MAIN LINE TODAY COVER
We are thrilled to be featured on the cover of Main Line Today! We are also featured on page 70 as the first on their list of favorite BYOBs!
Returning Champ: Amani’s Chef Jon Defends 2 Year Title at CC Restaurant Festival’s Culinary Challenge | By Angela Corrado, WC Dish
“The Culinary Challenge at West Chester Recreation‘s Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival is always a huge attraction. It’s the local “Chopped,” if you will, where four chefs compete through three rounds (surprise ingredients included), resulting in one winner. The last man or woman standing is deemed Best Chef in Chester County. That title has been owned by one man for the past two years. Chef Jonathan Amann of Amani’s BYOB in Downingtown proved victorious in both 2011 and 2010. He’s back on the chopping block this year with the potential to become an honorary judge should he take first place once more.
Forever big fans of Amani’s fresh, farm to table cuisine, The Town Dish couldn’t wait to chit chat with Jon about the potential honor looming in the near future…”
New Winter Menu Debuts at Amani’s BYOB | By Angela Corrado, Downingtown Dish
“Amani’s BYOB is a guaranteed home run when in search of farm fresh cuisine. Award winning Chef Jonathan Aman and his crew, complete with his lovely wife Jeanine, put together a dynamite menu that highlights the flavors of each season and their newest release is perfect for these winter days and nights. Make sure you grab a bottle of your favorite wine or a local growler and stop in soon to enjoy the menu below..”
AMANI’S: FARM FRESH & FABULOUS | By Kate Brennan, WC Dish
“There’s a new restaurant in Downingtown, and I’m not talking about the much-hyped Firecreek. Just down the street, in the spot formerly occupied by Fioravanti’s, a little BYO gem called Amani’s has quietly joined the ranks of the town’s nascent food scene. Amani’s, run by husband and wife team Jonathan and Jeanine Amann, may not have seen as much publicity as its steakhouse neighbor, but it’s certainly just as worthy a visit.
Amani’s romantic, cheerful farm-house decor, reminiscent of ascene from Oklahoma!, echoes its philosophy when it comes to food. The concept isn’t a new one,but it’s still rare – Amani’s uses only local, “farm fresh” ingredients, mostly from the Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs.”
Adam M. | Yelp.com
This place was absolutely fantastic. Their offerings were creative and well put together. We started with their selection of cheeses, which was made up of two goats cheese and one cows milk – the accompaniments were perfect: honey comb, ancho jelly, and balsamic marinated fresh figs.
My wife had the pecan crusted tilapia – which I had teased her about as being the token “old person” selection. I was forced to eat my words – it was perfectly cooked, with toasted pecans on the outside finished with a cinnamon peach salsa.
I had the Long Island duck breast, for which I was offered a choice in temperature. I asked for medium rare and got medium rare. Everything from the mushrooms to the potatoes to the goats cheese butter complemented each other for a spectacular effect.
For desert, my wife had the chocolate creme brule, which was very well done and a fairly large portion. I had the blueberry bread pudding with white chocolate and vanilla ice cream which was every bit as good as it sounds.
The staff was very attentive, and the open kitchen concept was a nice change. The chef came out to serve our appetizer and provide us with more information on the different cheeses, and gave us a hearty thank you on the way out.
The menu changes often based on availability of ingredients, but given our experience there tonight, I wouldn’t hesitate to try anything they had on offer. The prices were great considering the quality of the food, although at first glance they may seem a bit steep. Plan on spending a good couple hours and a hundred bucks (including tip) for a special occasion for two and enjoy every minute of it.
Julia H. | Yelp.com
Simply put, this place is amazing.
I drove past the restaurant one day and was intrigued by the sign. I love seasonal food, and Amani’s specializes in it! We went on a Wednesday, and got impeccable service, and the amazing food was even delivered by the chef!
Being a vegetarian, I sometimes have to settle for the same old pasta dish, but Amani’s will tailor any dish to customers’ dietary restrictions. My favorite part was hearing where the local produce came from – our server explained which local farms produced the cheeses and veggies.
Everything from the entree, right down to the olive oil we dipped our bread in, was fantastic. Amani’s is a little pricier than some of the usual places I choose for dining out, but it is worth every penny. I look forward to more special occassions to celebrate at Amani’s!
Alex C. | Yelp.com
Just an absolutely fabulous, non-pretentious BOYB in the Chester. Great for a quick weekday meal or a any type of celebration. The menu is not too long, which makes me always feel like the food is fresh since they’re not trying to stock too many things.
Atmosphere is country-ish with an open kitchen so you can see your food being cooked! Although it’s a BOYB they offer 12-15 different drink-mixes, of which you of course have to bring your own liquor. They switch them up, as well as the menu, seasonally.
Food-wise the starters and salads are all great, with the highlight being any salad with beats! If you love beats you get a ton of it! I’m always a fish-guy when we go here and the salmon is great. Right now they also have a tilapia that has a bourbon drizzle over it that’s outrageous.
Service is always great as well, they are very kid friendly, and it does get fairly loud when the place fills up, so don’t be afraid to bring your little ones.
All in all it’s simply a refreshing BOYB, feels more like it belongs in West Chester, although we’re very happy it’s closer for us in Downingtown!
Greg from Coatesville | Yelp.com
Excellent, wonderful, amazing! My wife and I had a family party(16 adults and 10 children) at Amani’s this past weekend and it was perfect! The food was excellent and to say the owner was accommodating is an understatement. So easy to work with and they made it a breeze to plan our event. I dropped off the beer and wine and they took care of the rest. The staff were terrific and we really enjoyed the open kitchen to interact with the chef’s. Personally, I loved the calamari, and the spinach salad with fried egg and bacon was great too, everything was so fresh. I work in Philly and I have eaten at many of the best restaurants downtown and the Amani’s burger is now at the top of my list. So glad to have this little gem in D-town, can’t wait to go back!
Sara H. | Yelp.com
I have to say that I just about cried when I found out Fioravanti’s was closing. I was very worried that Downingtown was losing a wonderful little BYOB. HOWEVER, I believe Amani’s has more than filled the shoes of Fiorvanti.
The update on the decor is wonderful, much more inviting and warm feeling. They have remained a BYOB and will even mix drinks with any liquor you bring in. The staff is wonderful and after going several times I have never had what I would even consider mediocre service, it has been great every time.
Their menu is fantastic and changes to incorporate seasonal foods. I love the tasting menu but am a little sad that it isn’t available on the weekend. Also, make sure to note the hours of operation. For some reason we always end up trying to go on Mondays but alas it isn’t open. Great little BYOB for Downingtown!
Rob R. | Yelp.com
The interior has this country meets culinary kind of feel. The white fences that line the wall are matched by the “open” kitchen that really allows the wonderful smells to breathe throughout the restaurant.
Having lived in the city, I’ve seen my fair share of BYOBs but it isn’t often you find one that accepts credit cards or mixers to match your alcoholic drink of choice. It’s the little things that make this place a true 5-star.
Started with the pumpkin risotto cake, a unique dish whose taste was matched only by the presentation. The GF and I both raved about our dishes.
Highly recommended for a nice date night.
Bill J. | Yelp.com
A great place for either a cozy meal for two or a group night out. Excellent service and organic, locally harvested food (for the most part) are going to bring me back to this place. All the veggies and meats are from the area and are free-range or organic. The exception being seafood, highly doubt their are squid farms in chester county.
The wait staff was very courteous and non-obtrusive to our conversations. An open kitchen allows for patrons to watch the cooks work, which is always a plus in my book. It is byob, but they do have tasty mixers for sale, and they keep your beer cold while you dine.