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REVIEW: Stonehouse Bistro -- Bucks County (long)

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REVIEW: Stonehouse Bistro -- Bucks County (long)

Carrie | Sep 30, 2003 10:28 AM

A (girl) friend and I went to the new Stonehouse Bistro on Washington Crossing Road, just north of Newtown, Bucks County. We showed up for a late dinner on Saturday night (just before 9 p.m.), intending to move on to Doylestown for drinks and low-key nightlife.

Stonehouse was very disappointing! The best thing about it was that we were seated very quickly, and the three-piece blues band was awesome.

First, we each ordered one glass of wine -- my friend got a pinot noir (menu said $6) and I got a red zin (menu said $7.5). Well, we were overcharged $1 for her drink, even after the bartender verified the price in the menu did not match the one in her computer/on the receipt. She looked at us and said, "So, don't you want the drink?" We said yes (thinking, "at the $6 price"), so she took the $15, but only gave us 50 cents change. We were absolutely dumbfounded! Well, that was her tip.

The crowd was mostly over-40, and generally three- to four-tops. We (averaging 30) felt stared at, and I wanted to scream "We're single, straight women and it's okay!"

We only ordered a main course, which was extremely disappointing. I order the Wok-Fried Grouper with basmati rice and asian veg (mostly baby bok choy). My food was hot (temperature hot) and never cooled down. It was difficult to eat. It also felt as though the chef dropped a jar of Hoisin all over by mistake -- it was incredibly salty, which destroyed my possible enjoyment.

My friend ordered vegetable "pockets" or something, which were advertised as pockets of veggies in a lite, flaky crust. Well, they *were* in a lite, flaky crust, but were deep-fried and the filling was scant.

We (mistakenly) ordered another round of drinks, so were again overcharged for her wine.

Also were confusingly offered three types of water, and were charged $4 for a bottle of "still. (Later, at Kelly's bar in Doylestown, I asked for water -- as the designated driver -- and was told it was $2. I skipped it.)

Our waiter, Frankie, was very good and friendly, and we did tell him about our disappointing meals (decided to skip the wine problem). Service was quick. Kitchen is open with a view (disappointed we weren't offered one of the two open two-tops at the stools in front of the kitchen) and the atmosphere was ho-hum -- VERY NOISY. Butcher paper over top of the linen tablecloth was very annoying -- not sized right, so it was poking out everywhere --seemed extremely unnecessary to have it -- and the creepy, Dollar-store scarecrow decoration on the table was out of character.

Oh yeah, valet parking is complimentary due to the lot being across the street. Not a bad thing, just a warning to have tip money.

There are many places to eat in Bucks County, and this is not one of them. Skip it.

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