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Harrisburg for a weekend

I did drink something good, though I can't now remember what it was. But I liked the dive-y vibe anyway.

May 09, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Hah! I could eat barely half of it (and that's a feat for me), and I couldn't take it with me. I made my server promise to find a deserving doggie or kittie recipient for the leftovers. My loss! But I sure hope some hungry critter went to sleep with a full belly that night.

May 06, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Yes, of course! Friday afternoon I stopped by Anthony's for a beer, and was underwhelmed. The long list had some promising drafts, but they had run out of the first three that I tried to order. I wouldn't say their lines are the cleanest, either. That said, there was a great jukebox with plenty of old-school rock.

Friday evening I went to Suba for dinner. I sat at the bar, where I received excellent service from the bartender and another woman - the manager? A fellow server? Both were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I had a decent Manhattan and a taste of their fun house-infused lemon-habanero tequila. The menu included some interesting dishes and some ho-hum ones; the execution proved to be adequate rather than exceptional.

Saturday lunch, I just grabbed a burger at the Broad Street Market before heading over to the PA Flavor event. I was more impressed with the Midtown Scholar (very cool!) across the street from the market than by the market itself. Central Market in Lancaster is a whole lot richer.

Just BTW, PA Flavor had some interesting little brewers in addition to the state's biggies, and across the board the beer was okay to good. A couple of standouts, but Troeg's and Victory are definitely head-and-shoulders above the rest. There wasn't much by way of food at the event; the organizers should ramp up that aspect in the future.

After PA Flavor I randomly chose The Firehouse as my derby-watching venue. Nothing exciting drinks-wise, but the crowd at the bar (30s and up) had a blast watching the race, and I did, too.

For Saturday dinner I did Mangia Qui. The space was pleasant if unremarkable, but the service was terrific. I had the steak - which was, in fact, very good - and they whipped up a little off-menu contorno for me. Dining alone, I didn't manage to taste anything else, and I only ordered a couple of glasses of wine. The red that I had w the steak (it wasn't on the list and I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember what it was) made an excellent pairing. Qui Qui himself is lovely, and we had an amusing chat. Altogether an enjoyable evening, though not culinarily mind-blowing.

Sunday afternoon, before hopping on the train back to NYC, I stopped by Federal Taphouse. I was happy to see some new-to-me drafts on their hefty list, and the two beers I tasted were nice and fresh. I accompanied them with the tartufo pizza (I know, I know) and was pleasantly surprised by the decent crust. The bartenders were attentive and fairly knowledgeable. The vibe was mellow; I can see that the huge place must get pretty raucous on a Saturday night.

I'd say that my Harrisburg dining experience was pretty much as expected. Thanks for the hospitality!

May 06, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Many thanks, H. This is superb info. I hadn't heard of Yellow Bird before, but I'll add it to my list. Pizza: lol. I'm a born-and-bred NYC pizza fanatic - how could I even have considered a slice in Harrisburg?!

May 01, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Thanks again, m.

May 01, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

This is all great info - thanks! Sounds like there are enough options to fill 48 hours in Harrisburg.

Another query, Chowhounders: The son of an acquaintance passed along a recommendation for a place called Sawyer's. He says it has a mellow patio with fireplace. He didn't say anything about the food. Is it worth stopping by, or no?

Apr 30, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Thanks! That corn flan definitely has my name on it!

Apr 30, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Thanks for the input. Where would you go for craft beer?

Apr 30, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Thanks, linguafood. Steak at Mangia Qui is definitely on the radar!

Apr 29, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

My search has yielded the following ideas:
Mangia Qui
Suba
Bricco
Firehouse
Home 231
Raspberries
El Sol
Arepa City
Palumbo's
McGrath's
Neato Burrito

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Apr 29, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg for a weekend

Hi - I'll be in Harrisburg next weekend for PA Flavor, and I'm looking for recommendations on where to eat & drink while I'm there. I'm a professional food, wine and travel writer and I live in NYC, so I'm afraid I'm a bit spoiled. But I'm not a snob, and I happily adjust my expectations according to my location. While in town I'm just looking to feed myself decently... and perhaps be pleasantly surprised?

Here are the details: I'll be there Friday lunch through Sunday brunch. I'll be staying downtown without a car, so I'm hoping to find places within walking distance of my hotel. My tastes are wide-ranging, from brewpub to white linen, as long as the food is solid. I'd like a buzzing grown-up vibe, the kind of room that makes you feel good; I'd rather avoid frat boys and children. I'll be solo, and when alone I enjoy eating at the bar, though a table with an attentive server is great, too. Good wine, spirits and/or beer are important (i.e. I don't want BYOB), and it would be great to find a real cocktail.

Any help is much appreciated!

Apr 28, 2013
constancejones1 in Pennsylvania