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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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  1. 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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    1. re: mondog1

      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.

      1. re: mondog1

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: armartin

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

        2. 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.

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

            1. 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.

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: RichieT

                    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.

                  2. Thanks All! Will Definately check it out!

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                    1. re: hmbyrd00

                      Where did you end up going to?