Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >
Jan 28, 2009 03:43 PM

johnstown PA eats

I posted this on the PA page but since I live here and since a lot of people who live in the DC area travel a lot or are from elsewhere I figured I would post this here also:

I am going to Johnstown 2/13- 2/16 for a hockey tournament for my 17 year olds travel team from Maryland. Need recomendations for a good meal for my family and one other (7) as well as recomendations for a dinner for the team,coaches and families (about 30).
For the family....looking for something memorable but casual, can be moderately priced or even somewhat expensive, or can also be crummy but good. Where do you eat in Johnstown if you want one great meal?
for the team something with pizza, or a sports bar or something like that who can take care of a large party.
also where to have breakfast, lunch, pizza, cheesesteaks etc.......

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'm originally from Johnstown and visit frequently as we have a cabin near there and my family is all still there. I can tell you, there's some slim pickings for good sit-down restaurant experiences there, but there's a few places for some decent food at very moderate prices.

    The first place that comes to mind is a Johnstown institution -- Coney Island. Located in the "downtown" area, they are know for their chili dogs and sundowners (cheeseburger with fried egg on top) The only choices for toppings are mustard, onions and chili sauce (they are not shy with the onions, so be forewarned...) Most locals get everything on their hots dogs, but I like mine with mustard only. I love the sundowner and get that with mustard only too. This is a definite crummy, but good type of place. The prices are dirt cheap. I highly recommend a visit here (they are closed on Sundays). They have plenty of seating, but most people do carry-out.

    A couple good choices for pizza:
    Pappy's -- used to be THE place to go when I was a kid. My DH and I recently took our nieces there for lunch and the pizza was really good (we got deep dish - I *think* you can choose your crust style), as was their stromboli. I think this would be a good place to take a group. Sort of falls into the crummy but good category.
    Mimo's Pizza (in Windber, PA - a couple miles away) -- nice little family restaurant. Decent pizza and pasta dishes. Small, not good for large group. Closed on Sundays.

    Em's subs -- A small, local chain (I think there are 3 of them) A good place to get carry- out subs.
    Tony's sub -- Just like Em's but better (imo) Try their Italian with wet hot and sweet peppers...yum. Also pick up a "gob" for dessert (like a whoopie pie if you're familiar with those). Definitely recommend a sub from here. Closed Sundays. Carry out.

    Mexican -
    Rey Azteca - All the rage with locals (although I believe it is the only mexican restaurant in town). I think it's just okay--there's a LOT of dishes with LOTS of melted cheese--but it is a decent sit down place to get a meal.

    Our Sons -- Known for their chicken (breaded and cooked in a pressure cooker), but I believe they also have a full diner-style menu. Should be a good choice for a homey meal.
    Boulevard Grill -- I have eaten here a couple of times and thought it was okay (prices are a bit higher than other places mention here, but still cheap in comparison to this area). If I remember, there are lots of sandwich/pasta choices. I think a solid choice for a family meal.
    Five Guys - Yes, there's even a Five Guys in Johnstown. I have not eaten at this location, but I'm sure it's okay.

    This is where I'm at a loss....there is a new Panera in town, so I think that would be a good bet. There is also a Starbucks. There a little diner called the Corner Coffee Shop and I have eaten breakfast there once, but honestly don't remember too much about the food -- I remember it was very homey and very friendly service and it was packed, so....

    All of the places I mentioned are listed on yelp. Just enter Johnstown, PA as location and click on restaurants and scroll through. There you can find location info, hours, etc.

    5 Replies
      1. re: dining with doc

        The best restaurant in Johnstown is Surf and Turf. I used to eat there frequently with my aunt and uncle when I attended IUP. The prime rib there is the best i've ever had. I miss that place, brings back good memories.

        1. re: mondog1

          Orginally from Johnstown as well.

          Can not go wrong going to Coney Island for Hotdogs.
          its downtown and I assume your playing at teh War Memorial and staying down town. There are a bunch of Eat and Parks in town and they are probably best able to accomadate a big crowd. One in Westwood (Westwood Plaza) and Richland. Corner Coffee Shop good as well.

      2. re: mln1968

        Rey Azteca just opened a new location in State College. I went there this past Saturday and it was AWEFUL!~
        I'm from the Chicago area, I've eatten my share of really awesome Mexican foods. I love Mexican food, as I think it's my "go to " when in need of new recipes. But this place was horrible. Tiny portions, everything served on flour tortillas, everything slathered in melted cheese, and can we say "BLAND? "
        Yeah...I won't be going back there anytime soon. I'd just as soon make it myself at home.
        This is some local-yokel chain dumbed down for Pennsylvanians as if we've never heard of Mexican food before.
        Well, buddies, you've met your match in me. Your food sucks!

        What is it about central PA that everyone will rave about a restaurant, but when I get there I'm always so horribly disappointed? Is it because folks in this neck of the woods are just used to bad food?
        Whatever it is...Rey Azteca will be feeling the backlash of my poor word of mouth.

        Rey Azteca
        80 York Rd, Warminster, PA 18974

        1. re: mln1968

          I second the thumbs up for Tony's Sub. It's like a mom & pop convenience store, but they also have about 8 choices of subs on their menu (see their website); and some deli potato salad, pasta salad, and macaroni salad. It's not gourmet, but the bread is fresh-baked on the premises, service is friendly, and the food is good and satisfying. Went there today and ordered the Italian sub, which consisted of a slice of provolone, salami, ham, lettuce, tomato, sweet italian pepper (you can also opt for spicy italian pepper), oil & seasoning. The vegetarian husband got the "All-veggie" sub, which was pretty basic: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. Not the most amazing veg-sub ever. But the people were really nice, service was fast. There's a few tables in the shop to eat-in.

          Tony's Sub Shop
          1346 Franklin St, Johnstown, PA 15905

        2. The original comment has been removed