Page 31 - The Hunt - Summer 2018
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                     Finding the right spot to have lunch out in the summer is often a
matter of pleasant contrasts.
On the one hand, there’s the attraction of the sidewalk café in the middle of a crowded, bustling city. It’s a place to sit with old friends or even make a few new ones, sunglasses on and a bottle of wine chilling in the ice bucket as people pass by a few feet from your table, some stopping to say hello.
On the other, there’s the lure of the countryside, driving down quiet roads you scarcely know or have forgotten about, top down in a vintage convertible no matter your age. In the passenger seat is someone you care about, the two of you looking for an exciting spot in the middle of nowhere, or perhaps nestled in a small town that time has graciously opted to forget a bit longer.
Even if you live in the country, there are places a half hour or so away that you can finally decide to visit for the first time—or revisit after you’ve stayed away too long. To get you started, here are five of our favorites to consider.
Four Dogs Tavern. Opposite: Four Dogs’ charcuterie offering. Below: Bayard House.
Four Dogs Tavern
This venerable roadhouse on the western edge of Marshallton is as close as you can find in southern Pennsylvania to the type of small country restaurant you might stumble across in some upland village in Provence away from the ocean—both in its atmo- sphere and its food.
It has plenty of American comfort foods on the menu, including sandwiches, soups, salads and flatbreads. But the menu also gives a nod to Gallic comfort food— Burgundy snails, duck terrine, rare cheeses and charcuterie, and lots of fondue options. In fact, the downside of eating at the Dogs is that there are more good choices than you can try.
The inside has a great atmosphere, bolstered by a fireplace. But in summer, you’ll want to dine outside on the dappled patio, either finding your place in the sun or retreating to a spot in the shade. Choose from a selection of wines by the bottle or glass, beer, and cocktails. 29

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