Restaurants in Pennsylvania
There’s nothing like encountering Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine is a reflection of the agrarian society, German heritage, and exclusion rapid change, and the restaurants in Pennsylvania reflect this cultural heritage.
The hot spot of Harrisburg is opportunely named The Fire House, located in the oldest standing firehouse in the city. Signature dishes include spicy chicken, crab and duck with lots of German-style beer choices. It’s by far one of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania. Of all of the choices throughout the state, one of the restaurants in Pennsylvania is the Olde Greenfield Inn in Lancaster. Secretly nuzzle at one of only two tables in the wine cellar of this 1780 farmhouse and choose from pastoral dishes like the lamb rack Dijonaise and pappardelle tossed with wild mushrooms, basil, and asparagus. At Continental in Philadelphia, customers sit in vintage vinyl booths under lamps fashioned like cocktail olives, or on the street-side patio. The bar has your classic drink options, and the menu’s got you covered with cuisines from around the world.
Steven Starr's vastly expanding dining empire includes some two-dozen restaurants, and though Buddakan opened back in 1998, this Old City temple to Asian cuisine remains one of the hottest tickets in town.
The rustic French menu of terrines and crêpes is perfect for lunch.
From Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr, Alma de Cuba has a minimalist style with glass walls, clean-lined furniture, and portraits of Cubans on the walls. The crowd that gathers here, just a block east of Rittenhouse Square, tends to be casually dressed and happy to sip on mojitos.
Situated in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, this no-frills pub is known for its immense selection of Belgian brews. The dim, narrow space contains two bars—one up front and one in back, separated by a handful of wooden booths.
North Bowl Lounge ‘n’ Lanes is housed in a former auto mechanic's garage, with exposed ductwork and brick walls, and polished concrete floors. Vintage 1950’s benches flank the 17 hardwood lanes, each outfitted with glow-in-the-dark pins. There are also billiards tables and arcade games.
Located in the Fairmount neighborhood of the Art Museum District, this former 19th-century firehouse serves dressed-up, country-style food. Chef-owner Jack McDavid is known for old-fashioned dishes due to the success of his original Philadelphia eatery, the Down Home Diner.
Restaurateur Stephen Starr opened this pan-Asian restaurant, designing the interior with futuristic neon-lights and cylinder-shaped dining booths called pods that seat six to 12 and illuminate with bright colors that can be changed with an inside switch.
The dishes, served in summer on a greenery-ensconced gazebo, include Thomas Jefferson’s own peanut soup recipe.
Main Line updated comfort food
Barclay Prime is a multi-room steakhouse housed on the first floor of what was once The Barclay, a luxury hotel built in 1929.
Chef Georges Perrier opened Le Bec-Fin in 1970, growing the restaurant to be one of the finest French dining rooms in the United States.
Just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, this neighborhood eatery serves New American dishes that are both inventive and affordable. The 55-seat dining room contains hardwood floors, light yellow walls, and tilted mirrors, and additional seating is available outside on a small patio.