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Aug 15, 2010 02:29 PM

Longs Park Area, near Lancaster

The Labor Day Craft Fair at Longs Park draws us every year, but we always leave food as an afterthought.

Can you make any suggestions for GOOD food, not necessarily fancy, for breakfast, lunch and dinner in that general area? I don't think we will want to drive into Lancaster City necessarily, but we do have a GPS, so addresses would be welcome along with suggestions.

Thanks much, from Philly folks.

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  1. You have some great choices! Going towards Lancaster on Harrisburg Pike you will come to fine dining (Gibralter), good beer and food to go with it (Iron Hill Brewery), amazing Thai food (Sukhothai), upscale hip food (Fenz), and if you go left on Dillerville Rd. and immediately take a right into the lot where there is a Chinese place and a Mexican store and then go around the back to the left, you come upon an amazing Ethiopian restaurant. Nobody knows it is there and it is fabulous. I would think you could google any of these places (except the Ethiopian one) to get street addresses.

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    1. re: shtbht

      John j Jeffries is my favorite and also along Harrisburg Ave. Just past Fenz. It is pricey, though. You could also head over to Columbia Ave. to El Serrano. I actually enjoy the tapas upstairs more. Fioertino's is also on Columbia Ave. Although the last chowhound I suggested it to wasn't impressed. :/

      El Serrano
      2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

      1. re: centralpadiner

        Fiorentino's is an accceptable red sauce place, but given the poster is from Philadelphia I suspect he has much better options at home. Lancaster is not exactly a hot bed of Italian food. Even in the Lehigh Valley we have several places that we find preferable to Fioretino's. (We do go there occasionally when we visit my parents who live in Lancaster County - they like Italian and its the best red-sauce place they have found.)
        The other suggestions are all good.
        If they want Pennsylvania Dutch Oregon Dairy would not be far away, and would actualy be on the way home, assuming they are taking the Turnpike

    2. We love Ida's Cafe for breakfast and lunch. It's on Rohrerstown Road, not far from Long's Park. They have received best breakfast awards. Small, homey place but only open until 3.

      If you do go into the city, Alley Kat has great pizza, burgers and soup. It's on Prince Street. Rachel's has great sweet and savory crepes. Fractured Prune down the street from Rachel's has make your own donuts. Belvedere is also very good. As is Checkers Bistro. These are all fairly close and not too far from Harrisburg Pike. Parking is available on street but there are meters.

      Iron Hill - We've always found that their soups and appetizers are a bit better than their entrees.

      The gas station (Tom's) on the corner with Dillerville Road used to have Achenbach's long johns. If not enough for a breakfast, might make a tasty treat!

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

      Belvedere Inn
      402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

      Alley Kat
      30 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA 17603

      Checkers Bistro
      300 W James St, Lancaster, PA 17603

      507 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603