Ed was living in Jenkintown. Patty was living in Westfield, NJ. They met in Birmingham, AL. They drove through Doylestown for a year and a half to see each other. Ed said, “I want to live closer to you, like across-the-living-room close.” Because of her NJ clients and his Lansdale employer, Doylestown seemed like the right spot on the map, but they had never seen any more of it than Route 202.
She made a reservation at Russell’s (currently known as The Knight House) for his birthday dinner. Not many Doylestown restaurants were on the web yet in 1998, so it was an easy choice. They were treated like royalty, and fell in love with the restaurant and with State Street. Patty and Ed rented a house in the borough a few months later.
On a cold February day, they moved in the first two carloads, the essentials they would need to live here while they emptied out their two homes. In jeans and sweatshirts, around 5 pm on a Saturday, they headed out to find a sandwich shop. They spotted a “French Bistro” in the basement of the Agricultural Works building, where Slate Bleu is today.
It was called Café Arielle. The white tablecloths made what they thought would be a good place to pick up a light meal very inviting. The staff made it wonderful. Patty and Ed were the first there for the dinner hour, and they were seated immediately at a great table. The place was soon filled with diners in elegant or at least upscale casual clothes, and they ordered a $120 feast for two. The chef and owner, Jacques Colmaire (now at Coquille St. Jacques in Sellersville), came out to greet them during the salads. Ed recognized him, with enormous delight, from his earlier restaurant in Jenkintown.
Two incredible experiences. How could they not fall in love with this town? Soon Patty and Ed were members at the County Theater and the Michener Museum, touring Fonthill and the Moravian Tile Works, and eating almost once a week at Poco’s, the super friendly, always fun Mexican restaurant and bar located at the end of their street. They got married in another Mexican restaurant, Los Sarapes in Chalfont, serving some of the most delicious gourmet food in Bucks County in a gorgeous decor. They reserved the entire restaurant, got married beside the indoor fountain, and enjoyed a fantastic buffet and very well-stocked bar.
They really like restaurants! Ed used to live over Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia for the convenience. He proposed to Patty on the Penn Campus, right after brunch at the White Dog. When they venture out of town, it’s usually along the Delaware, with lots of great eating from New Hope to Frenchtown.
Patty and Ed have been here for 13 years now, and they truly love Bucks County. They still go on dates here all the time. Besides the restaurants, they frequent the museums, First Fridays, Community Day at the Doylestown Airport in May, the County Theater, and Doylestown’s terrific indie bookstore. Patty is still a huge fan of date nights long after the proposal.
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