Local Loves

By Abby Dupes | March 15, 2021 | Food & Drink Lifestyle

Here's what's hot on the Main Line this March.

A variety of plates from Stove and Tap surround one of its specialty cocktails. PHOTO BY EDDY MARENCO
A variety of plates from Stove and Tap surround one of its specialty cocktails.


Philadelphia native, mom, author, filmmaker and educator Hallee Adelman dives into thought awareness and meaningful issues in her latest youth series, Way Past Books. A must-read for the little ones in your life, these books follow the narratives of children experiencing emotions like anger, jealousy, worry and sadness. “With these books, I want kids to see that feeling big feelings—whether mad, sad, worried—is OK and sometimes important, but they don’t have to take their anger out on others,” Adelman says, “They can find positive ways to get past their big feelings like running, dancing, baking, breathing and talking it out. Hopefully, grown-ups and kids who read the book will be inspired to turn negative energy into something productive, and to make better choices when handling difficult feelings.” waypastbooks.com; halleeadelman.com


Right in the heart of West Chester’s vibrant and robust downtown scene comes Stove and Tap, a rustic Americana-inspired eatery featuring upscale comfort food classics and chef-driven dishes utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Tap nachos with charred corn, beans, Jack cheese, jalapeno and cilantro start the meal off right and accent the kitchen’s hearty handheld brisket dip perfectly. Feeling thirsty? Head to the bar, where you’ll find a bevy of craft cocktails, U.S.-made wines and a dynamic beer list made for kicking back with friends. End dinner on a sweet note with an all-American dessert—think butterscotch and salted caramel budino, warm apple crumble and the hot chocolate pot molten cake. 158 West Gay St., West Chester, stoveandtap.com


Observe over 70 years of creative exploration by talents in the Delaware Valley region at the Michener Museum’s latest exhibition, Through the Lens. Nearly 100 works from famed artists like Paula Chamlee, Edmund Eckstein, David Graham, Emmett Gowin, Diane Levell, Jack Rosen, Charles Sheeler and Susan Fenton grace the walls, with subject matters encompassing form and figuration, landscape, community and social activism. From meticulous handpainted agrarian landscapes to bold photographs snapped during racial injustice demonstrations, this exhibition highlights the distinctive work in the Michener’s collection. Through Aug. 15, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, michenerartmuseum.org


If you’ve been on the hunt for a new restaurant to try this spring, you’ve come to the right place—Otto by Polpo is bringing all the buzz with its upscale Italian dining experience. Its culinary specialty is Venetian-inspired dishes and classic Italian meals with a modern twist. Th ink succulent veal medallions with porcini and prosciutto in a cognac demiglaze; linguine with shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams in a garlic white wine sauce; and a quartet of savory risotto plates. 52 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, ottobypolpo.com


During the pandemic, pharmacist and mother of three Rosa (Kechian) Zeibari was looking for a venture to channel her creative energy into. She started creating themed kits—pasta and sweet charcuterie boards or boxes filled with Greek foods—for her children every evening as a distraction from the stress of COVID-19. With her family’s encouragement, Zeibari founded Bash Kits (@bash_kits), a gift box and board business that incorporates local foods, gift s, florals and beauty products. From baby showers to birthdays, date night to dinners, the Insta-worthy brand creates kits for any celebration you can imagine. With plenty of customizations available, Bash Kits are perfect for every person and occasion in your life.

Photography by: Eddy Marenco