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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Outdoor dining attracts as cool weather passes

Plenty of choices in the Delaware Valley



New Hope, with its many restaurants, is a popular destination for outdoor dining and people-watching.

Now that the unexpectedly cool weather of early May is behind us, we can get back to looking for restaurants where we can dine outdoors.

Bucks County and its nearby towns have plenty to choose from, whether you are looking for a view of the Delaware River or a lush garden setting.

New Hope is a popular destination for outdoor dining; umbrellas sprouted on Main Street weeks ago as diners headed for Mojito Cuba Caribe, Burritos Grill, Martine’s Riverhouse Restaurant, the Landing, the Logan Inn and the new Marty’s Smoke Shack.

Nearby, the umbrellas also are up at Café Blue Moose, Zoubi, Nektar Wine Bar, Karla’s, Poe’s Bistro Lounge and Villa Vito. There is casual deck dining at the Bucks County Playhouse and outdoor dining at Bowman’s Tavern, south of town.

Across the river in Lambertville, N.J., diners love the outside dining at the Lambertville Station, where seating overlooks the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Lilly’s on the Canal and Hamilton’s Grill Room also have canal views for outside diners, while Liberty Hall Pizza opens its garage-style doors so that those sitting inside will feel like they are outside. Also in Lambertville El Tule has outside dining.

Lahaska is another mecca for tourists, who enjoy the shopping village and its beautiful flower gardens. The Buttonwood Grill, Earl’s New American, Saxbys Coffee and Nancy’s Village Café all have outdoor seating.

The recently reopened Water Wheel Tavern outside Doylestown has an outdoor bar in addition to tables for dining. Doylestown, another town ideal for a leisurely walk and a meal, has plenty of restaurants to choose from. Hickory Kitchen, Slate Bleu, Genevieve’s Kitchen, Puck, Cross Culture, Honey, Jules Thin Crust Alessio, Maxwell’s on Main (MOM’s), Café America, Knight House, Penn Tap Room, Pag’s Pub, Villa Capri, Aunt Judy’s Family Restaurant, Mesquito Grille, 86 West, Lobster Claw, Doc Baker’s Farmulation and the new Hops Bar & Grill all have tables outside. Paganini’s Ristorante has the added bonus of a garden setting.

New Hope isn’t the only town with riverside views for dining. The Riegelsville Inn in Riegelsville draws customers who want to dine outside, as does the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville and the Centre Bridge Inn outside New Hope. The Lambertville Station Inn in Lambertville has Sunday buffet dining from inside its windowed dining room that looks out on the river.

For patio dining in a garden setting, there are the Stockton Inn in Stockton, N.J., the Washington Crossing Inn in Washington Crossing and Arielle’s Country Inn in West Rockhill Township outside Sellersville.

Additional outdoor dining can be found at the Washington House, Horse and Tavern Grill and Pino’s Pizza in Sellersville. Neighboring Perkasie has outside dining at Maize, Perkasie Pizza & Pasta and Sapori Italian Restaurant and Pizza. Dam Good Café in Dublin and Via Ponte in Stockton, N.J. also have outside tables.

Beyond Bucks County’s borders, Bethlehem has its own list of outdoor dining destinations including Apollo Grill, the Bayou and Bethlehem Brew Works. In Easton there is Daddy’s Place and the seafood restaurant Ocean.

And that isn’t all of them. Happy warm-weather dining!

susan.yeske@gmail.com

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