Remember our teachers and parents telling us we can’t judge a book by its cover? Well, the following 11 unassuming restaurants in Pennsylvania pretty much prove that old saying true. The simple exteriors of these cozy Pennsylvania restaurants give little clue to the delicious dining experience that awaits within.
1. Hay Creek Snack Shack – Birdsboro
Stop by the Hay Creek Snack Shack for breakfast, lunch, dunner or a relaxing midday cup of coffee. The quaint restaurant, at 301 E 1st Street, is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hay Creek Snack Shack is closed Sundays and Mondays.
2. Ernie's Texas Lunch – Gettysburg
Grab a bite to eat at Ernie's Texas Lunch where you'll step back in time to the 1930s. The long-standing Pennsylvania restaurant, which opened in the early 20th century, is located at 58 Chambersburg Street. Ernie's Texas Lunch is open daily, except Sunday, at 6 a.m.
3. Kosta's Restaurant – Ebensburg
Pull up a chair and enjoy a delightful meal at Kosta's Restaurant. The cozy restaurant, at 3135 New Germany Rd #5, features a breakfast, a lunch, and a dinner menu. Kosta's welcomes diners Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on the weekends from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Inlow's Drive-In – Duncansville
Step back through the pages of time when you visit Inlow's Drive In, known for its footlong hotdogs topped with whatever the diner wants. Inlow's Drive In, at 285 Inlows Road, features traditional diner food, including hotdogs, burgers, hoagies, and fries.
5. The Korner Restaurant – Rimbersburg
Enjoy at meal at The Korner Restaurant, 626 Lawsonham Road, where you can order such delicious dishes as hot roast beef, chicken planks, and apple pie for dessert.
6. Lincoln Diner – Gettysburg
Raise your milkshake - peanut butter or black raspberry - in a toast any time of the day or the night at Lincoln Diner, open 24 hours a day. The Lincoln Diner, which serves traditional diner food, is located at 32 Carlisle Street.
7. Laurel's Hometown Cafe – Honesdale
Nestled among a row of buildings on Main Street in Honesdale, Laurel's Hometown Cafe is easy to miss. But, it's a quaint spot you definitely want to stop by for lunch or dinner, served daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laurel's Hometown Cafe is located at 526 Main Street.
8. Heritage Hoagies – Huntingdon Valley
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a hoagie topped with fresh meats, cheeses, and other condiments. Heritage Hoagies, open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday, hits the spot. The unassuming hoagie spot is located at 2447 Huntingdon Pike.
9. Tavern in the Wall – Aspinwall
A simple exterior gives little clue to the experience diners will enjoy when they walk through the door at The Tavern in the Wall at 211 Commercial Avenue. Serving traditional tavern food - from burgers to barbecue - the Tavern in the Wall welcomes diners daily.
10. Big Jim's Restaurant and Bar– Pittsburgh
Diners, in search of good food and a friendly atmosphere, have been flocking to Big Jim's, 201 Saline Street, since the mid-1970s. A simple, unpretentious sign announces the popular restaurant's presence, which welcomes diners Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
11. Heisey's Diner – Lebanon
A neighborhood staple since 1968, Heisey's Diner's exterior looks as though it's stepped straight out of the past. Serving traditional diner food, the diner is open daily starting at 6 a.m. Closing hours vary depending on the day. Heisey's Diner is located at 1740 PA-72.
How many of these unassuming restaurants in Pennsylvania have you already visited? Are there others –
like these – that you think should have also made the list?