Dinner in Gettysburg
We are going to be in Gettysburg for a couple of nights to tour the battlefield and I am having a difficult time finding good candidates for dinners. One night is an anniversary and the other nothing special. Any suggestions?
Dobbin House is not too bad.
If you are willing to drive 20 minutes or so go to dinner at Antrim 1844 for your anniversary. It is quite the experience.
Based on comments by friends and assorted reviews my suggestion for an anniversary dinner would be
SIDNEY - Willoughby Run
730 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, PA
This is not your fathers meat and potatoes. Creative chef offering tasty and interesting choices.
I have also heard good things about Sidney, but have not been; we hope to rectify that next spring.
Cashtown Inn is about 15 minutes out of town on Rt 30; we like it a lot, it's our splurge-ish night when in Gettysburg. The food is solid and they have a nice wine list. You can go there dressy or casual, and you're treated well either way.
In Gettysburg proper, we like Thai Classic IV for casual meals. I'm no expert on Thai food, but I've never had a bad meal there.
As melpy said, Dobbin House isn't bad. It's historic, and the staff is dressed in period clothes; some people like that, some don't. Upstairs is more traditional seating, downstairs there's a bar and more seating. I had a great burger there (in the bar).
The place where we usually stay recommends the Blu Parrot Bistro - they've had a lot of good feedback from their guests who have dined there. So far, though, I am not one of them.
What I've found is that most Gettysburg establishments cater to casual diners, but it's not all General Pickett's Buffet. If you are willing to go a little ways out of town, you have some very nice choices available.
Have a great time, but stay off the battlefield after dark. (Signed, One Who Knows)
The park is open daily from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. April 1 to October 31, and 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. November 1 to March 31. Park hours are strictly enforced. (from the battlefield website)
They have had vandalism issues, so when we took a loop around the battlefield on the way home from dinner one warm March night, we were pulled over by a trooper and informed that being on the battlefield at that hour (approx. 8pm) is a felony. We got off with a severe scolding, having our plate run, etc. (being in our early 50s,probably helped allay any vandalism fears), but it did mar the evening.
The larger roads, that obviously take you to a Point B of some kind - Taneytown Road, Emmittsburg Road, etc. -- are fine even if they run through the battlefield.
I'll also mention the Inn at Herr Ridge - service can be leisurely, but the food's pretty good. It's right near Sidney WR, though, so I'd be more inclined to try the newer, shinier place that is Sidney Willoughby Run.