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Berwyn's Best

Local food and drink connoisseurs help identify "Berwyn's Best" hotspots

"Berwyn's Best" is a promotional campaign managed by the Berwyn Development Corporation that aims to showcase the finest culinary offerings in the community. Three food or drink categories are selected annually, and a public poll narrows all pertinent local businesses down to the top 5 establishments. The top 5 advance to the secound round, consisting of a blind taste-test by a panel of local judges and another public poll that ultimately determine "Berwyn's Best." Whether you're visiting any one of Berwyn's nationally known live music venues on Roosevelt Road, perusing independent shops in the Historic Depot District, or soaking up classic car culture at Ogden Avenue's scenic byway wayside exhibits, we've compiled a handy guide of our favorite "Berwyn's Best" winners to direct you to the can't-miss hotspots around town. 

Best Egg Dish: Avocado Toast from Lavergne's Tavern
Nestled in the heart of Berwyn's Depot District is Lavergne's Tavern, serving upscale bar fare in a historic space with reclaimed walnut and tin ceilings. Since this elevated-yet-accessible eatery began offering weekend brunch, the avocado toast has emerged as a customer favorite. Made with two sunny side eggs, avocado, tomato, and goat cheese on an English muffin alongside a baby green salad, the dish excels due to its simplicity and incorporation of organic ingredients. $8 / $13 to add cold salmon

Best Pizza: Supreme Pizza from Paisans Pizzeria & Bar
Ogden Avenue, Berwyn's stretch of the Historic Route 66, is home to a number of award-winning stops that embody Route 66 hospitality. One of the staples is Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, offering Italian-American favorites in a bustling and industrial-chic space. Over 30 toppings and variations are offered on the menu, but it's the Supreme Pizza - a from-scratch thin crust pie topped with sweet tomato sauce, sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, pepperoni - that scores big both locals and visitors. $19.49 for 12" / $22.49 for 14" / $26.29 for 16"

Best Burger: Backyard Burger from Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge
Another mainstay along Berwyn's Ogden Avenue is Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge, a lively neighborhood tavern with a rock 'n' roll vibe, rotating live entertainment, and a cigar store. Though lauded for wings and barbeque offerings, the Backyard Burger is an under-the-radar gem. An 8 oz, flame-cooked patty is served on a toasted brioche bun topped with home-smoked burnt rib tip ends, iceberg lettuce, and sweet n'hot pickles. As one judge put it, "it tastes like summer." $9.75 / $10.75 to add bleu, white cheddar, habanero, or ghost cheese

Best Cocktail: Cucumber Mojito at Lavergne's Tavern
Lavergne's Tavern may make a good impression on diners with its avocado toast at brunch, but they are also making magic behind the bar. With a menu highlighting unique twists on familiar cocktails, it comes as no surprise that their Cucumber Mojito reigned supreme in this round. It's a refreshing combination of rum and elderflower liqueur shaken with homemade cucumber syrup, fresh lime juice, and muddled mint leaves, and helped solidify Lavergne's as a must-visit locale for both dining and drinking. $9

Best Wings: Smoked Wings from Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge
With a reputation for its strong barbeque-influenced grub, it's no surprise that Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge nabbed the crown of Berwyn's Best Wings. Offering hand cut, rubbed, and smoked, all wings at this Route 66 haunt come naked and allow diners to sauce them as they desire. The Smoked Wings are served with corn salsa, garlic brea, and your choice of bleu cheese or ranch for dipping. $7.75

For a complete list of all previous "Berwyn's Best" winners and nominees, visit Why Berwyn. Click here for additional information about the City of Berwyn's events, eateries, and eclectic business districts.

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