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Hershey: places near Hershey Lodge

Sorrento's is just down the street from the Hershey Lodge and worth a visit. (http://www.piazzasorrento.com/) I'd also recommend the Hershey Pantry, though it may be crowded, on Rt. 422.

If you continue down Rt. 322, you'll hit the Campbelltown Cafe. It's a fun little place, lots of antiques on display, with tasty and reasonably priced food. (http://www.cafecampbelltown.com/Site_...

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The Warwick in Hummelstown, quite close to where you're at, has very good food. (http://www.thewarwickhotel.com/menu.php)

If you head down Rt. 422 past Palmyra, you'll hit Annville, and the Batdorf Restaurant there is a favorite of mine. The fish tacos are outstanding, as is their chili. (http://www.batdorfrestaurant.com/) There's also the Allen Theatre a couple of blocks away, with their outstanding cafe MJ's Coffeehouse. Soups and sandwiches are delicious, as are their baked goods. The cake...wow.

Jul 25, 2012
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Please help with trip to Schuylkill County and theme parks in PA

If you can, I'd recommend swinging by Lenhartsville and stopping at Deitsch Eck, an interesting old restaurant with wonderful hex artwork inside and out and delicious food. (http://www.deitscheck.com/) Peter Bros. Meat Market is right across the street as well and also worth a visit.

If you swing through Orwigsburg and enjoy Italian, try Valenti's. You could also head towards Reading on Rt. 61 and stop at Fiore in Shoemakersville. Order the Rigatoni Carbonara.

I do enjoy Knoebels more than Hersheypark because being able to camp on-site and then just walk over to the park is enjoyable, and it's also a heck of a lot cheaper. I used to get season passes to Hersheypark as a kid, but it's far too expensive, too crowded, and just not what I enjoyed when I was little. That said, brunch at the Circular Dining Room is a real treat. Harvest is also good though a little spendy. The Hershey Pantry just a little past the factory on Rt. 422 is an enjoyable place to eat. If you're looking for a decent farmers' market while you're in town, and if it happens to be on a Thursday afternoon, try the farmers' market on the campus of Hershey Medical Center near the Cocoa Beanery just off Bullfrog Valley Road. The market is a project of a couple of doctors at the Medical Center and is wellness-themed. They have free health screenings there, great produce and cheeses, meats, and more, plus live music.

Back towards Berks County, the Fairgrounds Farmers Market in Reading, just off 5th Street Hwy, is a must-see. Hit up the Dutch-Maid Bakery while you're there, or else stop at the main bakery location off Rt. 61 in Hamburg, right near Cabela's. Have a giant pretzel donut. Trust me.

Jul 25, 2012
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Dining in PA Dutch Country

Make sure to stop in to Cafe Chocolate on Main Street in Lititz for lunch or a light snack. It's wonderful. (http://www.chocolatelititz.com/index....)

Jul 09, 2007
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Kid-Friendly in Lancaster/Strasburg

You might like the Strasburg Creamery and Country Store on Main Street right on the square in Strasburg. They have hot and cold sandwiches and great homemade ice cream, and an old-fashioned country store with penny candy.

The Greenfield Inn has wonderful food at dinner, and it's right off Route 30. (http://www.theoldegreenfieldinn.com/h...)

Jun 18, 2007
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Amish Country: Seeking Raw Milk Source

Jun 07, 2007
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Amish Country: Seeking Raw Milk Source

Spring Water Farm at 694 Country Lane in Paradise is one. They also sell grass-fed beef, pork, eggs, and yogurt. Of course, no Sunday sales.

Wentworth Dairy in Quarryville is another one. (www.wentworthdairy.com)

Jun 06, 2007
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Brunch in or near Lancaster

Sunday brunch at the Palm Court at Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster is excellent.

The Udder Choice is basically a sandwiches and ice cream-type of place with the worst service I've had in ages. Very busy, though, and the locals (Mennonites et al) seem to like it.

May 25, 2007
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Hershey Recs - Circular Dining Room Booked!

Drive a couple of miles down the road to nearby Hummelstown and try Al Mediterraneo. May be the best in the area. (http://www.al-mediterraneo.com/index.htm)

May 14, 2007
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Local eats near Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis?

I returned yesterday from Minneapolis and had a great time. Thanks for your recommendations. I didn't get to Hell's Kitchen to eat but I did manage to take home a loaf of sausage bread.

On Thursday I enjoyed lunch at Spoonriver. It's a beautiful, sunny space with great service. The chicken quesadillas were outstanding.

Thursday night was a work-related party at Brit's Pub, and I did sample their fish and chips before leaving because of a migraine. Pretty good.

Friday night was my highlight, because I had the most outstanding meal at Fire Lake. It's a beautiful restaurant and the service was very good. But the food was amazing. (They use locally-raised produce and meats, which is important to me.) I had the Minnesota salad made with cranberry-wild rice croutons, local chevre, corn, and other veggies, and it was delicious. I chose the heirloom cornmeal-dusted walleye and it was cooked to perfection. I can practically taste it right now, it was so good. If I hadn't stuffed myself silly I would have had dessert. Really, that was the best meal I've had in any state in recent memory.

Saturday night was a work-related private dinner at Cafe Brenda. Brenda herself is a warm and kind woman, and her food was very good.

Nye's for a post-dinner polka party was crazy. What a place.

Again, thanks for your recommendations!

May 07, 2007
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Circular Dining Room at the Hotel Hershey

Their brunch is well worth the time and money to enjoy. They always have something different, and the dessert table is swoon-worthy.

There are a number of good restaurants in the Hummelstown-Hershey-Palmyra area. Al Meditteraneo is one, but there's also the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, the Hershey Pantry, Lisa's Cafe in Palmyra, and the Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, just outside Palmyra.

May 01, 2007
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Adams County recommendations?

The Blue Parrot Bistro in Gettysburg is sort of fun. (http://www.jamesgettyshotel.com/BlueP...

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You could always try the Hofbrau Haus in Abbottstown if you want to torture your daughter ;) (http://www.germanfoodinpa.com/

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The Altland House in Abbottstown is surprisingly good.

Apr 26, 2007
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Harrisburg Chowhound shoutout!

I love Bricco, and I can't get enough of their butcher shop, Olewine's, and their bakery, Ciao. Olewine's carries some great local raw milk cheeses, and I'm so glad they're supporting locally-produced foods. They also do their own pancetta and mozzarella, and I've had them smoke a few ducks for me in the past month or so. They're always up for special requests, and I love that. The Chocolate Decandance cake at Ciao is worth seeking out, and their breads are very good.

I really enjoy Zia's at Red Door on 2nd St. Getting a few appetizer plates and a glass of wine is a great way to spend an evening, and the place is so intimate.

I also like Sophia's Seafood Restaurant on Walnut. I've always found the flavors to be really vivid...simple Italian cooking but so well done.

I had a good lunch at Max's but haven't been there for dinner.

I had heard bad things about The Quarter on 2nd Street, especially their chicken sandwiches, but was there for lunch and had an outstanding oysters Rockefeller. I'm interested in trying the dinner menu.

A hidden gem for lunch across the river in Camp Hill is Sophia's on Market, tucked away on the side of a shopping plaza near ABC. I remember Sophia's stand at the Broad Street Market a few years ago and fell for her fresh-baked breads and great sandwiches, and she's got her own breakfast and lunch spot with a great, fresh atmosphere and those tasty sandwiches and homemade pastries.

Apr 26, 2007
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Any recs for a good birthday dinner place in York that won't break the bank?

Have you considered The Harp & Fiddle on North George Street? It's a lively place with good, filling food and excellent beverages.

Apr 20, 2007
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Good Eats close to the PA Turnpike, between Pittsburgh and Lancaster

Fisaga is 'meh.' It's nothing to write home about, in my opinion, and too much of a scene if you just want to have a nice meal by yourself.

There's a kabob place on Second called Skewers that you may want to check out.

Apr 20, 2007
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Favorite Donut Flavors

I like a plain old-fashioned or sour cream cake, but the potato donuts at the Pennsylvanai Farm Show in January are out of this world.

I'm also a big fan of Maple Donuts out of York, PA, which is even better than Dunkin', in my 'umble opinion.

Apr 17, 2007
lee. in General Topics

Good Eats close to the PA Turnpike, between Pittsburgh and Lancaster

It would be worth your while to check out Pakha's Thai House, right on Rt. 15 in Dillsburg, left side of the road. Might be 10 or 15 minutes off the Gettysburg Exit. Insanely tasty food, with great fish specials.

There's a nice Italian place called Tuscano in the new TecPort Business Complex near the Harrisburg Mall off I-83. Just take the Harrisburg East exit, I think. The dinner menu has some nice, not too ordinary items, though the lunch is quite enjoyable, too. http://www.tuscanotrattoria.com/index...
And there's also a couple of other restaurants in that same complex that are enjoyable, like Hollee's Cafe and Creamery. A new Mexican place just opened there, too. Great atmosphere, though the food is average. Herby's is better.

Pesce, on Eisenhower Blvd off the Harrisburg East exit, is very good for seafood and intriguing dishes. It's in a crummy little strip mall beside a Chinese buffet, but don't be deceived by the outside.
http://www.dineindie.com/details.cfm?...

Apr 05, 2007
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Bestest Yogurt [Moved from The Best]

Liberte is my new favorite. I love the 5 Grains varieties, which is chewy and fruity. Their Mediterranee yogourt is out of this world, too.

Apr 04, 2007
lee. in General Topics

Best restaurants in Chester County?

Try the Whip Tavern in Coatesville. (http://www.thewhiptavern.com/index.html)

Apr 03, 2007
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Must I Refuse Free Booze?

Well what happens if you're at a bar and you order a drink, and when the bartender delivers it you're told that a guy at the other end of the bar is paying for it?

That happened to me in Kansas City, and I was with friends and had just come from an event, evening gown and all. I was ordering my 2nd drink when I was informed by the bartender that a sloppy college-aged guy who didn't even make eye contact with me was paying for it. I told the bartender, no thank you, I'll pay for it myself, but he told me to just go ahead and let him pay for it, because the guy would give him trouble if I paid. The bartender wouldn't let me pay. That was a sticky situation to be in, but what was I to do? I took my drink back to my friends' table and didn't get approached by the guy all night, thank goodness.

Apr 03, 2007
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Food Shopping/Cheap Eats in the Lehigh Valley

Don't forget Josh Early Candies on Tilghman Street in Allentown. (There's another location in Bethlehem, too.)
http://www.joshearlycandies.com/

I'll second Ehmer's Meats. It's a great German-owned place that carries a lot of imported sweets around the holidays, as well as good German breads and canned goods, in addition to their excellent meats.

Mar 30, 2007
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Let's Tell Each Other Our Favorite Food Catalogs

Native Harvest, a Native American-owned cooperative in MN that produces wonderful wild rices, jams, teas, buffalo sausage, and other things. I love their buffalo sausage.
http://www.nativeharvest.com/

Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates, makers of delicious chocolates in MA that have tasty little sweets called Sweet Sloops, and my personal favorite, Dark Horse Chocolates Sea Biscuits.
http://www.harborsweets.com/index.html

The nuns of Our Lady of Mississippi Abbey in IA make the. best. caramels I have ever eaten. And I've eaten a lot.
http://www.trappistine.com/

Mar 27, 2007
lee. in General Topics

What to order at Waffle House?

I'll offer up another vote for the pecan waffles.

Mar 27, 2007
lee. in Chains

Local eats near Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis?

I'll be in Minneapolis the first weekend in May and staying at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Can anyone recommend any good, affordable, locally-owned places to eat within walking distance? Also, are there any local specialty shops with regional or locally-produced foods nearby, or else farmers' markets in the area that are close on foot or else reachable by whatever public transport might be available?

Mar 27, 2007
lee. in General Midwest Archive

Hunt Valley-area local farm stands/markets?

I did hit the Wegmans on Saturday, but I also found a wonderful farm in Sparks that raises pastured and heritage poultry/fowl, lamb, swine, and beef. They sell right on the farm and have eggs - chicken, duck, and goose - as well as a variety of fresh meats. I have to say I was impressed, and there's nothing quite like seeing a verdent pasture filled with strutting Bourbon Bronze turkeys! (http://www.ourspringfieldfarm.com/)

Hunt Valley-area local farm stands/markets?

Can anyone recommend any good farmstead markets or stands in the area around Hunt Valley/Monkton? We're thinking of driving down from Harrisburg via I-83 on Saturday and are hoping to find some good locally-produced food to take home.

Any suggestions in the Harrisburg area near the interstate?

Cafe Magnolia is just off Route 15 in Mechanicsburg, just a short drive from where I-81 meets the 581 Expressway. There food is quite good. (www.cafe-magnolia.com

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Sophie's on Market is a nice, casual cafe to hang out in. She makes a wonderful array of pastries and sweets and some of the best sandwiches in the area. I can't recommend it enough. It's right on Market Street in Camp Hill, which turns into the Carlisle Pike when it intersects with 581. Very easy to get to from both your routes. (http://www.dineindie.com/details.cfm?...)

Mar 21, 2007
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Need Updated Recs for 2007 in State College,Pa

Otto's Pub & Brewery was quite enjoyable. They've got delicious food, and though he probably can't drink the beer just yet, it's worth waiting for. Very fun place.

Mar 21, 2007
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Fish Mongers in the Harrisburg Area ?

Cheyney's Seafood on Quentin Road outside Lebanon would be well worth a visit. The fish is amazingly fresh, and in fact they supply fresh fish and seafood to many local restaurants in the area. It's top-notch. (http://cheyneyseafood.com/)

Mar 19, 2007
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Looking for a good restaurant

You could try Piatto on W. Pomfret Street, a very nice Italian restaurant in an old home in downtown Carlisle. (www.piatto.com)

You said no pizza joints, and Salamandra is certainly no joint, but it does serve delicious, award-winning pizzas from wood-fired ovens. (www.salamandradining.com) It's a very nice, cozy place right on the main drag on Hanover Street.

The California Cafe, also on W. Pomfret Street, does French fusion but leans toward pricey. I've never had a bad meal there. (www.calcaf.com)

Mar 19, 2007
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HACC Bakery & Butcher Shop in Harrisburg

I don't have enough praise to heap on the student-run 'Ciao! A Bakery' and 'Olewine's Meat & Cheese House' that Harrisburg Area Community College set up as part of it's Bricco restaurant and teaching complex in downtown Harrisburg on Chestnut Street.

I'm astounded by the freshness and taste of the bakery items, in particular their fresh fruit tarts, tangy lemon bars, and gorgeous cupcakes. Amazingly, the cupcakes weren't covered in heavy buttercream but instead with old-fashioned sugar frosting flowers, which was refreshing in my opinion. I also sampled a loaf of their French bread last week and it was very good as well, and this was the first time I had a chance to try the bread. It's been sold out every time I've gone.

The butcher shop has a very good selection of artisan cheeses from Pennsylvania and beyond, including Keswick Creamery cheeses, and their house-made pancetta and mozzarella are both worth writing home about. The service in the butcher shop is particularly good, too. Here's hoping they're a part of the neighborhood for good.

Mar 06, 2007
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