Posts Tagged ‘Family Friendly’

Mountain Fajitas and Tacos

August 22, 2009

Donna, Ryan and I are visiting Facebook friends Carolyn, Stephen, Toni and Tony up in the mountains north and west of Scanton, PA.  They have a great comfortable complex here that to call it camping is to call the Ritz Carlton a motel. Needless to say we are having a great time. So what we eating? Last night over two tiny propane stove tops and a BBQ grill, the Tony’s and Carolyn whipped up a Mountain Fajita Buffet.

Black Bean, Rice and SalsaThe buffet started with some homemade Black Bean, Rice and Salsa. The perfectly cooked rice and beans dish was complemented by the mild salsa.  This dish alone was worthly of a solo performance but it played well with the other dishes to kick off the buffet. The crisp White Onion added some crunch and tang to the fajitas and tacos while the Sour Cream cooled the heat of the hot sauce and peppers.

Fajita Bar ItemsThe heat for the fajitas and tacos came from the Chunky Salsa. It was a mild heat that was in turned cooled by the sour cream and shredded Mexican Cheese blend.

Grilled Chicken and PeppersFor protein, Tony grilled some Chicken Breasts and sliced them into bite size pieces. As he grilled the chicken, he also grilled some Green and Red Peppers to create that authentic fajita experience. The peppers also added some nice crunch to the fajitas.

Carolyn's Perfect Tacos

So we ended up with a choice of Hard or Soft Tacos and Fajitas.  Carolyn joked that every time she makes a taco she wished she had a camera cause her taco was so perfect so I handed her mine. It was perfectly tasty. I ate fajitas cause you can stuff more goodies into them. LOL.

Homemade Mexican CornbreadFor dessert Toni made a delicious Mexican Cornbread. The bread was from the oven and still warm  when we got it. The bread had a nice crust on top that contrasted nicely to the creamy interior.  There were also nice big kernels of sweet corn on the inside making the texture even interesting. It was the perfect ending to the perfect Fajita and Taco bar.  It was the start of a great evening up here in the mountains.

Check out my Facebook page to hear more about the Haunted School Bus that we explored after dinner.

Make-Your-Own-Fajitas Buffet

June 15, 2009

I think it was the margaritas at noon that got us thinking about Fajitas for supper.  Donna and I both love them, I think they are healthy and the boys like them.  What’s to hate? LOL – Pass the tequila.

WeBeef and Chicken Fajitas like a combo of Chicken and Beef Fajitas. So to start, we cut round steak and chicken breasts into two bite strips.  We used different boards, knives and contains so do send the “poultry police” after Donna and I. In separate saute pans we cooked the strips. As the strips cooked, we seasoned them with garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder and tacoseasoning. I like the heat from the chili and pepper flakes, the smokiness from the cumin and Tex Mex flavours from the garlic and taco seasonings. Both the chicken and the steak do maintain their own flavours but are enhanced by the seasonings. Tonight, both turned out well. I sampled both and was happy.  I put them in the oven to keep warm until the rest of the buffet was prepared.

We like Refried Beans with our fajitas, so I opened a can and put in pan over low heat to slowly warm. Don’t hate the can, hate the canner. LOL.

 Onions, Peppers and Garlic for Fajitas

While the meats rested in the oven, we prepped Onions, Red and Yellow Peppers and Garlic for sauting. We like long strips of onions and peppers to match the strips of meat.  Once they we were prepped, I sauted them in the beef pan so that I could capture the beef flavours in the veggie mixture. We kept the seasoning on the veggies light as we wanted the meats to shin thru in the final fajitas. We just used some salt, pepper and garlic. The veggies seemed to take the longest to cook as they were the last cooked ingridents.

While the veggies were sauting, we prepped the cold fix’ems. We like chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream as options. 

Fix'em for FajitasThe final steps are to nuke the tortillas in a moist paper towel, lay out the buffet and call the boys. 

Everyone makes their own fajita with different combintations of chicken, beef, veggies and fix’ems.  The boys are not big fans of the veggies but love a combo of meats, the refried beans, cheese, lettuce and sour cream.  Donna likes the refried beans, a combo of meats, salsa, cheese and lettuce. I like them all but tend to place chicken at one end of the tortilla and beef at the other end so that the meat changes as I eat.  I am sure you have your own way of making and eat these so tell us in the comment section or reply box.

Net – net, Yummy food, Happy family.

5 Guys – 6 Trillion Different Burgers

June 14, 2009

Five Guys - Doylestown PAChowhound Dan Macey recommended Five Guys in Doylestown for a great burger so for lunch today Donna and I went for it.  I didn’t know this was a chain before we arrived at the store.  I usually don’t review chains, I do eat at them but let’s make an exception and do a review. It’s my blog and I can do whatever with it. LOL.

The title for the post comes from store name plus the number of different possible combinations of burgers, cheese, bacon and toppings.  They offer 15 Different Toppings that can go on top of their standard 3 1/2 oz Patty plus you can have two patties, bacon and/or cheese.  The Little Burger has only one patty, their Regular Hamburger comes with two patties. So their Regular Hamburger is just an ounce off a Double Quarter Pounder.

Five Guys Little CheeseburgerI decided to go for the Little Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce.  My custom-made burger arrived in good time as the restaurant had a good flow of traffic at 11:30 in the morning. The first thing I noticed was the burger patty arrived very hot and the veggies arrived very cold. That combination made the burger the Perfect Temperature to eat right then.  I took the burger apart to take the photo and I noticed the cheese had not yet melted completely, the lettuce was very white and the burger looked messy.  I am a big fan of presentation but a bigger fan of flavour and flavour won.  Wow, what a good burger. I usually take a bite and write notes, take another bite, write and so on but I was half way thru the burger before we started talking.  The patty was formed from fresh beef earlier that day and burger flavour reminded me of the burgers my mom made at our family restaurant in Canada when I was a kid. The crunch of the veggies and the sauce of ketchup, mustard and BBQ made a great contrast to the beef flavours in the patty. My only criticism was the lettuce was white and from close to the core of the lettuce head. No biggie but it would have been perfect with green leaf lettuce. If they weren’t a chain, they would have made the Top 5 Best of Bucks Co – Burger list but I did give them an Honourable Mention

Little Bacon HamburgerDonna went for the Little Bacon Hamburger with relish, raw onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard and A1 sauce.  This one photographed better than mine but again Donna and I were speechless until about halfway thru the burger. A delicious burger custom made just for her. She had the same big white hunks of lettuce that I got too but other than it was perfect for Donna. We both commented on the juiciness of the burgers and that the foil did a great job of controlling that reducing the number of napkins we usually go thru with burgers this juicy.  We also both commented on the stuff-to-burger ratio compared to the big chain burgers.  The Five Guys burgers seem to have more stuff to enjoy compared to how much bun you get.  We not saying “Where the Beef?” with the other chains but rather much more stuff you seem to get at Five Guys.

Bacon-Cheese Dog at Five GuysI am still building my Best of Bucks Co – Hot Dogs so I ordered the Bacon-Cheese Hot Dog not knowing Five Guys was a chain.  It’s was a great dog and worthy of an honourable mention on the Top 5 list. It would have made the Top 5 if they weren’t a chain.  The perfectly grilled dog and bun came with crispy bacon and melted processed cheese. I had the option of the 6 trillion topping combinations but went plain as I wanted to taste the wiener, bacon and cheese. The slight char on the outside of the kosher wiener and the mild spices inside made for a great dog experience.  The smokey bacon and the sweet cheese added to the overall taste experience. A great dog

Five Guys Food ComboWe also ordered a Large Fries to share with the burgers and dog. The freshly chopped fries were great. Good crisp on the outside, good potato flavour on the inside.  It looks like they leave the peeling on when the chop them and that leaves more flavour for the eater. Staffers Kristy and Matt told Donna and I that they go thru 100’s of pounds of potatoes each day along with almost that much fresh hamburger patties. And for whatever reason this is a left handed store with the french fry chopper, the hamburger patty tool and even the frint door being designed for left handed users. Matt said the other stores he worked at in the chain are not like this so the Doylestown store is special. I didn’t notice the door on the way in but sure enough on the way out. It opens the opposite way.

A couple of other things we noticed while in the store. They have Sprite Zero in their fountain, most stores only give you the choice of Diet Coke or water as your low cal choices. Secondly, they give away shelled peanuts and the place is not a mess. And finally they have a ton of awards from different magazines and contests.  I can see why.  I just wish we had found the place sooner. Great burgers and dogs.

Read other reviews on Five Guys here, here and here.

Five Guys– 4399 West Swamp Road -Cross Keys Plaza, Doylestown, PA, 18901

The Wyck

June 8, 2009

Candlewyck Beer & Ale

I got a recommendation from Chowhound CWDonald  to try Ted’s and the Candlewyck for great burgers.  The Candlewyck is closer and we were hunger so we tried it.  We have been going to the Wyck since we arrived in the US in 2001 but haven’t officially blogged about it.  We have always had good food there and this visit was no exception.

CW suggested that we try the Black & Blue burger or the Steakburger. Donna decided to try the Steakburger.  The menu said it came with cheddar cheese, onion sticks and A1 sauce. Steakburger at the Wyck We forgot to order the fries as CW recommended but the burger was filling enough without them.  As you can see the generous 6 oz Patty is covered in onion sticks and Cheddar Cheese.  I think they are smart covering the onion sticks with cheese rather than the other way around.  The cheese keeps the onion sticks in place.  Onion Sticks btw are inch, inch ‘n half pieces of sweet onions battered and deep fried prior to being placed on the burger. The batter was a little thick but they maintained their onion flavour. The first bite you could pick up the A1 Sauce,yes A1 on a burger LOL making the combination of burger, onions and A1 sauce actually taste like a steak. It’s a wonderful burger and worthy of our Best of Bucks Co – Burgers – Top 5 listing.

Chicken Wings at the WyckI had the Chicken Wings.  You could smell the heat as the order of 11 wings arrived.  The smell was misleading as the actual wings were Medium Heat and most likely mild if you really like heat but I like medium so I was good to go.  The wings look crispy but they are not.  I found out later that if you want them crispy you can ask and they will do them crispy for you. I didn’t know then, now I know. The small to medium sized wings were actually very good despite my initial disappointment about the crispness. The heat is immediate when you bite into them but it’s a sweet heat and continues into a nice after-burn after you swallow. The flesh is well cooked, moist and a nice chicken flavour.  A nice addition was the Blue Cheese Dressingwhich had a nice grey colour to it from the plentiful chunks of blue cheese.  This was the best Blue Cheese dressing we have covered on the blog so far.  The celery was crisp and fresh.  A very good wing and worthy of addition to our Best of Bucks Co – Wings Top 5 list

The Wyck also offers a full menu and daily specials plus over 300 different Beers and Ales from around the world.

Read other review about the Cadlewyck here, here and here.

Candlewyck Beer & Ale, Rte 413 & Rte 263, Buckingham, PA, 18912                  215-794-8233 

There’s a Bubba’s in North Bucks

May 25, 2009

Bubba's Pot Belly Stove Restaurant

Thanks and shout out to Chowhound Bucksguy14 for his recommendation of Bubba’s Pot Belly Stove restaurant for our Memorial Day Weekend Best of Bucks Burger Search.  Bubba’s burgers are truly worth the trip to North Bucks.

Bubba’s is located on Route 309 just about a mile south of the Bucks-Lehigh County line. The rustic interior reminded me of some the Muskoka lodges north of Toronto. You know the kind where there is polished varnished wood on the floor, walls and ceiling, stuffed animals and beer brand mirrors on the walls and a very comfortable feel to the place.

Chicken Wings at Bubba's Pot Belly Stove restaurant

Donna and I shared the chicken wings as our appetizer. The menu offers them as Mild, Hot or Deadly.  The hot scared us and deadly was never an option, so we went with mild.  The wings arrived quickly and were pipping hot. The skin was very crispy, the best we have had recently in that aspect. The heat was very mild but the meat was moist with a good fried chicken taste. The Blue Cheese Dressing had a nice tang to it coming from the cheese and a higher mayo to sour cream ratio. We used the fresh Celery Sticks to fish out cheese chucks which confirmed that the tang was coming from the blue cheese. I would recommend the Hot version.  Bubba’s actually bakes those wings in large batches in hot sauce and then deep fry the individual orders as they come in.  The baked-in heat and heat of the frying intensified the wings making them very satisfying.  Donna and I both agree that the “hot” wings should be included in our Best of Bucks – Wings Top 5 list.   Check out other Top 5 wings at that page.

Gene White burger at Bubba's Pot Belly Stove restaurantFor my entree, I ordered the Gene White burger after getting our waitress Milan’s burger recommendations.  Bubba’s serves 10 different burgers each with different combinations of cheeses, mushrooms, onions and bacon. All Bubba burgers come with lettuce, raw yellow onions, tomato, dill pickle spear and potato chips. What makes the Gene White special are the two Fried Onion Rings and Blue Cheese. The Gene White burger might know the Blaine Burger at Isaac Newton’s as they both are very similar in ingridents. After I assembled the burger, I took a bite. The fried and raw onions dominated the first bite, the tomato came thru in the second and the third was dominated by salty blue cheese. The char-broiled meat then began to balance the flavours into one great burger taste. The bun was very good in controlling the pile of ingredients buts yet soft and absorbent enough to capture their juices. A very good burger.

British Burger at Bubba's Pot Belly Stove

Donna chose the British Burger.  Cheddar cheese and saute onions make the difference for this burger.  The perfectly Sauteed Onions were almost transparent and almost glowed on top of the melted cheddar cheese.  Donna reported that the sweetness of the onions matched well with sharpness of the Cheddar Cheese. Donna’s patty was also char-broiled reminding both of us of burgers cooked over charcoal at outdoor campfires.  The rustic decor of the room supported that vision of the burger. Donna agreed that these burgers were worthy of inclusion on the Best of Bucks – Burger Top 5 list make our Memorial Day Weekend Search successful.

Onion Rings at Bubba's Pot Belly restaurant

We also ordered a side order of Onion Rings.  They were lightly battered with nice thick slices of sweet onions.  The batter was crunchy  but did not overwhelm the onion flavour. A very nice side.

Some other items that Milan shared with us that were popular were the Dinner Specials, the French Onion Soup and the ribs.  The four Dinner Specials that day included different scampi and Prime Rib all for under $20. They also offer different kinds of omelets for late breakfasts and for some reason the omelets are served with steak fries.  I will have to try that someday when my doctor is not reading this.

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Bubba’s Potbelly Stove, 1485 N West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951     215-536-8308

Forget the Apple – Try the Beers

May 24, 2009

Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA

Our Memorial Day Weekend Best Burger in Bucks Search naturally took Donna and I to Isaac Newton’s in Newtown. Poker buddies Jill and Scott work there and normally that would be enough to visit but Isaac Newton’s reputation for good burgers and lots of different beers earned the visit.

Isaac Newton's Beer Tap List

Isaac’s offers 19 different beers and ales on tap and an additional 200 bottle brands including some of those great Belgium brews I tasted on my last trip to Brussels.  All of these are offered as take out.  In addition to the wide variety of beers and ales, Isaac’s holds weekly Beer Seminars on Thursdays hosted by different breweries.  The seminars are a great chance to round out your beer knowledge and to sample different offerings from breweries. They also offer Specialty Keg Wednesdays, when they tap a rare and hard to find keg. Check their Web site to see what coming up next week.

Special Beers List at Isaac's Newton's

Make sure you check out the Special Beer Boardover the main bar at Isaac’s.  The beers are truly special and not available widely.  I loved the humour the beers are presented with.  In fact the entire place has a good tongue-in-cheek attitude making it an enjoyable visit. In fact since we visited mid-afternoon on a slow Saturday, some of the staff were having a super soaker water gun fight outside the restaurant. LOL.

We came with the purpose of having Wings and Burgers but the menu offers a full set of dining options including a pretty broad kids’ menu.  I would recommend the place for lunch or dinner.

Issac Newton's Wings

As for the Chicken Wings,  Isaac’s offers only one menu offering so you may need to special order yous thru the attentive wait staff.  We just went for the menu offering and got the order to the right.  There are about 9 wings to the pound making each wing a little larger than you get a most places. When the wings arrived, you could smell the heat coming from the almost fluorescent orange wings. That was scary at first since Donna and I don’t do a lot of heat but the first bite relieved our stress as they were, in fact, medium in heat. Medium Heat to me is when you bite into the wing you can taste the heat but it’s not overwhelming the taste of the chicken and burning your mouth.  You should get a nice after-burn once you swallow the meat.  These wings has a nice crispy skin so that with the heat, they give a great mouth feel. The chicken meat flavour actually does come thru on these wings reminding me of really good fried chicken with out the hot sauce.  Isaac’s wing order comes with a creamy blue cheese dressing that Chef Scott told me is made from one gallon of sour cream, one gallon of mayo and five pounds of blue cheese crumbles.  The resulting sauce is smooth at the same time having small crumbles of cheese in every dip. The blue cheese in very mild and I do like mine a little stronger but this as good as any we have had in Bucks County.  The other nice thing was that the order came with celery sticks and carrot sticks. Yes carrot sticks, which seem to be rare with chicken wings in Bucks County. Net – Net these wings are good enough to be added to the Best of Bucks – Wings.  Check out the other Top 5 Wing Winners.

Blaine's Burger at Isaac Newton's

Isaac Newton’s offers 10 Different Burgers on their very funny menu.  All the burgers are 8 oz, hand formed and served with “free” Belgium Fries. They are priced $8,70 to $10.90.  Depending upon your taste, you can chose from 5 different cheese; mozzarella, Swiss, Jack, Blue Cheese, Brie; bacon and 2 types of mushrooms; portabella and shiitake. They also serve  Turkey and Garden burgers for those who swing that way. LOL. They also offer the Martin Challenge where you can double any burger for $4,99. No prize, just a cheap way to get a full pound burger.

 We went for the Blaine’s Burger. It comes with two thick slices of bacon, blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, pickle, Swiss cheese and a “nest” of fried onions. The fully assembled  burger had to be 6 inches tall. We cut the burger in half and took a bite.  The first distinctive taste was the salty Blue Cheese followed by the Smokey Bacon and then the moist meat.  The nicely charred burger was well seasoned and cooked to order. The Onion Nest was unfortuately cold but the onion flavour still came thru and the onions were still crispy in texture. The nice surprise was the bun. It was thick enough to control all the burger fix’ems but absorbant enough to capture the juice flowing from the burger. The Belgium Fries had been tossed in what we thought was Old Bay, I’ll have to ask Chef Scott about that Tuesday night at poker, and came with spicy dipping sauce that also looked like it was seasoned with Old Bay as well. A great burger that I have added to my Best of Bucks – Burgers Top 5 list.  Congrats Isaac Newton’s.

BTW -Special shout out to our waitress Cheryl who put up with us today. She allowed us to take our time, answer lots of question and take the photos.  We found out she takes photos of her food as well and proved that by some great shots of her recent trip to Pittsburg.  She has great stories about London, England as well.  So if she is serving you at Isaac Newton’s, ask to see her latest photos.

Isaac Newton’s, 18 South State St., Newtown, PA, 18940, (215) 860-5100

Donna’s Meatloaf

May 20, 2009

Donna's MeatloafTonight Donna cooked up one of my favourite comfort foods –  meatloaf.

Donna took about two pounds of ground beef and added bread crumbs, an egg, one small grated onion, two cloves of garlic and a cup of her special sauce. She made her special sauce starting with a cup of red sauce, 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and tablespoon of prepared mustard. She saved the remaining 1/4 cup of her special sauce to pour on top of the meatloaf. She gently mixed the meat, egg, onion, garlic and sauce mixture, careful not to over mix and then formed a loaf. The loaf was placed in a shallow pan and topped with the remaining sauce. Into a 350 F degree oven for 60 minutes. Once it was cooked Donna let it rest for 10 minutes then served it.

In addition to the great meatloaf, she served garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce. The garlic mashed potatoes are pretty straight forward. Potatoes are boiled with 6 cloves of garlic and once cooked, are mashed with some butter and milk.  If you have some green onions chop ’em up and add to the potato, garlic and dairy.

The steamed broccoli was dressed with a creamy cheese sauce.  She made the cheese sauce by starting with two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of flour cooked in a sauce pan.  She whisked in two cups of milk, salt, pepper and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cooked until thickened. A cup of shredded sharp cheddar was added to the hot milk. She continued to whisk until the cheese melted and she was done.

I think all great comfort foods are simple foods. Simple to prepare but delicious to eat.  The meatloaf was moist and flavourful. The tang of the BBQ sauce comes thru in the final product along with meaty flavour of the well seasoned hamburger. The garlic mashed were creamy to the mouth and sweet with garlic and butter. The broccoli were tender and the cheese sauce matched well with the potatoes and meatloaf making the dish the almost perfect comfort food. I love this dish and Donna is good enough to make it often.

I have told you about one of my favourite food types- let us know your top three food types, if you haven’t already at the poll on this page.

Church Ham Dinner

May 17, 2009

Solebury United Methodist Ham SupperEvery year the Solebury United Methodist Church sponsors a Ham Dinner to raise funds for different church activities.  Donna and JoJo have been going the past few years as kinda a girls night out and they both enjoy the ham.  I don’t, they do. They brought me a take out order to try and convince me I like it.

The take out order they brought me was a great value at $12. For that you get a big portion of sliced Virginia ham with raisin sauce, green beans, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, apples sauce, two rolls and carrot cake. Since they went to the effort of bringing home an order, I had to at least taste the food and report back to you what it was like. Again giving so much to my craft.

Church Ham Supper

The Virginia ham was very sweet, tender and favourful.  The raisin sauce with very plump raisin, matched well with sweet and slight salty ham. You could tell the tasty green beans were fresh and cut up by kitchen crew earlier that day. The red potatoes were well cooked with a bit of parsley thrown in for decoration. The apple sauce was a good match for the ham, matching the sweetness in both. The coleslaw is fast becoming my favourite salad (tell us your favourite salad here). I like the contrast in the sweet dressing and the tart cabbage, the crispiness of the veggies and the creaminess of the total salad.

The surprise of the meal was the carrot cake.  Most carrot cakes are very dense, the Church Supper cake was extremely light with a nice sweet frosting to match. 

All in all, the meal was a success and a bit of a revelation for me, well it was a church supper. LOL. Perhaps next year I will attend in person.

Delicious Scientific Communication

May 13, 2009

Cafe EmiliaCo-worker and Global Marketing Leader Gary and I met for lunch with Alice and Charlie from a UK Scientific Communications agency today.  The shop talk was good but the food was delicious.

Cafe Emilia is an upscale Italian restaurant conveniently located to our office and despite that I don’t go there enough.  They have all the classic Italian dishes but I generally go with the specials of the day.  Today was no exception as I ordered the salad of the day, the pasta of the day and finally the fresh fruit of the day.

Cafe Emilia Salad

 The salad of the day was a Jersey Tomato salad. For my Canadian readers, New Jersey is famous for it’s tomatoes and it a big deal down here when the new crop starts to arrive.  Cafe Emilia’s special salad had two thick Jersey tomato slices covered with crispy shredded endive, thinly sliced cucumbers, freshly grated Parmigiana cheese and finally some ground black pepper.  The dressing was a light lemon vinaigrette that complemented the crispy fresh veggies.  The actual slices of tomato were thick and meaty matching well with the light dressing a crispy veggies.

Pasta at Cafe EmiliaThe pasta of the day was rotini with scallops and calamari in a pink vodka sauce.  The perfect sized lunch portion dish was delicious.  I still remember that when the dish arrived at the table is was like a ocean breeze flowing over me.  There were plenty of calamari rings that weretender and juicy not rubbery as they often get.  The scallop chunks were also skillfully cooked making them sweet and just dense enough to know you are eating scallops.  The pasta was just how I like it, just past el dente but still firm enough for the pasta to maintain the shape. The pink vodka sauce, I think it always looks orange to me, was sweet with a slight tomato taste match well but not over coming the sweet scallops and calamari.  A classic combination for me and a recommendation for you.

Strawberries at Cafe Emila'sMan did I show some huge amount of self-control! LOL. Cafe Emilia had a dessert tray that was four levels high with just about every cake I could name.  They also have those great fruit shaped sherbets that only a few top end Italian restaurants still offer. A real old school dessert but I went with fresh fruit of the day.  It still amazes me that with all those great cakes and desserts I went for strawberries. My PA is going to be so proud of me.  Actually the strawberries were very tasty and obviously freshly cut up.

All in all, a delicious meal and we had some great shop talk.  Thanks to table mates Alice, Charlie and Gary for putting up with my picture taking during the meal.  I hope they get to read this as I enjoyed their conversation as much as the meal.  Thanks again guys.

 Cafe Emilia, 705 US Highway 202, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 429-1410

Burger Heaven

May 11, 2009

Dilly's CornerJust up River Road from New Hope is Dilly’s Corner one of the best places to get a burger in Bucks County. It right across Rt 32 from the Center Bridge Inn (Top 5 Best of Bucks – Special Occasion/Anniversary) and the bridge to Stockton, New Jersey.

Center Bridge Inn

This drive in restaurant has been a fixture in Bucks County for years and in a favourite destination for locals and those “from away”.

Dilly’s offers daily specials such as tilapia and lemon sole but crowds line up for the burgers and ice cream.  The staff has operations down pat so Crowds at Dilly's Cornerthe lines move very quickly allowing you to get to your order in very reasonable time.  There are three seating areas; inside and covered outside seating on the left side  and uncovered outside seating on the right side of the restaurant.  

The signature menu item is the Dilly Cheeseburger.  It’s a 1/3 pound of hambuger on a kaiser bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. You get your choice of hot brown mustard, relish and ketchup at the condiment stand.  Make sure you take lots of napkins from the condiment bar as with any big an juicy burger like this you are gonig thru at least a half dozen of the small napkins. Dilly  Cheeseburger As for the burger, it’s char-grilled giving the burger a slightly smoky taste with chared lines across the patty.  The melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayo blend in to a a sweet compliment to the charred burger. Very delicious burger and worth the trip even if you are coming from New York or Philadelphia.

Burger, fries and onion rings at Dilly's CornerThe second great reason to come to Dilly’s are the fries and onion rings. The fries are those great thin ones that are medium crispy, just like they serve at that famous fast food place.  Dilly’s fries come lightly salted and hot from the fryer. You get lots of fries in an order so it may make sense to order a size smaller than you usually do so you don’t regret ordering too much.  As for the onion rings, they are Donna’s favourite and we order them everytime.  The sweet onion slices have a light batter and cooked prefectly to give a little crunch when you bit into them. The contrast of the soft sweet onion center and crunchy salt batter make these rings a great add-on or an order by itself.

I can confidently recommend Dilly’s Corner for a great burger and great experience here in Bucks County and have added it to the Top 5 Best of Bucks – Burgers. Check out the Best of Bucks for other food and dring suggestions here in Bucks County.  Read other reviews about Dilly’s here, here and here.

Dilly’s Corner 2998 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938  (215) 862-5333

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