On Friday night, my husband, two friends and I enjoyed a leisurely dinner at Styer’s Garden Café in Glen Mills, PA. The setting is peaceful – a greenhouse of tables covered in linen tablecloths – and the food is excellent. The seasonal menu offered a variety of meat and seafood options, permitting everyone in our group to choose something different.
My favorite appetizer was the grilled watermelon salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes and crumbles of blue cheese. It was the perfect salad to celebrate the end of summer. The top two main courses were the whole grilled branzino over fennel and barley and the halibut with summer squash and eggplant. The branzino skin was crispy, while the meat was cooked to perfection. The halibut, which many other restaurants tend to overcook and dry out, was moist and tasty.
Before our dessert of coffee ice cream, we shared the generous cheese board of five local cheeses, honey, quince paste and crostinis. It is difficult for local restaurants to beat Styer’s in terms of the quality and taste of the food, the setting, and, of course, the fact that you can bring your favorite sparkling, red or white to this BYOB.