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Restaurant Review: The Whip Tavern

Best kept secret in Chester County! Came across this place after googling Irish/gastropub food for a place to go on st patricks day.  Nestled in the horse farms of Chester county, this little cottage is hands down a perfect place to go if looking for authentic English food. No reservations are accepted, they are closed on Tuesday but on a positive note the are BYOB! If you dont bring  your own, have no fear. They have a wide selection of draft and bottled beers. My favorite is a snakebite- Half Yager Half Cider. They have limited parking so I would get there early around 5 or later around 9ish.  Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, affordable fresh dishes. Lots of tv’s to watch soccer, horse racing or any local sports on. I have been to the Whip Tavern about 5 times- each time I am very pleased with the service and my meal.

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Sneak peak of the menu!

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My favorite appetizer- Welsh Rarebit…Melted irish cheeses with fresh toasted bread for dipping! Who doesn’t love melted cheese!!

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Scotch Egg- Yes I know it does look very odd but the flavor is so distinct and delicious! Fried sausage wrapped in a hard boiled egg!

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My dinner- flakey, buttery, melt in your mouth fish and chips! The fish is fresh, not too overly fried or soggy.  And Yes they make there own steak fries! 🙂

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Restaurant Review: Victory Brewing Company

 Conveniently located about 10 min outside of where I live, Victory Brewing has a Brewpub serving up quality sandwiches and entrees that pair well with all the beers they have on tap. Not sure what kind of beer to get- ask the server! They are very knowledgeable in the flavors and styles of each beer. Heads up dont expect any beer besides Victory, they do serve wine though.  Love the beer and want to take it home, you can in one of their Growlers!

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The food was inexpensive, delicious and the portions were massive! Most of their menu items have a twist to them. They serve up your typical home style favorites but put their own spin on it. They use local ingredients in their entrees and pizza. I started out with the fries as an appetizer. It included three types of fries with a chiptole mayo dipping sauce.  Two thumbs up from me!

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Next up I got ” The Diane” which had hickory smoked turkey, avocado aioli, white cheddar, roasted tomato spread, brioche! The smokey flavor from the meat tasted so well with the toasted bread. I added bacon to it for an extra 2 bucks!

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If you are ever in the Philadelphia region, check out these other breweries in the area!

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Restaurant Review : Franzone’s

Question for you bloggers…What makes a pizza awesome? Is it the cheese? The dough? The sauce? The way its cooked? I wanna hear what you think!

I spent my summers at the jersey shore working and would often eat ” Mac and Manco Pizza” now called ” Manco and Manco” for literally lunch and dinner. It was cheap, cooked evenly throughout the pie, the perfect amount of cheese and definitely a jersey shore tradition. However, after summer was over I would find myself sad because there are not too many family owned, top quality little pizza shops in West Chester, PA… Until I drove 20 minutes, to a pizza shop called Franzone’s. Located in a small town called Bridgeport, 2 miles past King of Prussia, this place I definitely receives an A+ for the most unique tasting pizza I have had!

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Franzones has a a dine in restaurant , take out beer and a pizza menu that will not disappoint. Philadelphia Magazine awarded Franzone’s “Best of Philly” and local sports radio voted this shop top ten for pizza in Philadelphia area. I now see why.

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Franzone’s makes their fresh dough daily, which you can watch them make it in the window. The sauce is sweet which I have had nothing like it before- that is the secret. There is not too much sauce and its not thick and heavy, very smooth . There is a perfect amount of crust. They place the cheese down first then the sauce. I rarely eat more than one slice of pizza but when I had Frazones, I was able to eat 4, it was that good and addicting!  The picture does not do it justice, you will just have to try it out for yourself if anytime you are in this small town!

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Restaurant Review: Frankford Hall

Nestled in the heart of Fishtown in Philadelphia, Frankford Hall is your go to place for simple, fast, quality German Cuisines. Choose to hang out inside with a group of friends playing Jenga at the table or relax outside in the beer garden!

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Frankford Hall is  first come first serve with no reservations. Grab a seat while you see an open one! This Steven Starr establishment is set up like a fast food joint- you walk up to the counter to order your food. Its cheap, fast and no tipping is required. Don’t be fooled! Frankford Hall hands down and two thumbs up is the best German Food I have tasted ( along with my grandfathers of course).

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The menu is short and simple with your typical German Favorites: Warm Bavarian Pretzels, Sausages, Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad and Sauerkraut. Frankford Hall really stresses the importance of flavor behind their homemade sausages. Its simply just a sausage link on a roll, with a side of Mustard. I had the Keisekrainer ( beef,pork,cheese). Trust me when I say no need to add a bunch of toppings. The cheese melted out of the sausage which paired so well with the toasted buttery roll.

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I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for something that is cheap and has a unique atmosphere! Bravo Steven Starr for allowing me to explore my German roots close to home at this one of a kind restaurant!

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