Bristol is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Center City Philadelphia, opposite Burlington, New Jersey on the Delaware River. Bristol was first incorporated in 1720. After 1834, the town became very important to the development of the American Industrial Revolution as the terminus city of the Delaware Canal providing greater Philadelphia with the days High Tech Anthracite fuels from the Lehigh Canal via Easton. The canal and a short trip on the Delaware also gave the town access to the mineral resources available in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York via each of the Morris Canal, the Delaware and Hudson Canal, and the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and connected the community to those markets and trade from New York City. These were among the factors spurring development of Bristol and nearby towns, explaining in part the industries which developed in the region.
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4.5 based on 234 reviews
The King George II Inn established in 1681 is on the National Historic Registry as one of the oldest continuously operated Inns. We serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week with a view of the Delaware River from 2 of our 5 dining rooms. Join us!
A meal at the King George is the perfect ending to an afternoon's entertainment at nearby Bristol Riverside Theater. The service is friendly, the food is affordable and very good. Forgoing the usual Wednesday special (Crab Cakes on Crabby Wednesday), we opted for a surf & turf dining experience. We started off with an item from their appetizer menu: Shrimp & Grits - Gulf Shrimp, sautéed with bacon bits, served over creamy cheddar grits & finished with a slightly spicy creole sauce. So good; add a salad to this appetizer & you have a complete meal. For our entrees we both ordered steak. He enjoyed his Grilled 8oz Filet served with Garlic & Shallot Mashed Potatoes with Demi Glace. I made short work of my Grilled 8oz Beef Filet also served with Garlic & Shallot Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Spinach. Afterwards we enjoyed two delicious desserts: an unusual combination of Rice Pudding w/ Raspberry Sorbet & fresh berries for him and Baby Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce for me.
4.5 based on 75 reviews
Our Story JB Bakery began as a bagel and bread shop in 1952. Over time, ownership passed from family to family, and the product line increased. Thirteen years ago, Burlington native Stephen Simon purchased JB and made it what it is today: a local landmark and dessert lover’s paradise that is regularly voted one of Burlington County’s best bakeries. Although JB may have originally stood for “John and Bill” — the bakery’s founders — Mr. Simon sees it as “Always Just Baked” because it operates 24 hours a day to produce fresh-baked products. At JB, professional bakers and pastry chefs employ traditional methods to perfect the art of dessert-making. They use scratch mixes and high-quality ingredients free of preservatives and imitation flavors, with the human element involved from creation to consumption. The bakery offers hard-to-find specialties from all over the world, holiday delicacies, seasonal specials, fresh bread and rolls, a coffee bar, and exceptional service. The chefs design custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Sweet 16s, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, holidays, reunions, and many other occasions; by establishing relationships with customers and listening to their ideas, JB’s all-star staff turns cake dreams into reality. Through the years, JB has become a Burlington County landmark. It is annually featured in the local news, and people visit from out-of-state to tour the facility and taste the sweets. Guests cherish walking in and experiencing the rich aroma that is unique to real, old-fashioned bakeries. A few years ago, JB gained fame for introducing its ever-popular “Whale Cookie,” a sugary delight inspired by the brave beluga that swam the Delaware River. The bakery was especially honored to host Food Network Chef Robert Irvine for an episode of Dinner Impossible — entitled “Nightshift: Impossible” — during which Irvine used JB’s old-world techniques and machinery to pull a culinary all-nighter. Above all, JB is a family bakery and a part of the local community. Generations have come to regard it as “their” bakery, and it is common for people who grew up with JB birthday cakes to feature JB at their weddings as well. It is the official bakery of Burlington’s Wood Street Fair and supports other local events such as Festival of Lights, Bike Night, and the car show. JB frequently makes gift and product donations to local organizations and fundraising efforts, and it creates jobs for community members.
Great desserts st JB. Staff is always pleasant. Desserts are always fresh.They have this one cake, The JB Special. Chocolate cake, with a massive layer of cheesecake, some sort of yummy filling and chocolate ganache to top it all off. Omg so amazing.
4 based on 104 reviews
Nice place with an interesting menu & good kitchen with lots of craft & artisan beers to choose from. It was a warm August evening when we visited & the roll-up garage door was open wide, but the place was comfortable & the atmosphere & the service friendly & above average. For starters, my husband quickly polished off a yummy casserole dish of creamy mac & cheese. I ordered & enjoyed their homemade Guacamole (with chunks of diced red onion) with corn chips. For our entrees, he ordered Fried Shrimp & French Fries served with Slaw & was pleased to discover the shrimp had already had their tail shells removed. I was happy with my order of Cajun Catfish (spicy) served with Collard Greens (delish) and Parmesan Grits (my favorite starch?). We dined early, but from all appearances, the place & the music get going later in the evening. Outdoor dining is also available.
5 based on 126 reviews
Unfortunately, I can't eat sweets anymore, but everybody who does tells me that this is by far the best bakery in the area. Their sticky buns are legendary, but they also have big fat delicious-looking macaroons, cookies, cupcakes, and other tempting items in the display case. All I can do is look and imagine.
5 based on 9 reviews
We usually have to travel to Newtown, Princeton, New Hope, Lambertville, etc. to find a coffee house of this caliber. Now, residents and visitors to Lower Bucks County can relax and "catch up" locally! Great coffee, great desserts, and great work staff--very helpful and friendly. Please frequent this place so it survives in a town evolving into an up and coming tourist attraction!
5 based on 105 reviews
The sticky buns are amazing. They are made fresh daily. The pound cake and butter cakes are also good. They also have a good cheese cake, pies and cookies. You can’t go wrong buying from Fritz’s bakery and it’s even easier now that they have more locations.
5 based on 73 reviews
The soft-serve banana ice cream is my FAVORITE ice cream- of all time!!! And if they have it with either a PB or chocolate twist.... trust me, get it. I'm not big on banana flavor- but it's so natural and subtle. DELICIOUS!!!
5 based on 63 reviews
Great variety. I've never been a fan of sausage but their thin casings and various flavors(including no fennel seeds) are what keep me coming back. They also have homemade pasta and frozen meatballs that are great for a last minute dinner. They have fresh bread for purchase and some other canned and jarred staples.
4.5 based on 21 reviews
The restaurant is decorated in a very attractive style. The servers were very pleasant. We tried the rice balls and stuffed mushrooms - both were very good. Both the veal saltimboca and veal Gianlucca were quite tasty. Service was a bit slow (even though the restaurant wasn't crowded. Not a problem - just an observation and warning if you have a time limit.)
4.5 based on 31 reviews
Cozy and friendly, family atmosphere when my husband and I went on a Sunday morning. My Spanish omelet and home fries were delicious. My husband's eggs benedict was made just right and very good. Coffee was great and the staff kept it coming. What more can you ask for? We will be back!
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