Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops
Oysters make us happy, especially when we can slurp them down, in season, in an elegant establishment with great service at a buck a shuck. No sand, no grit, and East-Coast briny. We enjoyed that experience recently by making a point to show up at Brandywine Prime’s Wednesday night Happy Hour. Before long, our happiness extended well beyond those oysters, but they were a good starting point.
Ambiance: Brandywine Prime Seafood & Chops is a fine dining restaurant in our small village of Chadds Ford on Rte. 1 at Rte. 100, very near to the Brandywine River. It has been an inn and “publick house” since 1717 when young John Chad operated the ferry across the Brandywine and felt the need to turn his family home into an overnight inn. It has a long and loved history in our little village. The front porch of the inn was the site of the original “Great Pumpkin Carve,” now held in the meadow at the Chadds Ford Historical Society around the corner on Rte. 100. It all began on that porch in the early 1970’s when Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie, were convinced to carve pumpkins for decorating the inside of the Chadds Ford Inn (today Brandywine Prime). Other Chadds Ford artists joined in the carving and, within a few years, the event spread from the Inn’s front porch all the way across the lawn of the Chadds Ford Gallery. Today, you can enjoy both Andrew’s and Jamie’s work hanging throughout the restaurant, which has a number of dining rooms up- and downstairs.
We always find that the thick stone walls dating from 1708 nicely muffle sound to the point where we can actually have a nice conversation in a crowded and lively bar! The lighting is just right, with recessed spots shining on the high-top tables.
Menu: I will cover only the Happy Hour menu, since that’s what we came to enjoy. At every Happy Hour BP serves a wonderful pear martini for only $3.00. Draft beers are $3.00. The wine list has earned the restaurant the 2016 Wine Spectator Award. I have never had a bad [$5.00] glass of house wine, I will mention. Wednesday night is Wine Wednesday: half-price bottles of well-priced wines, by the way. Monday night is BYOWine, no corkage fee ($6 other nights). There are many more delectable items with different menus each Mon.-Thurs. night, 5 to 7 p.m.. But then there are those Fridays, with half-price Philly or Battlefield Burgers all night long, which are huge and out of this world!
To view all their menus including the bar menu, http://www.brandywineprime.com
Service: Unobtrusive but attentive, Keegan was our server; and his service was another aspect of this nice experience. Every [appetizer] entrée was served HOT. He apparently watched unnoticed to see when we looked ready for either food or drink, and he appeared just at the right moment. He gave us the same level of service he would give to someone enjoying a full meal with after-dinner drinks, desserts and coffee.
Experience: I had two of those fine pear martinis; my partner-in-cheap-eating-in-fine-places Bob had a gin martini, which was well made, a restaurant rarity. And then those beautiful oysters, served properly embedded in ice, with mignonette sauce, fresh lemon and spicy cocktail sauce. We then moved on to shared shrimp spring rolls served with apricot and ginger dipping sauce. Next came LOADED potato skins, which were crisp and flavorful and more like potato wedges, topped with sour cream, chives and crumbled bacon! We shared again, with plenty for both of us. What a satisfying end to the oyster beginning!
This turned out to be a full meal for The Cheap Eaters, with a check of $36.90 including tip.
I should also mention that Brandywine Prime’s Sunday Brunch is a special event, only $19.95 including bounteous buffet and entrée of your choice, plus superb desserts and coffee if you can still walk to the dessert table! But reservations are important—we learned the hard way. Visit their website to view that Brunch menu.
They also cater on- and off-premise and do very personalized rehearsal dinners, showers and birthday celebrations, as well as corporate events. Michael Majewsky and his team make every event one with their personal touch.
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Chadds Ford Restaurant – Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops at Chadds Ford Inn – Chester and Delaware County Restaurant & Catering, Rehearsal Dinners, Brunch
Chadds Ford Restaurant – Chester and Delaware County Restaurant & Catering, Rehearsal Dinners, Brunch in historic Chadds Ford location near Brandywine River Museum.
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