A Fresh Take on Al Fresco

Spring is in the air and, if your allergies aren’t too bad, this is the perfect time of year to dine al fresco. Take a stroll along Gay and Market Streets and you’ll find a host of wonderful outdoor dining opportunities. If you’re in the mood to mix things up you might be surprised to find a few choices just a stride off (or hidden along) the beaten path.

McKenzie Brew House

This brewpub might be situated on a rather uninspiring patch along Route 30 across from the DMV, but McKenzie’s fun dining area in the back will make you feel like you’re somewhere tropical (or maybe just the Jersey shore, but hey, that’s good enough!) Try the Key West salad with grilled tuna and French country spring ale under an umbrella tables and pretend the sound of passing cars is just the ocean waves.

240 Lancaster Ave, Malvern

Phone: 610-296-2222


Goose Creek Grill

You’d never find it unless you were looking for it. Goose Creek Grill has a lovely little spot along a rural Chester County road only minutes away from town. With a back deck overlooking nearby woods and an Italian and American influenced menu, this restaurant is worth uncovering.

840 E. Street Road, West Chester

Phone: 610-399-0900


Coyote Crossing

Although it’s right in the heart of West Chester, Coyote Crossing’s rooftop dining area will whisk you off to a romantic state of mind. You’ll enjoy the authentic Mexican dishes, but you’ll absolutely fall in love with the beautiful ambiance.

102 East Market Street, West Chester

Phone: 610-429-8900


Barnaby’s of America

I know, I know – this recent addition to the West Chester bar scene is already crawling with barely of-age college kids (no offense to our collegiate readers). But trust me; their outside patio is charming and sophisticated enough for grown-ups of all ages to enjoy.

15 S. High Street, West Chester

Phone: 610-696-1400


Appetite’s on Main

Featuring live bands throughout the week, outdoor space heaters and a respectable beer selection, Appetite’s on Main is a great place to eat outside. If there’s a wait, just do a little shopping at Barnes & Noble or other nearby shops. Plus, in the unlikely event that you’re still hungry afterwards, you can walk down the street for dessert…

Main Street at Exton Town Center

Phone: 610-592-2030


Maggie Moo’s

Mooove over, silly prepackaged pints – at Maggie Moo’s, you can put whatever you want into your ice cream (and the results are delicious!). They don’t even offer indoor seating, so pull up some space at an outdoor table or stroll along the nearby path.

101 Woodcutter St, Exton

Phone: 610-363-6210