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Mar 27, 2010 07:33 PM

Weekend Eating in Lancaster, PA

Will be spending Easter weekend in Lancaster. Staying downtown near Central Market. Would like recommendations for food places to walk to while in the city. Family of 4 with two teenagers. All types of food OK but on a pretty tight budget. Mainly looking for comfortable interesting places. Thanks much for any thoughts.

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  1. Quite a number of good places to chose from, all within walking distance.
    Casual lunch or dinner

    Characters Pub
    Red Rose cafe
    Annie Baileys
    Lancaster Dispensing Company
    Prince Street Cafe
    La Cocina Mexicana
    Rachel's Cafe & Creperie

    Rachel's Cafe & Creperie
    309 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

    La Cocina Mexicana
    107 W Main St, Kutztown, PA 19530

    Prince Street Cafe
    17 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

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    1. re: pacheeseguy

      This past weekend we took our kids downtown to try out Rice & Beans - a Dominican/Puerto Rican restaurant on Queen St. You get a TON of food for little money. La Costena on King St. is cheap Peruvian cuisine. On Sat. I would just check out the eats at Central Market - all sorts of interesting things to be had.

      I should say that all of the above suggestions are great! Just wanted to throw a couple other ones out there. :)

    2. For a wonderful treat within walking distance of where you're staying, be sure to try Carmen and David's Creamery , 25 North Prince Street. This is their website:

      I think this place is one of the gems of Lancaster city right now. Great high quality ice cream, very reasonable prices, innovative/imaginative flavors, comfortable atmoshphere and great French Press Coffee. Not to be missed if visiting Lancaster City.


      Prince Street Cafe
      17 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

      1. I agree with Carmen and David's. Isaac's is a good deli. Annie Bailey's I've found overpriced for the quality of food, but then it has been quite some time since I've been there. Rachel's is very good.

        For the novelty of it, Fractured Prune on Queen Street near Rachel's is fun for breakfast. It features make your own donuts.

        Central Market should be open on Friday and Saturday morning. Weaver's makes good sandwiches inexpensively. There are a ton of other places you can stroll and eat.

        Alley Kat on Lemon Street makes great burgers, pizza, sandwiches and soup.

        Alley Kat
        30 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA 17603

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        1. re: aekbooth

          Will definitely stop at Carmen and David's at least once and Rachel's also. Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like a very good and varied list to work from. Thanks much.

          1. re: like28t

            Another interesting spot in that vicinity, is Onion's Cafe. I haven't eaten there yet myself, but it looks good and I've heard good things. Essentially it is a diner that also serves Korean Food:



          2. re: aekbooth

            And right down Queen Street from the Fractured Prune and Rice & Beans is Spyro Gyro, a good funky Greek place.

          3. Good list provided, avoid Issacs though. Love rachels and alleycat.