What’s better than going out for a delicious meal? Going out for a delicious meal in a place steeped in valuable local history. Pennsylvania, as a state full of history itself, has numerous restaurants which have witnessed incredible events in our country’s past. Here are some Pennsylvania restaurants with the richest local history.
1. Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh
Primanti's famous sandwiches include french fries and cole slaw, so that you can enjoy an entire meal between two pieces of bread. Though it might be difficult to fit the sandwich in your mouth, it originated as a convenient way for truckers to eat while driving. Primanti's began as a small cart in the Strip District run by Joe Primanti, who sold the sandwiches to truck drivers between the hours of 3 am and 3 pm during the Great Depression. Today, Primanti's has 17 locations in Pittsburgh and can also be found in other states.
2. Penn State Berkey Creamery
The Penn State Creamery has been an important landmark in Pennsylvania for over 150 years. It was first established in 1865 and since then the workers here have perfected the art of making fantastic ice cream. The creamery produces not only ice cream, but other dairy products such as milk and butter, all created with milk from Penn State's very own herd of cows.
3. McGillin's Olde Ale House in Philadelphia
McGillin's, established in 1860, is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the state. It is older than Independence Hall itself; the restaurant opened the year Lincoln was elected. You can still see every liquor license the establishment has held since 1871 on the wall at McGillin's.
4. Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford
Although McGillin's is the oldest operating restaurant in the state, the Jean Bonnet Tavern has been open even longer; it doesn't get the title of oldest restaurant because it is an inn. Opened in 1762, the inn has seen many famous historic faces, including George Washington and his troops. One of the most notable parts of the establishment's history was in 1794, when farmers met here to organize the Whiskey Rebellion.
5. The Dobbin House in Gettysburg
President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address would have been visible from the balcony at the Dobbin House, which was built in 1776. During the mid-1800s, the tavern served as an important stop on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves.
6. The Original Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia
This one might cause controversy depending on you cheesesteak allegiance, yet Pat Olivieri, who founded Pat's in 1930, is commonly credited with inventing the cheesesteak sandwich as we know it today. Originally a hot dog stand, one day Pat was in the mood for something different... So he threw some steak meat on a hoagie bun with onions. At the suggestions of a taxi cab driver, the entire structure of his business changed from that point forward.
7. Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy
Bube's Brewery is one of the only remaining 19th century breweries left intact. Alois Bube, a German immigrant, purchased the brewery in 1876. It closed shortly before the Prohibition began and opened again shortly after it came to a close. The restaurant today includes various rooms, including the Catacombs Restaurant which is underground and the outdoor Biergarten.
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