- Culture Trip
Nestled in Bucks County about an hour away from Philadelphia, Doylestown is home to some of Pennsylvania’s most picturesque countryside, A popular destination for families, Doylestown boasts many dining options, from casual restaurants exuding small town charm to surprisingly sophisticated fine dining, here are the top ten spots to eat in Doylestown.
As the name suggests, Basically Burger is all about high-quality burgers made with hormone-free handmade beef patties, and homemade buns. Go for one of the ‘Basically House Burgers’ like the ‘Ranch Burger,’ which is topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions, cheddar cheese and ranch chipotle sauce; or create your own custom burger, hot dog, or grilled item. The gluten-free rolls and fries, plus vegetarian, vegan, black bean and turkey burgers make this restaurant a favorite of those with specific food allergies and preferences. Grab a seat in the low-key interior, or take advantage of the take-out and delivery options.
Basically Burger, 33 N Main St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 345 8502
Cross Culture specializes in upscale Indian cuisine, with a focus on the Northern Indian style of cooking. In addition to dishes prepared in the tandoor, a traditional clay oven, the menu features a diverse selection curries, kormas and biryanis. There are plenty of vegetarian options, as well as homemade Indian breads stuffed with a variety of fillings. Dishes are only mildly seasoned with chilies, instead emphasizing other ingredients to create meals that are flavorful without being overpoweringly spicy. The restaurant is also committed to preparing healthier versions of traditional dishes, incorporating leaner meats and carefully chosen vegetables. The welcoming and sophisticated interior features exposed brick walls and polished wood accents.
Cross Culture, 64 W State St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 489 9101
Domani Star is a charming 40-seat Italian restaurant that focuses on dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Despite its dedication to high-quality cuisine, the restaurant is unpretentious and family-friendly, offering a special kids menu and tables equipped with white paper and crayons. The casual interior features tables lit by glass ceiling lamps and a few counter seats along the bar, where diners can chat with the chef as they await their meals. The menu mainly focuses on contemporary Northern Italian fare, and diners are welcome to BYOB with no additional corkage fee charged.
Domani Star, 57 W State St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 230 9100
Hickory Kitchen is a moderately priced restaurant that offers a wide variety of comfort food dishes. The large and diverse menu doesn’t diminish the quality of the individual dishes, with the quesadillas and vegetarian entrées prepared equally well as the burgers and BBQ classics. This budget-friendly restaurant is particularly popular with families, with its casual atmosphere and down-to-earth cuisine. The restaurant is also known for its filling breakfast menu, which is served Friday to Saturday and features a tasty selection of pancakes, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and wraps.
Hickory Kitchen, 9 W Court St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 348 5170
Honey is a trendy restaurant that serves up imaginative cuisine in tapas-sized portions. The restaurant draws on flavors from all cultures to create its ‘New American’ cuisine. The experimental menu is constantly changing, with typical dishes including foie gras sliders, lobster pizza and duck samosas. The small portions make it an ideal place for foodies to sample intriguing new flavor combinations. The restaurant rounds off its ingredient-driven menu with an excellent selection of American wines and Pennsylvania craft beers. Set in a small brick building, the intimate, warm-toned interior creates an ambiance perfect for staying a little longer and ordering a few more plates.
Honey, 42 Shewell Ave, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 489 4200
Jules Thin Crust Pizza
Jules Thin Crust Pizza offers a menu of remarkably healthy pizzas, emphasizing organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Their signature crispy thin crust is prepared using a special ‘Hi Gluten’ flour and the tomato sauce in made in-house daily using fresh tomatoes. Gluten-free crust options are available, and the menu includes an extensive selection of vegetarian pies, such as one topped with organic edamame, ricotta, locally produced organic goat cheese, caramelized onions, fresh mint, lemon vinaigrette and mozzarella. Whole pizzas are served in a distinct oblong shape or by the slice.
Jules Thin Crust Pizza, 78 S Main St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 345 8565
Knight House offers a smart menu of ‘New American’ cuisine featuring a variety of meat, fish and vegetable entrées along with a selection of sushi and sashimi. The restaurant is set in a 19th-century former family home, decorated to highlight its historic features while also creating an elegant ambiance. The menu features a superb selection of wines, cordials, cognacs and ports, or diners have the option of bringing their own bottle for a small corkage fee. The restaurant also offers its version of Happy Hour called ‘The Knight’s Hour’ on weekday evenings, with great discounts on mixed drinks and beers.
Knight House, 96 W State St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 489 9900
Lilly’s Gourmet is a charming sandwich shop known for its imaginative salads and sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch, the café is a casual and welcoming spot to enjoy a meal or grab a quick takeout bag. The dishes have cute cartoon-inspired names, such as the ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’ made with sliced turkey, cheddar cheese, coleslaw and sweet pickles on seeded rye, or the ‘Mr. Magoo,’ which consists of marinated grilled vegetables, fresh mozzarella, black bean salad, spinach leaves and chipotle pepper served in a herb garlic wrap.
Lilly’s Gourmet, 1 W Court St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 230 7883
Penn Tap Room
Penn Tap Room prides itself on being an affordable restaurant offering down-to-earth food and service. The classic pub-style menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks, including staples like lasagna and fish and chips. There’s an excellent selection of craft beers with special offers on Wednesday nights. The interior is divided into a traditional bar on the first floor and a more formal dining room upstairs, although it’s the restaurant’s large patio that draws most diners during the warmer months. Stop by on Sundays when a live jazz band provides the soundtrack.
Penn Tap Room, 80 W State St, Doylestown, PA, United States, +1 215 230 7299
Quinoa is a welcoming, upscale restaurant that specializes in Peruvian and Mexican cuisine. Taking its name from a grain grown on the Andes Mountains in South America, the menu features a variety of classic Peruvian dishes like ceviche, savory soups, quinoa salads and tamales, along with familiar Mexican classics like tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Owner Jack Egoavil and his family were born and raised in Peru, and he draws on his heritage combined with the ingredients available locally to bring a fresh approach to traditional Peruvian flavors. Peruvian and Mexican non-alcoholic drinks are available, or customers are also welcomed to BYOB. Live music is often featured on Saturdays.