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Jul 30, 2008 09:39 AM


Looking for Breakfast this Saturday IN Doylestown. Open to all suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. Cross Keys Diner (technically IN Doylestown, but it may not be what you're looking for.) Other than that, I'm not thinking of much in the heart of Doylestown.

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    1. re: JohnnyKBar

      Well, its option, but was hoping for something along the lines of The Brick Hotel so I guess I might have to go to Peddler's Village!? That the closest I will find anything like that?

      1. re: JohnnyKBar

        Cross Keys Diner has a new owner who took over in, I think, November. It's not the same, but it's still better than the other full-breakfast, sit-down options around town that I can think of.

        1. re: watercress

          Do you know if they still have the corn meal buttermilk pancakes? Those were the only reason to visit that diner IMNSHO.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Cross Keys Diner is where Charlotte's Luncheonette used to be, right? Kinda near the Tile Works?

            1. re: givemecarbs

              Yes.. Charlotte's predates my time in Doylestown. Its on Stump, (313) next door to the Pet hotel, down the streets from the Honda Collision building.

              1. re: cwdonald

                Thanks! Charlotte was worshiped as a goddess during her reign. I hear she retired to Florida, said she was sick of dealing with people. There was another Cross Keys Diner back in the day too. Doylestown had three diners. Ed's, Cross Keys and the little Diner down 611 just a tad. And to think I was excited when Gino's hamburgers opened. :(

                1. re: givemecarbs

                  Actually she retired to Arizona about 20 years ago. I personally hate they are now calling Charlotte's Luncheonette Cross Keys Diner. My dad worked at and managed the REAL Cross Keys Diner located about a hundred yards away in the 1950's & 1960's. The little diner on the south end of town you are referring to was The Hyway Diner.

                  1. re: BIGDADDO

                    Thanks Bigdaddo. The hyway Diner. Sigh. Would sure love to get breakfast there again. Or some meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans. A cheeseburger from the real Cross Keys Diner would be lovely. Or an apple dumpling with warm milk from Ed's. Of course I also miss the 202 diner by the old airport in montgomeryville. That one had the original sliding trolley doors and wood work.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      Hey "givemecarbs" I miss the 202 diner also! I wonder if we know each other? My name is Bob Servin

                      1. re: BIGDADDO

                        We might BIGDADDO. Glad I happened to visit the Pennsylvannia boards tonight. So did you hang out at Ed's Diner in Doylestown ever? Or Barger's Chicken House? Eat at the Woolworth's lunch counter? How about the Bar M? Been posting a lot of stuff about Doylestown on the Philadelphia Boards lately. Now that cupcakes are being surpassed by pie or something as a food fad I wonder if Let Them Eat Cake is going to change to the PIE GUY or something. Should be in Doylestown on friday evening if the snow doesn't stop me, gonna get flatbread from Baked on Main I think.

                        Ed's Diner
                        1607 Morrell Ave, Connellsville, PA 15425

                  2. re: givemecarbs

                    It was Arizona she retired to & is still kicking.

                  3. re: cwdonald

                    Stump Rd is NOT RT313. Swamp Rd is RT313

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      That's RT 313 SWAMP RD. NOT STUMP RD.

                  4. re: cwdonald

                    Yes, they do, and I think they have them every day (not just on weekends, as before). I was there on a weekday and I didn't get them, but saw them on the list of specials.
                    And yes, givemecarbs, it's where Charlotte's used to be, on 313 just off 611.

                    1. re: watercress

                      Oh for a chocolate milkshake from Charlottes!

                2. re: JohnnyKBar

                  Actually technically it is in Buckingham Township with a Doylestown mailing address & phone number.

                3. The best breakfast hands down in Doylestown is the morning roll and Small World coffee from the Crossroads bakery- but it's just take out bakery.
                  I agree that there is not much for a sit down breakfast in Doylestown. We went to Crosskeys diner, and didn't have a great experience. I've never been, but maybe try Slate Bleu for brunch?

                  1. There is a place called Bobby Simone's down a little alley off of State Street. I haven't tried it yet but I hear the brunch there is wonderful. Just something to look into...

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                    1. re: RitaC

                      Why not do what I'm gonna do this saturday? Arrive around eight thirty or nine and bring some cash. Try to park on one of the side streets as Doylestown can be bustling on a saturday morning. First stop; La Maison du Cheese on State Street for fresh croissants baked on site. They have a seasonal selection of sweet and savory croissants that are simply divine. I usually get a coffee too, they have only one size. If you are really really lucky the croissants will be still warm. Swoon. They are not cheap and they take only cash but this is my favorite place on the planet.And they have been there for thirty years. Cross the street to Bagel Barrel for a toasted bagel with egg and ham or just cream cheese. And more coffee. If the planets are aligned you will find an empty outdoor table there to people and dog watch. Do check out the Doylestown Farmer's Market which is just steps away from the Bagel Barrel and diagonal from Nirvana err I mean La Maison du Cheese. They have neat heritage vegetables and such. Stroll around town and meet many fine people walking their dogs. Doylestown is very doggie friendly these days. There are dishes of water placed conveniently by dog loving merchants. The other day one dish even had lots of ice in it. So if you have a well-mannered dog why not bring it along? I usually end up buying fresh baked soft pretzels and lemonade for the trip home from the little place at the Doylestown Inn also on State Street. There is a place that offers breakfast I think right next to the Bagel Barrel but I would have to get past La Maison du Cheese to get there. Please save some croissants for me if you go. They tend to sell out early.

                      1. re: givemecarbs

                        I second givemecarb's post (sorry, almost wrote "givemecrabs"!). I love La Maison's pan au chocolate. So relaxing on a Saturday morning if you're up to leave the eggs and toast path.

                        1. re: emcd

                          Have to agree that La Maison is the best place to go. The owners, Martha and Carol, are wonderful to sit down and talk with if you catch them in a quiet moment. We ask them to make us whatever they feel like for breakfast, and they always deliver something fabulous. Side note: ask for the "wow" cheese, a gorgonzola/marscapone blend if you want a creamy, exciting cheese.

                          1. re: CaviarAndCodfish

                            I'd say give Cross Keys Diner another try. The food is really, really good. They're serious food people. They smoke their own meats and use real butter (a little too much of it, maybe) and have excellent specials.

                            Cross Keys Diner
                            4125 E Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902