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Best of New Hope & Lambertville

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Holly Aug 6, 2004 10:35 AM

Hi, I'm making a list of the very best, consistently good restaurants. I have some ideas (Marsha Brown's, Lilly's) but would love to hear what you all have to say. Also the cleanest,nicest B & B's. Thanks!

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    singingariesgirl Nov 22, 2006 09:22 PM

    another rec for Ooka in Doylestown.
    Ristorante Melograno II in Doylestown
    Haven't eaten at Baci, but many of my friends have and said good things.
    Freight House in Doylestown
    I don't recommend the Knight House Restaurant. Gave it 3 tries and now give up.

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      gymcoach Sep 4, 2006 10:04 PM

      We had a fine time at the Triumph Brewpub one summer night. Sitting outside on the "platform" facing the railroad tracks was unique (no train running at night). The service was attentive, food good and prices reasonable. We shared a flight of beers: seven glasses of beer, each different, with five ounces per glass. Although we were only pleased with two, the experience was fun and we drank them all anyway! They were open until 10 pm during the midweek. They are in a shopping center on Rt. 202. Tel: (215) 862-8300

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        famdoc Aug 10, 2004 11:11 AM

        My favorites:

        1--Hamilton's Grill Room (Lambertville)
        2--Just Eat (Buckingham Green strip mall)
        3--Baci (Buckingham)
        4--Yardley Inn (Yardley)
        5--Ooka (Doylestown)

        There are more. Each of the above have certainly been discussed on this board before (by me and others). Just scan back for prior postings on the Bucks County dining scene. You really DON'T have to spend a fortune to eat well in Bucks County. You just have to get in your car and drive out of the "tourism vortex"
        of New Hope.

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          holly Aug 31, 2004 10:44 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations -- its good to hear what others think. I'm working on a list for out of town/out of country visitors, and want it to be failsafe. Just Eat -- I agree -- one of my favorites. Ooka -- like that too. Hamilton Grill -- don't like eating there in the winter -- too heavy, too many roots! Baci -- never ate there. A lot of years back there was some sort of life threatening water contamination in that vicinity & it has always scared me. I know I'm not being fair to this restaurant! Yardley Inn -- heard good reviews & want to try. Again, thanks.

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          Mike R. Aug 8, 2004 09:41 PM

          Just back from a weekend there...stayed at "1870 Wedgewood Inn" B&B in New Hope - the upstairs rooms are best...great outdoor space/gazebos, + Saturday afternoon tea-time with solid cakes and fresh whipped cream.

          FRENCHTOWN INN (do the 20-minute drive up the PA side)was rewarding, especially on a sunny day towards late afternoon (6:00 or so)...the food: had the $48 prix fixe in main DR, much less than Marsha Brown's, overrated Logan Inn or others right in New Hope's tourism vortex, elegant dining nonetheless...highly recommend their smoked salmon appetizer, succulent seared scallops and bluefin tuna entrees, and don't go anywhere without a classic chocolate souffle to finish...drive back on the Jersey side thru Lambertville, better, safer road.

          ESCA in New Hope (pronounced EEES-KAH & not Mario Batali-related) had terrific appetizers, including their version of sauteed scallops and some spinach and white bean cakes...alas, the entrees couldn't keep the momentum up...and 30 BUCKS, as in bring Big Bucks to the County, for a pitcher of weak SanGria is overkill.

          There are two notable brew-pubs: RIVER HORSE on the Jersey side has a four-brew sampling flight for a mere singleton!...plus a no-pressure, self-guided tour; TRIUMPH, in New Hope behind the Steam Engine RailRoad station, had an extensive menu with outdoor tables and quality chow, including a solid portobello mushroom on foccacia and chicken/melted cheese open-faced sandwich.

          A side trip to Doylestown is worth it, especially for the root-beer floats at THE NIGHT KITCHEN on E. State Street - made with Hank's RootBeer and a San Francisco-brand ice cream ("Double-"-something).

          Walk it all off on the scenic canal "tow-path".

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            holly Aug 31, 2004 10:52 AM

            Thanks for the reviews. Interesting... I live in Doylestown area & have never head of some of these. Frenchtown Inn -- I agree, good. ESCA -- never heard a word, that's a bad sign. I agree about Logan Inn. Want to try Marsha Browns but quite frankly am scared of any restaurant in New Hope proper -- Triumph Brew Pub -- also have heard it's good. And Knights Kitchen -- never heard of -- and I walk down State Street at least once every two weeks! I know the Knight House, though. Again, thanks.

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              Laura M. Loewen Sep 11, 2004 05:46 PM

              Night Kitchen is an outpost of the one in Chestnut Hill. The Doylestown one hasn't been there that long. It's on State Street across from the Thai place that keeps changing hands, and near Sir Speedy. Really good desserts, and that nice, high-butterfat ice cream from San Francisco is called Double Rainbow.

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            Mike R. Aug 8, 2004 09:40 PM

            Just back from a weekend there...stayed at "1870 Wedgewood Inn" B&B in New Hope - the upstairs rooms are best...great outdoor space/gazebos, + Saturday afternoon tea-time with solid cakes and fresh whipped cream.

            FRENCHTOWN INN (do the 20-minute drive up the PA side)was rewarding, especially on a sunny day towards late afternoon (6:00 or so)...the food: had the $48 prix fixe in main DR, much less than Marsha Brown's, overrated Logan Inn or others right in New Hope's tourism vortex, elegant dining nonetheless...highly recommend their smoked salmon appetizer, succulent seared scallops and bluefin tuna entrees, and don't go anywhere without a classic chocolate souffle to finish...drive back on the Jersey side thru Lambertville, better, safer road.

            ESCA in New Hope (pronounced EEES-KAH & not Mario Batali-related) had terrific appetizers, including their version of sauteed scallops and some spinach and white bean cakes...alas, the entrees couldn't keep the momentum up...and 30 BUCKS, as in bring Big Bucks to the County, for a pitcher of weak SanGria is overkill.

            There are two notable brew-pubs: RIVER HORSE on the Jersey side has a four-brew sampling flight for a mere singleton!...plus a no-pressure, self-guided tour; TRIUMPH, in New Hope behind the Steam Engine RailRoad station, had an extensive menu with outdoor tables and quality chow, including a solid portobello mushroom on foccacia and chicken/melted cheese open-faced sandwich.

            A side trip to Doylestown is worth it, especially for the root-beer floats at THE NIGHT KITCHEN on E. State Street - made with Hank's RootBeer and a San Francisco-brand ice cream ("Double-"-something).

            Walk it all off on the scenic canal "tow-path".

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