Going out for July 4th

Umbrella drinkIf you don’t feel like cooking on the 4th, you’ve got some great options at local restaurants in Bucks County and nearby.

The Yardley Inn is holding their annual Hawaiian Luau Pig Roast with a “tropical” buffet featuring Roasted Kahlua Pig, a whole pig roasted with banana leaves and sea salt; Eben’s Poi, mashed taro root with cream and butter; Potato Mac Salad, a Big Island Style macaroni salad with potato and vegetables; Kimchi Tako Poke, marinated octopus seasoned with kimchi and chili powder; Butterfish & Chinese Sausage Lau Lau, with Hawaiian Waluu and chinese sausage wrapped in taro leaves and banana leaves and steamed; Garden Greens Salad, with greens from the Yardley Inn’s own farm; Passion Fruit Buttercake, a soft and sweet cake made with rice flour and topped with a gooey passion fruit layer; and tropical drink specials. It all starts at 4:30 pm on the patio and costs $35 per person, plus tax & gratuity.

The restaurant will also offer dining discounts throughout the holiday weekend, from Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 including $10 off lunch/brunch check of $30 or more, $10 off bar menu check of $30 or more , $15 off dinner check of $50 or more, $25 off dinner check of $100 or more. Mention that you saw it on Bucks County Taste and reference the password “Sparkler.” Contact the Yardley Inn for reservations at 215.493.3800.

Do you love crab? And barbecue? You’re in luck. On July 4th, the Vintage Grille in Fountainville is putting on their annual Crabfest and BBQ. crab legsYou’ll sit down to a generous pound-and-a-half of snow crab legs, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, Kentucky Bourbon NY strip steak, hand-cut old bay fries, drawn butter, fresh corn-on-the-cob, and house coleslaw. Quantities are limited so do reserve early. The restaurant will also be open for a full breakfast, lunch and dinner on the 4th. The crabfest also takes place on the first Friday of every month during the summer. Reach them at 215.348.4850.

A buffalo hot dog eating contest? The Rising Sun Inn in Telford, known for their bison dishes, is pulling out all the stops for a Independence Day celebration that includes a buffalo hot dog eating contest (most hot dogs and buns eaten in 10 minutes), a chili cook-off, quoits (horseshoes) tournament and a dunk booth where you’ll be able to douse Executive Chef Fred Duerr. The day begins at 11 am and continues until 8 pm. Entrance is free but there will be food and drink specials all day including $1 draft beers, $2 buffalo hot dogs, $3 buffalo burgers and oysters on the half shell. If you want to register for the hot dog eating contest, do so at 11 am. If you are interested in entering the chili cook-off, contact the restaurant at 215.721.6350. For more details, see their website.

RedWhiteBlueMojitos2014The Washington House in Sellersville will be closed on the 4th but will reopen for the weekend with surf n’turf specials and patriotic mojitos: red, white and blue! See their website for more info.

Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville will be open for lunch on Friday too; lunch is usually just a weekend treat at Hamilton’s. Grab a bottle of your favorite adult beverage and enjoy their seasonally inspired lunch menu including fried oysters, crab and avocado salad, lobster roll with mascarpone, duck BLT, fried chicken with biscuits, grilled tuna or a vegetable quiche. The full menu is on their website. You can make reservations at 609.397.4343.

Hamilton's Grill Room courtyard; painting by Robert Beck


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