This 2012 Chester County Restaurant Festival has come and gone, almost in the blink of an eye, and a grand time was had by all. West Chester Recreation organized a fine group of more than 60 participating restaurants and food vendors for all attendees to taste their hearts out.
Whether you noshed Amani’s BYOB’s or Ka’Chi Food Truck‘s Short Rib Tacos, gobbled Barnaby’s Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, sampled Gadaleto’s Seafood‘s Lobster Rolls, or sank your teeth into Cakes and Candies by Maryellen’s Chip Oreos, the options were endless. No matter where attendees decided to munch, The Town Dish gave them a chance to voice their opinion afterward with our signature Choice Awards.
Once guests discovered the restaurant festival, bite after bite, they were able to use their cell phone and text a code for their favorite appetizer, entree and dessert to 41411. Each participating food booth had its own corresponding code hanging clear-as-day at their stand, so guests could simply text their picks to the Town Dish.
And text they did. When it was all said and done, the Restaurant Festival food critics may have debated between the various offerings, as they were all so delicious, but there were items that definitely stood out to their taste buds!
Winners of the 2012 Chester County Restaurant Festival Town Dish Choice Awards
BBQ Chicken Tostada — Mas Mexicali Cantina
Olive Branch Chicken Mishon — Olive BranchGrilled Chicken Breast with Fig Bacon Balsamic, Honey Glazed Nectarines & Asparagus. Topped with Toasted Almonds
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Cupcake — Olive BranchSavory Cupcakes created with Blue Moon’s Caramel Apple Beer paired with homemade Chocolate Ganache Beer Frosting, & Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Honorable mention is due to Amani’s BYOB for their second place snag in the Best Appetizer category with Short Rib Tacos. Ram’s Head Bar & Grill was the first runner up in the Entree category with their Filet Mignon Cheesesteak and Dia Doce was only a few counts away from stealing Olive Branch’s Best Dessert title with their infamous Cookies n’ Cream Truffle Stuffed Cupcake.
Additional bites that were in the running for this year’s Choice Awards included Firecreek‘s Duck Tacos, Twenty9‘s Blue Crab & Tuna Ceviche, Straughn’s Catering’s Deep-Fried Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, Kildare’s Irish Pub‘s BFG Wings, Mas‘ BBQ Chicken Tostada and Ryan’s Pub‘s Cheesesteak Wontons.