Creekside Inn and The Farmhouse
This kind of weather makes me want to drink ice cold draft beer and sample bar food. Last sunday when it finally started to cool down in the early evening my friend John and I went to the Creekside Inn in Chalfont for some refreshments. The deck was locked and the bartender was working alone but when I asked she couldn't have been sweeter about letting us eat outside. The cook and bartender made sure we had a wonderful experience even though I know we must have been kind of pain to wait on because of the heat and having to go in and out a lot with our food and drink. I concentrated on the pitcher of Yuengling and just stole a few fries from John and a bite of his Caesar salad but I really enjoyed the deck and the staff was just so accomodating to us. We sat out there alone as the hot late afternoon gave way to a sultry night, looking at the creek and watching the trains go by. We even heard a bullfrog.
Last night we tried The Farmhouse in Doylestown and it was very relaxing. I had a dozen steamed clams for 6.99 and they were yummy. They also had some interesting beers on draft. Our waitress made us feel very much at home, and there was a great variety of tunes on the electronic juke box that everyone kept feeding. They had me at "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison. My friend John seemed to enjoy his burger and large appetizer platter as well. I live in the Lansdale area but am willing to travel a little. Any recs for other bars in the area?
John here. We were a pain. The food was good at both places. The service at both exceptional.
The sampler and burger I had at the farmhouse was fantastic. I don't eat shrimp generally as a rule. I've had a lot of fishy tasting shrimp in my life. I accidentally ate one of the shrimp egg rolls like appetizers and it was good. It was fresh enough for me to eat it. This was the first time I ate shrimp without gagging it back up. The mozzarella sticks where huge and spiced just right. The dipping sauces homemade. I actually doggy bagged the left over sauces. I'm so embarrassed. I mean who doggy bags dipping sauces, but I just couldn’t leave them. The burger was their signature burger. It was really good. The caramelized onions just melt in your mouth. The rich flavor of a well done burger. I was once told that bacon makes everything better, as was the case here. If I could do it all again I would go for a rare.
As for the Creekside inn, the service kinda touched me. Lately I’ve had some really horrible service and I work in retail. So I was really touched when they opened the patio just for us. They didn’t just open the patio, but they even checked on us. I should mention this was with a full bar. They only had the cook and the bartender. The cook took our orders and the bartender checked up on us every so often. The Crab cakes I had were ok. The weather was really too hot for crab. The ceaser was really good.
I love good bar food and these places served some really good food with some truely excellent service. For that I'm thankful.
Go right down the road from Creekside and visit the famous NBI (New Britain Inn). It has a lovely and large patio out back and the food isn't bad. An interesting mix of people as well. A few of my favorite bars in the area though are Puck (which has a lovely patio which is wonderful on a warm evening) and the back garden patio of the Knight House (ditto). Both are swankier than Creekside and the NBI though.