Recommendations for Harrisburg?
Have to disagree with the Stock's recommendation--their menu alone is a total turnoff--salmon "oceaned in a sauce of..." whatever. too cute by half and not good enough food to make it bearable.
Char's Bellamundo is by far the best restaurant around. very expensive and worth it. we moved from nyc and thought it lived up to our nyc food snobbery.
also in downtown across from the governor's mansion is Da Pits. I was initially skeptical, and can't say i am a BBQ connesieur, but their ribs are perfectly good and consistent. very casual dining and great for takout.
Across the river in camp hill you can try 2201 on Market St. which is new and pretty good. expensive for dinner but totally reasonable for lunch. not enough goat cheese on the goat cheese salad and sort of bizarre chili vinagrette but they are on the right track and get credit for trying. i am hoping they will only get better.
pizza grille is a casual reasonable BYOB. salads are good and pizza too.
davis' ice cream in dillsburg (on rt. 114) is amazing. dairy queen type soft ice cream but 10 thousand times better. a walk-up/drive thru place with animals in the back and produce in the summer tons of different sundaes and blend-ins and also raekstrews hard ice cream too.
Not sure what you are looking for exactly in price point or cuisuine, but in no particular order here are some suggestions of places I have been and are good:
In downtown Harrisburg
Stocks on 2nd - Innovative American menu, entrees around $20
The Firehouse - Get the wings and a black martini, wont be disappointed. Upscale bar/restaurant menu.$15-$25 entrees
The Spot: Get a Spot dog or if your feeling adventurous get "The Rendell" sandwich. $cheap
Tavern on the Hill: Steak and Seafood menu, world class winelist. $25-30
Hotel Hershey Circular dining room: contemporary American $spendy
Camp Curtain BBQ station: Very very good BBQ,
Prices are from memory as its been a little while since I've been to some of the places. I am from Harrisburg, but live in Philly now.
Post if your looking for something in particular or have any questions.
We were in Harrisburg two weeks ago.
Unfortunately Camp Curtain was closed for the season so you might want to call first. We went to a very casual Texas BBQ place called Freemans in New Cumberland across the river. We enjoyed the brisket sandwich, but it will not be anything special if you are coming from somewhere with good BBQ.
Checkout the Broadstreet Market if you have some spare time. The butchers made me wish that I had access to a kitchen during our stay. Although they were a little disorganized, the fish sandwich place had good sandwiches.
The beer wasn't bad at the Appalachian Brewery, but don't be go there for the food. We thought that the mains we had were fairly bland (crabcakes and a st patrick's special).
Avoid the Firehouse....nasty, and NOT upscale at all.
However, I agree with Hill, Hershey and Stocks. Never tried Spot, though. Will have to try...who doesn't love chili dogs.
If looking for a cheap lunch, avoid Neato Burrito as well. Not so Neato....and really shouldn't even be called a burrito.