Difficult reservation to get, but a last minute invite from a friend gave us a chance to dine at the legendary BYOB, Birchrunville Store Cafe, in tiny one-stop-sign Birchrunville PA (our second visit).
~Complementary pate (boar or venison, I forget) appetizer (we were dining with a regular)
~Appetizer: Fresh Maine lobster & Washington State mussels bisque with port wine, and a lump crab cake ($12)
~Daily special appetizer (and a signature dish): Escargot~Roasted
~Entree: Berkshire pork chop, hedgehog mushrooms, green peppercorn, with cognac reduction ($30)
~Dessert: Coconut cheesecake with chocolate crust
BYOB (good stems), food is good, service is good, although both reflect the somewhat iconoclastic nature of Chef Frank (YMMV). Apparently a pain in the ass to get a reservation (I've never tried), and the place was packed on a Friday night (but only a modest hum of conversation), easy parking, and it really isn't that far away (25 min drive SW from Collegeville, only 2 miles from Birchrun Farm, which would make a fun day trip).
Something all Philly Foodies should try at least once.
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