White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA, USA

After hearing many good things about the White Dog Cafe, it was time to have lunch there to check it out for myself. First thing, plan on either using valet parking or doing a little walking. I don’t mind the walk, so I parked several blocks away and strolled in. While this place is located in an upscale strip mall, it has a distinctly decorated interior that you’ll find curious to the eye. Lots of framed images of dogs. So, let’s get to the food. Think upscale Main Line eatery. Started out with the mushroom soup as you see here:

Mushroom soup at White Dog Cafe.

Mushroom soup at White Dog Cafe.

No doubt about it, the soup is the real deal, poured from the cruet at your table. Tasty, a little sweet, and subtle mushroom flavor. Next came the main courses, including a homemade pasta you see in the next photo.

Home made ravioli at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

Home made ravioli at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

Inside that ravioli was butternut squash with smoked bacon, cranberries, and lots of other goodies. Note the glass of sangria alongside. The table next to me ordered burgers, leading to a case of burger envy on my part. Hence, I ordered the double cheddar version for myself. Here it is:

The double cheddar burger at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

The double cheddar burger at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

You see the two kinds of cheddar perfectly melted over that beast. The usual fixings, tomato, grilled onion, and pickle as well. The fries are in the cup and needed some work. A little soggy. This lunch cost some money, but it truly is home made. Excellent service. Fine people watching. Bring plenty of cash. Enjoy every meal! (PS: Parking is a nightmare. Use the valet or find a spot several blocks away and walk in.)

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Published in: on January 19, 2013 at 12:37 am  Comments (1)  
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Tropical Sangria

Sangria is one of those drinks that lends itself to local interpretation. It shows up in a wide range of flavors, including a white-wine based variety. The more traditional version was recently sampled by those of us here at The Bent Page. We enjoyed several glasses at the Screaming Eagle restaurant in Aruba. Here’s a photo.

The trick is to be careful how much fruit is put in the glass. It can get overly sweet or tangy depending on the type used. The good thing is, sangria refreshes as much as it delights, which is why a liberal amount is always recommended. Enjoy responsibly.

Published in: on August 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm  Comments (2)  
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