By Marni Manko & Emily Pellini By Marni Manko & Emily Pellini | July 7, 2021 | Food & Drink Main Line
Three reservations to book now for every kind of culinary vibe.
The resplendent interior at DePaul’s Table PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY HILL FILMS
IN DEPAUL’S WE TRUST
The gorgeous and stately old Haverford Trust Building on the outskirts of Suburban Square in Ardmore has seen many lives—most recently, the sumptuous Bercy brasserie. But its most current incarnation as DePaul’s Table (depaulstable.com) has been its most audacious, and auspicious, yet.
As a luxe modern Italian steakhouse that offers the likes of a $125 48-ounce tomahawk ribeye steak that’ll satiate even the most discerningly voracious carnivore, Anthony DePaul—formerly of The Chophouse and Marc Forgione’s American Cut Steakhouse—believes that nothing less than the long-lost artform of the maitre d’ is befitting of his Main Line clientele. “There’s nothing more important to me than top-notch service, the freshness of ingredients and a dedication to our food and drink offerings,” he says.
With a premium put on locally sourced and curated ingredients, menu standouts include the sea scallops with a porcini dusting, a 28-day-dry-aged Pat LaFrieda N.Y. strip, the bone-in veal Milanese and an icy seafood tower.
THE GARDEN OF SUBURBAN EATIN’
Suburban Square has undeniably enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance of late, and in the very center of this reenlivened shopping mecca is the culinary phoenix known as Lola’s Garden (lolasgardenrestaurant.com). With over 140 seats located outdoors on the sidewalk cafe and under the sumptuously verdant trellis, Lola’s Garden positively screams quaint alfresco summer dining. But it’s not just the space and place that make Lola’s one of the hottest places to see and be seen on the Main Line this summer—it’s also the caliber and quality of the culinary offerings.
A flight of refreshing cocktails.
“Because we’re the hub of a historic local shopping center, we really wanted to lean in on sourcing and showcasing all the wonderful food, beer, wine and spirits that are produced in our little corner of the world,” says general manager Jason Savard. All food is sustainable and locally sourced, and must-tries include the roasted free-bird chicken breast with spring vegetable ratatouille, Italian olives and rosemary; seared N.J. scallop and grilled endive with pickled red onion, lemon and fennel pollen vinaigrette; and the ricotta beignets with Meyer lemon and honey.
Inside Lola’s Garden. PHOTO COURTESY OF FCM HOSPITALITY GROUP; BY EDDY MARENCO
Lola’s boasts 15 all-local and state beers on tap and a cocktail program that features more than a dozen draft and handcrafted cocktails, including flights. Says Savard, “You’ll never see a preprocessed ingredient packed with preservatives behind this bar. Like a scratch kitchen, we produce it all from raw ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible.”
A barbecue dish at Morgan’s Brooklyn BBQ. PHOTO COURTESY OF FOOD & CITY
Located on the outskirts of King of Prussia Mall, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue (morgansbrooklynbarbecue.com) is bringing its award-winning combination of craveworthy smokehouse fare and craft brews to the suburbs. Brought to life by restaurateur Mathew Glazier and helmed by executive chef Cenobio Canalizo, the eatery will advance the legacy of its Brooklyn roots with high-quality, slow-smoked-over-white-oak meats, from turkey to prime brisket.
Morgan’s menu also features classic twists on a few unexpected sides, including six varieties of specialty macaroni and cheese, Frito pie and the crowd-favorite smoked queso served with housemade tortilla chips. Wash down all that barbecue goodness by sampling from a deep well of brews and bourbon, best enjoyed sitting on the expansive 80-seat outdoor patio. Morgan’s offers a robust craft beer program with a rotating eight-tap station featuring Brooklyn craft beers and local names, such as Workhorse and Conshohocken Brewing Company.
Photography by: Society Hill Films; Eddy Marenco/FCM Hospitality Group; Food & City