I really like Yelp. In the old days, I would have searched chowhound.com or citysearch.com for restaurant recommendations, but these days, it’s all about Yelp, despite the fact I have never posted a review on the site myself. So when planning a trip to Longwood Gardens over the holidays, I searched Yelp for top-rated restaurants in Kennett Square, small town southwest of Philadelphia.While the local Mexican place received high marks, Talulah’s Table came in at number one – and this article in Conde Nast’s Portfolio sealed the deal. Talulah’s, started by two Philadelphia restaurateurs, boasts one of the country’s hardest to secure dinner reservations. With just one nightly seating for 12, it’s no wonder. Even Ko seats more than that (although they start taking reservations one week in advance vs. Talulah’s one year).
Luckily, lunch is easier to come by.
Just grab a sandwich or salad from the case upfront, or wander toward the back to the store for prepared food by the pound (or, in the crab cakes and potpies, by the item!). Place your order and wander back to the coffee bar to grab a mocha or browse the shelves lining the room for a must-have gourmet grocery item. Then grab a seat at THE table and wait for your lunch.
Although portions were on the small side, the dishes I sampled packed a punch. Lunch for three, including: two mochas, a chicken pot pie, a crab cake, a side order of brussel sprouts with walnuts and a small serving of porcini pasta salad came to about $35.