Pennsylvania is famous for its vast farmland, Dutch-inspired cuisine, and deep roots in American history.
In addition, more and more chefs are choosing to make this state their home in order to sublimate its local riches through fresh local ingredients, homemade specialties and seasonal menus. Here are five must-see restaurants to enjoy Pennsylvanian creations from farm to fork.
The Millworks, Harrisburg
The Millworks in Harrisburg is a “hyper local” restaurant-brewery whose dishes are a feast for the eyes as well as for the palate. The establishment houses an art gallery as well as studios for sculptors, painters and many other artists. Enjoy a summer bisque and pastrami sandwich made with local beef and homemade sauerkraut while admiring the artists at work. Stop for a pint at the outdoor brasserie, which offers a full menu and views of the art gallery and studios.
Guests love to come and enjoy a good meal at the Harrisburg Millworks.
The Cork & Cap, Lancaster
Enjoy a hearty traditional Pennsylvania Dutch meal at the Cork & Cap Restaurant at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster. On the menu are cheeses, fresh vegetables and locally produced meats. Save room for hearty dishes such as meatloaf with three-cheese macaroni and cheese or crab fritters with welsh.
The Cork & Cap in Lancaster is renowned for its hearty Dutch-inspired cuisine and warm atmosphere.
The Wyebrook, Honey Brook
Discover Pennsylvania’s culinary heritage in this 18th century barn located on Wyebrook Farm’s 145 hectares of remaining farmland. Enjoy a new local American dish from the menu every day. If the weather permits, prepare to eat outside. All the vegetables and meats on the menu come from the farm. This is a BYOB (“Bring Your Own Beer or wine”) type restaurant that offers specialities such as pork pâté, goat cheese cannelloni or local cheeses.more information
The Supper Club, Greensburg
Reserve your place at the brand new Supper Club train station. This neo-American-style restaurant works in partnership with dozens of farms to put the freshest ingredients on your plate. The menu, which changes regularly, includes seasonal cocktails, dishes and desserts. Among the specialties of the Farm to Fork Burger is the “Farm to Fork Burger”, consisting of kale and tomato jam and an assortment of locally produced steaks.
The Supper Club of Greensburg is located inside a former train station.
The Vedge, Philadelphia
You don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the cuisine at The Vedge in Philadelphia, renowned as one of the best restaurants in the United States. It offers innovative and picturesque dishes made with the best proteins and vegetable products of the region. The 100% vegan seasonal menu includes creations such as rutabaga fondue, grilled seitan or Florida corn and quinoa soup. Cocktails are made with bitter ingredients and homemade syrups. More information
Pennsylvania is located at the crossroads of several access points. You can choose between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to fly directly to the state. Nearby are also the international airports of Washington D.C. and Newark, New Jersey. There are also regular trains from New York City.