A farmstead-style feast provides a respite from city eating, where blocks are lined with interchangeable diners and street-tough apple pies steal themselves from windowsills. Enjoy the ambling pace of countryside cooking with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of fare at Northbrook MarketPlace in West Chester.
Northbrook MarketPlace's family of culinary bon vivants arrays homestyle feasts in a renovated mid-nineteenth century barn. Weekly BYOB family nights free parents from the tyranny of monopolistic babysitter cabals with an Italian pasta buffet on Thursdays ($9.95 per person, $5.95 for kids five and under) and a surf 'n' turf-themed Friday spread ($15.99 per person, $8.99 for kids five and under). The regular menu boasts reams of delectably barbecued smokehouse eats, such as a full rack of St. Louis ribs ($21.99) and piquant piles of beef brisket ($13.99 per pound). Additional hearty handheld eats include hot-pressed panini (from $5.99), made-to-order sandwiches (from $5.29), and savory breakfast burritos ($5.49). A sumptuous brunch awaits Sunday morning food-seekers, and the in-house bakery churns out a suite of fresh-fried donuts, including the house specialty apple cider variety.
Nestled within the Brandywine River Valley, this sustainable eatery provides a variety of settings for celebratory mastications, including a barn-top seating area, verdant courtyard, and subterranean seasoning bunker. The expansive marketplace also offers locally drawn honey, fresh-made ice cream, artisanal cheeses, and made-to-order confections for taste buds on the go.
Five Yelpers give Northbrook MarketPlace an average of 4.5 stars:
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.
1805 Unionville-Wawaset Rd.
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382Get Directions