When you’re thinking of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania, your mind probably jumps to its bigger cities and their limitless options: Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. However, there are so many delicious dining options in Pennsylvania’s smaller towns. Here are some of the best.
1. Kennett Square
Kennett Square is known as the home of Longwood Gardens, the most popular botanical destination in Pennsylvania, but few know that it also has amazing dining options. The 1906 at Longwood Gardens is a prime spot with excellent mushroom soup-- makes sense considering Kennett Square is one of the biggest producers of mushrooms in the country. Other options in the town include Portabello's of Kennett Square, La Michoacana Grill, and Lily Asian Restaurant.
If you want a unique dining experience, Red Caboose Motel is your place. It's a chain of decommissioned railroad cars containing a hotel and restaurant. Other great places to eat are Dienner's Country Restaurant, Katie's Kitchen, and Hershey Farm Restaurant.
Lititz has been voted the best small town in Pennsylvania, partially because of its amazing restaurants. The Tomato Pie Cafe has a full espresso bar in addition to its simple but complete menu. Lititz also has Bulls Head Public House, Brickerville House, and Knight and Day Diner.
Emmaus is a wonderful haven in eastern Pennsylvania. It's home to Armetta's Italian Restaurant, The Brass Rail, and Traub's Doggies, which is a famous hot dog spot in the region.
Bird-in-Hand has one of the most distinctive town names in the state, and also some of the best restaurants, including Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, which has been a tradition in the town since its founding. Other places to eat here are Good 'N Plenty Restaurant, Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant, and DJ's Taste of the 50's.
Pine Grill Restaurant in Somerset has lunch and dinner specials that change every day, not to mention a variety of catering services. Crazy Alice's Cafe is another restaurant that's known for its wholesome ingredients and thoughtful menu.
If you're in the mood to be traditionally Pennsylvanian, stop by Immergut Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels in Intercourse. Other places worth checking out are Kling House, Amos' Place, and The Olde Mill Restaurant.
8. State College
Most people assume that State College is full of college students, which is accurate, but some don't know that it's also full of delicious food. Spats Cafe and Speakeasy offers the best in Cajun and Creole cuisine; also stop by Cozy Thai Bistro and The Tavern while you're in town.
9. Mount Joy
Mount Joy is home to Bube's Brewery, one of the most fun and unique restaurants in the state, where you can not only sample fine home brewed beers, but also dine in the catacombs. Also in Mount Joy are Gus's Keystone Family Restaurant, Beanie's Bar and Grill, and Watering Trough.
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