Flover, you've gotten some good advice already. I was born & raised there and get back there oftten to visit. The food scene is lacking in many ways, but there are quite a few hidden gems. I'll give you my faves:
-Ed's Market - Hands down the best hoagies in town. Peachie will take good care of you. If you want your hoagie hot, it's now a grinder/ cosmo. The cheese cosmos are rockin'. Get 'em with everything which will include oil and wet hot peppers - yummm.
-DiSalvo's - The place to go for a nice upscale dinner. Vince knows what he is doing in that kitchen and he's working magic back there. He's a CIA grad and it shows. He's also an avid fisherman who takes great pride in serving of fresh fish and delicious house-made pasta. There is no where in town comparable to DiSalvo's. Great bar too.
-Franco's - Great bar scene and sometimes live music too. Warm, cozy and Fred & Maria serve up some good fresh pasta also. Everyone loves there garlic bread w/ italian peppers and their Pittsburgh salads too. Again, great bar to hang out at also.
-Tony Deli - dude, if I could duplicate this place and bring it to NC I'd do in a heartbeat. Great butcher, fresh breads, produce staples and fun canned things like wet peppers and hot bacon dressing. Get you some ham spread and a loaf of bread and have at it!
-Eder's ice cream - all house-made ice cream on Rt 87, right off of I-180. The chocolate chip ice cream is crazy good - they shave their chocolate and it's flecked all throughout the ice cream. YUM!
-The Valley Inn and the Cripple Bear have the best wings in town. The Crippled Bear has better service.
-The best cheesesteak in town is Joey's Place, IMHO.
-Best Pizza - Probably Park Pizza.
-Acme BBQ - I just ate at this place in December and LOVED it. That coming from a gal who lives in the pork bbq capital of the world - NC. Great cue, pickled eggs, slaw, mac n' cheese, etc. But the place is TINY so you may have to get takeout unless you go at a non-peak time.
Wegman's is awesome - love that place! Great takeout food there too. But hit the hidden gems and give your money to the little guys - they need your support! Cheers!
I'm going to resurrect this one in hope of a few more tips :)
I'll be staying in Williamsport for at least a month, maybe longer to care for a sick family member. My family is ummm, less appreciative of good food and drink than I am, so I don't know if I trust their help. And in the interest of keeping my sanity, I would like to take a few bits of time to myself to hit up a friendly place for something good to eat, have a nice beer. Any advice on places that would be good for that would be great. Also, I know there's a Wegmans, but there seems to be quite a few smaller delis and such--so if somebody could point me in the direction of something I shouldn't miss, I sure would appreciate it!!
I don't get to Williamsport as often as I used to but the last time I was at the Old Corner, it was a total young-20s party scene. Maybe it was the particular time or night but I felt old!
Our last visit to the Bullfrog was good. I really like the bar area, it is great for people watching. It is clean and comfortable and I would feel completely at ease drinking there alone.
I know people that travel two hours to shop at Tony's Deli. It is on Washington Blvd. It has been there for years. I haven't been there is a year or so but I know plenty of people that love it. It is worth a visit.
The Wegman's has a decent food court.
Wow, advice already!! Thanks so much :) I've heard people mention the Bullfrog before, so I shall give it a try. I lived in Williamsport as a child and ate what I was fed, but I do have vague memories of Tony's Deli. Very close to where I'll be at, so I'll drop in for some supplies for meals at home.
A couple more for ya - The Station House in Montgomery, PA has home style cooking that is worth the drive. Foxes Family Rest. has a good Sat. morning breakfast buffet. Ed's Market for sandwiches. Weds. is $.75 taco night at the Crippled Bear and four of them is the best $3 meal you'll find. (sour cream is extra but salsa is free). The Mountaineer Tavern in South Williamsport is reasonable.
Hope your relative gets better soon.
On the less formal side try my top choice: The Crippled Bear north of town on Lycoming Creek Road in the village of Cogan Station best food for the buck but, recommend you avoid the fish. The Bull Frog micro-brewery is down town close to the Hotels and has a good burger and bar food. Good Italian just across the bridge into So. Williamsport by the Dunkin Donuts. The Triangle Bar is fairly priced and family atmosphere. The James in the Holiday Inn and The Old Corner are more upscale right downtown. Joey's Place on Washington is a good family place.
Breakfast at Dolly's (west end of the Golden Strip and open at 5:00 AM), Donna's (just So. of the Hospital in downtown - kind of a run down neighborhood but if SOS is your thing you might like it.) or my favoriite Jack and Sarah's also in Cogan Station, north of the Bear and the Stroehmann Bakery (water tower) on Lycoming Creek Road.
Lunch sandwich - Maseto's Deli & 6 Pack, 2075 Kenwood Avenue.
Oddity: Expect your bread to come with hot peppers in oil at the Italian places around there.
Just remember, if you're hungry, follow the fat boy.
If you are travelling to Williamsport Aug 20-29, keep in mind that the Little League World Seriese is in town, which means any place worth visiting will be totally packed.
I went to college there and get back into town a few times per year and will be there this week for the LLWS.
Franco's has never disappointed us, we really like it. Good Italian in a nice bar lounge (no smoking, higher-end bar feel) Here is the website - http://www.francoslounge.com/index.html
DeSalvo's is also good.
The Bullfrog Brewery has been around for years and is a fun, casual spot. The food is consistant, funky salads, burgers, interesting sandwiches. The beer is actually quite good and they have a full bar.