By Michelle Reese
Fall weather is here, so it's time to embrace the season with flavors like the ubiquitous pumpkin spice as well as apple and cinnamon. Plus, you'll be looking for comfort food dishes such as soups, chili, pot pie and more. Here's a list of some Bucks County favorites to get your mind (and your belly!) thinking autumn.
We all know that the big chains have their PSL, but when the cool wind starts to blow, you'll want to warm up with a cup of coffee from one of these local spots.
Pretty Bird Coffee, Main Street, Yardley
SkyRoast Coffee Roasters, Main Street, New Hope
Farmgirl Coffee, Durham Road, Kintnersville
Johnson Hall Coffee House, Hulme Street, Hulmeville
Karlton Café, West Broad Street, Quakertown
Radcliffe Café, Radcliffe Street, Bristol
Fall Ice Cream
When you aren’t quite ready to give up summer, even while the leaves are starting to fall, treat yourself to fall flavors like pumpkin and apple pie ice cream at one of these locations.
Nina’s Waffles Ice Cream & Sweets in Newtown, New Hope Mechanic Street, New Hope Main Street, Peddler’s Village & Doylestown
Owowcow Creamery, Durham Road, Wrightstown and Durham Road, Ottsville
Nonno’s Italian Coffee Parlor, East State Street, Doylestown
Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream at Shady Brook Farm, Stony Hill Road, Yardley
Dairy DeLite, Woodbourne Road, Levittown
Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm, Ivyland
Richman’s Ice Cream, Bustleton Pike in Feasterville, Bristol Emilie Road in Levittown
Beer & Cocktails
Warm up at these local watering holes with seasonal beers and cocktails.
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Itri Wood Fired, Bristol
Bucks County Brewery, Pipersville
McCoole’s Red Lion Brewery, South Main Street in Quakertown
Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Ray Avenue in Croydon
The Proper Brewing Company, Quakertown
Free Will Brewing Company, Perkasie and Peddler's Village
Newtown Brewing Company, Newtown
Isaac Newton's Bar and Restaurant, Newtown
Happening List Favorites & More
Steam Pub – 2020 Happening List Winner for Late Night Drinking and Finalist for Appetizer, Lunch, Beer Bar, Happy Hour, Martini, Specialty Cocktails and Brunch
606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
Steam Pub is going into the new season with a new (but familiar) Executive Chef, Michael Breslin, and an exciting new menu. Look forward to some new dishes such as the “Choo Choo Burger,” Crab Ragu, Clam & Crab Vongole, Pork Shumai, Shrimp Scampi and a Big Bleu Burger. Martin told us, “I always think of mushrooms as being fall.” This is highlighted in the seasonal burger featuring 8 oz. chuck, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon jam and Swiss and bleu cheese on a brioche bun. Find out more about the fall menu and other happenings at Steam Pub HERE. Tip: Pumpkin Pie Martini is back!
Stella by Jose Garces – 2020 Happening List Winner for New American and Scenic View
50 S. Main Street, New Hope
Stella offers incredible views of fall foliage by the water, plus an amazing food and drink menu. Their fall menu will debut soon, and they shared a preview on Facebook.
The Rockhill Filling Station – 2020 Happening List Winner for Breakfast
1710 N. Ridge Road, Perkasie
The Rockhill Filling Station is a favorite breakfast spot offering indoor and outdoor seating and takeout. During this time of year, you'll want to check their Facebook page for delicious seasonal dishes such as apple walnut pancakes and apple crisp French toast.
Plus, during the month of October, they're working with Pine2Pink to offer a special Pine2Pink wrap. 50% of your purchase of this wrap will go to Pine2Pink to benefit local Breast Cancer Patients.
Papa’s Cupcakes – 2020 Happening List Winner for Cupcakes
101 N. 5th Street, Perkasie
In honor of the season, Papa’s Cupcakes in Perkasie has been adding a ton of fall-inspired flavors to their rotating menu of delicious cupcakes, cakes and cookies. Some of the recent cupcake flavors include caramel apple, caramel pumpkin, chocolate pumpkin, apple pie, and salted caramel. (Pkus, amazing cake pops for bite-size treats!) All cupcakes have a filling and are made from scratch. Pumpkin rolls are another favorite that always sell out fast, so be sure to follow on Facebook to see when they’re available!
AK Preps & Bakery (Aussie's Kitchen) – 2020 Happening List Winner for Healthy Food and Finalist for Best Kept Secret
389 W. Lincoln Highway, Penndel
AK Preps & Bakery makes eating healthy easy and delicious by providing food that is perfectly proportion controlled and packed with taste. The menu changes weekly, but soups and chili are back as a daily option. Look forward to flavors like lasagna soup and BBQ chicken chili. Order online through midnight Thursday for Sunday/Monday pick-up or Sunday delivery. Or, stop in during business hours for grab-and-go selections, healthy items and frozen yogurt.
The Perk – 2020 Happening List Winner for Burger
389 W. Lincoln Highway, Penndel
The Perk is known for its burgers, and it's everyday menu has plenty of comfort food dishes like French onion soup, chili and pierogis that are perfect for this time of year. But on top of that menu, you'll want to check out their seasonal specials like braised short ribs, pumpkin pie martini, autumn ravioli, and sweet potato chipotle bisque.
Plus, during the month of October, The Perk is offering a Pine2Pink Perk Raspberry Cosmo. A portion of sales will go to Pine2Pink to support local breast cancer patients.
2948 S. Eagle Road, Newtown
Solstice just opened in March 2020, right before the shutdown, but they're already getting quite a following. The restaurant specializes in seasonally inspired Modern American fare, and the fall menu features pumpkins, mushrooms, pears and more!
Find out more about this restaurant and other Bucks businesses that have opened during the pandemic HERE.
Clinton- 38 Old Hwy 22 | 908-735-3822
Flemington- 276 US Hwy 202/31 | 908-788-5737
Lambertville- 239 N. Union St | 609-460-4500 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN!
Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 Days a Week
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Basil Bandwagon Natural Market has everything you need for a happy and healthy season! That’s why they were voted Best Grocery Store in the 2020 Hunterdon Happening List. You'll find fresh produce, snacks, and more. Plus, Basil Bandwagon offers complete Thanksgiving dinners with organic turkey, homemade sides and local traditional pies.
Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn
11 Bridge Street, Lambertville
The Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn is a repeat Hunterdon Happening Winner and Finalist. They now have heaters on the outside patio, so you can enjoy your meal by the canal. And if you prefer indoor seating, there are options throughout the dining rooms and in the wine cellar with fireside seating. The fall menu has plenty of mouthwatering seasonal flavors like their pumpkin pie bites and comfort foods such as chicken and dumplings.