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“Unique Selection”

Maxwells On Main Street
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Ranked #21 of 138 Restaurants in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Doylestown
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unique Selection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

If you ever told me I would actually like brussel sprouts I would say you are crazy, but now I am crazy about MOM's Shredded Brussel Sprouts. Plus, that is not the only dish they have enhanced to make absolutely addicting.

  • Visited February 2014
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Alabama
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Dinner, Drinks and Live Music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

MOM's has it all. Excellent food served in an historic Doylestown storefront building. The best craft beer selection on tap and in cans in the area, and live music upstairs several nights a week.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank duchessvik
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Super pricey, but worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

I keep on coming here because this is the only place that doesn't only use lettuce as a salad base and has gazpacho in the summer. Their soups keep changing but they're all delicious, their lamb and pork belly are amazing, and they have a very solid selection of beer.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Teresa Q
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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387 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Boring Food/Menu and Slow Service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

Stopped by for a Sunday brunch and was very disappointed in the menu. Very dull and nothing nteresting to order, so opted for a Roast Beef Au Jus because I didn't want another burger and was looking for something a big more interesting. Equally dull and extremely bland and flavorless sandwich. The coffee was beyond horrible and could only drink one sip. Had to wait a long time for food and service was almost non-existent. I have had far better food at a chain restaurant!

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank CD D
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Once Bitten...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

Off to visit the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, my wife and I were on the prowl for a good restaurant in which to enjoy a late lunch… and Maxwell’s on Main appeared to fill the bill quite nicely.

Located right in the center of town, just a few steps from the Bucks County Courthouse, the restaurant was super laid back, majored in American fare with a hint of Southern flair, and had received positive marks on the internet. The perfect spot for a casual chow-down – or so we thought.

Once the food hit the table, however, it soon became painfully clear that Maxwell’s had only two things going for it: its primo location and an incredible beer selection. The quality of the cuisine, or so it seemed, was totally superfluous to the operation. The menu read infinitely better than it tasted. I’m not saying that the food was beneath contempt – but it was pretty damn close.

We started with the deep fried dill pickles, an appetizer that has become all the restaurant rage of late and upon which we have become totally hooked ever since digging in to the superb version served up by the Washington House in Sellersville, PA (second place goes to the White Dog Café in Wayne, PA).

Rather than sliced lengthwise, however, Maxwell’s turned them out crosswise, in the shape of coins… and one look at the sloppy presentation, piled haphazardly on a small plate, and you knew you were in big trouble. The pickles were inordinately chewy, tasted vaguely & unaccountably of cinnamon, and were sided with a ramekin of “Mom’s dipping sauce,” which turned out to be an inferior variation on the Thousand Island dressing theme. Not the kitchen’s finest hour, to say the least.

… But this was nothing compared to what followed. My wife chose a luncheon special, Caesar salad topped with a grilled salmon filet. The salmon was moist and flaky, quite good actually, though hardly a feast for the eye.

Many grilled or pan-roasted fish dishes are served skin side up, as this adds a bit of color and drama to the proceedings – that is, as long as the skin is crisp and attractive, which was certainly NOT the case here. Its gray & mushy appearance did little to enhance the appetite. This was one filet that should have been served, as salmon usually is, flesh side up to display its still orangey countenance. The seabed of Caesar salad looked – and tasted – tired. This was a generic effort at best.

At this point, all might have been forgiven if my selection had had any redeeming gastronomic value whatsoever… but it turned out to be the real horror story. My tuna melt was served open faced; and the topping of melted Swiss cheese smelled… yes, smelled rancid. Its disgusting aroma filled the air even before it arrived at table. And, as if to add insult to injury, the accompanying fries were limp and underdone. To the restaurant’s credit, the dish was immediately removed from the check. But how this malodorous offering managed to escape the kitchen undetected is a complete mystery. Perhaps the chef suffers from anosmia as well as a chronic inability to turn out edible cuisine.

As a professional restaurant critic, I make it a practice of returning to an establishment two or three times before penning a review… But, to tell you the absolute truth, the food at Maxwell’s was so bad that I simply don’t have the stomach for another go round (if you’ll pardon the pun). One visit was more than enough, thank you. Once bitten, twice shy, as the old saying goes.

If you’re considering a sojourn to Maxwell’s for anything more adventurous that a brewskie, caveat emptor!

  • Visited January 2014
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