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Hugh DeMann May 6, 2008 06:59 AM

My son and I are driving coast-to-coast on Interstate 80, leaving San Francisco on Sunday May 18. This will include driving the entire length of PA. We are looking for good places to eat, the closer to Interstate 80 the better. Thanks!

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    danfinlwbg Apr 9, 2009 12:29 PM

    you'll be hatin' the chains by the time you get to central pa!! just off I-80 about an hour to the east of state college (home of penn state & very near the geographic center of PA), is the town of lewisburg. take the rt 15 south exit off I-80, then it's about 10 miles right on rt 15, pass all the chain crap on as you go south of rt 80, then turn left at the light after the KFC onto rt 45 east which puts you onto the main street, & downtown. check www.lewisburgpa.com for a list of places & their menus. no chains downtown. it's also the home to Bucknell University. If yer in the mood for a more scenic bypass, you can take rt 45 from state college to lewisburg. to get back onto rt 80 stay on rt 45 east to Danville to rt 80 east. weds there is a great farmers market just outside town, fridays from may to oct there is an organic, pesticide & hormone free, locally made/grown meat, cheese, and farm market in the park downtown. towards the east, by NJ, JUST off I-80 in stroudsburg area is JR's green scene www.jrsgreenscene.com - great for a quick eat - at lunch it's a salad bar, deli bar, & soup bar, in & out quick, good food.

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      Burghfeeder Apr 9, 2009 11:45 AM

      I would have to second the Iron Bridge Inn, just south of 80 on rt 19. It's a very nice, quaint and comfortable.

      http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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        Roscoemuffin Sep 7, 2009 08:23 AM

        If the Iron Bridge Inn is closed, drive another half mile to Rachel's Roadhouse. Same owner and the food was terrific and very reasonably priced.

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        jfr May 15, 2008 07:42 AM

        Here is a board from last year http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429674 that you might find helpful. It will give suggestions across the entire state. I haven't made the drive yet this year for any updates.

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          morganast May 6, 2008 05:52 PM

          Stop in the town of Bloomsburg at Exit 236. Great restaurants (it's a college town) include Town Perk (quirky coffee shop with full menu), Russell's (fine dining), Sakuntala (Indian buffet for lunch and dinner), and lots of non-chain hoagie shops, pizza places and taverns. The town is about 3 miles from the Interstate - it's charming - I went to college there. Here is a link the the local visitors bureau's dining info: http://www.itourcolumbiamontour.com/v...

          1. lisavf May 6, 2008 05:48 PM

            I recommend The Powerhouse:
            http://www.connorsgrillroom.com/power...

            It's immediately off of I-80 at Exit 273, which is on the eastern side of PA, about 15 miles past the junction of I-80 and I-81, to try to give you a point of reference.

            You can have a full-blown sit-down meal with drinks, etc., or you can have some lovely salads or sandwiches. It's a very friendly place in a unique setting, a former power plant. You can see it clearly from the interstate. They are open for dinners only, except for Sundays, when they open at noon.

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              crazyspice May 6, 2008 07:36 PM

              I have to second The Powerhouse. We have eaten there many times and have always had a great meal.

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                lisavf May 14, 2008 06:08 PM

                Hey, crazyspice, where do you live?

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                  crazyspice May 15, 2008 02:43 PM

                  lisavf - We live in Montgomery County, but have really good friends in Mountaintop. We meet there for dinner when we are getting up there on a Friday night. I really enjoy the food. We have other friends who have a vacation home up there and they enjoy eating there also.

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                DonShirer Apr 6, 2009 03:30 PM

                We always seem to pass thru White Haven at the wrong time for Powerhouse, since they don't open Monday until 4 p.m., but found an eatery on main street, the W.H. Family Diner. Standard diner fare, but an acceptable substitute for fast food chains. Note, it is a little hard to find. Go north from the I-80 exit, turn right on 940 (I think that's the route name) and turn right just after the train tracks when you get to main street.

              3. yayadave May 6, 2008 04:01 PM

                I-80 is tough on a chow hound. I always reccommend the Iron Bridge Inn. At the western end of Pa., rt. 19 crosses I-80. If you turn south on rt. 19 for just a couple of miles, you come to the Iron Bridge Inn. It is no preposing looking, but everything is very good. And they seem to have an endless supply of great prime rib!
                http://www.springfields.com/ibi_files...

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