Vicky's Place, Swarthmore, Delaware County, PA -- A great spot in a Green Power Town

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Vicky's Place, in Swarthmore, PA -- open 7 days a week, 7am to 2pm.I had a lovely lunch with my wife and sons here the other day.  I had a sandwich (2 fried eggs, pork roll and cheese on a nice, fresh Kaiser roll).  Jinny had an omlette, Chuckie had scrambled eggs, sausage and home fries.  Joey had a bagel with cream cheese.

This cozy little luncheonette is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch, with a home-cooked feel. Homesick Swarthmore College students and locals alike enjoy the traditional fare, friendly service, and the fact that the prices won't strain your wallet.  (Our 4-person meal, including beverages and tip came to about $26)

The inside seems a lot larger than you might think, thanks in large part to the mirrored wall opposite the grill area.  (I love places where the grill is out in the open -- watching a good short-order cook in action is like watching an artist at an easel -- everything looks chaotic until all of a sudden, with a few well-placed strokes of a brush -- or in this case, a few masterful flips of a spatula) a masterpiece takes shape, right before your eyes.

Vicky's maintains a MySpace page:

They also do take-out:  Call 610-328-2453 to place your order.

Potted Flowers and Ornamental Plants line the streets of Swarthmore's business district.Swarthmore is a quaint little borough, nestled in Delaware County, PA, and is home to Swarthmore College.  The business district (referred to by college students as "The Ville" -- a nickname that hasn't exactly been embraced by the locals) boasts wide sidewalks frequently interupted by beautiful potted flowers and ornamental plants, making this a perfect place for a little outdoor dining.

Trash and Recycling collection points are a frequent sight in downtown Swarthmore, PAThe streets of Swarthmore are clean, thanks in large part to a very visible commitment to a recycling program.  There are attractive collecion bins for both rubbish and recyclables within easy reach of nearly every storefront.

Swarthmore's commitment to the environment doesn't stop with recycling.

Swarthmore was the one of first "Clean Energy Communities" in Pennsylvania, pledging to purchase at least 20% of their power from clean sources.  The borough has already qualified for a 1 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system for reaching their clean energy goals.

(For more information about the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Communities program, or to see how your community could benefit, visit )

Swarthmore, PA --  A beautiful place to call home.


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Chris Shouse
Lyoness USA - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor - Las Vegas

Looks like a yummy place to eat.  The recycle bins are cool.  I will bet it is also very pretty and quaint with the fall leaves.  Looks like a place I would like to visit.

Aug 29, 2008 03:52 PM #1
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
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Hi Rich - Thanks for the introduction to Swarthmore and Vicky's Place! I think it's great that the community has recycle bins on the streets! What a great way to sustain the earth! This is a great demonstration of a community interested in walking the talk! Thanks for the entry!

Sep 03, 2008 12:30 AM #2
. 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC
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YES! Count me in. I want to meet y'all there.

I have just finished reading your entry into the ECO-All-Stars August Challenge! You are a local expert, for sure...(besides also being a generous teacher as I have learned by subscribing to your BLOG)

As we start the judging process fr the AUGUST ECO-All-Stars Challenge, I notice that you have hit the main points of the Challenge...your posts are

2) spelling and grammar are splendid
3) unique...coming from your own experience

4) Comments from local folk?...none yet. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the future...
5) Overall...WELL DONE!!!....
6) Local pictures...yes

THX for participating and good luck

Sep 03, 2008 02:05 AM #3
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Suburban - Cary, IL
SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL
Rich, I like this post...we have a Vicki's Restaurant in Northern Illinois, also! It is on the Fox River in McHenry, IL!
Sep 03, 2008 03:13 AM #4
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Rich -- A very nice post and your knowledge of the area shines through.  I didn't know that Swathmore was one of the first clean energy communities.  Vicky's Place looks delightful.. it is fun to see the food being prepared. 

Sep 05, 2008 02:45 PM #5
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