Pennsylvania is famed for its expansive farmland, Dutch-inspired cuisine and deep roots of USA history.
The state is also home to a growing number of chefs making the most of local bounty by spotlighting fresh, local ingredients, house-made specials and seasonal menus. Here are five dining destinations worth visiting to take full advantage of Pennsylvania’s farm-to-table creations.
The Millworks, Harrisburg
The Millworks in Harrisburg, a “hyper-local” restaurant and beer garden, is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the palate. The locally focused eatery is home to a walk-through art gallery, as well as studio spaces for sculptors, painters and more. Savor Summer Bisque and a pastrami sandwich made with locally raised beef and house-made sauerkraut while watching the artists at work. Stop for a pint in the open-air beer garden which offers a full restaurant menu and views of the art galleries and studios.
Patrons enjoy a meal at The Millworks in Harrisburg.
Cork & Cap, Lancaster
Embrace Pennsylvania Dutch comfort food with a meal at Cork & Cap Restaurant in Lancaster’s boutique Cork Factory Hotel. The menu features locally produced cheeses, fresh vegetables and meats. Save room for comfort food selections like meatloaf and three-cheese macaroni, crab cakes and Welsh rarebit.
Cork & Cap in Lancaster is known for its Dutch-style comfort food and cozy atmosphere.
Wyebrook Restaurant, Honey Brook
Discover Pennsylvania’s culinary heritage at this 18th century barn located on the still-operating, 145-hectare Wyebrook Farm. Treat yourself to locally-focused American fare featured on daily changing menus. If the weather’s nice, be ready to dine outdoors. All meats and vegetables on the menu come from the farm. The restaurant is BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or wine) and features creations like pork pate, goat cheese cannelloni and artisanal cheeses.
The Supper Club, Greensburg
Book a ticket at the renovated train station that is The Supper Club. The New American style restaurant works with dozens of area farms to bring the freshest ingredients to each plate. The menu changes often and features seasonal cocktails, entrees and desserts. Farm-to-table specialties include the Farm to Fork Burger with kale and tomato jam and an assortment of locally raised steaks.
The Supper Club in Greensburg is located inside a historic train station.
You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to appreciate the plates at Vedge in Philadelphia, which has been called one of the best restaurants in the USA. Vedge crafts innovative, picturesque orders bursting with the best locally produced plant-based produce and proteins. The all-vegan seasonal menu includes creative dishes like Rutabaga Fondue, Grilled Seitan and Florida Corn with quinoa congee. Cocktails feature house-made syrups and bitters.
Pennsylvania is centrally located between several gateways. Choose Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) or Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to fly direct into the state. Or, fly to international airports in nearby Washington D.C. and Newark, New Jersey. Regular rail service from New York is also available.