Bobby Simone's: Out of the Way Cool Restaurant
Tucked into a narrow alley off State Street in Doylestown is a cool little restaurant and bar. Its changed hands, names and style a few times in the past few years but its still quite popular. In part this is because of the outdoor patio between the bar and restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Haven't eaten in the new restaurant yet. Bar menu is good.
McGlinchey's: Eat breakfast like a local
Located on East State Street (across from the County Theatre) this small restaurant is open primarily for breakfast and lunch. The food is good, and very reasonably priced. This is where the locals come to read the paper and watch the foot traffic on the street below. Hey, your in Pennsylvania -- have some scrapple with those eggs! On the rare occasion that McGlinchey's is open for dinner, its a big deal.
Favorite Dish: As I mentioned above -- this is Pennsylvania! I go with eggs, scrapple and home fries. McGlinchey's also serves chipped cream beef on toast. Another PA favorite. Lots of other breakfast and lunch dishes are available and generally are named things like "The Jury" or "The Barrister" as a reference to the nearby county courthouse.
The Freight House: Down by the train station
As the name suggests, this restaurant is built in a restored freight house adjacent to Doylestown's train station on the end of the regional rail service R7 line. Parking is a bit of a challenge because of the tight confines in and around the train station. There is additional parking across the train tracks just down Clinton Street from the train station that most folks don't know about. The owners did a beautiful job of restoring the inside. The tables are in big comfortable, leatherish booths. The food is American; steaks, seafood. There is a large bar area which is crowded by the law office staffs, court house personnel, and downtown business crowd. Its a happening place in Doylestown for drinks as well as dinner. In good weather there is an interesting outdoor area facing the tracks. Entrees range from about $14.00 to about $33.00; drinks and appetizers are pricey. I've had nothing but good service (except at the bar -- which to be fair, is often crowded).
Favorite Dish: I like the seafood bisque, and I've had good steaks there.
Pagnini's Wine Bar: Wine bar in Doylestown
This winebar is across the street from Paginini's main restaurant, and next door to their coffee shop/trattoria. The best thing about the wine bar is the ambience. They did a very nice job with the interior and it is a very nice and comfortable place to hang out. The wine selection is completely comprised of Italian, French (and maybe some German, I can't remember) wines. The serve a very pricey selection of food items meant to complement the wine. They also serve some hard liquors and a select variety of European beers. Okay here's the downside. Most of the staff seem to know nothing about the very, very pricey wines they're serving which stinks if you don't know anything about wine (which I don't) but are interested. Also, as I mentioned, this place is expensive. I'm no wine snob, but I'm not impressed with the portion size or glassware they serve in. All that being said though, it is a cool little place if you're out for a fancy evening and just having a drink or two. The price below is representative of having two drinks/person
Favorite Dish: Bordeaux Superior.
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Paginini's: A European restaurant and trattoria in Doylestown
What I like about Paginini's in Doylestown is that it has the feel of a European style eatery. The food is primarily Italian which is interesting because I think the owners are of Algerian or Moroccan origin. They serve made-on-the-premesis pasta dishes and have daily special entrees. There is a nice patio and porch for outside dining in good weather. The local "knock" on this restaurant is that the service is not great. I have not had a problem with this personally, but have heard this complaint from more than a few people. I will say that the service can be a bit slow even when the restaurant is not crowded (which it typically is in nice weather). Restaurants are not always necessary, particularly off-season or on weekdays.
Favorite Dish: I like the Swordfish entree which is served on Saturdays only I believe. My son likes the lasagna, which takes a while to serve (if you're ordering it you'll want to grab the waitress right away). I like the olives, bread and oil which is served as an appetizer. I also enjoy the parmesian and shredded carrots entree. Their wine selection includes a Pennsylvania Bradywine cabarnet which is moderately priced and nice.
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