Restaurant Review for Brandywine Prime Friday Night Half-Price Burger Night
Owner: Michael Majewski
Ambiance: I am a big fan of the happy hours at Brandywine Prime partly because of the ambiance and service. The tavern/lounge is a big “comfy” room with cloth tablecloths and a variety of seating, and the bar is a good old zinc top bar which winds around the accommodating bartenders. There is a long high-top table island in the middle of the bar, with high-top tables for 2 all around the perimeter of the bar. The lounge is through French doors and open to the bar.
Service: This is what separates the Prime: Their service is impeccable and caring, and they treat happy hour customers as if they were the same royalty as if I were the Queen herself. Even on this buzzy last Friday evening in December, it was jammed with happy people, and the service was customized and very quick. They brought our food as we liked it, letting us know they can give us what we want. And that burger was at half price!
Experience: We intended to go to the Christmas Parade in West Chester, and we spent two hours in traffic at 5 p.m. unsuccessfully trying to locate just one parking spot. We began to think the Brandywine Prime sounded better! But we could hardly find a parking space in the lot there! The Prime is very popular, and I recommend starting as early as you can—which can be from 5 p.m. to 7, but half-price burgers are all night long. Our waitress asked how we want our burgers—a full quarter-pound prime beef on brioche roll, with jack or bleu cheese, carmelized or raw onion, the works if we want it, mushrooms if we want them. It was huge, and I couldn’t eat it all, but I enjoyed trying. We have split a burger in the past. It is kind of a knife & fork meal OR juices running down, which is another kind of happy. She asked how we wanted our beef, and it came rare, as ordered—and hot! The burger comes with a hearty serving of skin-on frites. There was a spinner with all the condiments we like, right in front of us. We had classic martinis first, with Beefeater’s gin and two olives—perfect. I got a glass of house cabernet sauvignon, and Bob got an interesting draft pint of IPA, perfectly pulled and with nice head. The drinks are not on special on Friday nights, but they were as good as always
Menu: Happy Hour Specials are shown below, to make it easy for you to pick your best night. We’ve done ‘em all. By the way, the wine list is excellent, including their house wine, which changes regularly. Monday is BYOW with no corkage fee, but any other night you are free to BYOW with a $6 corkage.
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