything on the menu. We always have a craving for Arroz Bomba.

We consider it the best cuisine in the area. In parallel, the wine selection is very exceptional and unique. Especially the Irouleguy and the lowly rated Txakolina.

Jamaican Jerk Hut

We tried Jamaican Jerk Hut yesterday for lunch. The Chicken Roti, Jerk Chicken Leg platter and Jamaican sodas were fabulous. They have a huge menu board on the wall. It is not fine dining but rather great food---> which we were seeking.

The music and vibes transported us to Jamaica for a mere $21.00

Help Me Decide Where to Eat - Anniversary Dinner

We recently revisited Savona Bisto in Willowdale/ North of Kennett Square on Route 926 & Route 41. It was exceptional. It was about a 40 minute drive from Birchrunville.

Gracies 21st Century Cafe is always fun. Her food is delicious and the ambience is eclectic. About 20 minutes from Phoenixville.

Thai L'Elephant in Phoenixville

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Thai L'Elephant in Phoenixville

Last month ago we had the good fortune to visit Thai L'Elephant in Phoenixville. Since then we have returned several times. This BYOB is only several months old and rapidly being discovered so be sure to make reservations. Last Friday it was almost full. It is easy to navigate to Phoenixville, there is plenty of parking and amply sized

The food is delicious, expertly prepared and presented. The staff was attentive and efficient. As it should be. The owner has years of restaurant experience as executive chef at Lemon Grass in Lancaster, Thai Orchid in Berwyn and Frazier and a host of others. Chef Mike has received numerous awards that date back to 1990 and be certain that more are on the way.

This is perhaps the best Thai cuisine in the area

They have several web sites in the works:


Gracies 21st Century Cafe in Pine Forge

Gracies' Jamaican Curried Crab Bisque is worth the drive (about 10 minutes north of Pottstown.)

Jumbo Lump Crab- with coconut milk, scotch bonnet peppers, & fresh lime bringing you fond memories of those “sweet-hot” Caribbean nights. As seen in Gourmet Magazine.

She also has a very diverse selection of spirits and a great wine cellar

2007 Zagat rating is:

Montesano Bros Italian Deli and Catering

We just discovered this new deli in Eagle, PA. It is located in the old Wright's deli. It is just like Claudio's/ DiBrunos on 9th St in the Phila Italian Market. They have prepared food to take home and reheat or eat there. Great pork sandwiches. The four owner brothers are personable and funny. There are several tables outside.

Havana Joes in Pottstown--Good Chow, Great Service!

We have been three times. The first was when Joe Sherpa was chef and it was very good. On our second visit we found that Joe was gone and there was a female chef from Columbia. It was not bueno. We tried a third time and doubt we'll go back.