Shopping makes you hungry! After a short trip to Doylestown for some Christmas shopping with my mom and my most adorable kid, we were starving and needed sustenance. Fortunately, the Plumsteadville Inn was on the way home. Remodeled in 2012, the Inn, restaurant, and tavern are updated, yet maintain the classic historical feel with exposed stone walls, huge stone fireplaces, wooden beams across the ceiling, and oak wood flooring. In addition to the restaurant, tavern, and bar, they also have space for events and rooms if you’d like to stay while visiting the area.
Since 1751, the Plumsteadville Inn has been in almost continual operation. Originally a stop along the route from Philadelphia to Easton, PA, the Inn has welcomed travelers for over two centuries. To think about eating in a restaurant that has been in operation since before the American Revolution is pretty amazing. Growing up in Bucks County, it was not unusual for families to live in houses built in the 1700’s. The area is full of history. Even though I live in North Carolina, I’ve never rid myself of feeling homesick for PA, and I suppose I never will. It will always be “home” and a part of my heart will always stay here.
I don’t know about you, but from around October to March I’m always cold. Thankfully, the hostess let us sit by the fire. With the heat from the fire toasting my back, I was happy! The tavern is spacious and homey. I don’t get to see my family often so it was fun to talk and laugh over a meal. The menu is extensive, and it was hard to make a decision. I’m sure I made our server crazy because I took such a long time to pick something to eat. The food? It’s amazing. Juston, my foodie kid, chose lightly fried gouda Mac-n-Cheese Balls with marinara for starters. They were heavenly! For the main meal, mom chose Chicken Parmigiana and Juston chose the Grilled Swordfish topped with Pineapple Mint Pico de Gallo. I chose French Onion Soup and Jaeger Schnitzel, a lightly breaded pork loin cutlet pan fried with brown butter and mushrooms then topped with a white wine lemon caper sauce.
When it comes to a meal, I am a sharer, for better or worse. Got something tasty on your plate? I’ll have a bite! From my plate: here, taste this! Life is too short not to share.
Look at this soup-all that hot, melty cheese covering soft bread soaked in a hearty broth with tender onions. I made sure that first spoonful had a little bit of everything-cheese, broth, onions, and bread. The broth with the caramelized onion was rich, while the bread and cheese were a little chewy.
I’m not one for fish myself, but of course I had to give the swordfish a try. Juston’s swordfish was flaky, tender and the pineapple mint pico de gallo was sweet and fresh. I thought they paired together well.
The Jaeger Schnitzel was lightly crispy with a very tender pork loin cutlet. The best part? The white wine lemon caper sauce. It added just the right amount of tanginess to the pork. The schnitzel, as well as the sides of mashed potatoes and fresh green and wax beans, were happily devoured.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me this day and my phone took grainy photos and some were plain awful. The chicken parmigiana my mother ordered was huge, perhaps half a chicken. The photo was blurry. The marinara was zesty, and a thick layer of provolone cheese was melted over top. The chicken was crisp, yet juicy and when paired with the marinara and cheese, it was scrumptious! Not a meal I prepare often, I enjoyed the little bite I was able to snag off mama’s plate!
Bellies full, we turned down dessert. We didn’t even look at the menu. None of us could even think about eating another bite! Properly nourished, we piled back in the car and headed home. I had a night of babysitting my four year old nephew ahead of me and you can’t do that on an empty stomach! He’s a busy boy and I’m old, so I needed all the energy I could get to keep up with him. I love spending time with my family!