lunch near Harrisburg PA
Looking for a good Chowish place for lunch along Route 81. We will be driving from Allentown to Reading to Harrisburg to Hagerstown MD.
We have heard this is a culinary wasteland. Hope we are wrong!
Carlisle has some really great restaurants and it's only about 15-20 minutes from Harrisburg, but still on the way to Hagerstown.
My mom and I stopped for lunch at the Backdoor Cafe last Friday on our way from NJ to WV and had a delicious lunch. I ordered the gyro and a side Greek salad and was very happy. They also have other sandwiches, salads, etc. http://www.thebdcafe.com/
There is also Amy's Thai across the street that I always loved when I was in college.
Fay's Country Kitchen does an excellent breakfast/lunch. I think they're only open until 2 p.m.
California Cafe is pretty decent, but definitely not my top choice. http://www.calcaf.com/
Market Cross Pub is a nice pub with good English food. http://www.marketcrosspub.com/
There's a dive-ish steakhouse with terrific hamburgers (the steak's quite good as well) called the Glass Lounge. It's at 4745 N. Front Street, about two miles north of I-81 (take Front Street North exit, which is the one just before you cross the Susquehanna River).
On Rt. 322 just a little north of Hburg is Michael's Cafe. Very good and reasonably priced. Much needed in that area since truckstops and fast food are the only other options.
Herby's El Mexicano is about two miles off of the PA turnpike and I highly recommend for some great authentic Mexican. I'm from Pittsburgh and regularly drive the turnpike pike and I stop here several times a month for dinner.