Sometimes we find hidden gems when we least expect it. You’ve likely been on a road trip or even out for a drive when you stumble across an adorable roadside restaurant, or maybe it’s a hole in the wall, and you decide to stop. Here are 10 roadside restaurants in Pennsylvania that you might just find are also worth stopping for.
1. Dr. Doolittle’s Roadside Café & Creamery – 1290 Rich Highway, Dubois, PA 15801
Order a 49 cent - yes, you read right - hot dog at Dr. Doolittle's Roadside Cafe & Creamery, a popular roadside restaurant since 2000. Enjoy a hearty meal of such traditional American favorites as hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and salads. Grab at bite at Dr. Doolittle's Roadside Cafe & Creamery daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. Crabby’s BBQ – 160 Main Street, Crabtree, PA 15624
Indulge in authentic barbecue at Crabby's BBQ, a roadside eatery that boasts an impressive menu of ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and BBQ chicken. Add one of the scrumptious sides - fries, coleslaw, baked beans, or potato salad - to create a hearty meal. Get your Crabby's BBQ fix Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
3. Esther’s Restaurant – 2957 State Route 22, Fredericksburg, PA 17026
Sit down to a homecooked meal at Esther's Restaurant. The charming roadside eatery offers such delectable entrees as waffles, fried eggplant, fried chicken, and grilled cheese. Fill up at Esther's Restaurant Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
4. Gibney’s Restaurant – 225 Roosevelt Highway, Waymart, PA 18472
Pull up a chair for an old-fashioned meal at Gibney's Restaurant. The roadside eatery features a varied menu with such dishes as homemade meatloaf, stuffed cabbage rolls, and pork chops. Enjoy a delicious meal at Gibney's Restaurant Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5. The Road Toad – 2726 Route 30 West, Ligonier, PA 15658
Strike up an engaging conversation at the Road Toad, a casual restaurant that features a scrumptious menu of such entrees as New York strip steak, grilled chicken breast, and pork chops. Experience the Road Toad Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
6. Dienner’s Country Restaurant – 2855 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks, PA 17572
Fill up your plate with authentic PA Dutch food at Dienner's Country Restaurant. Order the quaint restaurant's buffet or opt for a platter, such as the fish fry platter, the ham platter, or the shrimp platter. Dienner's Country Restaurant welcomes diners Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
7. Mr. E’s Tavern and Fine Food – 313 West Kings Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320
Soak up the friendliness at Mr. E's Tavern and Fine Foods, a popular roadside restaurant for nearly three decades. Browse the menu that offers such dishes as southern fried wings, spaghetti and meatballs, crab cakes, and fish and chips. Pull into Mr. E's Tavern and Fine Foods daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
8. River House Restaurant – 2621 Craley Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368
Indulge in an authentic Chinese, Malaysian, or Thai meal at River House Restaurant. Peruse the menu that features such delectable dishes as spicy basil chicken, royal pad Thai, and General Tso's Chicken. Dine at River House Restaurant Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
9. Slick’s Ivy Stone Restaurant – 8785 William Penn Road, Osterburg, PA 16667
Relax with a delicious meal at Slick's Ivy Stone Restaurant. The generous menu features such entrees as ham pot pie, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken tenders, and roast turkey. Visit Slick's Ivy Stone House Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
10. Pakha’s Thai House – 3 S US Hwy 15, Dillsburg, PA 17019
Treat yourself to delicious Thai food at the roadside eatery Pakha's Thai House. Drop by for lunch or for dinner and order such favorites as chicken broccoli, honey roasted duck, and Pad Woon Sen. Pakha's Thai House is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
These roadside restaurants in Pennsylvania just scratch the surface of the many eateries that
crisscross the state.