Keep driving past those big name restaurants for your next meal. Instead, look out for these amazing little-known restaurants in Pennsylvania that will tantalize your taste buds. Pay attention, however, because if you don’t know where to look, you may just pass right by these hidden gems.
1. Under the Pier – Levittown
Stop by Under the Pier for a delicious seafood lunch or dinner. The quaint restaurant, a neighborhood staple for decades, ensures all of their meals are made without trans fat and cholesterol. Choose from such entrees as fried flounder, cod, lobster, scallops, chickens, and steak. Under the Pier is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. Letterman's Diner – Kutztown
Head to Letterman's Diner early for breakfast, brunch, or lunch because the restaurant closes at 2 p.m. daily. The cash only diner features such traditional American fare as omelets, cheese steak, cream dried beef, and cheeseburgers with gravy fries.
3. Aunt Jennie's 41 Diner – Gap
Combine delicious food with an old-fashioned friendly atmosphere and you're guaranteed a delightful meal at Aunt Jennie's 41 Diner, which is open daily starting at 5 a.m. (except on Sundays when it opens at 6 a.m.). Try the diner's popular pancake sandwich (breakfast is served all day) with eggs, cheese, ham, and bacon sandwiched between two pancakes.
4. Mediterranean Cafe & Grill – Fogelsville
Spoil yourself with a homecooked meal at the Mediterranean Cafe & Grill, open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your favorite beer to this BYOB spot that features a delicious array of dishes, such as hummus, meat bourak, lamb kebab, kafta, and stuffed eggplant.
5. Bowmanstown Diner – Bowmanstown
Drench your fries in gravy anytime of the day or the night at the 24/7 Bowmantowns Diner. The cozy diner offers home cooked food and the French fries are made from scratch, fried in peanut oil, and are a must have with any meal. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a late night snack, or dessert.
6. Hay Creek Shack – Birdsboro
Treat yourself to delicious food at Hay Creek Snack Shack, a self-described burger restaurant with a menu starring such favorites as the chicken and waffle sandwich, subs, sweet potato fries, and both traditional and veggie burgers. The Hay Creek Snack Shack welcomes customers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
7. Tom and Joe's – Altoona
Add Tom & Joe's to your food bucket list. The cozy diner, a popular Pennsylvania restaurant since 1933, welcomes diners daily starting at 7 a.m. Choose from one of the numerous daily specials or browse the menu to find such entrees as omelets, burgers, spaghetti, sloppy Joe's, and ham pot pie.
8. Tim's American Cafe – Altoona
Stop by Tim's American Cafe, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, for a well-deserved home cooked meal. Indulge in mouthwatering seafood, steaks, or other traditional diner fare.
9. Peggy's Diner – Claysburg
Embrace old-fashioned America - good food, good prices, and friendly faces - at Peggy's Diner, which has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. Make sure to save room for Peggy's famous dessert pies or be sure to take a piece of pie home with you.
10. Whistle Stop Restaurant – Centre Hall
Step back in time when you cross through the entrance at the Whistle Stop Restaurant, a converted 1880s train station. Raise your glass to toast the railroad-theme decor while dining on chicken picatta, crab cakes, tuna salad, and top sirloin. The Whistle Stop Restaurant welcomes diners Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
11. Coney Island – Johnstown
Go ahead. Treat yourself to a good, old-fashioned hot dog drenched in chili or your favorite toppings at Coney Island Hot Dogs. Not in the mood for a hot dog? No worries. The popular Johnstown restaurant also serves burgers, sausage, and breakfast.
12. Darto's Restaurant – Bethlehem
Start your day off right or get a burst of energy at Darto's Restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch daily until 2 p.m. (Darto's is closed on Sundays.) Enjoy large portion sizes of breakfast favorites - such as omelets and home fries - and lunch dishes at affordable prices.
13. Ernie's Texas Lunch – Gettysburg
Stroll back in time - to the 1930s, to be exact - when you visit Ernie's Texas Lunch, which is open every day except Sundays. Boasting a 1930s feel, the popular diner promises all of your old favorites: a hot dog and fries, sloppy Joe's, gravy fries, and hoagies.
14. Bloomfield Bridge Tavern – Pittsburgh
Kick back and relax at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, nestled in Pittsburgh's Little Italy, where Polish food takes the top billing. Kielbasa, pierogies, haluski, and stuffed cabbage join American favorites such as burgers, chicken fingers, and wings to offer a deliciously eclectic menu.
15. The Hellertown Diner – Hellertown
Sit back and enjoy a homemade meal, just like mom used to make, at the Hellertown Diner. Choose from a variety of dishes, including a taco salad, a Philly cheesesteak wrap, and stuffed cabbage with mashed potatoes. The Hellertown Diner is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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