This post was originally published July 2011. It was updated 11/17/2014. Thanks for all your recommendations!

Ask friends to suggest their favorite breakfast place and the recommendations come pouring out like hot coffee on a busy Saturday morning. The passion and loyalty is intense as well. At the risk of treading on dangerous ground(s), I picked a couple of the most popular breakfast restaurants in Bucks to see what makes breakfast so good at their places. Here’s a look behind-the-scenes at the Vintage Grille in Fountainville and Vera’s Country Café in Ottsville. See our previous post about Fred’s Breakfast in New Hope here. Following the profiles, is a pretty good list of breakfast places in Bucks and nearby. (Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites.)

Being the first meal of the day breakfast has certain implications. Most folks are not always at their sharpest so a hot cup of coffee, delivered quickly, is usually the first order of business. A smile doesn’t hurt either.

A good breakfast place also radiates comfort and warmth. You really want a welcoming atmosphere for the first meal of the day. A warm, timely greeting when you step in – especially if it’s busy – is crucial.

On a recent visit to the Vintage Grille, our waiter really set the tone. It was a little early for the Saturday breakfast rush and he had only one other table. As we got to talking, he sat down with us, and before we knew it, we were talking local food and chatting like old friends. That’s the atmosphere there, where owner and long time restaurateur Lenore Picariello, is repeating her success with Mother’s – the wine bar and restaurant in New Hope – in Fountainville, just north of Doylestown. The restaurant is so homey that Lenore and general manager Doris McCarney are afraid customers will assume their breakfast is expensive. “People think they have to go to a diner for a cheap breakfast,” says Lenore, “but we have better quality food, nicer presentation and good prices.”

Check out the $3.99 weekday breakfast specials, like Challah French Toast, or Friday’s special of egg, pancake and French toast. Other favorites include the Stuffed French Toast – two thick slices of raisin bread griddle toast, stuffed with cream cheese and a choice of apple chutney, blueberries or sliced bananas ($8.95) – or the Raspberry Brie French Toast – Challah French Toast with melted brie cheese and topped with raspberry sauce ($9.95). The bread comes from nearby Crossroads Bake Shop in Doylestown, so you know it’s good.

Vintage Grille’s breakfast menu also includes the basics – eggs, pancakes, waffles – and the not-so-basics, like a spinach, goat cheese and tomato frittata, a great breakfast wrap, and the Breakfast Burger – an 8 oz. Angus beef burger, with egg, bacon, and cheese on an English muffin and served with their signature Vintage potatoes. Oh, did I forget to mention their version of breakfast potatoes? They parboil then deep-fry the potatoes, making them creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Tossed in their own mix of salt, sugar and paprika, it’s worth the price of admission alone. [See below for the Vintage Grille’s hours and location information].

A comforting, welcoming atmosphere, nice people and good food. All necessary ingredients for a favorite breakfast place, and all present at Vera’s Country Café in Ottsville. A simple building, set back on busy Route 412, Vera’s looks like a typical Bucks County roadside restaurant, but it’s not. We knew this the first time we stopped in. There was a wait for a table, and we established our place by scrawling our name on a small chalk board. Sitting outside waiting in the warm sun, we noticed a kitchen garden by the side of the restaurant with herbs, tomatoes and hot peppers. Now that’s local sourcing, I thought.

Of course, Vera’s has all the basics. A big favorite is their creamed chipped beef, always made to order, with smoked dried beef and house-made sauce. But then there’s the specials. This is where chef/owner Anthony Lalli really enjoys himself. Anthony has a gleam in his eye as he describes the previous weekend’s specials – Southwestern Eggs Benedict, Pomadori Omelet, Shrimp Besciamella Omelet and, a big hit with the winter-weary crowd, Tropical French Toast – French Toast topped with fresh ripe mango, pineapple, star fruit, strawberries and house-made vanilla sauce, finished with toasted coconut ($3.25 each or 3 for $7.25). This is not your typical Bucks County roadside restaurant.

Anthony and Vera Lalli started Vera’s five years ago up the road a bit in Pleasant Valley. When the building became available in Ottsville two years ago, they went for it. They replaced everything, shaping and decorating it just the way they wanted. Anthony has a long history with cooking, starting as a boy standing in the kitchen at the elbow of his Italian grandmother. He then went onto the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, and stints working in restaurants throughout Bucks County. But he and Vera always wanted to work together and have something of their own.

“We don’t serve typical diner food,” explains Vera. “And nothing comes from cans,” adds Anthony (except Italian plum tomatoes, he admits). Produce is local in season, eggs from Rick’s Eggs just up Route 412, meats from Saylor’s in Hellertown, flavored coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters in Upper Black Eddy, and local maple syrup and honey. Anthony and Vera like to pick their own fruits and vegetables, often driving far to different specialty stores to get ideas and interesting ingredients. Or just a few minutes away to the Ottsville Farmers’ Market to get fish from Metropolitan Seafood or local pumpkins and squash. The chicken and tuna salad are made in-house, as is the cole slaw, everyday. Omelets are made in sauté pans, not on the grill, and freshly squeezed orange juice is always available.

“We take pride in what we do,” they explain. “And we don’t want you to leave hungry,” Vera says. “We love to see people happy,” explains Anthony, who admits he sometimes peeks out the kitchen window to watch the food being placed in front of customers, enjoying their delight. [See below for more information about Vera’s].

Where to eat breakfast in Bucks and nearby

Listed geographically, beginning in Lower Bucks and moving north to Upper Bucks. Wherever possible, I’ve added comments. If there are none, it means we haven’t had a chance to visit there yet but it’s been recommended by a reader.LOWER BUCKS

Radcliffe Diner
1705 Radcliffe Street
Bristol, PA 19007
PH: 215.781.0111
Web: See their Facebook page

Erwin’s Country Kitchen
4059 Brownsville Rd
Trevose, PA 19053
PH: 215.953.9922
Web: erwinscountrykitchen.com

Langhorne Coffee House
102 South Bellevue Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
PH: 21.757.6070
Web: www.langhornecoffeehouse.com
Hours: Mon – Fri 6 am – 2 pm; Saturday 7 am – 2 pm; Sunday 8 am – 2 pm

Charcoal
Charcoal offers casual dining (breakfast and lunch) during the day and is a BYOB bistro offering American/French fare in the evening. See our post about Charcoal here.
11 South Delaware Avenue
Yardley, PA
PH: 215.493.6394
Web: www.charcoalbyob.com
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday. Breakfast & Lunch 8 am-3 pm/ Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner 5 pm-9 pm.

Mil-lee’s Luv-Inn
75 South Main Street
Yardley, PA 19067
PH: 215.369.2400
Website: www.mil-lees.com
Hours: 7 am – 2 pm daily

Edgewood Cafe
1730 Langhorne Yardley Road
Yardley, PA 19067
PH: 215.321.0500
Website: www.edgewoodcafe.webs.com
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 6 am – 3 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 6 am – 8 pm

Pat’s Colonial Kitchen
Pat’s Colonial Kitchen is a small cafe serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Wonderful pancakes, especially the fruit ones. Long wait on weekends. Come early, give your name, then relax on the porch and read the paper.
127 South State Street
Newtown, PA
PH: 215.860.0570
Web: www.patscolonialkitchen.com
Hours: 7 am – 2 pm

Jake’s Eatery
869 Bustleton Pike
Richboro, PA 18954
215.322.6787

49 Cambridge Lane
Newtown, PA 18940
215.968.8676

Moish & Itzy’s
21 Doublewoods Rd
Langhorne, PA 19047
PH: 215.860.4601
Web: www.moishanditzys.com
Hours: call for hours; they are open 7 days a week, serving breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner

CENTRAL BUCKS

Back to the Fifties
800 Edison Furlong Rd
Furlong, PA 18925
PH: 215.794.9954
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: 6:30 am to 2:30 pm daily

Perfect Taste
4950 York Rd
Buckingham, PAPH: 215.794.1818
Website: www.perfecttastegrill.com
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 9:30 pm, Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 10 pm, closed Mondays

Cross Keys Diner
The Cross Keys Diner offers breakfast and lunch daily. Counter and table seating. Always busy on weekend mornings. GREAT specials. Check the blackboard. Say hi to Amanda and Nancy for us. Read more at our previous post.
East Swamp Road (near intersection of Rtes. 611 and 313)
Doylestown, PA
PH: 215.348.4911
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm

Hickory Kitchen
Breakfast served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from April to November. All the favorites including some with a BBQ twist, like cornbread pancakes and a breakfast wrap called “Texas” with 2 eggs, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, tomato, onion and Monterey Jack cheese (sigh). See our post about Hickory Kitchen here.
9 West Court Street
Doylestown, PA
PH: 215.348.5170
Website: www.hickorykitchen.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

The Hattery
Breakfast served from 8 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. The menu includes classics like buttermilk pancakes and cult favorites like huevos rancheros, plus the usual eggs and omelettes (make-your-own).
18 West State Street
Doylestown, PA
PH: 215.345.1527
Website: www.hatterydoylestown.com
Hours: 8 am – 2 am

Aunt Judy’s Family Restaurant
One reader highly recommends the grilled sticky buns!
120 Veterans Lane
Doylestown, PA 18901
PH: 215.348.9535
Website: www.auntjudysfamilyrestaurant.com
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 am – 3 pm; Sunday Breakfast, 6 am – 1 pm

Vintage Grille
Full-service restaurant with delicious, interesting breakfasts, as well as the regular fare. Good pricing.
3617 Ferry Road
(intersection of Rte 313 & Ferry Road)
Doylestown, PA 18923
PH: 215.348.4850
Web: www.vintagegrille.net
Hours: Breakfast Monday-Friday 8 am – 11 am, Saturday-Sunday 8 am – 4 pm. Lunch daily 11 am- 4 pm, dinner daily from 4 pm.

Caleb’s American Kitchen
Caleb Lentchner, former executive chef and general manager of Marsha Brown’s, took over what used to be Waterlilies and has turned it into a chic, American-influenced restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
5738 Route 202 (at intersection of Rtes. 202 & Rte 263)
Lahaska, PA 18931
PH: 215.794.8588
Web: www.calebsamericankitchen.com
Hours: Breakfast: 8 am – 11:30 am daily; Lunch: 11:30 am – 3 pm daily; Dinner: 5 – 10 pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

The Chive Cafe
Good breakfasts, lunch and sandwiches, often with a gourmet twist. But that’s okay. It’s good food. See our previous post about them here.
5788 Lower York Road
Lahaska, PA
PH: 215.794.3737
Website: www.chivecafe.com
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday 8 am – 4 pm, closed Monday

Nancy’s Village Cafe
Cozy, nice breakfasts, tucked away in Peddlers Village near Earl’s Bucks County. Good cakes and pastries.
3 Peddlers Village Road
Lahaska, PA
PH: 215.794.8201
Website: No website
Hours: 7 days a week, 7 am – 3 pm

Fred’s Breakfast Club
A very popular “Member’s Only” breakfast club open to almost anyone by application. Open 7 days a week. Apply online. There is a waiting list. Just be patient. It’s worth it. See our post about Fred’s here.
13 East Randolph Street
New Hope, PA
PH:215.862.7024
Web: www.fredsbreakfast.com
Hours: 6 am – 11 am, 7 days a week

Max Hansen Carversville Grocery
Formerly the Carversville General Store, revamped by the beloved Bucks County chef, Max Hansen. Here you’ll find anything from breakfast burritos to baked goods to bagels. See our post about the Max Hansen Carversville Grocery here.
6208 Fleecy Dale Road
Carversville, PA
PH:215.297.5353
Web:www.maxscarversvillegrocery.com
Hours:  Monday – Friday 7 am – 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 5 pm

UPPER BUCKS

Dublin Towne Diner
133 N Main St, Dublin, PA
PH: 215.249.3686
Web: www.dublintownediner.com
Hours: 5:30 am to 9 pm daily

Groveland Grill
Another cozy, friendly and well-run breakfast place. Don’t miss the pancakes. Lunch is great too.
5960 Easton Rd
Pipersville, PA 18947
PH: 215.766.7944
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 am – 3 pm; Sunday 7 am – 3 pm.

The Oaks
An old standby. Sit and experience Upper Bucks county while enjoying a good breakfast.
5960 Easton Rd
Pipersville, PA
PH: 215.766.7838
Web: No website
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 7 am – 3 pm; Friday 7 am – 9 pm; Saturday 6 am – 9 pm.

Vera’s Country Cafe
Fresh, delicious, and locally grown breakfast and lunch. Friendly folks.
4203 Durham Rd
Ottsville, PA
PH: 610.847.8372
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 am – 2 pm; Sunday 7 am – 1 pm

Brig O’Doon Coffee House
Technically a coffee shop, but they serve quiche, bagels and breakfast pastries every day.
239 Durham Road
Ottsville, PA
PH: 610.847.6844
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Saturday/Sunday 7 am – 4 pm; Tuesday – Friday 6:30 am – 5 pm

Nellie Rae’s Kitchen
Vegetarian for breakfast? You bet! This cozy cafe in Revere serves up fresh and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free breakfast and lunch dishes.
8826 Easton Road
Revere, PA 18953
PH: 610.847.2223
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Mondays: 7 am – 4:30 pm; Wed – Sat: 7 am – 4:30 pm; Sun: 8 am – 3 pm

C&C Café
609 West Market Street
Perkasie, PA
PH: 215.257.3400
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am – 2:30 pm, Friday 7 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 9 pm. Saturday-Sunday 7 am – 2 pm

Down to Earth Café
Local and organic products whenever possible. See our previous post here.
1141 N. 5th Street
Perkasie, PA
PH: 215.258.2233
Web:  www.thedowntoearthcafe.com
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Saturday – Sunday 8 am- 3 pm.

Dam Good Café
See our previous post about this restaurant here.
1167 Dublin Pike Route 313
Perkasie, PA
PH: 215.249.1222
Web: damgoodcafe.net
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 7 am – 9:30 pm

Emil’s
1710 North Ridge Road
Perkasie, PA
PH: 215.257.9552
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Tue – Wed: 7 am – 2 pm; Thu – Sat: 7 am – 8 pm; Sun: 7 am – 1 pm

Karlton Café
See our post about Karlton Cafe here.
310 West Broad Street
Quakertown, PA
PH: 215.538.8353
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 7 am- 3 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 7 am- 9 pm

Mueller’s Country Store
3205 South Delaware Drive
Easton, PA
PH: 610.252.8726
Web: See their Facebook page
Hours: 6 am – 9 pm daily

NEW JERSEY

Café 72
72 West Upper Ferry Road #2
West Trenton, NJ
PH: 609.882.0087
Web: www.nickscafe72.com
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 7 am – 2:30pm; Wednesday-Saturday 7 am – 2:30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Sunday 7 am – 2 pm

Its Nutts
Cash Only, BYOB. Reservations for parties of 6 or more.
1382 River Road (Route 29)
Titusville, NJ
PH: 609.737.0505
Web: www.itsnuttsrestaurant.com
Hours: 7 days a week, 7 am – 9 pm

Caffe Galleria
23 North Union Street
Lambertville, NJ
PH: 609.397.2400
Web: www.caffegalleria.com
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 7 am – 10 pm

Full Moon Cafe
23 Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ
PH: 609.397.1096
Web: See their facebook page
Hours: Monday 8 am-3 pm, Closed Tuesday, Wednesday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

Sneddon’s Luncheonette
47 Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530
PH: 609.397.3053
Web: No Website
Hours: Monday – Saturday 6 am – 2 pm, Sunday 7 am – 2 pm

Lilly’s Meals
An old favorite back with new owner. “Home cooking” in a warm, cozy atmosphere.
Bridge & Main Streets. See our post about Lilly’s Meals here.
Stockton, NJ
PH: 609.397.8033
Web: www.meilsrestaurant.com
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8 am – 9 pm; Friday-Saturday 8 am – 10 pm

Lovin’ Oven
Delicious, locally sourced and creative. Be prepared for a wait on weekends. Cash or check only.
62A Trenton Avenue (Route 29)
Frenchtown, NJ
PH: 908.996.7714
Web: www.lovinovenfrenchtown.com
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 8 am – 9 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

Frenchtown Café
44 Bridge Street
Frenchtown, NJ
PH: 908.996.0663
Web: No website
Hours: 7 days a week, 7 am – 3 pm

This post was updated 11/17/2014

13 Responses to Breakfast in Bucks

  1. Keith Reilly says:

    Charcoal Steaks and Things is a personal favorite – great food a beautiful river views. The Squirrel’s Nest in Morrisville is also a good spot for breakfast.

  2. Moish & Itzy’s in Newtown, PA for their Challah french toast.

  3. Vera's Country Cafe says:

    We thank you, Lynne and Mark. Really enjoyed your review on Vera’s. Makes us smile. Love all the work and effort you do. Warmly, Vera and Anthony

  4. […] meals to eat out is breakfast and Bucks County is fortunate to have many good places. In our post, Breakfast in Bucks, we focus on three particular restaurants – Fred’s Breakfast Club (New Hope), the Vintage […]

  5. […] morning would find us at Vera’s Country Cafe in Ottsville, one of our favorite breakfast places. Afterwards we’d swing over to the […]

  6. JoAnne says:

    fyi: Meils in Stockton, NJ only takes cash. There is a nearby ATM for a fee, in a little market on Bridge St. Just sharing. I’m not sure of many of the other eateries.

  7. Olivia says:

    We love the pork roll, egg and cheese from Sneddon’s! Such a great list of restaurants for brunch. Love the reviews :)

  8. […] Breakfast in Bucks provides a pretty comprehensive list of where to eat breakfast in the county, along with a story about one or two of our favorites. See also, Breakfast in Bucks: Fred’s Breakfast for an article about the famous New Hope breakfast club. […]

  9. Mindy Rosengarten says:

    How could you forget Duck Soup in New Hope at Logan’s Square. Carla makes amazing breakfasts.

  10. Sorry, Mindy. I went looking for their last website and came up with nada so I assumed (wrongly!) they had closed. Thanks for the update. I’ll add them tomorrow.

  11. […] all know what makes for a good breakfast place (see our post, Breakfast in Bucks). But how about when you need to discuss business? What makes a good business breakfast […]

  12. Regular Reader says:

    Tapas on York is a new place in Jamison that offers great breakfast (lunch and dinner too). Located close to where York Rd intersects Almshouse Rd. I am a customer not an owner or employee.

  13. Thanks for the tip!

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