A Foodie's Guide to a Day in the Delaware River Towns


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A Foodie's Guide to a Day in the Delaware River Towns

By Colleen Morrison
The River Towns are a foodie’s dream, blessed with some of the best restaurants in the region, but it’s impossible to try them all in a single day or weekend trip. To help narrow down the list, below is a just a small sampling of the must-eat places to go to guarantee a memorable day for foodies who want eat their way through the River Towns (just take a walk on the towpath to burn some calories in-between meals!):

10:00 a.m. Breakfast/Brunch

Full Moon Cafe, 23 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ

Credit: http://www.cafefullmoon.com/
Credit: http://www.cafefullmoon.com/

A staple brunch spot in Lambertville known for its neon interior and friendly wait staff, the Full Moon Cafe has a variety of ways to get your omelet or benedict fix that go way beyond typical ham or smoked salmon offerings.
What to order:

  • San Fran Benedict (portabella, avocado, and red onion)
  • Mickey Joyce Scramble (crab, avocado, tomato, green pepper, onion and brie)
  • Sautéed Apple & Walnut French Toast

Bonus: Once-a-month dinners
For foodies looking for a truly unique experience, Full Moon Cafe serves dinner once a month on the night of the full moon with a new, seasonal menu each time. Reservations are encouraged.

Lovin’ Oven, 62 Trenton Ave, Frenchtown, NJ
lovin oven
Start your day in the river towns with some really feel-good food. The Lovin’ Oven’s breakfast menu and daily specials are heavy on the fresh vegetables, local farm-to-table philosophy, and interesting flavor combinations that you won’t find anywhere else.
What to order:

  • Kimchi Fried Rice (organic brown rice, veggies, house-made kimchi, scrambled farm eggs, soy ginger sauce)
  • Spring Toast (multi-grain toast topped with creamy burrata cheese, fava bean and mint puree, prosciutto and two fried eggs)
  • Smoked Salmon Hash (smoked salmon with spring vegetable hash, served over spinach, topped with two fried eggs and roasted garlic cloves)

Black Bass Hotel (Sundays only), 3774 River Road, Lumberville, PA

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Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/BlackBassHotel/

If you’re looking for a sophisticated take on the “boozy brunch,” the Black Bass Hotel just north of New Hope is a hidden-away spot to enjoy a glass of champagne and a classic, perfectly poached eggs benedict while dreamily counting dragon boats on the river.
What to order:

  • Bass’t Liver Pâté and Smoked Salmon Mousse
  • Classic Eggs Benedict
  • Charleston Shrimp and Grits (cheddar cheese grits topped with sautéed spicy shrimp in a roasted tomato cream sauce; served with seasonal vegetables)

Bonus: Fred’s Breakfast Club (Members Only), New Hope, PA
When visiting the river towns, it’s important that you make friends with the right people if you want to eat at this “secret” breakfast club in New Hope. Only those with a special key can get in, but they are welcome to bring anyone as a guest. There is a membership fee and some strict rules due to the limited seating, but with membership comes free coffee, unbeatable views of the Delaware and access to some truly mouthwatering house-made pastries. It’s the ultimate local, small-town breakfast experience for those few lucky out-of-towners who can get in the front door!
What to order:

  • House-made pastries, especially doughnuts on Tuesdays, Boston cream cupcakes, and cinnamon buns
  • Breakfast Danish (ham, egg, cheese)

12:00 p.m. Snacks

Jess’s Juice Bar, 23 Church St., Lambertville, NJ

Photo credit: James Bradford
Photo credit: James Bradford

How do you know Jess’s is the real deal? There’s wheatgrass growing in the window, vintage records playing over the speakers, and mounds of fresh veggies and fruit waiting to be ground up into unique combinations and mixed with your choice of milk pressed in-house.
What to order:

  • The Hulk (kale, apple, parsley, cucumber, celery, lemon)
  • Lemon Bomb Shot (lemon, ginger, honey, jalapeno)
  • Cherry Bomb Smoothie (cherries, banana, cocoa, almond milk)

Clusters Caramel Popcorn, 87 S. Main St., New Hope, PA
The mad geniuses behind this gourmet caramel popcorn store put together both sweet and savory combinations that sound so unusual but fit together so well. These flavors are definitely for the adventurous foodie looking for a unique snack.
What to order:

  • Pumpkin Crisp
  • Wasabi Soy Ranch
  • Dill Pickle

2:00 p.m. Lunch
DiNapolis’, 15 Kline’s Court, Lambertville, NJ

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/DiNapolis-928692387165078/?fref=ts

Recent winner of the Golden Meatball for having the best meatball in New Jersey, DiNapolis’ is the place to find a superior Italian deli sandwich for lunch. The rolls by themselves are worth the trip, let alone the familial atmosphere and authentic espresso you can sip as you wait. For lovers of balsamic vinegar, order your sandwich “black,” and you’ve made a friend for life in the DiNapoli boys.
What to order:

  • Ol’ Blue Eyes (homemade meatballs topped with marinara sauce, grated Locatelli Romano cheese on a small brick oven roll)
  • The Dino (prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes)
  • Original South Philly (cooked salami, Genoa salami, capicola, provolone)

Pulp Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar, 2 Race St., Frenchtown, NJ
Pulp features vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare with a variety of smoothies, scones, salads and omelets to deliciously fit the diet and lifestyle of all feel-good food lovers.
What to order:

  • The Rawsome Salad (hummus, red onion, cucumbers, avocado served over romaine and spinach)
  • The B.L.A. (coconut bacon, lettuce, avocado on millet flax bread)
  • Grilled Brie and Strawberry Jam (served with arugula)

Moo, 137 South Main Street, New Hope, PA

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/TheMOOTruck/
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/TheMOOTruck/

A restaurant that evolved from a food truck, Moo specializes in high-quality, classic American food with an artisan twist by using only locally sourced, fresh ingredients in their burgers, fries and shakes.
What to order:

  • Moo Burger (local lettuce, onion, pickle, special sauce, American cheese)
  • Sunny Burger (grass-fed cheeseburger with Hershberger heritage egg)
  • Salted Caramel Shake

3:00 p.m. Shopping
Olive ‘n’ Grape, 11A W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA

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Photo credit: http://www.yelp.com/

Stop in and do a tasting from the many canisters of gourmet extra virgin olive oil and aged Modena, Italy vinegar filling this haven for oil, balsamic, spices and Italian specialty food lovers.
What to order:

  • Lavender Balsamic
  • Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • Espresso Balsamic

Savour, 37 N. Union St., Lambertville, NJ

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/SavourLambertville
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/SavourLambertville

Pick up some international cheeses, gourmet spreads, and beautifully crafted kitchenwares to bring home after you’ve tasted your way through the Rivertowns!
What to order:

  • Robiola Bosina (brie-style cow and sheep’s milk)
  • Cabra Romero (semi-soft goat’s milk)
  • La Maison Pebeyre Truffle Mayonnaise

Stockton Market (Open Friday – Sunday), 19 Bridge St., Stockton, NJ
A unique indoor market and eatery in Stockton, the Stockton Market merits a few hours of exploration on its own. There, you can peruse more than 20 vendors selling everything from gourmet breads to Texas-style barbecue to wood-fired pizza to oysters on the half shelf for $1 apiece. Grab a snack or fill the car to bring home a trove of artisanal delights to enjoy later.
What to order:

  • Two Dudes Jerky: Woah Apple Habanero
  • Bonjour Creperie: ZINA Crepe (arugula, brie, caramelized onions in red wine, roasted tomatoes)
  • Sciascia Confection: French Macarons

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Drinks

Liberty Hall Pizza (BYOB), 243 N. Union St., Lambertville, NJ
Liberty Hall Pizza is authentic, wood-fired Neopolitan pizza at its finest. Two 10-inch pies are enough for two people to share, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself ordering three or more just to try them all. Watch for the Guest Pizziaolo Series in which visiting chefs from area restaurants come in for a night to make a signature pie.
What to order:

  • Lemon Basil (smoked mozzarella, Meyer lemon, basil, baby arugula, fresh garlic, Sicilian sea salt, olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • Lardo (lardo, mozzarella di buffalo, sliced prosciutto, chopped rosemary, fresh garlic, Sicilian sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • Nutella (Nutella, strawberries, powered sugar)

Brasserie at The Raven, 385 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA 18938
Work off some calories on the dance floor at The Raven, recently voted Philadelphia’s Top “Gay Destination”, and then head over to the hotel’s recently re-launched restaurant, The Brasserie, which boasts a beautiful indoor fire place and one of the most scenic patio’s in town.
What to order:

  • Oysters- $1 buck-a-shuck Happy Hours on Thursdays!
  • Braised Lamb Pasta: Pappardelle, local mushrooms, walnut pesto, parmesan cheese and lamb jus.

Triumph Brewing Company, 400 Union Square, New Hope, PA

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/TriumphNewHope

Triumph is a heavy hitter in the area for good reason. Not only does this microbrewery pour it’s own award-winning beers brewed on-site, it also has a menu that blows away any “bar food” you’ve ever experienced. Over the years, the restaurant has evolved it’s “home grown” menu from featuring a few local, regional and sustainable ingredients to using them almost exclusively. Pro tip: Always ask for extra chipotle mayo on the side.
What to order:

  • Truffled Parmesan Potatoes
  • Pork Belly Sliders (pork belly, pancetta, horseradish, sunchoke, pickled cabbage)
  • Flatbread (seasonal) (whole wheat flour, duck sausage, Bayley Hazen Blue cheese, fennel, apple, walnuts, balsamic glaze, mache)

Lambertville Station 11 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ
After all of that eating, cuddle up in a dark corner for a nightcap! Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, this rustic inn offers a beautiful outdoor bar as well as a romantic “Cellar” with chandeliers crafted out of wine glasses; stone archways leading to cozy alcoves; endless walls of wine bottles; and a roaring fireplace. They are also one of the few locations in town to serve a late night menu.
What to order:

  • A flight of wine or Bourban: Special groupings of wine and Bourbon allow you to sample a variety of beverage side by side.
  • Homemade Chocolates

One thought on “A Foodie's Guide to a Day in the Delaware River Towns

  1. A while back I was in Delaware and had some amazing food, especially with pizza. I will be going back this winter and will have to check out some new dining locations such as Liberty Hall Pizza and try out that wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Revisiting favorites from my last time in Delaware is also a must!

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