Birchrunville Store Cafe
1403 Hollow Road, at Flowing Springs Road
Birchrunville, PA 19421
#27 on the 2009 Philly Mag 50
#13 on the 2008 Philly Mag 50
Despite the remote location, many diners here are regulars with standing reservations, and the service is accordingly friendly and homey. In the kitchen, chef Francis Trzeciak has a skill for balancing rustic pâtés and textbook cheese soufflés with emulsions, layered purées and intense reductions. The best way to taste Trzeciak’s talents: the Thursday-night $65 six-course tasting menu.
Best of Philly 2002 BYOB
Fresh New American menu nightly, using homegrown organic herbs, in relaxed country space. THE MUST-TRY: Venison carpaccio with mâ...
User Reviews (3) :
Took friends to dinner. Our guest discovered a live bug in his food. It tried to crawl around his plate but he killed it. No apology by chef or owner even though we were the last ones in the restaurant. No price consideration made to bill. Slip made by waitress made it obvious that bug was scraped off and same food delivered back to us. We had all ordered the special and she announced that we had gotten the last four. Then where did the extra meal come from that was given to our friend? Game over.
Posted by Miriam: May. May 12th, 2009 at 6:48 PM
Ate there last night. With in-laws as a treat for them, they are both in their 80's. Showed up early and were told to wait outside, or in our car. Strike 1.
Dining room was noisy and wait staff not professional. Strike - 2
At the end of the meal, we were finally told they only take cash. All I had was plastic. No one tells you this! Although apparently they are supposed to when you confirm your table...Stike 3.
We did all agree the food was very good, if anything somewhat conservative on flavor.
I'd give it another try, but not worth the wait (2 months) or the hype. Save yourslef the drive and go to Alba in Malvern. FAR better BYOB all around!
Posted by Eric: Feb. February 10th, 2008 at 8:47 AM
This BYOB small chic restaurant in the heart of Birchrunville (think Sleepy Hollow in the pitch of night) offers the best of all worlds: exquisite food, first rate wait staff, a front porch with bentwood rockers and ex-rockers a little bent, and an atmosphere that is rare with hard to descibe singularity. It can get a little loud because the patrons seems to truly enjoy themselves but that's never a bad thing. GO!
Posted by Gery: Jan. January 31st, 2008 at 3:13 PM