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Birchrunville STore Cafe: Special Occassion Dinner

Bashful3 | Mar 19, 200807:20 PM

I was not disappointed. Drive there was a trip and a half--it took us almost two hours from Center City, via 202 to 401 to St. Mathhews Rd, etc: a trip that was supposed to take 49 minutes. If you go, from Center City or Western Suburbs, try to get Turnpike directions, from the Downingtown Rt. 100 exit. (Going home took 45 minutes).

Place is charming. Like a roadside inn from yesteryear. Attached Post Office (functional) serves as men's and ladies' rooms. Warm gracious service; friendly. Somewhat limited menu, but hard to choose. Let me help you avoid the one thing I didn't like: very small portions on both appetizers and desserts. Ask beforehand. My choice-a little tower with two kinds of crab, avocado and Japanese sea weed salad was about two bites worth. Hubby's salad with walnuts and gorgonzola was ample and satisfying. I did something I've never done before in a restaurant: I ordered a second appetizer after my main, and before my dessert, because I was hungry! (Really sweet--I was not charged for this) Three pates--duck, rabbit and venison, on a small piece of toast, topped with carmelized onion and cornichon pickle bits, accompanied by small salad. Again--very small portion, but more stick-to-the ribs than crab/avocado tower.

Hubby's main course was free range, organic breast of chicken in yummy reduction sauce, with a nice vegetable accompaniement. He ordered creamy polents, and raved over it. Best he's ever had since Lugano, Italy, about 15 years ago. (He's been chasing the perfect polenta) My main--venison filet with black trumpet mushrooms, Barolo reduction, came with that polenta, and it was absolutely luscious. $29 for the venison, $24 for the chicken.

Dessert of chocolate-almond upside down cake with creme Anglaise, $8.50 was also a bit small, but not a problem. Coffee excellent, but the most charming touch of all was a porcelein cow-creamer for that coffee!

A special place for a special occassion. If It weren't so far, I'd go back. Ideal for those in the Western suburbs--skip the Schulkill Expressway. To be fair, my husband, who is a small eater, was satisfied with the portion size. I obviously was not.

Thank you Chowhounds, for recommending this. An aside: they do not take credit cards; only cash and checks.

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