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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Bucks County Restaurant Week the first of its kind

Celebration offers good food south to north



A petit filet is among the entrée choices for Earl’s New American in Lahaska during the first Bucks County Restaurant Week.

From Bristol to Riegelsville, from simple empanadas to fine dining, April 29 to May 5 is Bucks County Restaurant Week and the time to visit old favorites and find new ones.

While many towns celebrate their eateries with annual restaurant weeks, this is a first for the county, and was created by Visit Bucks County, the official promotion agency for Bucks.

Dozens of restaurants are participating and will offer specials including multi-course prix fixe menus for $25 or $35.

“It’s wonderful that Visit Bucks County has organized a county-wide restaurant week,” said Caleb Lentchner, owner of Caleb’s American Kitchen in Lahaska.

“Having been a Visit Bucks County board member for several years, I am proud to have Caleb’s American Kitchen participate in the $35 prix-fixe offering along with so many outstanding restaurants. It’s the perfect time to check out a new place.”

Caleb’s is offering three courses starting with a choice of harvest salad, wild mushroom and brie bisque or apple-smoked flatbread, followed by entrée choices of grilled salmon, surf and turf with crabcake and a petit filet, pappardelle Bolognese or tofu skewers. Dessert choices are flourless chocolate cake, toffee crumble ice cream and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.

Nearby in Lahaska, Earl’s New American with new executive chef Evan Gentile at the helm will offer a $35 three-course prix fixe starting with arugula salad, chicken and watercress soup or lobster dumplings. Entrees will be choice of striped bass, petit filet or pasta primavera. Dessert choices are sabayon cake, pot de crème or an ice cream trio.

In honor of restaurant week Earl’s will be open on Monday, April 30, although it traditionally is closed on Mondays, explained general manager Terri Kleinguenther. “We are looking forward to restaurant week and the opportunity for new guests to try our menu,” she said.

Empanada Mama in Doylestown will offer a $25 dinner for two with six empanadas, side salad and dessert. Nearby, Genevieve’s Kitchen will offer five options for appetizer and entrée. Appetizers choices are littleneck clams with spicy Italian sausage, grilled kale, a tricolor salad, mozzarella-stuffed meatball and crostini topped with spring asparagus.

Entrée options are arctic char, cortecce pasta, roasted half chicken, shrimp and polenta, hangar steak and pappardelle. Desserts are canolli, gelato or lemon polenta.

Riegelsville Inn in Riegelsville will serve three courses for $35, with a choice of French onion soup, house salad or arugula salad to start. Entrée choices are salmon in salmon, stuffed chicken breast, crab cake or pork with bacon. Strawberry-rhubarb pie or lemon genoise will finish the meal.

McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn in Quakertown will also have a three-course prix fixe for $35 with appetizer choices of Louisiana crab dip, vegetable spring rolls, drunken clams or lobster bisque.

Entrees are crab cakes, chicken picatta and tournedos of beef au cognac. Desserts are Bavarian apple torte or dark chocolate layer cake.

There are many more restaurants to choose from, and the time to make a reservation is now. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus see the website visitbuckscounty.com/restaurants/bucks-county-restaurant-week.

Reservations can be through the restaurant websites, on the Bucks County Restaurant Week page, or through OpenTable. Existing and new Lyft users can get 25 percent off one ride ($5 cap) when using the code EATINBUCKSCO that week only.

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