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Cozy On Up With Comfort Food: Local Favorites

What's better than a comforting bowl of something that makes you feel good? Honest answer- not much!

“Comfort food is the food that makes us feel good, satisfied, calm, cared for and carefree. It’s food that fills us up emotionally and physically. Finding comfort in food is a basic human experience.” – Ellie Krieger


Craving comfort food like mom used to make, but need a break from cooking? Look no further for mac ‘n cheese, dumplings, fried chicken, or pancakes at these eateries serving up cozy cuisine to remind you of home. 


Bucks Dumpling Mama



The inspiration for these colorful, gluten free dumplings came when local mama and founder, Meg Dunn, realized there weren’t a ton of great comfort food options for her daughter, who was born with many severe food allergies. “Eighteen years ago, her allergies are what pushed me into an entirely new direction with my cooking. She has been eating my dumplings and other cooking her entire life, but she’s my original dumpling and my number one fan,” says Meg.  Place your order online!


Cross Keys Diner

4125 E Swamp Rd, Doylestown


Pull up a stool and stay awhile at this easy going neighborhood diner. Specializing in hearty American breakfast and lunch staples, Cross Keys is open seven days a week and is known for its 10 daily changing specials made with as many local ingredients as possible. One thing that makes this place feel even more like home? No two mugs are the same!


Curly’s Comfort Foods

1140 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd, Levittown


Local food guides rave that Curly’s cheesesteaks rival those of some of the best cheesesteak joints in Philly. From hand cut ribeye cheesesteaks and wings, to mac and cheese, chicken pot pies, burgers, it’s no wonder their slogan is “Bringing a bit of comfort back to Bucks.” Curly’s is currently open for carry out & delivery. 



19 E Oakland Ave, Doylestown


Serving up delicious, made-to-order sandwiches, salads, quinoa bowls and gluten free options, Lovebird is redefining the way we eat fried chicken. Though construction was only just recently completed, locals are already raving about their menu, which features zero GMOs, antibiotics, or names we can’t pronounce. While you’re there, try their mac and cheese (hint, it’s got a little kick to it!). 


Metro Diner

3630 Street Road, Bensalem


Featured on Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives, this diner lives up to its award-winning reputation, serving comfort foods like chicken pot pie, shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles and more.If you have out-of-town visitors you’re looking to impress, this is the place to take them (and the portions are huge!).


Newtown PA Dutch Farmers Market

2150 South Eagle Road, Newtown


What’s better than a one stop shop for all of your comfort food needs? If you’re looking for wall-wall comfort food, head on over to the Newtown Farmer’s Market and roam their aisles for everything from meats and fresh seafood to baked goods (did someone say buttery soft pretzels?) Over the last two decades, Newtown Farmer’s Market  has grown from a small-town venue into one of the top Amish markets in the state and there are few people out there that understand good food better than the Pennsylvania Dutch. 


Southern Comforts

229 Plaza Blvd, Morrisville


Southern Comforts boasts that they serve everyone’s favorites and that’s easy to believe when looking at their expansive menu online. Whether you stop in for breakfast for their Southern style buttermilk biscuits and grits or want to build your own plate for lunch or dinner (choose any entree and two sides), this place is sure to live up to its name. At this time they are only open for take-out or delivery so call ahead order online. 


Head image courtesy of Kevin Crawford Imagery via Visit Bucks County.

Calendar Editor & Writer for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.


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