Good restaurants are hard to find. Four years ago we found one — The Chadds Ford Inn — near one of our favorite travel destinations, Brandywine, DE. At the time the food and service were superlative and prices were modest. Who could ask for anything more?
Nothing is forever. Unfortunately, you could. On two recent trips to Brandywine, we sampled the Chadds Ford fare and found it, sadly, wanting. As often happens when a restaurant peaks, ownership changed. So did the kitchen and the wait staff. And the prices. The Chadds Ford Inn now offers a limited, relatively high price menu — dinner for two without wine eats up most of a Franklin. Quality is just a notch above diner food, and quantity is meager to skimpy. The service is pleasant, but unremarkable.
And then there’s Feby’s. Our guess is the Chadds Ford Inn continues to thrive on bus tours booked years in advance. Bully for them. For us, it’s just another historic inn. Our new love in DE is Feby’s, which we’ll tell you about after our next trip. For now, it’s probably enough to know we ate there on six of seven nights in the area.