There’s something special about the atmosphere of a tiny restaurant. The intimate environment allows you to enjoy your meal and your company in a unique, unforgettable way. Of course, Pennsylvania has its fair share of tiny restaurants; here are some of the best.
1. Willy Joe's, Allentown
Willy Joe's has two locations in Allentown: one on Lehigh Street, and one on 15th Street. Don't let its modest size speak for the quality of the food. Willy Joe's is renowned throughout the Lehigh Valley for serving the best hot dogs and steak sandwiches around. This must-visit sandwich shop has been in business since 1945.
2. The Squeeze In, Sunbury
The orange counter at The Squeeze In is practically a landmark in Sunbury— and it has been for over 65 years. The restaurant is so tiny that it holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Its hot dogs are also famous, and the staff is known for being friendly and accommodating to all who visit.
3. Talula's Table, Kennett Square
What makes Talula's Table such a tiny restaurant? Perhaps the fact that it consists of only one table. It's the most exclusive restaurant in the state, if not the entire country; guests often make reservations as far as a whole year in advance. The food is delicious, gourmet fare made from farm-fresh local ingredients.
4. Nudy's Cafe, Wayne
Open since 1979, Nudy's is one of the most popular breakfast and brunch spots on the Main Line.
5. Red Caboose Motel and Restaurant, Lancaster
The Red Caboose Restaurant is not only tiny, but it's one of the most unique places to eat in the state. How often have you eaten a meal inside an historic train car? The motel and restaurant is recently under new ownership, so visit to enjoy their fresh new take on the fun concept. All aboard.
6. Citronnelle, Lancaster
If you enjoy fine French dining, then you should try Citronnelle, a small French restaurant in Lancaster. The dishes are classically French, yet prepared with a modern twist and influences from other cuisines.
7. Siamese Princess, Ardmore
Located on the Main Line, Siamese Princess is a cozy, colorfully decorated restaurant where you can enjoy the best Thai food you've ever had. Be sure to try their duck.
8. Waffallonia, Pittsburgh
Waffallonia has two locations: a small, small restaurant in Squirrel Hill and a kiosk in Oakland. The authentic Belgian waffles come with a variety of delicious toppings including fruits, ice cream, Nutella, and more. It's definitely worth a visit.
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