2014 Bucks County restaurant tidbits: Part 1

Fireplace in restaurant Thulia - Picture of Ounasvaaran Pirtit, RovaniemiWe’re past the holidays and into a pretty bleak winter. Time to go out and try some new restaurants, or revisit some old ones. Here’s the latest Bucks County restaurant news.

The New Hope landmark, Mother’s reopened in early December under new management. Patrick Hauck, the owner of Hawkeye’s in Perkasie has given the place a facelift and is starting with a modest menu. We haven’t had a chance to get there, but the reviews on Yelp look good. Mother’s is at 34 North Main Street in New Hope.

doc baker's farmulations logoDoc Bakers Farmulations, the organic juice bar and raw food cafe, moved on December 28 to new digs on 22 North Main Street in Doylestown (the former House of Coffee/Saxby’s). Doc Bakers serves organic, non-GMO, nutrient-dense cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wraps, salads, coffee and more. Check out their menu here.

Honey_amuse bouche_July 2013Also in Doylestown, Honey is now open for dinner seven nights a week beginning at 5 pm. If you haven’t tried Honey, please treat yourself. Small plates, seasonally inspired and very creative. One of the best restaurants in its class in Bucks County. Drinks menu is also a lot of fun.

Barley Sheaf_NYE dessertThis past November, Mark and Deena Frank became the new owners of the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Buckingham. Executive chef Josh Homacki, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, and formerly of the Chifa/Garces Restaurant Group and Lacroix, is in the kitchen. He started his culinary career cooking in local restaurants in Bucks County, cooks seasonally and sources from local farmers and purveyors. They are open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 6 to 10 pm, and for Sunday brunch 9 am to 1 pm. BYOB. See more at their website.

Drew_Abbate_Carversville GroceryDrew Abbate, former chef/owner of the Vine & Fig Tree Bistro in Doylestown is now the grocery chef and store manager at the Max Hansen Carversville Grocery – and Max Hansen couldn’t be more thrilled. Abbate came on board last November. I visited the store last spring (Max Hansen comes to the Carversville General Store) but I guess I’m just going to have to go back again and see what new things Abbate is making happen!

Genevieve's KitchenSpeaking of the Vine & Fig Tree Bistro, look for a new restaurant in that space at 19 East State Street this winter. Genevieve’s Kitchen, with a Mediterranean and Italian-inspired menu, is the creation of chef Genevieve DiFlippo. Their tagline is “pure.simple.good.” Sounds good! They are doing a “soft” opening with an official grand opening later in the winter. Open limited hours now. See their Facebook page for updates and menus. BYOB.

We’ll have more restaurant updates coming soon. And, by all means, if you have tried any of these new restaurants, please leave a comment.

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