Options around Sesame Place (Langhorne) and Crayola Factory (Easton)
My family will be visiting Sesame Place and the Crayola Factory in a few weeks with some friends. We both have toddlers, and my family has an infant. Please save us from Chili's, Applebee's et al.
I am looking for some good options for lunches and dinners. Would prefer something within a 15-20 minute drive of either place. Doesn't need to be kid centric, just a place where they won't be out of place.
In terms of cuisine, I am open to anything, except Italian (we're from Providence so I can get that at home). Would love to hear about any places/menu items/foodways unique to the area.
We will be making an excursion into Philly at the end of the trip to do the roast pork/cheese steak things, so unless there is a really outstanding option in Langhorne/Easton, my plan is to save that for the city.
Not from from Sesame Place is a suburban location of Steve's Prince of Steaks. Steve's is one of the better steak places in Philadelphia, and it would take you about 10 minutes to get there once you get out of Sesame Place. Unfortunately you are in suburban mall and chain restaurant area up by Sesame Place,
For Easton, I might suggest going over to Bethlehem Brew Works. Easton and Bethlehem are right next to each other, and Bethlehem Brew works both brews some nice beers, and has food. Definitely place you can take kids. In Easton proper, Pearly Bakers would be a place to consider. Good use of local ingredients and family atmosphere.
Pearly Bakers is within walking distance of the Crayola Factory. Other restaurants within walking distance are River Grille (somewhat upscale) and Sogo (asian fusion- Though this latter does not really have much of a kid friendly meal.)
The Brewworks has great beers, but I've never been real impressed with the food.
237 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042
There is an excellent Korean/Sushi restaurant called MiRim which is VERY near Sesame Place, 2 minute drive. Their Korean food is great, sushi is good but they also have a selection of typical Japanese dishes (tempura/teriyaki/noodles -- have not tried these).
In Yardley, maybe 5-10 minutes away from Sesame, (not downtown Yardley, it is in a shopping center) there is a good Indian restaurant called Indian Garden. The people that run the place are REALLY nice.
Otherwise, yes, Oxford Valley (the area where Sesame Place is) is a dining wasteland.
151 Woodbourne Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
676 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067
676 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA 19067
One possibility is J.B. Dawson's south of the Oxford Valley Mall. They have three or four restaurants in the Philly/Reading area. They are not a chain in the sense of all the other places around Sesame Place and the Oxford Valley Mall. I am often in the area and J.B. Dawson's is about the only place I would go to with toddlers that is not a true chain (take everybody's word here -- the chain places are too many to list). From the times I have been there, the quality can vary, but I would rate it pretty good for the area and worth a try.
Agree. JB Dawson's isn't bad. Typical pub fare, steaks, ribs, salads. Another option could be Isaac Newton's in Newtown, probably a 10-15 minute drive. They have an excellent and unique beer selection on tap (and it bottles), and decent enough pub grub with a huge menu. Plus Newtown is a cute place to walk around with a couple of ice cream parlors available for dessert.
It is interesting that your reserch turned up the Kopper Kettle. I know people who love the place. I've been there twice in twenty-five years and have driven past it on my way to eat at J.B. Dawson's (another six miles away). J.B. Dawson's is my favorite non-Italian restaurant near the Oxford Valley Mall/Sesame Place. Isaac Newton's is also a good suggestion (and the ice cream afterwards) and Newtown is easy to get to from where you will be. It is a far more pleasant area than Rt. 13 at Under the Pier.
Thanks for all the help. If you're ever in the Providence area please let me and the Chowhounds up here return the favor.
We ended up trying Issac Newtons, The Kopper Kettle, Mirim and the Langhorne Coffeehouse in the Langhorne area. We had lunch at Forks Mediterranean Deli when were in Easton.
Mirim was probably the best food of the bunch, better than any Korean I've had in Providence or Boston. Excellent service and the place was relatively empty so it was great for the kids.
The Kopper Kettle was an interesting find. Snapper soup was awesome. Deviled crab was worth trying though after tasting my wife's broiled scallops I really wished I had ordered those. Service was somewhat surly, though I think that was limited to our particular waitress.
Issac Newtons was solid and a great place to take kids. The beer selection was outstanding and the menu is quite extensive. Went to Goodnoes afterwards for ice cream. Lucked out by getting in line just before the crush of little leaguers arrived to overwhelm the poor girl who was manning the counter by herself.
Forks Mediterranean Deli was phenomenal. Fresh delicious food and the owner could not have been nicer.
Forks Mediterranean Deli
1508 Sullivan Trl, Easton, PA 18040
I'm glad you found the Forks Deli. It's not the easiest to find, especially coming up from center square, but oh, so worth it. Their lamb shawarma was always amazing, when you could get them. Most of the time it was chicken, which was great, but not nearly the same. Everything is made that day, so it is so very good.
My folks have been getting take-out from Kopper Kettle for as long as I can remember. They seem to be pretty consistent with their seafood. After all these years, it's great to hear positive feedback from an out-of-towner.
Looking forward to checking out Mirim when we're in town visiting...