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Can anyone recommend some great new places in lower Bucks or Lambertville area. Been eating at all the places in Newtown, Richboro and Yardley. Would love a great Jumbo lump Crabcake.
Any places on the level of Blue Bottle cafe?

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  1. Brian's in Lambertville is reasonably new. You probably ate his food in Newtown @ Rouget. See this thread on the Jersey board for a great discussion of the restaurant.. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837013

    You might also want to check out Cafe Blue Moose in New Hope. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853069

    If you haven't been to Sprig and Vine in New Hope, try it. Some of the best vegetarian food in the area without having to go to Philadelphia to Vedge. May not satisfy you for your crab cake, but in the summer with the bounty that is available it is worth the trip.

    If you haven't traveled up the river to Stockton, go to Via Ponte. Southern Italian style food. Wood burning pizzas. BYO but Phillips is right there. Reservations necessary on weekends. http://www.viapontestockton.com.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      cwdonald and I seem to have similar tastes. By all means, try each of the four suggestions he made. If you go to Via Ponte, do a pizza as an appetizer, order the potoato/green bean/mint salad and then consider the pasta con sarde, a real Sicilian treat.

      I'm a big fan of Sprig and Vine. Their vegan dishes are very inventive and tasty. They get quite crowded on weekends and service somewhat suffers as a result.

      I made my first visit to Brian's recently and liked it quite a bit. Like Sprig and Vine, the weekends are popular times and it's a small room, so noise levels can be high.

      Cafe Blue Moose is in no way brilliant or inventive, but their story is compelling and you'll get a solid good meal at a very fair price with attentive service.

    2. Have you tried Charcoal in Yardley for dinner yet?

      1. Have you tried the crab cake at the Yardley Inn? We love it there and the dine for less menus for lunch and dinner are a steal.

        1. great suggestions by cwdonald.

          Also new in Lambertville ... D'floret in the old Cafe Galleria building. Dennis Foy has an interesting rep (luv/not luv) and was most recently in nearby Lawrenceville. We haven't been to any of his previous ventures, but may give D'floret a try.

          http://dfloretrestaurant.com/home/

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          1. re: Foody4life

            Thanks for the heads up about D'Floret. It looks like a very nice menu. I was a bit surprised at the lunch menu as it is prix fixe only...

            1. re: Foody4life

              Just took a quick look at d'floret's web site. As best as I can tell, you've got an $18 prix-fixe lunch and $40 prix-fixe dinner. Comparable price-wise to most better L'ville/New Hope restaurants. Of course, BYO makes this an even better value.

              Whomever wrote the chef's bio poured it on a bit strong...I'm really not sold by the pompous adjectives used. In any case, we'll certainly take one for the team and try it in the next week or two.

              1. re: famdoc

                The impression left by the dinner menu is that there is an a la carte option otherwise why list the prices of the starters and entrees...

                1. re: cwdonald

                  You are right...it's just that the prices of all the entrees are the same and there are two price classes of starters. In any case, we're going to give it a try either this weekend or next and will report back.

                  1. re: famdoc

                    Looking forward to hearing about your experience. Always enjoy your write ups.

                2. re: famdoc

                  famdoc - gotta agree about the chef's bio on the website. tis a wee bit over the top.

                  Will look forward to your review. We have Brian's next up on our list, then we'll give D'floret a go.

                  1. re: Foody4life

                    booked a table for this weekend...was told there are two dining areas: the main dining room and an outdoor "grill" area, with different menus and different chefs. Dennis Foy cooks for the inside dining room and the menu on their web site approximates that room's current offerings. The outdoor space is described as less formal, with steaks, fish and fresh corn. More to come.

                    1. re: Foody4life

                      FYI, my neighbors went back to Brian's last week and said that due to that woodburning oven being basically in the dining room, it was HOT in there. They won't go back until autumn.

                      1. re: Foody4life

                        I put up a review of D'floret on the New Jersey board.
                        Link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858951

                        Summary: a very satisfying addition to the Lambertville dining scene!

                  2. Can second the mention of Charcoal in Yardley - a bit expensive although breakfast and lunch is very reasonably priced. Seasonal menu in the evening always interesting choices. BYO which is great!

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                    1. re: LindaKay

                      Breakfast and lunch is good at Charcoal but dinner is completely different. Different chefs, different menu. I think that compared to city prices or even Newtown or Doylestown prices, the prices for dinner are rather reasonable.