Hello all -
A girlfriend just moved to Edinboro, PA (for college) and is looking for somewhere (anywhere) non-chain/crap to eat. She is in her late 20s and has limited mobility, so anything in the town center or near the University will be helpful. If you can recommend anything to do in the area as well, please include it! She will be most grateful.
Other than the Crossroads Dinor, there really isn't anything in Edinboro. I think there is occasional bus service into Erie where there are a number of decent restaurants. My favorites are the Pufferbelly at 414 French Street, Molly Brannigan's, plus the Paper Moon was recommended but we couldn't get there in a snow storm. All are downtown Erie. At the waterfront, try the fried perch at one of the restaurants there. The university provides pretty much everything to do in Edinboro but the general area can be pretty interesting. We have always enjoyed Presque Isle Park, even in the winter. Wine country is in the North East area (the Freeport at Rts. 5 & 89 serves a good breakfast -- they smoke their own bacon). A little far without a car, though. Also, closer to the Edinboro end of Erie, there are some of the better chain restaurants (almost a contradiction in terms) such as Damon's, Quaker Steak & Lube, Outback Steakhouse, and a few others. El Canelo serves decent Mexican food at very good prices. And Serafino's serves good Italian.
I've heard there is some sort of regular bus service daily b/w Edinboro and Meadville, maybe 5 X's per day. That being said there's not too much in Meadville either. For pretty decent, large menu Italian there is Chovy's. For coffee, breakfast and lunch there is
Artist's Cup and Pampered Palate. At the historic Market Place there is a good diner type joint for traditional breakfast. On Sat. AM they have a very nice farmers market. There is a good bakery near Market House perhaps Creative Crust. She may want to look at Allegheny College's website for address and other area recs.