- suzanne0115 Dec 30, 2006 02:03 PM
My last few trips into Harrisburg I've been adicted to Passage to India or Mangia Qui. Ready for something new -- any recommendations? Any style, any price okay - just looking for a good experience.
Thanks so much
Sammys--a small, byob across from the Capitol, has great food. If you like lamb, there is usually a fantastic lamb dish on the specials menu.
Skewers on Second Street is a small middle-eastern BYOB with incredibly flavorful grilled meats and fantastic samosas. Bricco on 3rd and Chestnut is a bit more upscale and has creative Italian dishes. You can go casual and inexpensive with their pizzas and pastas, or a little more expensive with their main courses (great short ribs).
We tried Skewers the other night and liked it very much. It's a tiny place, dark and quiet inside, patio tables on the street outside. We were started off with bread (which was store-bought and cold, the only disappointment) and a lovely warm masala dipping sauce. For appetizers we had somosas and a little chicken skewer. The somosas wree fine and the chicken tasted of the yogurt marinade and the grill. For entrees, I had lamb and Mrs. E had beef, both large portions, well-marinated, and grilled on kebabs, and served with pilaf or garlic mashed and three sauces: a tomato chutney, a chunky tomato and onion preserve, and a slightly-spicy cilantro. Everything was well-spiced, but nothing was too spicy, which is how we like it. Service was attentive (since we were the only ones there), and prices added up to about $50 for two w/o dessert or tip. I definitely want to go back again to try the duck. Thanks for the rec, profjmm.
Also Chars Bellemundo in the Shipoke area is fantastic and fantastically over-priced. That's where I take my folks when they come to visit. The Creole and the roast duck are good. but don't fall in love with any menu items as they change the menu every 4 or 5 months. expect a minimum of $30 a plate
The "What if Cafe" is pretty good too. It is way out north on 6th. West side of the road.
I don't know about pastrami, but the best sandwich in harrisburg is at the Jackson House http://www.dineindie.com/details.cfm?...
By the way, Bella Mundo is the most overrated restaurant I've ever been to. I think people rave about it because it so expensive they convince themselves the food they are eating is actually good, then they try to convince others to go to support their own self-deception. And the service sucks.