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Bistro 71

I could not stress enough that you should avoid Rillo's. It's all quantity, no quality - and it's still overpriced.

For real Italian, I almost forgot about one of Carlisle's best kept secrets - Piatto.

http://www.piatto.com/

They are open for dinner only. +1 for Cafe Bruges where I think you can get a great sandwich if you're just looking for lunch.

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Rillo's Restaurant
60 Pine St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Cafe Bruges
16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Piatto
22 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Jul 14, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Beyond RealLemon: Why I’m REALLY Not A Better Cook

I don't care for the demonization of Sriracha. People who like food like Sriracha, and I'm constantly having to tell people about it or explain how delicious it is. I don't put it on everything, in fact I mainly just use it on scrambled eggs. But it is one of those things that anyone who cares about food should have - not the other way around.

And seriously, don't cook your steak well done. I never say anything to people who do, but I cry a little inside when I hear it.

Jul 14, 2011
Effington in General Topics

Birthday Dinner on a Sunday?

Denny's Beer Barrell is somewhat famous for their enormous burger sandwiches. I've seen it profiles on the Food Network and Travel Channel. The burgers are big, but I don't know if that necessarily means they're tasty. Might be worth checking out just to say you did though.

I answered your question in the Bistro 71 thread, but if you're looking for more of a romantic dinner and you'll be driving from Carlisle, I think maybe Harrisburg is your best bet. My favorite place is Bricco downtown: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bricco-harris...

Jul 14, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

So are you looking for more of a lunch place? Sundays are difficult in Chambersburg - despite recent growth, people here are still hesitant to leave their small town ways. Some of that makes Chambersburg great - however, trying to go anywhere on Sunday (that isn't a chain at least) is annoying.

If you're going to be Carlisle, you're much better off grabbing something to eat there. There are several unique choices - there is Market Cross Pub which serves authentic British pub style food if you're into it (and a nice beer selection if you're into that). Issei Noodle is a popular spot with the students, it's a Southeast Asian style noodle restaurant. Mount Fuji has Japanese and Amy's has Thai. Oh, and last but not least, Cafe Bruges is a Belgian style restaurant. Try a Kwak or Monk's ale.

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Market Cross Pub
113 N Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Mount Fuji
149 N Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Issei Noodles
, Carlisle, PA 17013

Cafe Bruges
16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Jul 14, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Hot Pepper Butter

I'm sure you can get jalapenos and serranos fairly easily in most supermarkets. Poblanos, anaheims, cubanelles and even habaneros are become more common. All are typically much hotter than banana peppers, although heat levels can vary considerably among individual peppers.

I have heard of spicy bell peppers due to cross pollination with spicier varieties, so I guess anything could happen.

Jul 13, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Hot Pepper Butter

Yes! Banana peppers are boring, and I think that you can probably use literally any pepper - there are a lot more varieties of this recipe under "hot pepper mustard" and the like. I think it's a PA Dutch thing to call it "butter." I suspect cherry, fresno, New Mexico or Anaheims would be great in this - along with jalapenos and serranos.

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

pepper free hot sauce?

Just for reference, here is a list of Nightshades:

Chili pepper
Eggplant
Garden huckleberry
Wolfberry or Goji berry
Ground cherry
Potato
Sweet pepper
Tamarillo
Tomatillo
Tomato
Turkey Berry

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Home Cooking

Whats your top 5 herbs?

Had to jump in on this one - lots of great lists here, but these are my go-to favorites. It was difficult for me to leave out dill and tarragon. Lots of discussions about the "soapy" taste people get from cilantro recently. I know several of my family members get that... I'm just glad my wife doesn't, because I put it in a lot of food.

Basil
Cilantro
Chives
Italian Parsley
Mint

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Home Cooking

Seeking breakfast between Philadelphia & Piittsburgh

I would assume that you'll be on the PA Turnpike (I-76) - my recommendation is Middlesex Diner about a mile or two north on Route 11 from exit 236 in Carlisle.

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=M...

It doesn't get much more home style Pennsylvania diner than this place - breakfast is good, cheap and filling.

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Middlesex Diner
1803 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Need good (great?) dinner Scranton area

I have not been there so I can't speak for it personally, but I have heard that there is a great Brazilian BBQ place in Scranton - a quick search, and I believe it is the Ipanema Grille.

Yelp reviews are very positive - hope you love meat! http://www.yelp.com/biz/ipanema-grill...

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Terrapin of Athens, GA

Terrapin's a fine brewery - I echo brentk's statement about a few one-off's coming off a bit strong - but they have some very solid brews. I like the Hopsecutioner, but for a novice beer drinker (assuming you're not into hop bombs yet) the Rye Pale Ale is an excellent choice.

The Wake 'n Bake is an epic seasonal imperial stout.

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Beer

Bistro 71

I will do just that Rae, and please feel free to ask about any local places - I have been living as an out-of-place foodie between Harrisburg and Chambersburg for the past 10 years, and would love to discuss dining options. It's harder to pinpoint a forum for the area as I also tend to include the Hagerstown, MD area along with Franklin/Adams Counties for local food.

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Hot Pepper Butter

I was really intrigued by this, as I've heard of the hot pepper "butter" of the Amish but never actually tried it - apple butter is all the rage for most local palates. I thought it would be worthwhile to pursue a recipe online and have found that many are a bit daunting to create. Nevertheless, it might be a fun challenge at the very least. Several variations exist, but this seems to be the gist of it:

42 hot peppers
1 pint of yellow mustard
1 quart of vinegar
6 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
1 cup flour

1 1 /2 cups water

Grind hot peppers, add mustard, vinegar, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil. Make a paste with flour and water and add to boiling mixture and cook five minutes. Pour into pint jars and seal. Makes 7 pints.

Not the most specific recipe - the "hot peppers" used by the Amish are almost certainly banana peppers (which are quite mild in my opinion). Some recipes specify cider vinegar, others seem to imply plain old white vinegar. I'm sure you can put your own spin on it by using a prepared mustard of your preference, although another almost identical recipe I found suggested using a quart of mustard rather than a pint. Depends on how mustardy you want it I suppose.

I'm sure you could half all the ingredients in order to make a bit less and is probably amazing as a pretzel dip. Let us know if you give it a try - I might try it out myself, if I can get my hands on that many peppers.

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

I'd like to start a post about dining in Chambersburg specifically - there are very few locally owned restaurants worth giving a try. Many are run by Greek families that cater to a "cheaper is better" market. But there are a few gems and Bistro 71 is certainly one of them. What I'd like to point out is that the Bistro exists because it was able to apply for and receive an Economic Development Liquor License. These were created to help offset the extremely high cost of procuring a liquor license in Pennsylvania and how it discourages entrepreneurial restaurant owners from opening in small PA towns. It comes loaded with restrictions, which is likely the reason for the lack of a proper wine list or beer selection.

The good news is that last I saw, an application to dispense placard is hanging in their window implying that they may have raised enough money to purchase a liquor license with fewer restrictions.

They are only open for dinner as you mentioned, and they are also closed Mondays. Reservations are recommended on the weekends.

Jul 11, 2011
Effington in Pennsylvania