No matter what the time of day, the dining room at Fayette Street Grille glows. During lunch hours, sun streams in through the brick corner building's big windows; at dinner, candlelight flickers off adobe-orange walls. For the past decade and a half, guests have been toting their own bottles of wine to accompany fresh New American cuisine such as apple-braised pork belly, lemon-and-rosemary chicken, and lots and lots of seafood. Lunch is, for the most part, lighter, although there's also an elevated burger made from dry-aged Angus chuck and short rib, served on a kaiser roll from Conshohocken Bakery.
Saxbys' rich array of caffeinated ambrosias, crafted from grade-one arabica beans, joins a bevy of teas and smoothies on the shop's extensive menu. Espresso drinks ($1.70+) include exotic cinnamon lattes and basic cappuccinos, which can be cloaked in frothy crema and 18 dulcet syrups. Two seasoned brewsmiths forge Saxbys' wide selection of roasts from single-origin, fair-trade, and organic beans, which undergo a European roasting process that pampers future mug fillers in cast-iron air-cooled cylinders, preparing cocoa-noted Tanzanian peaberries and italiano blends for beverage Valhalla. Frolattes ($3.70+), a frozen breed of latte rarely found in nature, exist in such flavors as white-chocolate mocha and flank a throng of teas ($1.30+) and fruity smoothies ($3.45+). Stomach-equipped cyborgs can bask in the soothing aura of the shop's free WiFi while noshing on one of the café's fresh pastries or paninis (food is not included with this Groupon).
Situated at the Conshohocken Train Station, Outbound Station’s menu conducts a freight-train-size medley of La Colombe coffees, fresh juices, and portable nibbles for hungry commuters. For an early dose of Old World energy, jump start your senses with a cappuccino ($2.75+), café au lait ($2+), or a chai-tea latte ($2.75). Stomachs adjust better to the waking world when comforted with a breakfast sandwich of two fresh eggs under a cheese blanket on a toast or bagel bed ($3.45). Spicy up commutes with a chorizo panini, a pressed repast of smoked chorizo sausage augmented by avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, and provolone ($6.95). Daily specialty bars feature guest appearances from pasta, wraps, tacos, and retired cabooses sighing wistfully for the days of steam trains and coal-powered espresso machines. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices quell commuter blues with vibrant blends such as the Vampire juice, a hearty mixture of carrot, beet, lime, and fawning teenage girls.
At Ella's American Bistro, executive chef Chad Jajczyk accents time-tested American dishes with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Cooks build the Ella's Classic burger by loading a juicy patty with cheddar and pecan-smoked bacon, and bathe their grilled strip steak in a bacon-jalapeno marmalade and red-wine reduction.
The eatery takes its name from Ella Anne Widener Wetherill, the late matriarch of the Wetherill family. She was a passionate equestrian and social fixture with an impeccable sense of style that is reflected in the restaurant's decor. Floor-to-ceiling windows make for a bright dining room peppered with family heirlooms and bouquets of domesticated flowers that don't have the skills to survive the outside world. Behind a 22-foot sycamore bar, bartenders serve local and national craft beers as well as specialty cocktails made with house-infused liquors.