Ever dream of those days where you want to step outside the monotony of city life and relax? Few places can whisk you away like Valley Forge, minutes outside of the city. And after a day at the park, few restaurants can satisfy your craving like Black Powder Tavern.
Formerly Winberie’s, Black Powder Tavern rebranded itself last fall in an exciting way, staying true to its New American-inspired menu while adding a delectable selection of small plates and wide variety of craft beers that rotate on a weekly basis.
While the balance between attracting a younger clientele and maintaining the area’s standbys is a delicate one, Black Powder has done well by offering an extensive brunch buffet and frequently rotating creative specials.
The interior, highlighted by portraits of George Washington, period sconces and a wide-plank hardwood floor, convey the welcoming vibe of walking back to the 1700s. Not much about Black Powder’s menu is left in Colonial times, however, as the flavors — particularly among the small plate offerings — are bold and inventive. Everything from the roasted cauliflower with a tangy, made-to-order golden raisin vinaigrette, to the beet salad topped with fennel and apples, delivers a playful spin on traditional dining.
That’s not to say Black Powder doesn’t feature delicious classics as well, namely the house-ground veal burger, chicken pot pie, hot dogs and cedar plank salmon.
A variety of adult milkshakes are a fantastic way to end the meal, but it’d be a shame to miss the simple, yet inventive, hand-dipped ricotta with honey-amaretto drizzle, salted almonds and pizzelle.
Location: 1164 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087