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Any good (non-chain) restaurants in or near lower bucks county

I am looking for good non-chain restaurants in the lower bucks county area ( Langhorne/Bensalem area) BYOBs a plus!

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  1. Blue Sage in Southhampton is BYO and one of the best Vegetarian restaurants in the greater Philadelphia area. www.bluesagegrille.com Reservations highly recommended.

    Tavolo in Huntingdon Valley is a very good italian byo. www.tavolocuisine.com.

    Another good restaurant in that same general area is Arugala www.ristorantearugala.com

    In Bensalem there are several good indian restaurants, including a very good South Indian restaurant if that interests you.

    In willow grove Ooka does some very good japanese tepanake and sushi and that particular Ooka location is byo.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Please give names of Indian restaurants. I know Saffron just opedned near Tavolo, but I found the one in Ambler a bit bland. If there are some Indian restaurants nearby that don't dumb down the heat, I am all ears.

      1. re: middleagedfoodie

        Indian Garden in Yardley (Stony Hill Rd) is good. Bombay Cafe in Bristol is very good (fresh).

      2. re: cwdonald

        I completely agree about Blue Sage. What are the Indian restaurants? We were sorry to see Aroma close, but are always willing to drive for a new Indian experience, although my husband isn't keen on strictly vegetarian options.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Blue Sage sounds awesome. Can't wait to try it.

        2. Hoping these suggestions are not too far north for you...

          In Langhorne I recommend Mi-Rim on Woodbourne Rd (near Lincoln HIghway). It's a Korean restaurant and sushi bar, BYOB, pleasant atmosphere. They have grills on some of the tables to BBQ. They have some Japanese selections on the menu also, but I have not tried them, since I always stick with the Korean menu and it's always delicious. I recommend one of the dishes that come on a hot stone bowl (like bibim bap) or hwe dup bab which is sort of like a sushi salad. They also have "casserole" dishes which cook in a propane burner at your table.

          In Yardley, Charcoal BYOB (formerly Charcoal Steaks N Things) is really good -- interesting New American food, young creative chefs. Not every dish is a perfect success (sometimes they seem a little TOO experimental) but the prices are fairly reasonable and overall I've been very happy with my meals there. Everything is well prepared and the service is very good. Worth trying.

          Also in Yardley is Indian Garden. I think the food is excellent. BYO, nice atmosphere, good service and very reasonable prices.

          1. I second Mi-rim--just was there this week for lunch. Also like Mirch Masala in Bensalem. Heard there's a Pho place that just opened up there (Pho Bensalem, I think) Anyone been??

            1. Oishi in Newtown is very good.

              1. Ate in a great little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Bensalem in Bensalem on Street Road. Tried it despite poor reviews on Yelp (We really needed to eat after hours at Franklin Mills Mall-----yes, there still are a couple of great stores there) I'm really glad we went---great pho, friendly service. Also had a Vietnamese crepe and a grilled beef dish. The owner brought out a bowl of hot water and rice paper so we could make our own wraps with the beef. I thought the quality of the food compared well to pho and Beyond in Willow Grove, plus it's closer to my house. Noticed they had Banh Mi on the menu, which I'm definitely getting next time. Sadly, Mirch Masala in the same mall is gone.

                1. For real Vietnamese, including good Bahn Mi sandwiches, you really have to go into Philadelphia, which I think has one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the US. Many people go to Chinatown, and frankly the Vietnamese Thai place on 9th and Race is decent. Vietnam Palace is OK and Q.T. on 10th has good Bahn Mi (get the tofu one), but really you should explore the many places on Washington Avenue. I like Pho Ta just south of Washington on 11th and Pho 75 near there, as well. Also, Nam Son on 16th and Washington is good, but isolated (nice places like Resurection Ale House and Sidecar Cafe to the north, however). If you want fancy, you could try Le Viet on 11th just off Washington, too. Washington Avenue is a semi-industrial artery and not the prettiest road in Philly, so if you're a little bit scared suburanites, then go during the day.

                  Hope this helps. It's really just a subset of the many choices, of course.

                  1. Good question. My first thought would be Carlucci's near the Oxford Valley Mall, but it you don't mind going a little further, Piccolo Tratoria in Newtown is much better Italian. Also, Duck Sauce is in Newtown as well and it is better Chinese food, better than your typical Chinese places. I'll second Oishi and Blue Sage also as well, as I frequent Blue Sage!

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                    1. re: littlecmad

                      Unlike Spanish, French, Vegan, Vietnamese, etc. where you really must go into Philly to get the good stuff, you can certainly get good Chinese and "red gravy" Italian fair in Bucks. That said; I really don't think Carlucci's is very good. Very "food-service," IMHO. For pizza in Bucks, I would try Brothers in Langhorne. For more upscale Italian with a good antipasta that's kind of fun in the summer with nice outdoor dining, I'd do La Stalla in Newtown. Low end, it doesn't matter that much: Brothers, Piccolo, Dolci Carina (also Newtown) are fine. There are others.

                      However, if you want real top-flight Italian, you must still go into Philadelphia. I'd suggest Le Virtu, Amis, or naturally Vetri's if you have a couple hundred to spare and want the best on the east coast. Top pizza in Philadelphia? I'd consider Nomad Pizza first.

                    2. This thread is a little dated now, but there's a cool "vegan" restaurant now called Green Tea. It's a part of Cafe Con Leche, which has been a staple in Newtown for about 10+ years which in itself is a decent sign.

                      The owner/chef went vegan, and has come up with some excellent salads, soups, and "meaty" entrees. ;)

                      I recommend the Kale White Bean or JalapeƱo Butternut Squash soup and the "Energy" salad, which has a spring mix base, seaweed, asian pears, red onion, sesame seeds, blackened tofu, and a vegan dressing.

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                      1. re: dndicicco

                        Totally agree about Cafe Con Leche. An underrated place. Far better choice than something like Carlucci's. That said; what town is Green Tea in? We haven't tried it.

                        1. re: PicklePaul

                          I was unclear earlier. Green Tea is a part of Cafe Con Leche. They call it a separate restaurant, but really it's the same place with two menus. That said, they have two signs and talk up Green Tea a lot more so I think they're trying to spread the word. They also have vegan desserts now, too. Yum.

                          1. re: dndicicco

                            Thanks, dndicicco. It's been awhile since I've been there.