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Earl's Prime in Bucks County

ambrose Mar 1, 2007 03:15 PM

This restaurant is right on Route 202 in Lahaska. Is it worth a 45 minute drive (I live in central Jersey)? I have seen occasional reference to it on this board but not much discussion about the food, service, prices, etc. There just aren't any really good steak houses near where I live and I would prefer to drive south rather than north (towards NYC).


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    SarahEats Mar 2, 2007 09:33 AM

    I can't speak from personal experience, but a friend of mine went there with her husband to celebrate their anniversary and said it was awful - steaks overcooked, lobster tail small and rubbery. Definitely not worth the money, in her opinion.

    1. Foody4life Jan 21, 2008 01:14 PM

      Also looking for a reference on Earl's??!!

      We passed it on the way to an OK dinner last Friday at JustEat by BrownGold. We're wondering if Earl's kitchen is up to their NYC steakhouse prices? What's good and what's to be avoided?

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      1. re: Foody4life
        lamando Jan 21, 2008 01:28 PM

        I would pass on Earls. I have been there twice and spent alot of money on a soso dinner with overpriced food because of the area the restaurant is located.

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          jfr Jan 22, 2008 06:47 AM

          We went to Earl's Prime for my wife's birthday. The place was packed on a weeknight so we took a table in the bar, had specialty drinks (expensive) and bar food. Looking at the regular menu, we decided, for those prices, we would go to center city for steak. Talking about our experience with others the next day, it seemed unanimous from those who had been there that Earl's Prime is overpriced and not worth the money. No one had been there more than once, which says something.

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            Foody4life Jan 22, 2008 08:00 AM

            My wallet thanks you and lamando for the feedback. I had the same impression when I looked at the online menu yet, rarely see Earl's mentioned in the random "where's the best steaks" or "where to go in NewHope/Bucks Cnty" posts! You wonder how long a place can survive on one-way traffic?

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              cwdonald Jan 22, 2008 02:34 PM

              Earl's is part of the Peddler's Village destination, so they get a good amount of traffic that way. Come for a non bargain at the outlet mall, and we will reward you with a non bargain at the restaurant as well. The space previously had been I believe Jenny's bistro, and they made it upscale. They also do a lot of business with their conference room upstairs, catering to businesses, especially the pharmaceutical companies that proliferate in the greater Mont Co/Bucks County area. As Barnum said... "There is a sucker born every minute."

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          wandasue Jan 22, 2008 02:38 PM

          Don't waste your gas, time, money. Does Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville have a good steak? I've always had a good experience there. Any one else?

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            juice Jan 23, 2008 07:31 AM

            I'll probably get blasted for saying this but just save your money and go to the Texas Road House on Street Rd. They have some kind of early bird special where you can get 2 dinners for the price of one. I stopped in after never trying it and was pleasantly surprised. I know it's not Capital Grill, Bar Clay Prime, or the Saloon, but you also will pay 1/3 as much and get more food. The food is better than the other mediocre moderate steak chains (Longhorn, Lonestar, etc.)

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              sommrluv Jan 23, 2008 10:20 AM

              Thank you for the head's up on Earl's, it was on our list to try, being one of few places billing themselves as gourmet in Upper Bucks here.

              (Hey, the coach outlet has some bargains, lol!) ;)

              Speaking of Texas Roadhouse, we rarely eat steak out, because we buy a 1/4 or 1/2 beef from a local farm and find the quality unmatched. However, my husband started frequenting them on business trips, and had a lot of good things to say as well. Apparently the price was more than good, too.

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                JNUNZMAN Jan 26, 2008 11:31 AM

                My coworker went to Earl's 2 Saturdays ago for an 8:30 pm reservation. Upon being presented with the menus, the waiter informed them that they were out of all steaks except the filet.
                That's kind of like going to KFC and being told that they are out of chicken.........how's that happen?

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            cabby263 Apr 1, 2008 12:55 PM

            Once again Peddlers Village Just does not get it, spend 2 mil to create a really good looking restaurant and Hire a great GM Mike Conti and try and pass off average beef as prime. They have done to this restaurant as they did to jenny's offer average food and kill you with the price. There are working on there 5th chef in less then 2 years, I have eaten there several times, most where comped meals thank god and have had my lobster undercooked both times, the management of the village are just plain idiots that think well if we change more then everyone else the perception will be the food MUST be better. The Jamison Family really needs to see how fooled they have been with the CEO of there village.

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              sommrluv Apr 4, 2008 06:12 AM

              "Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap"

              Peddlers Village is nice to go walk around, take people from out of town, but that's about it. You're probably better off going to the kids place for a corndog for something tasty. I would avoid the other Peddler restaurants as well, honestly...I have had two very bad unavoidable family meals since last posting in Jan.

            2. monavano Oct 13, 2008 09:09 AM

              My DH and I had lunch at Earl's last Friday. For lunch, the value is excellent. I had spicy crab soup and a sausage/peppers sandwich.. Both were delicious, in fact, all the dishes coming out looked really good.
              I looked at the dinner menu and agree that the steaks and lamb prices are crazy! $48 for lamb??? WTF?
              The other entrees seemed to be priced in line with normalcy.
              I'd recommend Earl's for lunch.

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                sommrluv Jul 19, 2010 01:24 PM

                I saw on recently online Earl's dropped the prime and is just now "Earl's" and is calling themselves small plates/tapas. Has anyone gone to see the new menu?

                They are also billing themselves as using items from the region and only sustainable fish.

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                  yams69 Aug 14, 2010 07:35 PM

                  I was kinda disappointed to see so many people poo-pooing Earl's here. We've had some great meals there, but, admittedly, a few disappointments too. (One was when I asked for a glass of Zinfandel and was brought white Zinfandel instead. The other was when my wife ordered the strudel for dessert on a slow Sunday night and received something like a funnel cake at a state fair -- way too greasy and definitely not made that night.) That said, we had a knock-your-socks-off seafood platter one time, and our experiences generally have been positive. Maybe their standards have slipped since they first opened; we haven't been back since the strudel episode last year. (I mean, come on, chef: you're going to leave your guests with a terrible dessert as the last thing they will remember?) Maybe I'm less sophisticated than the previous posters, but I never found it nearly as bad as these reviews suggest.

                  Having discovered Sweet Lorraine's across the street, though, we'd probably hit them from now on for a more casual and family-friendly experience with decent and less expensive selections; we've been to Earl's enough in the past to look for new places to try.

                  Earl's Prime
                  Street Rd, Lahaska, PA 18931

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                    crazyspice Aug 15, 2010 06:47 AM

                    We really like Sweet Lorraine's! We went to Earl's about 6 months after they opened. I ordered a steak rare and it came out well past medium. In a steakhouse? Really? The service was average at best and we have not been back.

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                      SnowCat Aug 15, 2010 05:54 PM

                      Sweet Lorraine's is great! The food is tasty and well presented. Portion size is huge for the price. My favorite was the sweet potato fries and crabcake sandwich.

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                    mary0201 Mar 4, 2011 04:51 AM

                    My husband and I ate there just a few weeks ago for the first time and were totally underwhelmed. For the price, the quality was quite average maybe even less than average. The service was pleasant and the atmosphere was very nice but that's the best I can say. If you want a decent steak for a reasonable price, I would go to JB Dawsons in Langhorne but I wouldn't drive all the way from central Jersey for it.

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                      truffles2 Mar 4, 2011 09:14 AM

                      If you need a steak in that same area, Porterhouse just down the street isn't bad. They have bar tables or dining upstairs, moderate prices, and decent food.

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