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Four Dogs Tavern

Four Dogs Tavern sign and exterior. Photo courtesy of thebrandywine.com.

On my last trip down to Maryland we got to have a fantastic evening out at the Four Dogs Tavern. I seriously love this place. Not only is the food downright incredible, but it’s got such a kickin’ atmosphere to boot; and it’s close to home. Just think of that old adage, “home is where the heart is.” Tracey, one of my absolute best friends on the planet lives near there with her amazing man Jake and my niece Bella. A local favorite of theirs also became one of mine over the years too.

The name “Four Dogs Tavern” comes from the print of four foxhounds that hangs just inside the entrance. The original was painted by Louis Godefroy Jadin. I always thought the name was due to the fact that you could bring your four legged friends enjoy in the atmosphere and food as well. I suppose that’s a large part of it too 🙂 They’re located in the Brandywine section of Pennsylvania, about forty five minutes from Philadelphia. Many would consider this a city bistro, with well trained staff, a greatly executed menu and a laid back atmosphere in the country.

By the time I arrived, all the food had been already ordered which saved me from the way too many delicious choices to choose from. Rule of thumb, always come hungry to Four Dogs Tavern, and sometimes just sticking with plates for everyone to share ensures everyone getting everything they could want. Chosen for the table was their Artisanal Goat Cheese, Grilled Margherita Flatbread and Crab Nachos. The pictures will say it all.

Bella enjoying her Goat Cheese.

Artisanal Goat Cheese with Figs, Pistachio and Country Toast.

Grilled Margherita Flatbread, a local favorite.


Crab Nachos with Avocado Sour Cream.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

Comments (One comment)

  • Erin
    October 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Can’t forget to mention the Drunken Clams…another favorite and Tracey-staple. Could it be the name?? Nah….it’s the yummy white wine garlic juice that we ceremoniously slop up with dualing bread at the end of the clam party!!!

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