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Aug 20, 2011 01:10 PM

carlisle pa area

I am about a dozen of my friends are going to the annual Corvettes at Carlisle pa. next thurs, fri & sat, leaving sunday. We are looking for area restaurants that are casual and can accommodate a crowd. We would venture in a circle as far as mechanicsburg. Any ideas?

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  1. I feel bad that no one has responded to your post, and the Carlisle area isn't really my area. However, my husband and I happily make the over 1hr. drive to Carlisle in order to eat at Cafe Bruges. The main issue with your request is that it accommodates a group. I have been there twice with large groups - 15 the one time, 10 the other. But, they don't take reservations so you have to be willing to squish together around the bar enjoying their unbelievable selection Belgian beers while you wait for a few tables to be pushed together once they become available.

    I'm really sorry no one else has replied, because I am certain there are other options for you as well. But, I really like Cafe Bruges. Casual dress, but great food and beer.

    Cafe Bruges
    16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

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    1. re: centralpadiner

      Thanks for your suggestion, and don't feel bad, there's always the Waffle House!

    2. Market Cross Pub is great. The food is very hit and miss, but their batter is amazing. I always get the fish and chips, some of the best in the area. They brew their own beer which is decent and also have a selection on tap and in bottles... one of the best selections in the area. They have adequate seating, especially if you call ahead.

      Market Cross Pub
      113 N Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013

      1. Hoping you have computer access because the Corvette event started today. In any event, you might also consider the Boiling Springs Tavern, which would be about 15-20 minutes south of Carlisle (maybe less with a big block). It is a historic tavern with above average food. The dining room, which was an addition to the original building, is cavernous and not very inviting. But the tavern room is much better. And there is a big parking lot so you can park those 'Vettes without worrying about parking lot dings. See:

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