Mike’s Place: Clearville, Pennsylvania

Off the beaten path, but so worth the trip!  A family diner with home-cooked food, the kind of place where you feel at home and eat till you are stuffed.  You keep wondering if grandma will come out of the kitchen in her apron with flour in her hair from baking pies. Location:  8301 Clear…

Bowman’s Tavern: New Hope, Pennsylvania

Near the historic site where George Washington crossed the Delaware sits a tavern the locals know well. It’s a mile from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and sits below Bowman’s Hill, where the Continental Army used the elevation as a lookout during the American Revolution. Bowman’s Tavern offers a casual ambiance, delicious food, and live entertainment seven…

Villa Capri: Altoona, PA

Villa Capri adds a touch of elegance to fine Italian dining. Their entries are generous and taste like you are in Italy eating in great-grandma’s kitchen enjoying her authentic recipes from her tattered and worn recipe book. Location: 101 East Second Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania. Website here. Menu: Villa Capri’s Italian menu features Gnocchi, Ravioli, Lasagna,…

The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Some say that eating really good food is a “religious experience.” At The Church Brew Works, they are not far from wrong. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was established in 1902 serving the community for almost 100 years until the doors closed in 1993. The building lay dormant and untouched until the doors reopened…

Full Stomach, Happy Heart La Fiesta, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania

When you leave La Fiesta you will be saying, “Barriga llena, corazón content” which means “Full stomach, happy heart.”  The food is absolutely delicious and the portions are huge!  The atmosphere and music make you feel like you are at a Mexican fiesta and you can’t help but feel jubilant. Seniors and senoritas alike will…

The Salt House: A Funky Gastropub in New Hope, Pennsylvania

The Salt House is relatively new on the restaurant scene in New Hope, Pennsylvania. However, the stone structure is not. The historic building has graced Main Street since 1751. It started as a salt house, where a big winch that still adorns the ceiling upstairs, was used to pull blocks of salt through the double…

Step Back to Simpler Times – Ivy Stone, Osterburg, Pennsylvania

Slick’s Ivy Stone restaurant takes you back to a time when things were simple and home-cooking was the norm.  From the moment you enter you are stepping back to a different era.   Antiques decorate the waiting room.  An old time candy counter is near the checkout area.  The smell of home-cooked food permeates the air. …

El Vez, A “Mex-Eclectic” Spot in Philadelphia

El Vez is the furthest thing from ordinary Mexican fare. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your senses switch on. You immediately notice the flashy Vegas-style decor, with high backed maroon velvet banquettes and a glittery motorcycle floating above the dining room (think a movie set for a retro film). Next, you hear the…

Sprig & Vine, Modern Vegan in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Sprig & Vine is 100 percent vegan; in fact, it’s considered gourmet vegan. There are no animal products used to create the food that comes out of Executive Chef/Owner Ross Olchvary’s kitchen. His aim is to create meals that appeal to all eaters – even meat-eaters. The chef and his team source local ingredients from…

Luke’s Lobster: Fresh and Sustainable Seafood in Philadelphia

Say Philadelphia, and the mind immediately goes to Philly cheesesteaks. What doesn’t come to mind is lobster and seafood in general. Pennsylvania does not have any coastal exposure to the Atlantic Ocean, and there is no Cape Cod or Boston or Bar Harbor in the state. It took a native of Maine to bring the…