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Avalon Restaurant Review: In a destination-dining town such as West Chester with dozens of good restaurants, Avalon distinguishes itself with chef/owner John Brandt-Lee’s attention to detail, commitment to fresh and local ingredients sourced from nearby farms such as Blue Moon Acres and Shellbark Hollow, and his creative take on rustic Italian fare. Try a flight of artisanal cheese paired with house-made charcuterie served from the display in the dining room. You can't miss with any of the seasonal vegetable dishes, but a smoked trout salad with baby arugula and apples is a standout. Butternut squash gnocchi are rich with rabbit ragù, Kennett Square mushrooms and cipollini. Appealing desserts are made in-house, such as a white-chocolate panna cotta. The 60-seat bi-level dining room glows with back-lit blue accents and boasts an open kitchen flanked by a butcher block chef's table where the chef's menu is served family-style for as many as six guests for $60 a person, or you may opt for a four-course "European tour" for $49. BYO and cash only.