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delicioso May 3, 2007 07:28 PM

We are going to a museum in Doylestown in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any recommendations for a nice dinner spot? We would be looking for something more fine dining.

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    Sethboy May 3, 2007 08:35 PM

    Check into Slate Bleu, top dining spot.
    Also check The Freight House, and also The Knight House (two different restaurants).
    Don't miss Jules Thin Crust pizza for a great thin-crust lunch.
    Do a search on here for "Doylestown" for more ideas.

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      janiceliv May 6, 2007 07:57 PM

      On Jules -- I wouldn't say "fine dining" but absolutely the best pizza I've had in a loonnnng time! The organic and local ingredients are a definite perk, too.

    2. ambrose May 4, 2007 06:07 AM

      Here's a recent thread to get you started...

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38889...

      If you do a search (and you should), I suggest you ignore posts before 2006. Restaurants can change a lot in 1-2 years!

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        cwdonald May 4, 2007 01:36 PM

        In addition to Slate Bleu, Knight House and Freight House, I would add in Il Melagronno and the Water Wheel, (inn on Old 611). If you drive a little ways (10 minutes) I can also recommend Bacci and Just Eat by Brown and Gold in Buckingham.

        Other restaurants to consider include Stephanies (in the old Kelly's space, Madame Butterfly (japanese/sushi) or Ooka (japanese with hibachi tables), and Domani Star (BYO italian).

        In Chalfont, you might also like Los Sarappes which is high end Mexican.

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        wandasue May 5, 2007 06:47 AM

        If you're visiting the Michener, Slate Bleu is a very short walk. It's cozy with good food and professional service.

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          imposs May 8, 2007 09:26 AM

          Possibly in Doylestown in early June, so this thread couldn't be any more convenient.

          Has anyone had any experience with Pane e Vino? I believe it's relatively new (~one year), but I can't seem to find anything on it short of the name and some "slack" reviews.

          It would also seem the Domani Star's website is down, so a sample menu is completely unavailable. Is there menu as varied [and subsequently accommodating] of chicken/veggie only eaters as some of the other suggestions thus far?

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            wandasue May 11, 2007 01:18 PM

            I have been disappointed with the Freight House. The interior is gorgeous, but I have been underwhelmed by both the food and the service. The menu sounds wonderful, but I've been struck by the lack of flavor intensity and complexity of the dishes: so many of the dishes are just okay, and for the prices point I expect more than that. As for service, they seem to be striving for "higher end", but it comes off as pretentious and a bit condescending.

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              dtwnmom Aug 30, 2007 08:31 PM

              The Freight House: Food okay, service is not bad. Of course, they are trying to be very pretentious and that comes from the owner who thinks she's the queen of the world. They hire great, smart, high school kids to bus tables (and these are the good kids) but the management staff are like something out of "Hell's Kitchen". They are condescending to their front staff often in front of diners, not realizing that many of these kids and their parents have also been and are patrons of this restaurant and many of these kids are working in restaurant for the first time. They treat the "amigos" in the back kitchen with more respect than they do the American kids they hire up front. Go to Slate Bleu, the Waterwheel, the Piper Tavern and the Centre Bridge Inn. Fine dining, excellent service and no pompous, pretentious management and owners.

            2. G Goo May 18, 2007 09:47 PM

              Just returned from a memorably bad meal @ Cafe Allesio on Court and Main Streets in D-town. I had the porcini mushroom ravioli which was bland and disappointing despite being drenched in a cream sauce. My wife had the lobster fra diavolo, which was supposed to include mussels......of which there was not. To their credit they did follow up with a large plate of mussels, but they were overcooked and rubbery. Sauce was light and certainly not spicy. Entrees were between 15 and 25, dinner for 4 was $137 w/o dessert. Yet another overpriced overrated restaurant in Doylestown. Stay away.....

              Still looking for a decent place in D-town. Freight House....expensive with poor food and atmosphere, despite a great space. Annoyingly pretentious crowd. Valet parking? C'mon? Doylestown was a semi-rural farm town not too long ago. Jules Thin Crust.....seriously, the raves are a little overboard, don't you think? Pretty average pizza. Make a trip to DiLorenzo's in Trenton or Tacconelli's in Port Richmond to have some of the real stuff. Foo-foo toppings does not a good pizza make.

              I really want a great place to eat in D-town (I have family there....I grew up there....I visit often) but I am constantly let down after hearing (and reading) raves. Even when the food is decent (Domani Star, Slate Bleu) the cost is not on par with the experience....so so expensive. What's the deal?

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                emcd May 21, 2007 09:20 AM

                G Goo, Have you tried Ristorante Il Melograno? I'm also new to the area (one year), and I also have found most downtown Doylestown restaurants to be a costly letdown. The one place that I've really enjoyed is Il Melograno, just up the road in the Genardi's supermarket shopping center. Very attentive service and excellent food that's worth the price.

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                  QueenB May 21, 2007 09:42 AM

                  G Goo, if you don't mind traveling ten minutes up the road, and you like Mexican food (not Tex-Mex, but Mexican), head North on 611 to Plumsteadville. There you'll find a small place called El Mariachi Restaurant. It's in the Plumsteadville Shopping Center with the ACE Hardware store, on your left hand side if you're heading North. Excellent food and good prices as well.

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                    G Goo May 21, 2007 05:18 PM

                    Thank you both for the recommendations. I think I've eaten at Il Melograno but it was a long time ago. I will give it a try.....again. And I loooooove Mexican food so a trip to Plumsteadville is certainly in my future plans.

                    Thanks again.

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                      QueenB May 21, 2007 05:34 PM

                      You're welcome. I hope you like it. I always worry when I recommend restaurants because sometimes I have different tastes than other folks and sometimes the places go downhill after a while. Hopefully El Mariachi has stayed good since I was there last.

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                        PattiCakes May 23, 2007 01:03 PM

                        Does El Mariachi have a web site?

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                          QueenB May 23, 2007 01:54 PM

                          No website that I know of.

                          As a side note, they have homemade tamales but only on the weekend.

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                    drinkvino Aug 15, 2007 02:20 PM

                    I've been to all the "famous" pizza places, "DiLorenzo's, Tacconelli's" and found them to be very marginal. I found Jules to be very good and yes for me the crust and the toppings count. Unlike the other places, I left Jules feeling refreshed, light, and satisfied. Just my two cents!

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                      G Goo Aug 15, 2007 03:04 PM

                      Different Strokes!

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                    walkerny Oct 3, 2011 12:42 PM

                    Not from the area so I can't say where else to go, but I stopped at the Waterwheel passing through town a year back. I don't recall specifics but I do recall the food & service were good, reasonable, and that the place had a charm. Would suggest a window with a view of the creek.

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                      crazyspice Oct 4, 2011 12:02 PM

                      FYI, this topic is over 4 years old.

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                        walkerny Oct 4, 2011 12:48 PM

                        'what was old is new again'.. I do not think people stopped looking for good resturaunts in Doylestown, PA

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                        givemecarbs Oct 4, 2011 12:09 PM

                        That view is going to get even more lovely with the leaves turning. Might not be a bad way to pick a dining spot, one with a nice drive to the eatery and then a window with a view. Since the topic is old I feel ok about highjacking it. Any other restaurants ideal for fall foliage ogling?

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                          cwdonald Oct 4, 2011 06:01 PM

                          I have been going to the Waterwheel (and previous incarnations) off and on for over 10 years. It is ok, a local place to have a night out but IMNSHO opinion not a place I would drive far for. FWIW access from Saw Mill Road is limited due to construction, you need to go on Old Easton Road. I would concur that it offers a nice bucolic setting.

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