At Northbrook MarketPlace, guests can enter a restored 1850s fieldstone barn with bright-red wood siding and picturesque white wooden frames to browse the market and grab dishes made from fresh, sustainable ingredients. Chefs fire up tender brisket in the smokehouse, make sandwiches to order, and pluck signature apple-cider donuts from trees. Diners can also nosh on daily hot-meal specials, including chicken pot pies and fish 'n' chips, then slide forks into the flaky crust of the daily pie while sitting inside the marketplace, outside in the courtyard, or at home. For those who want a more leisurely meal, the Chef's Table, which was named Philadelphia magazine's Best Private Dining Table in 2009, proffers an hours-long culinary experience in which patrons devour local, gourmet fare from a tasting menu designed by head chef Rob Boone. The week's BYOB feasts include the Chef's Table banquet; Family Nights, which feed visiting households and peckish minivans with an Italian buffet; and brunch, which mollifies maws with homemade granola and barbecue sliders.
At Gadaleto's Seafood Market, owner and operator Andy Gadaleto knows a quality catch when he sees it. Since 1945, a member of his family has helmed the market, accumulating a wealth of knowledge on swordfish, lobster, clams, and wild salmon, as well as more than 60 years of vendor relations that helps them acquire fresh products. Four generations later, quality seafood is still a passion for the Gadaleto bunch. On top of daily shipments direct from Florida, Alaska, and Maine, Andy or a family member travels to the freight terminal and wholesale fish market in Philadelphia to pick up other fresh seafood, such as scallops, oysters, and crabs, or swap news of the latest tariffs imposed by the merpeople. Beyond buying and selling sustainable seafood, Andy and the staff happily share their favorite recipes with curious customers.
Beautiful, healthy bouquets of fresh fruit bloom from beneath the green thumbs of FruitFlowers' posy artisans. An extensive, mouthwatering selection includes the Berry Birthday bouquet, which celebrates annual harvests of infant orchards with a sweet amalgam of produce tucked beneath an included "Happy Birthday!" balloon ($50). Trick sweet teeth into nutritious noshes with the Petite Floral Fruit Dipped's lush flora, interspersed with chocolate-dipped strawberries and nestled inside a scarlet pail ($45). Thinking of You bunches corral succulent strawberries and yellow faux flowers inside a beaming mug ($39) to send friends or former dental hygienists well wishes.
In 1924, the Stratton family broke ground on a farm and began growing deep roots for vegetables and family alike. Since then, four generations of the Stratton family have worked the land, cultivating crops of sweet corn and raising flocks of dorset sheep. The family invites visitors onto its property to celebrate autumn with festive attractions including hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, and a corn maze.
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Bella's Ristorante’s rustic stone exterior, rippling Italian flag, and trio of gables lure guests inside, where they’re greeted by the savory aromas of classic italian marinara and lemon-butter white-wine sauce. These blanket giant portions of new zealand clams and shrimp, chicken and veal, and gluten-free options. While enduring favorites such as personal pizzas loaded with portobello mushrooms, ricotta, and calamari are always on the menu, rotating specials such as ravioli plump with goat cheese prevent dinners from getting too predictable, unlike waiters who never tell you the specials via charades.
The restaurant’s decor transports diners to Italy with murals of boats rowing along aquamarine canals, Roman arches, and plaster chipped away to reveal brick underneath. Guests lounge in black leather chairs or booths as they lick their plates clean.