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Where to eat in Newtown?

Ok, so my boyfriend's family is from Newtown - back when it was still a farming town and not a yuppie playground. He likes historical buildings, so we took a walk through the town the other day and saw a bunch of places that looked interesting, but we had no idea what would be actually good. He's more of a steak-and-mashed-potatoes kinda guy than anything else and will unfailingly order chicken parm when we are eating Italian. We were most curious about the Grotto and the Temperance House, as well as the Garden Grille at the Brick Hotel. Any suggestions or recommendations? What's good, what's reasonably priced, and what's not too "out there" (he's not going to go for sushi - I know that much)?

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  1. Avoid the Garden Grille! And no particular raves for The Grotto or Temperance either. Good Italian at La Stalla, La Nuova Vita, Florentino's, The Saloon. For upscale, somewhat "Frenchy" food, Rouget can't be beat....classiest restaurant in town.

    1. I stopped for lunch at La Stalla a few weeks ago. Suffered through a tasteless minestrone and truly the worst cannoli I have ever had. My wife and I used to think this place set the standard for Italian food in Bucks County. How the mighty have fallen. I wouldn't bother with the Grotto or the Saloon. Rouget is definitely on my must-go-to list but haven't had the chance. For basic lunch, I still like Isaac Newton's -- might be to your boyfriend's liking -- sandwiches, etc. Newtown should be better.

      1. Cafe Con Leche is good -- small, BYOB. The menu changes often and has some creative items, but your boyfriend should be able to find something he likes.

        1. Grotto's food is not great. It has a fantastic bar and a really nice interior - but just stick to the bar food and not a full meal...
          Garden Grill is over priced for mediocre food.
          Oishi is awesome for Thai,Korean, and Japanese, but make sure to call ahead for a reservation
          Isaac Newton's is ok. Great beer menu - average food.
          Jules Thin Crust Pizza is pretty good for a quick bite.
          Hope this helps!

          Oh has anyone ever tried IL Sol Tuscan Grill in Newtown?

          1. Steak? - Def goto the Brick Hotel. They have a new steak menu that is really good. I have eaten there 3 times in the past 2 months and have not been disappointed. A few of my friends had great meals there too so its not just me. They are on the rebound (if people thought they were on the outs before).

            I like Grotto's bar but can't say much for their food. La Stalla doesn't impress me and nor does the Saloon.

            I like Rouget. Yarley Inn is decent. Picolo is pretty good too.

            Stay away from Patagonia, I had one of my worse dining experiences there.


            1. Thanks for the replies! Definitely will consider everybody's comments when we go back.

              1. You're posing a dilemna for all of us here. Your boyfriend is not a foodie but it seems you may be. If it's steak and mashed or chicken parm he wants and he isn't very picky then the Temperance House is your best bet. It's a historical building and if you ask to be seated by the fireplace so much the better. The food is average, but so is most food everywhere else. Also average is the Garden Grille The Grotto or Temperance La Stalla, La Nuova Vita, Florentino's, The Saloon. Cafe Piccolo and Isaak Newtons. Isaak Newtons has a great beer selection. Oishi is good, as is the Thai place.

                The only very good restaurant is Rouget. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a steak for him.

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                1. re: george2

                  Sorry to present a dilemma:-) Yeah, I am a bit of a foodie. He is more of one of those "food is fuel" types. We manage to get along fairly well, though sometimes I hear that tolerant, long-suffering sigh when we are in restaurants where each entree is accompanied by a long description and exotic (to him) components.

                2. Unfortunately, Newtown is a Culinary Wasteland. The only really good restaurant is Rouget. Your Boyfriend would love the Beef ala Mode. I am a meat and potato guy..and it's my favorite dish anywhere. The food is incredible but I have had a few service issues.

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                  1. re: pabloescolar

                    Rouget seems to be the one consistently praised restaurant, so we'll have to check that one out, I think.