Sometimes the very best restaurants don’t have fancy signs or elaborate PR campaigns to drive diners through their front doors. Often, many of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania are quaint eateries that are well-known in their communities and have developed a loyal following based on their food and service. Here are 10 scrumptious restaurants in Pennsylvania you might not even know exist but will definitely want to check out.
1. Ruthie’s Diner - US Highway 30, Ligonier, PA 15658
Indulge in an old-fashioned home-cooked meal at Ruthie's Diner in the picturesque town of Ligonier. Peruse the menu that features such popular dishes as liver and onions, cheeseburger and fries, chili dogs, mac and cheese, and potato pancakes. Ruthie's Diner welcomes guests daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. Kosta’s Restaurant – 3135 New Germany Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931
Grab a seat in the cozy Kosta's Restaurant which boasts a generous menu featuring such dishes as build your own burgers, chicken tender baskets, classic sandwiches, steak, and pasta. Stop by Kosta's Restaurant Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3. Ernie’s Texas Lunch – 58 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Stop by Ernie's Texas Lunch for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or, simply enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee at this quaint Gettysburg Restaurant which serves such dishes as hot dogs and fries, gravy fries, and chipped beef with gravy.
Enjoy an old-fashioned lunch at Ernie's Texas Lunch Saturday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Friday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
4. Anthracite Café – 804 Scott Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18705
Discover a hidden gem when you visit the Anthracite Cafe. The eclectic restaurant boasts an impressive menu with such entrees as country fried steak, pretzel chicken, boiled crab cakes, and peasant pasta. Dine at Anthracite Cafe Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from noon to 2 a.m.
5. Hellenic Kouzina – 500 E Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Treat yourself to authentic Greek food at Hellenic Kouzina. The Greek cafe serves a variety of dishes, including lamb shank, chargrilled souvlaki, and fried kalamari. Visit the Hellenic Kouzina Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
6. Inlow’s Drive-In – 285 Inlows Road, Duncansville, PA 16635
Head to Inlow's Drive-In for an old-fashioned meal, such as a foot long hot dog, a chili dog, a turkey sandwich, or a pizza dog. Be sure to take cash to this cash-only eatery. Inlow's Drive-In is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7. Texas Hot Dogs – 101 58th Street, Altoona, PA 16602
Uncover one of Altoona's longest and best known secrets: Texas Hot Dogs, a popular eatery since 1907. Order a Texas hot dog, a cheese dog, a steer burger, a fish sandwich, or chicken tenders. Embrace a more than century long tradition when you visit Texas Hot Dogs Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
8. Snydersville Family Diner – 6238 Route 209, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Visit Snydersville Family Diner for an old-fashioned breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The popular eatery boasts an extensive menu, including such dishes as breaded chicken tenders, grilled Reuben sandwich, pancakes, fried ravioli, and homemade soup. Snydersville Family Diner welcomes diners daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9. Stouch Tavern – 138 West High Street, Womelsdorf, PA 19567
The Stouch Tavern, dating back to 1785, welcomes diners for lunch and dinner daily. Browse the menu that features such dishes as New York strip steak, flounder, and crabmeat au gratin. The tavern serves guests Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10. Traditions Restaurant – 2329 Curryville Road, Martinsburg, PA 16662
Opt for traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at Traditions Restaurant. Review the extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu where you'll find an array of dishes, including mom's meatloaf, ham pot pie, and PA Dutch cordon bleu.
Dine at Traditions Restaurant Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.