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Restaurant Recommendations for Lebanon/Hershey PA

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hmbyrd00 Dec 20, 2008 04:44 PM

Please advise...I'll be travelling to the area the first full week of Jan... would appreciate a couple of non-chain restaurant recommendations.

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    hmbyrd00 Jan 2, 2009 04:39 PM

    Thanks All! Will Definately check it out!

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      mondog1 Jan 20, 2009 05:19 AM

      Where did you end up going to?

    2. RichieT Dec 29, 2008 02:18 PM

      Though it has been many years.. there was a great place in, I believe it was Mount Joy, called "Groff's Farm" . I have no idea if it is still around, but I can tell you that when we had our professional meetings up at the Hershey hotel, I would gather good friends and head to Groff's. It was very un-Lancaster County-like and the owner (Mrs.Groff) was always in the kitchen. Once again, it may be gone by now, but it was very consistent for the many years that we frequented that area! Perhaps one of the Lancaster County hounds could confirm it's current state...would be appreciated!!

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        centralpadiner Jan 4, 2009 09:13 AM

        Sorry, Groff's hasn't been a restaurant for several years due to Betty Groff's failing heath. I'm not sure what you mean by "un-Lancaster County - like" since it was probably one of the few places to get authentic PA Dutch food. Either way, Meritage had moved into the location from Lancaster City and I thought it was great, but has also recently closed.

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        mbgvmd Dec 29, 2008 07:55 AM

        Hotel Hershey, Al Mediterraneo, Bricco in Harrisburg, Nick Cantone's are among my favorites.

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          mlsho Dec 28, 2008 03:58 PM

          My boyfriend used to live in Hershey and we used to go to What If all the time. The food, service, and atmosphere are great.

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            4katiedid Dec 28, 2008 02:03 PM

            The Warwick in Hummelstown has good food. If you want something casual, there is the Gingerbreadman. It is small, local chain.

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              profjmm Dec 27, 2008 12:46 PM

              Al Mediterraneo in Hummelstown (just west of Hershey). http://www.al-mediterraneo.com/. You can either go casual at the bar with a pizza and salad, or considerably more upscale.

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                armartin Dec 27, 2008 10:22 AM

                One of my very favorite restaurants within a one-hour radius of Lancaster (my home) is called Piatto's. Piatto's is located in Carlisle, PA, which is ~40 minutes west of Hershey.

                It is a family run BYOB, with terrific regional Italian food, lovingly prepared. YUM!
                Their gelato is amazing, as is there homemade pasta! Plus, on a cold day, the osso bucco makes me sooo happy.

                Here's the website: http://www.piatto.com/

                The only other place that I frequent when I am in Hershey is Duke's bar and grill. Obviously, more casual - people rave about the beef brisket sandwich. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.dukesbarandgrille.com/menu...

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                  Bigley9 Feb 26, 2009 06:50 PM

                  Chow-spouse just reported back from a dinner at Piatto's - enjoyed every bite!

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                  mondog1 Dec 21, 2008 05:18 AM

                  Hotel Hershey you can never go wrong with.
                  A&M restaurants haver really good subs for lunch
                  Blue Bird Tavern in Lebanon is pretty good
                  There's also a new(er) restaurant in Lebanon at the corner of 8th & Cumberland St. I read good reviews of the place in the local paper.
                  Also there is Niko's which is just a block south on 8th st on West Lehman st is also a very good choice.
                  Trattoria Fratelli http://tratfrat.com/

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                    centralpadiner Dec 21, 2008 06:06 PM

                    Definitely do Trat Frat, it is considered the hands down best restaurant in Lebanon, and it draws crowds from all over Central PA. In Hershey, we often go to Fire Alley. I've heard good things about What if... in Hershey also, but can't speak on personal experience.

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                      AnnieG Dec 23, 2008 08:06 AM

                      Ahhh, someone else who knows the joy of A&M subs. When up in that area visiting friends, I have to go to A&M. The bread is so good, the ingredients nice and fresh, yum.

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