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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
White Dog Cafe Wayne
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200 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne , PA 19087
Neighborhood: Wayne
Parking: Free parking lot is frequently jammed; complimentary valet during weekdays.
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Cuisine type: American
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch Dinner
Style: The Main Line sibling to West Philly's go-local food pioneer has a clubby, mansionesque decor rather than the original's bohemian funk, with a conservative scene in cashmere and tweed to suit. The ethical-ingredient mission has survived the culture shock reasonably intact, but the adequate New American menu needs better execution to meet its potential.merit real excitement. With a perpetual mob at the bar unbothered by long seating delays and parking woes, this Dog has the underserved locals howling nonetheless. A more recent revisit was no less jam-packed (even at lunch), and the service remained friendly but confused ("A light red wine, sir? How about our best-selling cabernet?") But the food showed enough signs of improvement - especially the house-made falafel, the creamy mac-and-cheese, and a nice burger - to inch its way up to Two Bells. Lunch, with its bargain grilled-cheese / soup combo, may be this Dog's best-behaved time of day.
Specialties: Mushroom soup; beet salad with polenta croutons; tuna tartare; beef tartare; lamb sliders; mushroom tortelloni; pork chop with greens and grits; scallops with curried cauliflower; barramundi; Painted Hills Farm N.Y. strip; apple bread pudding; milk and honey.
Alcohol: A relatively small but decent-quality selection of American wines (Etude pinot gris; Trefethen Double T red blend), with predictably high markups. Local craft beers are worth considering, especially the $15 large-format Hennepin. Meanwhile, there are toddies and martinis and brandies for lingering.
Weekend noise: A riotous 93 decibels in the bar, softens only slightly to the high-80s in the dining rooms. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday;, 2:30- 5 p.m. midday menu Monday through Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Dinner, 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; until 9 p.m. Sunday. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday brunch.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $$