Being the resident foodie of MISSADVENTURES, I was really looking forward to trying new foods and restaurants on our trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And I was definitely satisfied and frankly shocked as to how many times on our trip that I stated how full I was but did not want to stop eating.
Below is a list of places we ate over our time spent in Harrisburg along with my reviews. This restaurants below are a must try when traveling to Harrisburg! Your mouth won’t be sorry.
Appalachian Brewing Company http://www.abcbrew.com/
50 N. Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
This was the first restaurant we ate at in Harrisburg. We really liked the vibe of this restaurant it was like an upscale pub meets casual but contemporary dining. The menu was creative and wait for it wait for even had Poutine! While we waited for our entrees we ordered about 12 half pint size samples of the restaurants own brew of beers and sodas. Basically a mini buffet of beer yes please! After dinner we headed upstairs where there were 2 separate parties happening.
Honey Chiptole Pretzel Chicken
This restaurant produces its own craft soda and beers and sells both to go.
Café Fresco http://cafefresco.com/
Center City Harrisburg
215 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
This restaurant had beautiful modern decor and mood lighting. It made you feel like you were eating dinner in Manhattan for the night. The menu was an innovative and fresh take on American Asian cuisine. This restaurant is a bit on the pricey side but is definitely worth it for a nice night out on the town. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about each item on the menu which was really helpful in trying to choose which items to pick off the menu. Please please make sure to order drinks at this restaurant you can’t leave without trying a lychee martini.
This upscale restaurant is a casual breakfast cafe in the morning.
Chicken Prik King-Coconut curry on a bed of ginger Jasmine rice
Red Wine Sangria
El Sol Mexican Restaurant http://www.elsolmexicanrestaurant.com/
18 South Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
I am a huge fan of Mexican food. I have never eaten it for brunch though. As soon as I stepped in El Sol and saw the Bloody Mary bar set up I was excited. Before our meal arrived we were able to participate in a make your own staging.missadventures.caody Mary bar (only available during Sunday brunch). After a quick lesson we were off. The restaurant offers this as a chance to socialize with other brunch enthusiast in the restaurant. I have never tried a staging.missadventures.caody Mary but was excited at the process and extremely pleased with the outcome of our drink. After finishing at the bar our amazing breakfast had arrived. Quite frankly I don’t know why all brunch places aren’t Mexican brunch places. My meal was phenomenal! I honestly ate myself past full.
Central PA Magazine – “BEST MEXICAN FOOD CATEGORY 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Pollo Chilaquiles – $10
Shredded chicken served with homemade chilaquiles (fried tortillas slow cooked and sautéed in a roasted tomato cream sauce) and home fries.
Guacamole, salsa and nachos.
102 West Chocolate Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033
Oh Fenicci’s, Fenicci’s, Fenicci’s. If you will be visiting Hershey you HAVE to go to this restaurant. Seriously I demand it. This restaurant was the first to sell pizza in Hershey and hosts after parties for Broadway play casts passing through Harrisburg/Hershey. Autographed play posters adorn the wall as you head upstairs. It’s a beautifully traditional restaurant with a contemporary feel.
Honestly I wanted to pinch myself during our meal. How could food be this good? We ate an assortment of plates off the menu and every single one was a winner. From the ghost pepper wings that were making my tongue numb (in a good way) to the upside down pizza that they first began serving in 1947.
Hershey’s Oldest Freestanding Restaurant since 1935. The owner of the restaurant Phil Guarno holds many Guinness world records that are displayed on plaques at the restaurant.
Upside Down Pizza-Cheese on the bottom sauce on the top
Ghost Wings–Wings tossed in ghost pepper that the owner grows himself
Garlic Parm Wings
Lemon Sorbet dessert
Chopped Salad –with onions,tomatoes,olives,peppers.and mozzarella cheese,tossed in their house dressing
The Hershey Pantry http://www.hersheypantry.com/
801 E Chocolate Avenue Hershey
Yes this restaurant is as amazing as its name. No its not a pantry full of chocolate like we imagined. And most importantly yes it does incorporate chocolate into some of its breakfast dishes. I’m going to go ahead and say it (I can because I’m Canadian) this restaurant has the best bacon I have ever had. There I’ve said it. I’ve gotten it off my chest. No more living a life of lies. I am not a coffee drinker I do drink the occasional tea, but hot chocolate is my jam. Thats my drink! This hot chocolate was the perfect polygamist marriage of chocolate, whip cream and chocolate sauce. And of course was served with a hershey kiss on top. Eat here! Just do it! Ellie ordered the Oreo oatmeal and it was so good she actually teared up. Tears of joy from chocolate. You heard it here first people.
Cool Fact: The Hershey Pantry’s receipes are so popular they have a 100 page cook book available for sale. It even includes pet treats receipes.
2 eggs, home fries, toast and jelly with choice of bacon, sausage, scrapple or ham – $6.45
Hot chocolate with whipped cream topped with a hershey kiss – $3.00
Homemade Cinnamon Roll warmed and topped with cream cheese frosting – $4.75
Good N’ Plenty Restaurant http://www.goodnplenty.com/
Route 89, Smoketown
Lancaster Country, PA 17576
This restaurant offers 2 styles of dining in either family style dining or menu dining. I wasn’t quiet sure how family style dining worked I learned that is it basically exactly what it states. You’re seated at a large table with your party as well as other parties, food is placed on platers and diners serve themselves. It was a fixed menu for our family style dining. We were served an assortment of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, which consisted of meats, juices, sides and desserts. The set up is an interesting way to meet new people.It really feels like a home cooked meal but even better because its all you can eat and you don’t have to wash the dishes after.
Cool fact: The restaurant is also a bakery and a gift shop.
Fixed Menu Family Style Dining (Changes by night):
Unsweetened Ice tea
Tender Roast Beef
Brown Sugar Macaroni
Apple Butter with bread
Dessert: Ice cream, cheesecake