Lewisburg/nearby -- Looking for various things
I recently moved to Lewisburg, PA. My main need is good groceries (Weis is useful, but pretty sad for fresh foods). I am willing to drive within reason (Sunbury, Selinsgrove Williamsport? I'm still learning the geography). Below are some specifics I am looking for, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Produce -- Susquehanna Valley Growers' Market in Lewisburg is o.k but way too small and limited. I have noticed various farm stands out in the countryside; are any recommended? Anywhere else?
Seafood -- maybe hard this far inland, but the tuna steaks at Weis looked so bad they turned my stomach (to be fair, they were gone the next day).
Meat -- looking for ethically raised meats, especially lamb. The Growers' Market seems reasonably good for pig products, and I got a lovely little 1 kilo duck there for $10.
Coffee -- the coffee shops I have tried have been awful! What gives?
Ethnic restaurants -- particularly Chinese (not too American), Thai, but anything interesting would be good. It looks like I will be able to try every option in Lewisburg pretty quickly, but suggestions further afield would be great.
Thanks for reading!
I have to second the recommendation for Kathy's. They're a bit slow when busy, but the wait is worth it. They offer free range and hormone-free meat, local produce, and black diamond steak! Sure, it doesn't look like much, but their omelets can't be beat.
Also, try localharvest.org. There are quite a few listings for the area for organic produce, free range poultry and eggs, and hormone-free meat (which probably means humanely raised). There are farmers markets all over the region; two in the Lewisburg area. You might want to try Forks Farm Market in Orangeville (near Bloomsburg). I think they also offer wild salmon. Williamsport has a couple of seafood stores, one of them has a stand at the Lewisburg farmers market, as one other poster suggested.
Hard to find great coffees and ethnic restaurant in the middle of nowhere. There are a few good Mexican restaurants in the area (one in Bloomsburg and one in Williamsport), I can't think if a good Chinese Restaurant right off the top of my head. Yen King in South Williamsport used to be alright, but I haven't been there in a while. You may have to travel a bit for an authentic restaurant. As for coffee, well, that's a tough one. I can't think of a good coffee shop in the area, not even in Williamsport. If you're heading to Orangeville to Forks Farm (I forget which days they are open, but definitely Saturdays), you may want to pop in Central Perk downtown Bloomsburg.
Great, thanks! Plain old black coffee is my fix, so I'll be sure to try it. Thanks for all the suggestions, both you and the other posters! Sorry for the absentia, been a bit busy.
Plenty of farmers' markets and farm stands for me to check out, and sounds like I'll have to find my way to Williamsburg and State College, among others. I'll be sure to report back with some favourites.
It's Williamsport, fyi. There is plenty of foodie offerings in Williamsport and it's only a 20 minute drive north on Route 15. Williamsport has a large Italian American population and therefore there are several delicatessens, butchers, bakers, etc. In addition to Wegman's, please do not miss
-Tony's Deli on Washington Blvd. Beautiful cuts of meat, lovely prepared salads and spreads. Try their ham spread - it's amazing.
-DiSalvo's on 4th street has a store, in addition to a very good resto, that sells home made pasta, sauces, canned Italian peppers. Here's a link: http://www.disalvopasta.com/
-Joanna's Bakery has Italian breads and pastries in addition to the best Italian peppers in the area (these are a regional thing and are jarred marconi peppers in garlic, herbs and olive oil and are served w/ italian bread pre-meal).
-Eder's ice cream in Montoursville has THE BEST ICE CREAM EVER! It's made on premises and the chocolate chip is creamy vanilla blended w/ tons of shaved chocolate (not chunks). They have other flavors like coconut and even one w/ chunks of tasty kakes in it.
Okay, I need to stop. I'm originally from Williamsport (I lived in Lewisburg briefly too), but have lived in the South for the past 13 yrs... and I still miss the food. Fortunately, I get up that way a few times a year to stock up. I recently blogged about Eder's and Tony's Deli. Here's a link: http://mamaliciouseats.wordpress.com/...
Coffee & Tea room, 217 W.4th St is a neat place w/ a wide variety of teas and coffee choices. Laid back, get lost in a book kind of vibe.
Julie's Coffee is not as cozy, but has good coffee and breakfast and pastry options. 33 W. 3rd St. http://www.juliescoffee.com/
And let us not forget, the ever popular Dunkin Donuts. Multiple locations w/ one even in little ole Lewisburg.
It's hardly the middle of nowhere, but sometimes it does feel that way. The area is surrounded by huge, metropolitan areas (D.C., Baltimore, Philly, Pittsburgh & NYC are all less than a 4 hour drive). I think Williamsport & State College tap into those metropolitan resources the most.
BTW, I haven't thought about Yen King in decades! I can remember going their as a child and sitting at the big table w/ the lazy susan in the middle. I thought it was the coolest! Yea, but as you said, good chinese, thai, etc. is hard to come by in the area so I'd steer clear these days. ;-)
There is a meat market just north of Lewisburg, heading out of town on Highway 15, called Byerly Bros. We like to purchase our pork and beef there. I can't vouch for the humanely raised part but the owners are friendly and would probably be happy to answer questions. They're closed Mondays and Tuesdays. We've been told those are their butchtering days.
The seafood stand at the Wednesday Lewisburg farmers market has a retail store in Williamsport. It's called Helmrich's Seafood.
In addition to the Selinsgrove Brewery, the Bullfrog Brewey in Williamsport is also good.
Kathy's Cafe in Hughesville serves a great breakfast. It's a slight detour off of I-180 if you're heading to Williamsport on the interstate but it's well worth it. They have wonderful pies and cakes and some of their menu items come from local producers.
Besides Byerly's Bros. in Lewisburg, there's a great butcher in Mifflinburg on 8th and Walnut St. I think called Rishel's Meats. They have some of the best cuts of meat and is reasonably priced. You'll pay a little more, but the quality of meat is fantastic.
One additional note, the Weis in Lewisburg as always seemed to let me down as far as quality goes. I've had much more success with the Weis in Mifflinburg, especially when it comes to produce.
Try the Lewisburg farmers market on Fairground Road every Wednesday. Very crowded, variable quality stands, but some good produce and better meats and fish than Weis carry. Supermarkets, Wegmans in Williamsport or State College.
Farm stands, try Ard's Country Market on route 45 about three miles west of Lewisburg for great local fruits, vegetables, yogurts, and PA Dutch specialties.
Good luck on coffee and ethnic restaurants, not much of a selection in the area. Elizabeths American Bistro in Lewisburg is excellent, try Reba and Pancho's, but they are not typical "ethnic" fare. Have to go to Harrisburg or State College to get more diversity.
There are also farmers markets in Boalsburg (Tuesday) and State College (Friday).
As far as I know, the only truly excellent supermarket would be Wegmans in State College. It is absolutely fantastic. Seriously, if you go to State College for some reason, take coolers and ice and go there. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
The brew pub in Selin's Grove is indeed excellent.
I would be very surprised if you will be able to find any really good ethnic restaurants short of going to State College. If you do, PLEASE, post about them. I have a vacation cabin not that far from Selin's Grove/Lewisburg, so I'd be very glad to hear of such.
Best of luck to you. I will make some inquiries and post again.