Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >
Mar 27, 2007 07:17 PM

dining suggestions in and around lancaster,pa

im heading to lancaster tomorrow for 2 days. while i do like pennsylvania dutch cooking and some of the amish specialties,its a bit heavy on the meat and potatoes.

besides the cracker barrel chain, can anyone suggest anything good that doesnt fall into those two categories and is moderately priced-say $40-$45 for two people,in that range,maybe a little more.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The Belvedere Inn on N. Queen St (Lemon cross street) great food and service. Best grilled caesar salad. Good selections of apps/entrees. Nice piano/jazz lounge upstairs. Ask for Mark or Brad for your server..mention Brian and Leo.
    Also, John J Jefferies a little more expensive at the Lancaster Arts Hotel.

    5 Replies
    1. re: BRI328

      In the heart of the outlet sprawl is Olive & Jasmine Asian Bistro. The food is Asian fusion, the service is excellent and it's BYO. Asian Bistro is tucked away in the back of the shopping center that houses other restaurants including Applebees, Fudrucker's and the Roadhouse. Two people can dine very well there for way under $40.

      1. re: CindyJ

        Seconding the Asian Bistro. It's one of the (very) few non-chain options in that area.

        My other two recommendations for a dinner in your price range are Fiorentino's (good italian, two locations) and El Serrano (mexican / peruvian).

        If you're looking for a lunch spot, I really like Isaac's. Tons of sandwich offerings, good soups & desserts. Plenty of veg options, if you've od'ed on meat with any dutch dining.

        1. re: CindyJ

          i didnt get a chance to try the belvedre inn in downtown lancaster. i did look at their website and it looks like a nice place-very different than most lancaster county venues. yes i didnt want applebees or fuddruckers,the roadhouse looked interesting but im kind of leery about bbq in lancaster. so i went to the bistro by default and was pleasntly surprised. excellent food and service-when im back in the area in june, i will return there and go to the belvedere. thanks to all for all the suggestions.

          1. re: mrbeachy

            It's my impression that most folks trying the Asian Bistro for the first time react as you did -- pleasantly surprised at how good it is.

          2. re: CindyJ

            This place is wonderful and everyone going to the outlets or somewhere in vicinity of the area should stop by Asian Bistro. The food quality is superb. Yumm.....the Roti Canai, Malaysian Beef Satay, and their Jungle Roll are the most tasty and beautifully presented foods that I have came across. The staff is also very well trained to meet the demands of the customers and serving with quality service. The building itself is as interesting as their food, their design, furniture, and decorations help create a romantic and elegant atmosphere; including their restroom which surpasses any 5 stars hotel bathroom. All the luxurious things that you can in this incredible restaurant located in a small town like Lancaster is fascinating.