All their information is right here in the newsletter, as they have remained loyal to Welcome Neighbor as one of our key sponsors: and they’ve remained loyal to their customers, staying open and providing their signature highest quality food in curbside takeaway, delivery, family meals, and then outdoor dining on the patio or porch, and finally, inside dining according to our PA guidelines. We admire the nimble pivot Chef-Owner Michael Majewski and his team have done from the fine dining environment to a “whatever it takes” state of mind—and they have done it so well!
Ambiance: We sat outside on the patio under an umbrella and in a shady and secluded spot, where we could see other diners, but were a safe distance away. Katie, our server, wore a mask the whole time, as did every other staff member.
Service: The service was so attentive and helpful, and every request was not only honored, but poured on. I wanted a dish which was only on the takeout menu from the night before, and they accommodated me by making up just what I wanted.
Experience: Since I was the birthday girl, I got whatever I wanted, no thoughts about watching the budget—which has remained unused since March! Since we are called the Cheap Eaters, it is rare that we eat a dinner meal at a fine dining restaurant, but I can tell you, the savings plan for the next Brandywine Prime meal is in place! Dum vivimo, vivamus!
The drinks were icy chilled--Bob was drinking blood orange martinis and I a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The salads were crisp and perfectly dressed, the appetizers lush, and the entrees so hot and perfect! It couldn’t have been better. We started with shrimp eggrolls and a dipping sauce, and Bob who doesn’t like shrimp was swooning over the taste. Bob got the Delmonico steak, which was not only huge, but the best and most tender we’ve ever tasted. I watched him keep trying not to finish it, but he couldn’t stop savoring it. My dish was a giant crabcake on a mélange of orzo, haricots verts, baby peas, baby carrots, and more crab sprinkled around. There was a wonderful side of Meyer lemon aioli. I could only eat half of it, but enjoyed the other half for lunch the next day. Desserts were a surprise for me, the chocolate chip cheesecake shown above, complete with candle; and Bob got hand-cranked chocolate ice cream.
Menu: Almost their entire menu is available for dining there, in or out; and they have takeout specials every day. Wednesday is usually a special take-home meal for two, or four if there are other sophisticated diners in the family. Generally speaking, the dishes are full of surprises and excellence, but not so far off the mark of “food I recognize” that it would scare away that diner who wants a great meal but is not looking for Lebanon Bologna foam on a bed of arugula—you know what I mean, right?
Total Bill: About $171 plus tip and worth every penny.
Comments: You can read our other restaurant reviews, including more of the Brandywine Prime, at our website, WelcomeNeighborPA.com, or TheCheapEater.com
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Anne & Bob Pounds, the owners of Welcome Neighbor, the new home owner personal visitation, community orientation service and deliverer of special housewarming gifts from sponsoring business owners, enjoy having the best eating out experiences... at the lowest prices, hence thecheapeater.com They love sharing their "finds" here and in their monthly newsletter: the Neighborly News. Enjoy!