There are more than 65 eateries in downtown West Chester. Whether you enjoy al fresco dining at the many sidewalk cafes or an intimate BYOB, you will find a restaurant for every taste and budget. After 10pm, there are plenty of choices for entertainment and dancing. See the complete list of downtown restaurants at the Restaurants Directory.
BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES -- FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, September 4, 2015 | 6pm-8pm | Downtown West Chester
With the popularity of last year's visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales, it's a natural that they are coming back to downtown West Chester to participate in First Friday. Watch this historic event in downtown West Chester as the fuzzy-footed giants clippity-clop along Gay and Market Streets from 6pm to 8pm. It starts at Gay and Matlack Streets, proceeds west to Darlington, then south to Market, then east to Walnut Street. See details.
And don't forget to stop by the shops and boutiques to check what's new and what's cool. Free parking on the street after 5pm Friday. West Chester Vintage Market at the Chestnut Street Garage from 4-9pm.
Check out what's new on the foodie scene. . .
RapiDOUGH PIZZA PIES | 30 S High St
Brothers Nick Farrell and Tom Farrell have opened RapiDOUGH Pizza Pies (484-266-0681) offering distinctive pizzas, salads and calzones for dine-in, call-ahead, online ordering and take-out. Try the all natural drinks by 3rd Coast Soda Co., dispensing a healthier alternative to traditional sodas.
WEST CHESTER DELI | 117 W Gay St
The West Chester Deli, located at 117 W Gay, is a place where you can pick-up a made-to-order sandwich to eat-in or take-out. You'll also find a selection of packaged grocery items, frozen desserts, and drinks for a quick snack. Check it out.
SPLIT RAIL TAVERN | 15 N Walnut St
Connect to handcrafted food and drink made from locally-sourced, common-sense ingredients in a humble, yet refined environment at Split Rail Tavern, now open at 15 North Walnut Street (484-999-8805). Read more at fig.
SALOON 151 | 151 W Gay St
Join Saloon 151 Whiskey Bar & Grill (151 W Gay St, 610-701-8489) during the Grand Opening Celebrations! Saloon 151's menu features slow-cooked meats, hand-cut fries, and, of course, an extensive whiskey and craft beer list. Stop in August 10 - 14 and enjoy great food and drink specials, gift card give-aways, live music and more! See more at The Town Dish.
BOXCAR BREWPUB | 142 E Market St
Locally-crafted beers from Boxcar Brewing Co plus Pennsylvania wines and cider are offered at the new Boxcar Brewpub (142 East Market St). Food menu offers authentic, non-processed pub fare so every time you walk through our doors, you’ll to feel at home in a casual atmosphere that was built for the beer lover. See West Chester Dish article First Look: Boxcar Brewing Company Opens a Brewpub in Downtown West Chester.
THE LUNCHBOX CAFE | 234 W Market St
Offering breakfast and lunch -- or just a place to relax with a cup of coffee. Menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and Thai dishes. Table service or to go. Vegan and Vegetarian are also available. Try them for Sunday brunch. facebook
MERCATO | 33 W Market St
Southern Italian cuisine is the influence for Mercato Ristorante (610-701-6326). Whether it's a Neapolitan pizza baked in a brick oven, or artisan pasta and fish dishes prepared from authentic recipes, you will find an Old World experience at Mercato.
THE CLASSIC DINER | 16 E Gay St
A menu that offers well-presented traditional and non-traditional "classic diner fare" including the renowned eggs Benedict, "famous" bacon, a wide array of egg dishes, brioche french toast, and buttermilk pancakes. Favored lunch offerings include the Boston BBQ pulled pork, crab cake sandwich with chili lime aioli and custom order burgers.
GEMELLI ARTISINAL GELATO & DESSERT CAFE | 12 W Market St
Offering truly Italian artisanal gelato and unique Italian desserts, Gemelli is the first Italian owned & operated Gelateria in the Greater Philadlelphia Area. Professionally trained gelato masters use only wholesome, local and organic ingredients for a healthier dessert experience made daily in the store.
MUMBAI BISTRO | 18 S Church St
Healthy and affordable Indian cuisine combines freshness with great taste. Mumbai Bistro prepares their dishes slowly, then served fast. Perfect for the healthy life-style -- no butter or ghee used and no trans fat cooking oils. Vegan, gluten-free, & lactose-free options available. Most items are nut-free. Eat-in, take-out, delivery and online ordering available.
The Couch Tomato Café, 31 West Gay Street, now offers their enormously popular lineup of specialty salads and gourmet pizzas to the vibrant Borough of West Chester as a BYOB establishment (as in: bring your favorite wine or beer). Stop by and see their newly built restaurant from 11am to 10pm daily. Watch for their Grand Opening on January 31. See details at West Chester Dish.
WEST CHESTER HERO
To help you be safe from The Hunger, West Chester Hero, at 230 West Market Street, offers hoagies, cheesesteaks, burgers, hot sandwiches, wraps, soups & salads, and even pasta dishes. Free delivery and curbside pick-up available. Call 610-436-1600.
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COUNTYLINES ANNUAL DINING GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Pick up your copy of the January County Lines Magazine for their Annual Dining Guide featuring new West Chester restaurants and the Best of the Best. Pick up your copy today. See the article The Amazing Expanding West Chester Restaurant Scene plus other restaurant news you don't want to miss. Featured restaurants at facebook.
Many downtown restaurants are participating in ThinkShopBuy...Local, a special discount coupon program developed by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See the special offers from the participating downtown restaurants.
VIDEOS TOUT WEST CHESTER RESTAURANTS
- Adam Joseph visited i-Pasta (134 E Gay St, 484-887-0760) for FYI Philly and gave a review of this popular BYOB. See the video at i-pasta.net.
- You'll be ready to eat your way through West Chester after watching Tim Furlong in this video episode of Nonstop Foodies on NBC Philadelphia Nonstop.
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PARKING TIP >> Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map (PDF).