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RayP Oct 27, 2010 02:01 PM

Aside from the usual suspects..Cashtown Inn..Dobbin House..Herr Tavern...are there any other great places to eat around that area?

  1. pashibaboy Oct 28, 2010 05:31 AM

    None right in town. Sydney's in East Berlin, Sheppart Mansion in Hanover. Your not in Jersey anymore.

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    1. re: pashibaboy
      RaeJ Oct 28, 2010 10:10 AM

      I recently moved to the Gettysburg area from DC and have been lamenting the dearth of decent restaurants. Having said that, I have decided there are some bright spots, including the Blue Parrot in Gettysburg. Also have had some decent meals at Olivia's, though the atmosphere is a little disconcerting. Once you leave Gettysburg proper, the choices increase significantly, especially in Carlisle.

      1. re: pashibaboy
        RayP Oct 28, 2010 12:45 PM

        How far from Gburg are they?

        1. re: RayP
          RaeJ Oct 29, 2010 06:04 AM

          Carlisle is about 30 minutes or so. You might also look at the Boiling Springs Tavern, which is slightly closer. My favorites in Carlisle include Cafe Bruges (Belgian); California Cafe and Rillo's, a traditional Italian restaurant.

          Rillo's Restaurant
          60 Pine St, Carlisle, PA 17013

          Boiling Springs Tavern
          1 E 1st St, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

          Cafe Bruges
          16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

          1. re: RaeJ
            melpy Apr 23, 2012 03:34 PM

            California Cafe has closed. Harrisburg is about the same distance as Carlisle with a lot more choices.

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        Fibber McGee Nov 10, 2010 08:40 AM

        Define great. In terms of fine dining, no, not really. The spoon bed and peanut soup at the Farnsworth are great, but the menu itself is nothing too special. Gettysburg is a place where you can get a good casual lunch.
        I have not been there, but I've heard good things about the food at Antrim 1844 just over the Maryland border in Taneytown.

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          porkpa Nov 18, 2010 11:31 AM

          Sydneys in East Berlin, The Altland House in Abbottstown and the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover are a twenty minute drive from Gettysburg. As the Michelin Guide would say for its three star restaurants "all are worth the journey". Make sure they are open. Only the Altland House is open seven days a week.

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            NILIBILU Jun 20, 2011 10:19 AM

            Will be in Gettysburg for one day... midweek..Thought of Tommy's for pizza for dinner...Which is better for breakfast..Hunt's Battlefield or the Lincoln Diner?

            Lincoln Diner
            32 Carlisle St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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              RaeJ Jun 20, 2011 10:40 AM

              Lincoln Diner is good for a basic, hearty breakfast, If you want to try something different, consider Cafe Saint-Amand on Baltimore Street. The breakfast menu is terrific and so is the coffee.
              For pizza, check out La Bella Italia, which is a short distance from downtown Gettysburg. The restaurant has great pizza (and other Italian offerings) and an outstanding beer selection although, unfortunately, wine is strictly BYOB.

              La Bella Italia
              402 York St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

              Lincoln Diner
              32 Carlisle St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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              1. re: RaeJ
                Fibber McGee Jun 20, 2011 11:34 AM

                I really hope Cafe Saint-Amand will last. That hasn't been a favorable spot the last few years.

                1. re: Fibber McGee
                  harrie Jun 28, 2011 07:30 PM

                  We went to Cafe Saint-Amand for dinner in late April 2010, so it's been there a while already. Admittedly, we were the only diners in there, and it felt weird; but the food was quite good, and apparently they've held on this far.

                  1. re: harrie
                    Fibber McGee Jun 29, 2011 04:26 AM

                    Well, sure, because it is unique for Gettysburg, and that's good. I don't think they had opened that long before your stop. I wouldn't say a couple years is that long, though. In the decade I've been a regular visitor that location has seen its share of tenants.

                    1. re: Fibber McGee
                      galois Oct 22, 2011 06:42 PM

                      Saint Amand opened in Summer 2008, so it has been there for a few years, although it started with just brunches and lunches and the dinner offerings have expanded (and improved) quite a bit.

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                        RaeJ Oct 23, 2011 05:32 AM

                        I finally made it to Cafe Saint-Amand for dinner recently. Two things struck me. First, the food was actually quite good and the service attentive. It is a BYOB but they graciously uncorked and served the wine. The second was, the place was actually busy, which is a welcome sign.

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                          GHLeiner Jun 17, 2012 07:45 AM

                          Ginnie and I were in town for a few days for the Arts Festival, and the first order of business after checking in to the hotel was to find some place for our evening meal. There are no end of choices for faux late 19th century culinary fare in Gettysburg, but we were hoping for something a bit more subtle. A quick web search turned up the menu of Café Saint Amand--quite promising, but we wondered about a French Bistro in Gettysburg.

                          It was a surprising and welcome find. Café Saint Amand has only been in business for a few years, but they seem to be doing pretty well. Gettysburg is a college town, and the historical tourist trade seems to provide enough of us sorts who are looking for well crafted food. The menu is a solid read of traditional bistro items, and so we were able to assemble a very pleasing selection.

                          For a slight variation on the Parisian theme, we began with a first plate of andouille sausage with a mature bit of white cheddar, baguette and a house-made Dijon style mustard--but with a surprise--very high on the horseradish note--think wasabi. It works! The earthy savoriness of the sausage, the smooth richness of the cheddar, and cutting through that, the clear trumpet of the mustard.

                          As we finished up that, the potato leek soup arrived. Brian, our gregarious and personable waiter, responded to our request for wine with a, "Well, we are a BYOB . . ." but, low and behold, two glasses of a very pleasant Shiraz appeared on our table. The soup, much to our pleasant surprise, was a clear stock based preparation. Not that we have anything against cream, but we appreciated the lighter touch. This was definitely a more delicate touch--at first I thought I would have preferred more salt, but after I really listened to the flavors, I was convinced--the leeks came through, supported by the earthiness of the red potatoes. The red-skinned potatoes had better been pulled from the heat earlier to give a firmer texture, but they were still in the ball park.

                          On to the entre, a steak frites, vin blanc, a hanger steak with white wine and shallot butter finish. We ordered medium rare, and that is what we got. It was the classic three colors: a good sear, underlain with corral, surrounding a red, just warm. The hanger steak was wonderfully tender and robustly savory. The frites were a good experiment--not the typical slender cuts, but rather full, thin lengthwise slices. They were a 7 of 10--needing a more extended first, low cooking to drive out the moisture to allow the second, higher temperature frying to get the full puff. But, magically refilling wine glasses certainly redressed any disappointment.

                          The greens, a spring mix with warm, crumbled goat cheese, thinly sliced, tart apples, lightly candied, roasted walnuts and a honey-mustard vinaigrette, was well conceived, but the tired mesclun and the overly bland vinaigrette hampered the ultimate effect. Not even the very fine nut meats could bring it off.

                          To round off the meal , we elected to true a classic of the genre: francaise tarte aux pommes. Again, well conceived, but not quite fully executed. Apples uniformly sliced to just the right thickness, fanned just so, a buttery short bread crust, but pulled from the oven minutes too soon. Not enough time in the heat to allow things to c!aramelize and fully blend. But, the espresso pull smoothed this out--a pleasant, nicely bodied, well balanced, crema topped accompaniment.

                          So, an evening thoroughly enjoyed--an up and coming establishment giving satisfaction to those who are looking for a place to dine and not merely eat. Thank you Brian and the Café Saint Amand!

                          1. re: GHLeiner
                            FriedClamFanatic Jun 19, 2012 09:24 PM

                            Wow.....it sounds wonderful! I I suspect that "wine" you had was really grape juice, since I think your comments could put them out of business if a BYOB place serves alcohol to patrons....or maybe your server was just nice enough to run down to the local state liquor store and get that for you without charging you. What a nice guy!

                            But..the place sounds like a definite try!....nice write-up....maybe better with some editing.

                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                              Dave_in_PA Jun 26, 2012 11:35 AM

                              I'm not a legal expert but I have had BYO's offer a complimentary glass of wine or beer.. They can't sell it, they can call it a "tasting" or whatever. I'm sure the law is more complicated than that but they have a way.

                              1. re: Dave_in_PA
                                Burghfeeder Jun 29, 2012 08:27 AM

                                Agreed. I'm no expert either, but I've been offered complimentary beer or wine at several restaurants that don't have a license.


                              2. re: FriedClamFanatic
                                GHLeiner Jun 29, 2012 09:40 AM

                                Well, yeah, I do rather run on . . . occupational hazard I am afraid. But, thanks for the nice comments. Do give them a try--they are doing a good job and deserve the support.
                                As I understood the situation, we could not be charged for the beverages, but the proprietor was quite at liberty to bestow a gift upon us. And we were most appreciative, both verbally and via the gratuity.

                  2. re: RaeJ
                    flourgirl Apr 15, 2012 09:10 AM

                    We were just in Gettysburg and had dinner one night at La Bella Italia. I had a stromboli - and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I live in NJ in an area with a lot of great pizza places with very good strombolis - and that stromboli was one of the best I have ever had.

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                    Chowrin Jun 17, 2012 06:08 PM

                    When in Gettysburg, you MUST go to the Gettysburg Pretzel Factory!

                    Pick up a box to take home -- it's great roadfood!
                    And, real, honest to goodness soft pretzels -- the kind you can only get in a real pretzel bakery.

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