The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means: you’ll be entertaining family. Either that, or maybe you want to treat yourself to something special. A meal out sounds nice, but if the waitstaff at your favorite restaurant cheers your name every time you enter, it may be time to try out a new place. Here are some towns and cities in Pennsylvania that would make the best destinations for your appetite…
Pittsburgh recently was named the number one food city in America by Zagat, thanks to its burgeoning hipster population, which has brought with it plenty of fine dining. There is more than one neighborhood full of good food in Pittsburgh, from the artsy Lawrenceville, to Shadyside and Bloomfield. Pittsburgh also has plenty of restaurants per capita; about 26.9
Philadelphia is often heralded as one of the prime destinations for restaurants in the entire country. Morimoto, pictured above, is one of the premiere sushi restaurants in America. With 26.9 restaurants per capita, Philadelphia won't leave you wanting for variety, either.
The third town on our list might not spring immediately to mind, because Hawley is a tiny town; yet, for its small size, it has a ton of great restaurants. Nestled away in the Pocono Mountains, Hawley offers a wide variety of different types of eateries for visitors and residents alike to enjoy, including Ehrhardt's Waterfront (pictured), The Boat House Restaurant, Ledges Hotel, and Fiesta on Main.
With 27.8 restaurants per capita, it's hard to walk down the block in Scranton without stumbling into satisfied civilians who are leaving a meal.
Hershey is more than just a destination for chocolate lovers. As it turns out, it's a mecca for all foods. Whether it be the Mill in Hershey, Pho Miss Saigon, The Chocolate Avenue Grill, or Houlihan's, the restaurants are sure to satisfy.
Pennsylvania's capital has no shortage of eateries. With 16.1 restaurants per capita, good luck deciding whether to indulge in farm to table cuisine at Home 231, Italian at Bricco, steak at Dodge City Steakhouse, or one of many other options.
Pictured here is the Peter Herdic House Restaurant and Inn, where you can enjoy gourmet food in a restored Victorian mansion. Williamsport has plenty of other destinations for your palette, including Franco's, which often has live music, and 33 East, which has rotating displays of art.
8. Main Line Area
Talula's Table, pictured here, is one of the swankiest restaurants in the entire county; it requires you to book your reservation about a year in advance. Even if you don't have a year of planning ahead of you, the Main Line area is a prime culinary destination. Talula's Table is in Kennett Square, but if you venture a bit northwest, you'll encounter all of the magnificent restaurants in Conshohocken, Wayne, Malvern, and more.
Lititz is often heralded as one of the most charming small towns in the state, and it comes as no surprise that its restaurants live up to this hype. The Tomato Pie Cafe, pictured above, is a popular spot, as well as Roma Pizza and Cafe Chocolate.
10. Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Area
It's impossible to mention the fantastic restaurants of one Lehigh Valley city and neglect the other two, so all three are represented here. Bethlehem is home to Bolete, one of the most highly ranked restaurants in the region. One of the most famous restaurants in Easton is Sette Luna, and in Allentown, you have even more delicious options to choose from.
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