There are plenty of delicious restaurants in Pennsylvania, thanks in great part to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but also throughout the entire state. Of course, though, there are some that are absolute must-visits for any resident of the state. Here are the essential restaurants you must try in Pennsylvania.
Talula's Table, Kennett Square
Talula's Table is worth a visit at some point in your life because it is the most exclusive restaurant in the state. Not only that, but it's often considered the most exclusive restaurant in the country. You'll need to book your reservation one year in advance for this unique single-table, gourmet restaurant.
McGillins Olde Ale House, Philadelphia
You should visit McGillins Olde Ale House on Drury Street in Philly because it is the oldest restaurant in Pennsylvania. It was established in 1860.
Bolete is simply one of the best dining experiences you can get in Pennsylvania. A small restaurant inside an old farmhouse, it serves up delicious farm-to-table cuisine with a full bar. Be sure to make a reservation.
Catacombs Restaurant at Bube's Brewery, Mount Joy
El Sol Mexican Restaurant, Harrisburg
If you like Mexican food, then El Sol is the place for you. Many online reviewers say it is the best Mexican food in Central PA. Enjoy its classic menu and full tequila bar.
Pat's AND Geno's, Philadelphia
Love them or hate them, you can't live in Pennsylvania without trying each of the iconic Philadelphia cheesesteaks at least once.
Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh
Of course, the other essential Pennsylvania sandwich is from the other side of the state. Primanti Brothers has multiple locations throughout Pittsburgh, each adorning their delicious sandwiches with generous helpings of French Fries.
Voodoo Brewery Pub, Meadville
Voodoo Brewery Pub recently opened a second location in Homestead, right outside of Pittsburgh. Their incredible artisan craft brews are popular in the region, and their delicious food can't be beat, either.
Nudy's Cafe, various locations on the Main Line
If you find yourself hungry for breakfast or lunch on the Main Line, Nudy's is the place to be. You'll have a difficult time choosing what to order from their expansive menu of eggs, sandwiches, and classic breakfast foods. With locations in Devon, Frazer, Phoenixville, Exton, Paoli, Eagleview, West Chester, and Wayne, you might also have a tough time deciding which Nudy's to visit.
Nakama is recognizable on East Carson Street in the South side of Pittsburgh thanks to the iconic fish that overlooks the street. Serving only the best Japanese food, steak, and sushi, it is a destination for dates, business meetings, friends, and family alike.
Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh
Conflict Kitchen is one of the most unique restaurants in the state. It serves food of countries that the United States is in conflict with, and supports educational programming about that country in addition to its incredible cuisine. Currently, it is serving Iranian food. We recommend either going on a warm day, or having a place in mind to eat your food, because Conflict Kitchen does not have seating.
Trattoria Fratelli, Lebanon
There are hundreds of Italian restaurants in Pennsylvania, but Trattoria Fratelli is a must-visit. With incredible brick oven pizzas and classic Italian fare, you'll be going back again and again.
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