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Posted on Sun, Jun. 19, 2005

Spy Diner bids farewell with a list of local faves

Inquirer Suburban Staff

Spy Diner is being discontinued. As a farewell, I have come up with a list of some of my favorite restaurants in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

With so many places to choose from, it's not an easy task, but here goes...

Special Occasion

Creed's Seafood & Steaks, 499 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia. 610-265-2550.

The two-pronged menu could be described as light and airy; even the desserts seem relatively low in calories.

Upscale Neighborhood Places

(Fine dining at reasonable prices.)

Ristorante Il Melograno, 73 Old Dublin Pike, Mercer Square Shopping Center, Doylestown. 215-348-7707.

A mix of new- and old-school Italian fare.

Bonjung Japanese Restaurant, 50 W. Third Ave., Collegeville Station, Collegeville. 610-489-7022.

This family-owned BYO serves authentic Japanese cuisine, with some Korean specialties.

Cutillo's Restaurant & Lounge, 2688 E. High St., Sanatoga. 610-327-2910.

This landmark restaurant serves American cuisine with continental touches.

Century House, Route 309, about five miles north of the Five Points junction, in Hatfield. 215-822-0139.

A fashionable chophouse serving American comfort food.

Washington Crossing Inn, 1295 General Washington Memorial Blvd. (Routes 532 and 32), Washington Crossing. 215-493-3634.

American and continental cuisine served in a historic setting.

Great for Brunch

Kildare's, 826 DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia. 610-337-4772;

Kildare's bills itself as a place for an authentic "Irish experience."

The Washington House, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville. 215-257-3000.

The restaurant includes a historic theater (215-257-5808, It serves New American cuisine in a massive Italianate structure.

Parc Bistro, 4067 Skippack Pike, intersection of Routes 73 and 113, Skippack Village. 610-584-1146.

New American bistro fare with Italian and French influences.

Late-Night Dining/

Party Atmosphere

The Freight House, 194 W. Ashland St., Doylestown. 215-340-1003.

This is a way station for steak and seafood lovers.

Coyote Crossing, 800 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken. 610-825-3000.

Contemporary cuisine from central Mexico with some Tex-Mex offerings.

The Shanachie,111 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. 215-283-4887;

Live Irish music is part of the fun of this eatery, which serves traditional and "New Celtic" cuisine.

Worth a Trip

(High entertainment value or unusual restaurant concept.)

Spring Mill Cafe, 164 Barren Hill Rd., Conshohocken. 610-828-2550.

This BYO serves French Provincial cuisine with exotic touches (North African and Asian) in a quaint old house with outdoor dining.

Hip Bistros or BYOs

(Good places to meet and eat)

Ravenna, 2960 Skippack Pike, Worcester. 610-584-5650.

A casual but traditional BYO, it serves Northern Italian fare with some modern twists.

Horizons Cafe, Moreland Plaza, 101 E. Moreland Rd., Willow Grove. 215-657-2100.

You'll get creative vegetarian cuisine from the tropics and "sunny" countries at this storefront BYO.

"Hole in the Wall" Authentic

Chick's Tavern, 231 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport. 610-279-9606.

The menu features mussels, homemade soups, homestyle Italian dishes, and carved-meat sandwiches.

Charcoal Steaks N' Things, 11 S. Delaware Ave., Yardley. 215-493-6394.

You can get everything from pancakes to pasta at this homey BYO.

Fun for the Kids

(Without getting bored yourself)

Nifty Fifty's, 2555 Street Rd., Bensalem. 215-638-1950.

All the Happy Days diner food you can think of.

Barbara Ann's Victorian Tea Room & Garden, 120 Main St., Green Lane. 215-234-9292.

This elegant tea room follows the "high tea" tradition closely. Children will have fun drinking "real" tea, and not just playing make-believe.

Contact suburban staff writer Catherine Quillman at 610-701-7629 or

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