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 some 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.
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.