Bucks Cty exceptional food wanted!
I've been all over Bucks Cty, PA and I'm despirate for great food - I've had expensive, but there are no great bakeries, ethnic places, etc. The only thing that's really good to me is the Thai place in
Newtown, Pa (Siam Cuisine). The places in NewHope are all tiny portioned. Help!
We just had dinner at Hamilton's Grill last Saturday night.First, the parking lot was a nightmare getting in and out in the dark. Talk about tiny portions! My friend had Sea Bass and her husband had Salmon. The chef ought to be ashamed to send out portions so small! Plus, they charge somewhere in the $20 range. My husband and I shared grilled calamari. The other couple had a salad and calamari. These portions were decent. For our main course, my husband and I had lamb chops. For $32 each we each got 4 or 5 chops. Each couple shared a dessert and one person had coffee. The entire meal cost $100.00 per couple including tip. The food and service were very good, but those fish entree sizes were inadequate.
Bucks is something of a gastro desert, I'm afraid. I've lived here for 9 years and still looking for something decent. Hamilton Grill is quite good, no doubt about it. Back in PA there's a small place next to the great bookshop in New Hope (on a corner, two floors, way better than it looks). Food is decent, but nothing too creative.
And that be it, from what I've been able to find.
The best sashimi lunch in the area is, surprisingly, the Sunny Garden on Rt 1 just south of the Princeton Market Fare. But you have to sit at the Sushi Bar - they serve up crud if you order it in the dining area. They had a sushi chef there called Jimmy who always takes care of regulars, and he used to drop on a few pieces of that superb white milky tuna onto my plate at no extra cost. Haven't been there in a while though.
re: Stephen C
The small place next to the book shop in New Hope would be Martine's. It moved after the latest flooding--i think somewhere across the street, but I could be wrong. Got a good review in a local publication recently.
If you are going as far as Princeton for sushi, might as well hit Soonja's on Alexander Road. My friends who are sushi afficionados all seem to love the place.
I have lived in Bucks 2 1/2 years now and overall feel despondent about the food situation! (Doesn't help that I moved here from NYC...)
Anyhow, we have found a few places that are notable:
1. Chinatown Cafe in Langhorne--the owner moved his business from Center City Phila, and has exceptional food (don't go for atmosphere). He also does takeout and delivery nearby. We LOVE this place.
2. Summer Kitchen in Penns Park. Eclectic menu, cute place, BYO. Brunch is very good too.
3. In Doylestown, we love Ristorante Il Melograno (not to be confused with Melograno in Philly). Wonderful Italian. Doylestown also has a casual branch of Lily's (see below).
4. Cross the river into Lambertville and try Lily's on the Canal. Cute place w/eclectic menu and nice atmosphere. We also have been to Manon (Provencal-style) and have usually had a good meal--a little inconsistent, but worth a try.
5. Also in lower Bucks...Bridgetown Mill House--fine French-style dining. We have not been there since the kitchen changed hands, but we had a very nice meal there once. They even had a weeknight prix fixe that was a good deal.
6. Finally, if you're totally desperate (and appreciate great seafood), drive the 25 minutes to Princeton and go to Blue Point Grill on Nassau Street. It's BYO and has the best fish I have tasted anywhere--very casual but upbeat atmosphere.
If you find anything else, let us know on this board!
The presentation of the food at Blue Sage is really spectacular. My favorite salad is the Casbah, which includes crostini spread with the roasted pepper hummus, as well as a roasted tomato and almond paste, which has a surprising richness from the almonds that cuts down the acidity of the tomatoes.
The proprietors are very hands-on, and apparently they do a good catering business, too.
Go if you have the chance. But call for reservations. Weekday lunchtime is especially busy, even after 1:30. Best to go early.
Thanks for all your great info! I noticed how few people answered - it is pretty isolated here!
here. here. the food in Bucks County needs some serious help. especially in Upper Bucks County. we are left to starve or eat at pizza places or restaurants that charge too much for mid grade frozen foods. someone please please open a good cafe with fresh organic and local foods up here. i promise i will come every single day if you do.