We’ve been collecting these “tidbits” all summer for you. Here’s what’s happening on the restaurant scene in Bucks County and nearby Hunterdon County.
Oysters still on the menu! The Milford Oyster House became The Milford House this past August, and while new owners Rosie Tangtrakul and Tom Kulnis have changed a few things, they want the ambiance similar to what customers knew and loved. Tom’s experience comes from years of being the chef at the Oyster House, and he continues to deliver excellent seafood dishes and a fresh, raw selection of oysters and more. Rosie brings her warm hospitality from her years of service at Siam, a local favorite in Lambertville.
The Milford House has plenty of beers on tap and changing dinner and dessert specials each night. Stop by for a date night, prepared oysters, or classic American dishes.
Speaking of Siam, the well-known and loved Lambertville Thai restaurant run by Rosie’s father Suthep Tangtrakul recently closed for retirement.
Love BBQ? Well, there’s good news and bad news. Bad news is that More Than Q BBQ has left the Stockton Market. Good news is they are opening soon in Lambertville.
Owner Matt Martin graduated from Council Rock High School in 1994, and lives in Washington Crossing with his wife Beth and two children. Besides being a family man, he loves keeping his cuts of meat simple, dry-rubbing them with seasoning and smoking them over wood. If you’ve had his BBQ, you know it is worth trekking to Lambertville.
The new location is at 13 Klines Court, right in-between DiNapoli’s and Brian’s. Opening is hopefully mid-to-late October. Watch their Facebook page for information.
It’s time to come back to Penns Park. The Fancy Fig Café opened in mid-August in Penns Park (Wrightstown Township) at the Gathering in the space where the Summer Kitchen used to be. Lisa Brymer, who has run a successful catering business in Bucks for ten years, is serving breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. The grand opening of the cafe was September 18, and guests sampled the menu and relaxed in the cozy atmosphere. Stop by this little gem and try out the freshly made salads, sandwiches, and baked goods.
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New BYOB. Chive Café & Catering in Lahaska is now BYOB. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and relax in their dining room, on the sun porch or outside on the patio. The café is open until 7 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, 6 pm on Saturday, and 4 pm on Sunday. The Chive Café recently won a Bucks Happening “Best Kept Secret” award for 2016.
Not since Prohibition! The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is seeking bids for 40 expired restaurant licenses, including two licenses in Bucks County. This is the first time since Prohibition that a new population of licenses exceeding the exiting quota has been made in Pennsylvania, reports Bucks Local News. Bids for these licenses are due on Thursday, October 27, and winners will be determined the week of October 31.
Che-ee-ese anyone? Max Hansen Carversville Grocery Store likes to search for the best products, especially for its “Cheese World” section of the store. This is where you can try the best local cheese as well as cheeses from all over the US and Europe. Each cheese is very different, with different textures and milk content.
Some of the new cheeses this month include Brillat-Savarin—a triple cream dessert cheese; Willoughby—a semi-soft cheese with a buttery texture; an eight week old creamy and crumbly Blue Stilton; a Beemster Extra Aged Gouda—a Dutch cow’s milk cheese; the tangy Italian Ballarini Gorgonzola; from England, a Cotswold with chopped onions and chives; from France, a delicious Comte; and the Danish Blue—a mild blue cheese with a crumbly texture (even people who think they don’t like blue cheese will like it.)
Seasonal empanadas at Empanada Mama’s. You don’t have to travel to South America to get authentic empanadas. Kendall Bajek, aka “mama,” started the Doylestown eatery, making authentic AND non-traditional empanadas. Try out the seasonal flavors like the Sweet Potato & Black Bean and the Caramel Pumpkin Pie empanada. Recently, Empanada Mama was named “Best Lunch Spot” on the 2016 Bucks Happening List.
Read more about these delicious empanadas and how Kendall Bajek became an overnight success in Doylestown in our previous post, Empanada Mama.
On September 3, 2016, AJ Buehrer, chef and owner of the Karlton Cafe in Quakertown, passed away in his home. The community suffered a great loss, as well as the entire Karlton Cafe family. It was evident that AJ had a passion for cooking and serving the community, and you could taste it in the food he prepared for his customers. His wife, Amanda Buehrer, will honor AJ and his passion by continuing to serve the delicious food that he created, in the restaurant that he loved so much. You can stop the café daily from 8 am – 2 pm.
The Big Q BBQ in Levittown opened up in July 2015 as a quick-serve food establishment serving up Midwest-style BBQ. However, it closed this September due to “outgrowing this location,” said owner Drew Abruzzese. He added that they will search for a new location in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs in 2017.
There’s nothing like an evening stroll through your favorite Bucks County town, especially when it’s fall. When I went to school at DelVal, I used to walk around Doylestown with a cup of coffee, admiring all the changing leaves and crossing the street just to step in a big crunchy pile of them.
I encourage you to experience the changes of nature this week, stop by a farm market and pick up some seasonal produce, or order a special dish on the menu of a new restaurant. Just like I did with the crunchy leaves, it’s nice to go out of your way to experience these special moments, no matter how small they are.
Business and pizza. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and your appetite to the “Business after Business” networking event, hosted by Liberty Hall Pizza and the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce. Come prepared for some great pizza, appetizers, and complimentary beverages. The cost is free for one chamber member per organization and $25 for future members or guests. The event runs from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 27. RSVP to email@example.com or online here.
Community lunch. Here’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and make new friends. On Wednesday, September 14, from noon – 2 pm, enjoy a community lunch at the Centenary United Methodist Church, on North Union Street, in Lambertville, NJ. The lunch, which is free and open to all, is made using organic and local ingredients.
Did you know that September is National Mushroom Month? The Golden Pheasant Inn is celebrating the fungus and the autumn equinox with its famous mushroom soup, prepared by Chefs Blake and Jon. Thanks to Mainly Mushrooms LLC, the soup is packed with a variety of mushrooms like shitake, button, oyster, and cremini, just to name a few. Check out what else is in store this week at the inn by giving them a call or visiting their Facebook page.
Speaking of mushrooms, did you know you can actually grow your own shiitake mushrooms? Here are some tips from some ‘shroom experts in Bucks County and nearby.
Apples galore! If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s apple season. Manoff Market Gardens is known for their tasty apple varieties, so stop in to pick up a bag or two. Right now you’ll find Gala, Zestar, Sanza, Honey Crisp, and Ginger Gold ripe and ready to eat. As for other produce, the peaches and nectarines of the season are officially finished. Don’t despair, the market still has flowers and raspberries if you want more than just apples. If you like your apples in liquid form, the market makes fresh pressed cider every week. Farm hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5:30 pm.
Over in Jersey… Welcome back the flavors of the fall season with the return of a few dishes at the Frenchtown Inn. The restaurant’s puree of butternut squash soup and everybody’s favorite chicken pot pie are back, so stop by this week for lunch from 12 – 3 pm, or dinner from 5 – 9 pm. The inn also has a new fall item: fresh figs, Anjou pears, Parma prosciutto and fresh shaved Parmesan drizzled with white truffle oil.
On the radar…
Farm to table dinner with Aro Hill Farm: Jim and Stacy Wertman are hosting a farm-to-table dinner at their Aro Hill Farm on 2624 Dark Hollow Road, in Jamison, PA. Jim is a veteran and was in the Delaware Valley University Rodale program for returning vets. His farm and story was featured in Edible Philly magazine as well. The dinner is on Saturday, October 1, and proceeds support the farm. Call 267.566.7532 for more information.
Music and Whiskey at Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Distillery: Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey is hosting a special event on October 1 featuring a night of music by artist Beaver Nelson. Opening for Nelson is local Philadelphia area folk trio, Found Wandering. Cocktails featuring Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey will be available for purchase. Seating is limited so grab tickets now, they are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show.
Markets of Provence: Co-author Marjorie R. Williams spent months exploring Provence in her book “Markets of Provence.” On October 6, at 7 pm, Williams will take you on that trip through the South of France with an exciting presentation, book signing and raffle. The book is underwritten by Goût et Voyage, Taste and Travel & Simply Fresh by McCaffrey’s. This event, which will be held at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, PA, is open to Alliance Française de Doylestown members, their guests and the community. The ticket price includes the lecture, a copy of “Markets of Provence,” and a raffle entry. Refreshments will be provided by Fromage Deux in Lahaska.
Family Fall Fest at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian: The therapeutic riding center in Perkasie is hosting its family fall fest on Saturday, October 1, from noon – 6 pm. There will be beer crafters, a car show, wine tasting, family games, food trucks, live music, and more. The foundation is still looking for food trucks, beer vendors and musical guests, and all proceeds will go to support Ivy Hill’s horses and programs. Contact Aimee Cowdery at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 215.822.2515, if you want to help. Admission is free to the public.
- Jazz on the Farm: The Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse present Mitchell Cheng Trio on Sunday, October 9 from 1 – 4 pm. Mitchell Cheng is a pianist and composer born right here in Bucks County. Reservations are recommended so burgers and pork sandwiches can be reserved in advance. There will be a tent with tables with limited seating, and lawn chairs are recommended. The event is BYOB as well. Save your spot here.
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