Bucks County has no regional specialties to call its own, but you can discover some sophisticated restaurants as well as casual country spots. What makes dining here special are the enchanting settings. Fine meals of French, Italian, or American fare are served in restored mills, well-worn taverns, canal-side courtyards, small cafés, and elegant Victorian mansions. In summer and fall it's best to make reservations for weekend dining.
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Sprig & Vine450 Union Square Dr. 215-693–1427
In this out-of-the-way rustic eatery with orange walls, brick, and hewn wood–and a lovely outdoor patio out back–it's easy to fill up on the chips and chunky, cilantro-redolent salsa. You should save room, however, for your equally yummy entrée. The regular menu has familiar Tex-Mex fare, including grilled chicken and steak, create-your-own combination plates, and house specialties like chipotle shrimp and chicken mole. Among the vegetarian options, the enchiladas supremas are made with refried beans, guacamole, and a deliciously decadent cream sauce. Nightly specials add more authentic Mexican dishes to the mix.
If this place had been here in 1776, you can bet that George Washington and company would have stopped in for some lemon-chiffon pancakes, ice-cream treats, or tomato pie (a yummy thin-crust pizza native to the Trenton area) before heading off to stomp the Hessians. Don't let the drive-in facade fool you. There's more here than a good old-fashioned soda fountain, though that certainly draws a steady stream of return visitors. The "small town joint," as it calls itself, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's just a little north of the Washington Crossing bridge on the New Jersey side.
Sprig & Vine
This vegan restaurant is chic, BYO, and attracts plenty of non-vegetarians. Located in Union Square, an old-converted-warehouse-meets-new-construction complex that backs on the vintage railroad, Sprig & Vine is like the first green of spring, a fresh and welcome addition to the sometimes tired New Hope dining scene. The menu is small—only a handful of large-plate dinner options—but offers interesting dishes with unusual flavors, made with ingredients from local farms. You may not have come in craving cornmeal-crusted tempeh with a smoked-maple-mustard sauce, but you'll leave wishing you could have it again.
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