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It can be difficult to tear your gaze from Tavola Restaurant & Bar's dining-room windows, which overlook the lush rolling hills, majestic pines, and rustic gazebo of the surrounding country club. But soon, an enticing aroma compels your nose to turn toward the kitchen. Inside, chefs bustle about, folding fresh herbs, aromatic sauces, and crisp vegetables into a variety of Italian specialties—including the buttery shrimp scampi lauded by reporters from CBS Philly. A nearby brick oven melts mozzarella cheese onto gourmet pizzas.

The elegant dining room hosts diners swirling strings of pasta beside chandelier-illuminated oil paintings, and the cushy white sofas of the bar area support guests sipping Italian and American wines. Those seeking the best views venture to the outdoor patio, where they can watch seasoned golfers play on Springfield Country Club’s course or make sand angels in the sand traps.

400 W Sproul Rd
Springfield,
PA
US

Bogart's Bar & Grill comforts diners through a menu of hearty American sandwiches and entrees. Piled-high chicken nachos send morsels of tender poultry skiing down a cheese-slathered mountain of tortilla chips complete with jalapeño peppers and mini ski lifts ($8.99) . For the main dish, staff can hand-carve slow-roasted slabs of meat to stuff au-jus-sprinkled kaiser rolls, crafting Bogart’s signature roast-beef sandwiches ($7.29). Alternately, opt for a hot entree, such as the Yuengling fish 'n' chips, for which kitchen craftsmen slather a cod fillet in beer batter before a dip in the deep-fryer turns it crispy, readying it to take its place for a photo op beside a giggling group of waffle-fry fans ($11.99).

773 W Sproul Rd
Springfield,
PA
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"There are no strangers here—just friends you have yet to meet,” so reads the motto painted on the parchment-colored walls of Maggie O'Neill's foyer. The pub aims to live up to this neighborly ethos by offering up an inviting hangout space with three stories. In the top-floor bar area, you can sip on a draft beer, play shuffleboard, or catch a basketball game on TV. The downstairs dining area has table draped in linens, and you can head here to enjoy beer-battered fish and chips and golden-brown shepherd’s pie.

Maggie O’Neill’s décor is an homage to Ireland: there’s a hand-painted Guinness ad on the building's exterior, and the bartop is made of dark varnished wood. Along the walls inside, you might notice the Poet's Corner, which is dedicated to famous Irish authors. It has impassioned musings on art from James Joyce, witty nuggets of wisdom from Jonathan Swift, and Brendan Behan’s rhymed shopping lists.

1062 Pontiac Rd
Drexel Hill,
PA
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Every year, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance offers a presentation of classic automobiles during a slew of engine-revving events, encouraging mingling between proud owners and spectators. In the past, auto enthusiasts have cried antifreeze tears while marveling at everything from pristine Henderson motorcycles to sleek, aerodynamic Ferraris.


826 Providence Rd
Malvern,
PA
US

Founded in 1994 as a recording studio, the MilkBoy brand has since burgeoned into two bustling cafes and an all-ages venue for live music and artistic events. MilkBoy Coffee's multifarious menu brims with snacks and drinks for vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores alike. Morning munchers kick-start the day with a big breakfast burrito, packed with scrambled eggs, black beans, sausage, sour cream, cheddar, and yawn-eradicating salsa ($5.95). For lunch, hands can happily encircle the bruschetta-chicken wrap, with a savory sleeping bag of shredded chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta ($6.25), and teeth can burrow into the herbivorous depths of the veggie burger, served with a vegan thousand-island dressing, named for the number of islands ruled by Oprah ($5.25). MilkBoy’s PB&J sandwich whisks customers back to a simpler time when blanket capes were de rigeur ($3.95). To drink, sip on a steamy café au lait ($2 for a small) or a frosty mint-chocolate-chip milkshake ($4.95).

824 W Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr,
PA
US

Ever since its first location opened in 1994, very rarely is there a quiet moment at J.D. McGillicuddy's. Crowds watching the Phillies cheer and groan in unison, and members of bachelorette parties dance around groups of old friends meeting for a drink. The only time the noise dips is when the staff brings out plates of the house's flavorful pub food. Wings, burgers, pizzas, and nachos fill the menu, with East Coast twists such as Old Bay seasoning and jumbo lump crabmeat. Each spacious location has also been known to host special events, from DJ-spun theme nights and pub crawls to Easter breakfasts.

33 Brookline Blvd
Havertown,
PA
US