Sometimes the most delicious food comes from the most nondescript restaurants — not that they are unappealing from the outside, but just that they might not necessarily scream
“GOURMET FARE INSIDE.” Pennsylvania, especially, can appreciate these holes-in-the-wall, many of which remain unsung except among locals. Here are 10 of the best in the state — and if you want more, check out our earlier list.
1. Yocco's, the Hot Dog King, Lehigh Valley
If you've spent much time in the Allentown area, then chances are you've at least heard of Yocco's. They've been a staple in the region for generations, with six locations throughout the Lehigh Valley. Don't leave without trying their hotdogs with the famous Yocco's sauce or their pierogies.
2. The Squeeze In, Danbury
The Squeeze In is one of the state's tiniest restaurants— especially when you compare its small size to its great popularity. Only a few people can "squeeze in" at a time at the classic orange counter, which is a tradition within the local area.
3. Kelly's Bar and Lounge, Pittsburgh
Kelly's does not have a very showy exterior, and its interior is dark, though inviting. They have a ton of great cocktails, although even if drinking isn't your scene you should make a stop here for the unbelievable mac and cheese. It comes in three sizes— small, large, and family sized! They have other food, too, but I'm telling you... Get the mac and cheese.
4. Downingtown Diner, Downingtown
The Downingtown Diner is famous for more than just their delicious food— the diner is also known as a filming site for the movie, "The Blob." After The Blob overtook a movie theater, some people escaped to the nearby diner. Today, the diner is popular not only for its delicious dining, but also its cinematic history.
5. Forksville Inn & Tavern, Forksville
The Forksville Inn is a local favorite as a great spot to get lunch or dinner, or just to hang out. They have regular happy hour specials, and also cater.
6. Tim's American Cafe, Altoona
Tim's may look like any old house, but really it is a fantastic restaurant. Here you can have classic home cooked American food, such as steaks, seafood, and tavern-style meals.
7. Port Clinton Hotel, Port Clinton
Oh yum. Check out that cheese steak— a true Pennsylvania classic. You'll find plenty of other familiar favorites on the menu at the Port Clinton Hotel, as well.
8. Apple Annie's, Port Marion
Apple Annie's may not look like much, although its ambiance is adorable— and it is especially well-decorated on the inside. Their food is delicious, and be sure not to leave without sampling one (or more) of their famous pies.
9. The Whistle Stop Restaurant, Centre Hall
The Whistle Stop Restaurant is themed to resemble a train station from 1885. The decor is unique, although from the outside it doesn't stand out very much (aside from the train car on the front lawn!). Once you get inside, you'll feel as if you're in a whole new world - and their incredible food will transport you even further.
10. Neptune Diner, Lancaster
Diners are a Pennsylvania favorite, and Neptune's in Lancaster embodies all that we love about them. You can get such mouthwatering classics as the the Red Eye Burger (pictured above) which comes with beef brisket and a fried egg on top.
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