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Gettysburg with teens?

  • AmyH Feb 27, 2007 09:38 AM
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Are there any good casual places to take some teenagers in Gettysburg? They appreciate good burgers, ribs, wings, as well as all ethnic foods.

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  1. There is a terrific, very casual Mexican restaurant in Gettysburg called Lupita's.

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    1. re: profjmm

      We're fresh back from Gettysburg and I thought I'd report on our dinners. We did end up going for Mexican on Friday night, but Lupita's is no longer. In its place, at the same address is another family Mexican restaurant called El Costeno. It was really very good. The service was friendly and quick. The salsa and chips were tasty. I had the Enchiladas Primero de Septiembre, which was three enchiladas, one chicken wiht green sauce, one beef with ranchera sauce, and one cheese with guajillo sauce. All three were tasty and I'd get any of them again. Two of my kids had the Pastor Burrito, which had marinated sliced pork inside. One loved it, one liked it ok but it wasn't what she was expecting. My other son got the Tampiquena. It was a thin, marinated steak served with two cheese enchiladas, and an unusual side of strips of poblano peppers and fried onions in a cheese sauce. He loved it and everyone liked the bits of steak he shared. All the dishes came with reasonable refried beans and excellent rice. They had lots of choices of Mexican sodas, too. We got there early and it was pretty empty but it filled up quickly. A great suggestion, even if the name had changed.

      I had intended to take them to the Appalachian Brewing Company the next night but was coerced by the boys into taking them to the Mayflower Chinese Buffet. Ech. But they enjoyed it. The decor is lovely, but the food leaves a lot to be desired.

      Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll try some more of them next time we're there!

      1. re: AmyH

        My husband took the kids to Gettysburg this year and made the pilgrimage to El Costeno only to find that it had closed and had been replaced by a Chinese restaurant. It's a shame because El Costeno really had very good food.

        1. re: AmyH

          Have you tried Montezuma, practically across the street? I actually prefer it to El Costeno.

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          El Costeno
          51 West St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            Never heard of it. I wish we had known about it last weekend! They ended up eating at the crappy Chinese buffet. We'll look for it next year.

            1. re: AmyH

              It's on the opposite side of Chambersburg, a little West of the strip mall with El Costeno. If this helps, it's where Christopher's Hot Weiners used to be.

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              El Costeno
              51 West St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                We don't really know Gettysburg since we're only there once a year, but we googled Montezuma and will know where it is for next year. It's a shame my husband didn't take a minute to use the "Where" app on his phone, or he could have taken the kids to eat there this time.

                1. re: AmyH

                  My experience with Montezuma is the food is good for what it is and the service is excellent. Not only is the wait for your food relatively short, but they are very much on top of drink refills.

                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    Thanks. Looking forward to trying it next year. I hope they're still in business. This will be our third Mexican restaurant in about 6 years since we also went to the one that was in El Costeno's space before it.

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                    El Costeno
                    51 West St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

          2. re: AmyH

            El Costeno didnt close -- it only moved! It is now located on York Street on the east side of town, in the first block off the square. The new location is much nicer (especially if the weather allows patio seating) and the food is as tasty as ever...

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            El Costeno
            51 West St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

            1. re: galois

              Whose old spot is El Costeno now occupying? I have to admit, I was not a fan of where they were previously. It had zero ambience.

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                I think it is where Aunt Pittypats used to be. Its a house on the South side of York street with a big patio opening up to the east.

              2. re: galois

                Oh, I wish we had known that when we went last time. Well, we should be going again in March. We'll look for it then.

                1. re: AmyH

                  while in gettysburg, a stop at the gettysburg pretzel factory is a must. Real, honest to god soft pretzels, and some of the best hard pretzels anywhere.

        2. Thanks! They love Mexican. Do you know what street it is on? If not, I can ask at the hotel.

          1. Lupita's is on West Street. You might also want to check out the Ragged Edge Coffehouse and Blue Parrot Bistro, both on Chambersburg Street, and Olivia's, a family-owned Greek place on Baltimore Street.

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            1. re: lee.

              Report on Blue Parrot Bistro: It's not nearly as cute as its web site! We did not have reservations when we arrived this past Saturday night, but were able to get a table after a wait (and a walk about town). Although the crowd made it seem promising, the food and service were disappointing. The service took far too long. We were seated at 7-ish, and asked for the check at 9:00 -- we didn't wait to be offered coffee or dessert. They didn't have the seafood stew on the menu, but offered the one that used to be. Half portions are priced at 50% plus $2, which made my 9-year-old's plate of pasta $11. Steamed clams were good, but the garlic was raw. Crab cakes $24 had a batter-dipped appearance. A pizza joint would have been a more reliable choice.

            2. You can go to the ABC Brewery on Route 30 (west from center of town on the right). Pings Cafe for Chinese. For BarBque go to chubbys on Route 15 (left side)over the border in Maryland. (only about 15 minutes away

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              1. re: pashibaboy

                Thanks! Is ABC Brewery the same as Appalacian Brewing Company? And does the BBQ place have seating inside? Someone else recently wrote about one in or near Gettysburg where you had to eat in your car.

                1. re: AmyH

                  Yes ABC is Appalacian Brewing Company. Chubbys does have seating inside. (not much on decor but the food is good, mostly the brisket)

                  1. re: pashibaboy

                    thanks so much! We're going this weekend and will definitely try some of these suggestions. We're glad we won't be stuck eating hotel food.

              2. Recently went to Gettysburg and ate at Thai Classic IV on Chambersburg Street. I'm no expert on Thai food, but it was very good; I got the Musaman Curry with seafood and the hubby got the Drunken Noodle. Both were very tasty. And the lemongrass soup was excellent - spicy, but in a way that worked with, and didn't obliterate, the other components of the soup. Many layers of flavor, we both loved it. Service was attentive and helpful, prices ultra-reasonable (for us, it was a cheap dinner at $33 for two entrees and two apps, plus lots of tea). We'll be back for sure on future visits.
                http://www.thaiclassiconline.com/defa...

                Also grabbed a lunch at Montezuma; and as usual, super fast, decent food and plenty of tea refills. It's not like a huge dining experience, but it's reliably good food, reasonably priced.

                1. I'm not sure how I forgot this place, but the cheesesteaks, fries and lemonade are all very good at Hunt's, on Steinwehr. Seating inside is extremely limited, though.