I will be in Mechanicsburg, PA next week; any great restaurants close by? Any experience with the Rock Bass Grill in Wormleysburg; seems close. Anything else; it seems to be the heart of the "Chain restaurant splurge", not too great. Thank you for your help!
It really depends on what type of cuisine and price you're looking for. The only truly outstanding restaurant in the entire region is Char's Bella Mundo in Harrisburg, http://www.charsbellamundo.com/. Most restaurants in the region are mediocre, good if you're really lucky. (These comments may perturb some locals, but I've lived all my life and I'm a true foodie and that's the unvarnished truth.) Char's is expensive. Dinner for two runs $100 and up, with drinks, etc. But, it's worth every penny. The food is absolutely divine.
Rock Bass Grill gets mixed reviews. I've never been there.
Mechanicsburg doesn't offer much for the gourmand but it does have a few gems in and around it.
Bankok Wok, located in the Gateway Square Shopping Center off the Carlisle Pike (Route 11), has some of the best Thai food I've ever eaten. No. I'm not joking. And I've had Thai in Thai Town in Los Angeles. Just as good.
El Rodeo is a local Mexican chain with reasonably good food. They have a liquor license, in case you need to unwind with a Margarita. There are two in Mechanicsburg, both of them are on the Carlisle Pike (one is near Target, the other is near Sporting Hill Road).
If you want a great slice of pizza, try Jo-Jo's Pizza on Main Street in Mechanicsburg.
Finally, if you're willing to take a "field trip" to historic Boiling Springs (one town away), go to the Boiling Springs Tavern. It's in an old limestone hotel from the 1800's and it sits right next to a lovely lake. The attire is "smart casual" and the dinner menu features steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. Excellent beers on tap and a good wine list.