A new year means a clean slate with brand new goals. Expand your culinary horizons when the new year turns to 2017 by adding these 21 Pennsylvania restaurants to your bucket list.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Tamaqua Station Restaurant – 18 N Railroad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252
Tamaqua Station Restaurant combines the ambiance of a restored former railroad station with delicious food, wooing diners with such entrees as filet mignon, sesame scallops, and crab cakes.
2. Polock's Bar-B-Q & Pizza – East 3rd Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635
Polock's Bar-B-Q & Pizza wins diners over with its famous pizza, served at both the tiny Nescopeck shop and at state carnivals and fairs. With limited hours, Polock's gets incredibly busy so order your pizza several hours ahead of when you're ready to eat.
3. McGillin's Olde Ale House – 1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
A favorite Philadelphia restaurant since 1860, McGillin's Olde Ale House serves such popular fare as Philadelphia cheese steaks, pizza, buffalo wings, and onion rings. The highlight for many people, however, is the 30 beers on draft, including Flying Fish, Dogfish Head, and Yards.
4. MeltKraft – 46 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Satisfy your next grilled cheese craving at MeltKraft, with locations at Rittenhouse and Reading Terminal Market. The quaint restaurant, which uses only homemade cheese, features good, old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup as well as an array of grilled cheese sandwiches with a modern twist.
5. Zahav – 237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Dine on modern Israeli cuisine – such as challah and pita, spice egg plant, and chicken pastilla – at Zahav, named one of the world's best restaurants by Conde Nast Traveler in 2016. Advanced reservations are recommended.
6. The Depot at Doolittle's – 1290 Rich Highway, DuBois, PA 15801
Enjoy an old fashioned meal at The Diner Car at The Depot at Doolittle's or head to the Parlor Car for a more formal dining experience. While the Diner Car offers traditional diner food, the Parlor Car offers entrees such as steak.
7. Jean Bonnet Tavern – 6048 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522
Diners make the trek to Jean Bonnet Tavern for both its delightful menu and its ghost stories. (Local legend says the tavern is haunted.) Peruse the generous lunch and dinner menus that feature gluten-free options.
8. Glass Wine Bar – 119 Falls Avenue, Hawley, Pennsylvania
Drink in spectacular views of Paupack High Falls any time of the year from your table at The Glass Wine Bar at Ledges Hotel. The eclectic menu includes such dishes as pierogies, shrimp tacos, fried chicken, and stuffed clams.
9. Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook – 150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Dine in an 18th century barn at Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook. Bring Your Own Beer (BYOB) to compliment your meal. Choose from such entrees as pan-seared pork sirloin, roasted chicken breast, and chicken liver mousse.
10. The Allegheny Grille – 16036, 40 Main Street, Parker, PA 16049
Snuggled on the banks of the Allegheny River, the Allegheny Grille offers an expansive menu as well as 10 meals under $10, including Shepherd's Pie and chopped steak. The quaint restaurant, which often features live entertainment, also has special days like Taco Tuesday and All You Can Eat Fish Friday.
11. Donna's Diner – 10 W State Street, Sharon, PA 16146
Experience an old-fashioned 1950s dining experience at Donna's Dinner. Order a tall milkshake to go along with your traditional diner fare, such as burgers, hot dogs, and fries.
12. Hublersburg Inn – 449 Hublersburg Road, Howard, PA 16841
Nestled inside a picturesque bed and breakfast, the charming Hublersburg Inn Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining, weather-permitting. Choose your meal from such scrumptious entrees as grilled ribeye and fish and chips.
13. Moshulu – 401 South Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Climb aboard Moshulu, a former ship now docked at Penn's Landing, for a delightful meal of fried chicken, lobster bisque, and blue crab enchiladas. Moshulu also hosts a popular Sunday brunch each week.
14. Red Caboose Motel and Restaurant – 312 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572
Feel as though you're about to embark on a railroad adventure when you dine at the Casey Jones Restaurant at the Red Caboose Motel and Restaurant. The charming restaurant's menu includes broiled crab cakes, almond chicken, and beef tips Dijon.
15. Cluck U Chicken – 107 Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Cluck U Chicken has a challenge for you. Eat 10 – yes, 10 – of the hottest, spiciest chicken wings in under five minutes and you earn a spot on the Wall of Fame. Or, if that's not up your alley, order such traditional meals as mac and cheese, fried chicken, and chicken tenders.
16. Grand Concourse – 100 W Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Snag a seat next to the windows at the Grand Concourse, a former railroad station turned seafood restaurant, that overlook the river and the shimmering Pittsburgh skyline. The popular Pittsburgh restaurant is perhaps best known for its popular Sunday brunch, served each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
17. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House – 1426 Chestnut Street, Suite 28, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Eat a scrumptious meal inside a bank vault at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, an elegant former bank turned steakhouse. Opt for a hand-cut steak, seafood, or lobster as your entree before capping off your meal with chocolate mousse cheesecake.
18. Duffy's Tavern – 113 E Main Street, Boalsburg, PA 16827
Historic Duffy's Tavern, which dates back to 1819, beckons diners with its eclectic menu that features such dishes as chicken tenders, Chilean sea bass, and Bavarian soft pretzels. Duffy's Tavern is within easy walking distance of Penn State.
19. The Tavern on the Square – 108 N Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142
Indulge in a home cooked meal at the Tavern on the Square, a charming restaurant where you can order such old-fashioned favorites as homemade pierogies, chicken and biscuits, ham loaf, and sticky buns.
20. Inlow's Drive-In – 285 Inlows Road, Duncansville, PA 16635
Sometimes there's nothing better for lunch or dinner than some good old-fashioned diner food. Inlow's Diner, a throwback to yesteryear, boasts an impressive menu of such favorites as burgers, hot dogs, fries, and hoagies.
21. Loxley's Restaurant – 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Sit among the trees at Loxley's Restaurant, perhaps one of the world's largest, most impressive tree houses. The enchanting two-story restaurant boasts a majestic tree growing through its floors and a menu that includes New York Strip Steak, chicken and penne, and fish and chips.
Kick off the new year with some new goals like trying these 21 amazing Pennsylvania restaurants and stopping by these
25 must visit places. Address: 312 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572 Address: 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 Address: 6048 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522 Address: 100 W Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Address: 46 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Address: 1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Address: 18 N Railroad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 Address: 237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Address: 1290 Rich Highway, Dubois, PA 15801 Address: 150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344 Address: 40 Main Street, Parker, PA 16049 Address: 108 N Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142 Address: 113 E Main Street, Boalsburg, PA 16827 Address: 1426 Chestnut Street, Suite 28, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Address: 107 Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Address: 401 South Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Address: 449 Hublersburg Road, Howard, PA 16841 Address: 285 Inlows Road, Duncansville, PA 16635 Address: 10 W State Street, Sharon, PA 16146