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My wife and I were staying in the area and had a craving for some Indian food. I googled and found Passage to India.
The restaurant was easy to find; right by the River and attached to a hotel. From the outside we weren't impressed but the interior was very nicely decorated. We arrived at their opening time so we were one of two parties of diners in the restaurant. We were seated at a table for two by the window and handed menus. The menu was full of the classic Indian dishes as well as some regional specialties.
We decided on some drinks; an iced tea for Liz and a Taj Mahal for me. We decided to share an order of the Vegetable Pakoras an an appetizer. For our main course I chose the Lamb Saag and Liz chose the Palak Paneer. We also ordered some Garlic Naan as well.
Our appetizer arrived very quickly and was a nice assortment of onion, potato, pepper and califlower fritters. Very good but too much food for two people. Our main dishes were also very good but too much food. My lamb was very nice and tender. Liz loved her Paneer and the Garlic Naan. Thankfully our hotel had a fridge and microwave so we brought the leftovers back to our hotel so we could snack on our leftovers later.
I have to say I was quite impressed by the food, the decor and the service. If this place was closer to home, I'd be here way too often.
Updated Nov 5, 2012
Address: 520 Race Street
Phone: (717) 233-1202
For those eating mainly fast food, this must be quite an experience. We are luck to have each day homemade food, and, top luck, Portuguese homemade food.
That's why I must confess that the food was OK, gently served, but... not a particularly great lunch. Fernanda loves jam (I don't), and enjoyed also the desert that I didn't taste.
Updated Sep 26, 2012
This place just opened on 2nd Street. We had a great meal there. The seafood gumbo is dark, rich, and perfectly seasoned. I had a fried catfish "blue-plate special" that was done to perfection. And "Chocolate bread pudding with Jack Daniels sauce" is as good as it sounds.
Four of us (two of us had blue-plate specials, all four had appetizers) ate for $110 including tip, BYOB. And they practically had to roll us out the door, we were so full.
Favorite Dish: One of our dinner companions had an alligator dish with shrimp, that came with a sauce so good that he ate all the sauce off the plate. He gave me a piece of the alligator and it was indeed delicious.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 2nd St, Harrisburg
This Sunday-only buffet is run by the local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and is the place to go for delicious soul food, homemade desserts, great gospel music, and friendly people. It's a part of the community: You will not find it in the phone book or area restaurant guides. Ain't the Internet grand?
For some odd historical reasons, this all-you-can-eat brunch is $9.96 a person.
Thanks to my friend Becky Myers for taking me here!
Favorite Dish: The corn pudding is awesome: creamy / crunchy / tasty. The greens are great. The fried catfish is yummy. And the desserts...oh, the desserts...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 2020 State St.
According to my friend Becky, the Vietnamese community in Harrisburg came by way of a resettlement facility at nearby Fort Indiantown Gap.
Any of these three places can serve up a tasty Vietnamese dish. Keep in mind that, in Vietnamese cuisine, "soup" can be a full meal--often with leftovers for the next day!
Favorite Dish: Being a non-meat-eater, I go for the seafood soup. Pho Oanh and Garden Vietnamese give you fresh basil and cilantro leaves to add yourself.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: See below
Cafe Fresco has been a restaurant that I have frequented on several occasions. I keep returning because I like the atmosphere and menu. That all changed tonight.
I took a large group to Cafe Fresco - 16 people in all. The reservation was amended via a phone call during the day, from 15 to 16. When we arrived, the table was set for 15 people. The manager was going to give us another chair and we had to ask him for another full table so 2 people were not sitting on the end of a table. This was a sign of things to come.
We asked our waitresses (we had 2) if we could split the check into 4 separate checks. We were informed Cafe Fresco does not split checks for more than 8 people. When we asked the manager for some help, he told us they cannot split checks for more than 8 people because it would take the servers too long. Allow me to put this into perspective. We had 2 waitresses and at the time we were ordering, only one other table was occupied and they had already ordered. We also had to ask the bar to find our waitresses so we could order.
When we asked the manager if we could put in multiple credit cards, he told us we could, provided the check was split equally among the cards.
Personally, I find the policy of not splitting checks ridiculous. Especially when you consider we could have separated our big table into 4 little tables (hindsight....).
The real rub of the evening was the manager's unwillingness to even meet us half way or compromise at all. It was his behavior that caused all 16 of us to decide we wouldnt be coming back to Cafe Fresco.
I should mention the food here is good, but its simply not worth the customer service. You can get equally good food at a number of other restaurants in downtown Harrisburg. Skip Cafe Fresco. Its not worth the hassle.
Written Sep 1, 2007
Address: 2nd Street
The service,management, and ownership at Cafe Fresco downtown has much to be desired. My recommondation is to take in any of the other high quality establishments which inhabit our restaurant row. The management and owner takes no responsibility for the horrible service!!
Written Aug 1, 2007
Address: 2nd street downtown harrisburg
You can get soup and salads here besides sandwiches and wraps.
Seafood, beef, chicken, Greek and Tex-Mex additives can be put on the salad for more nutrition.
Soup flavors include: broccoli, onion, chicken-n-rice, veggie, potato.
Since they are a bread company, you can always get a hot or cold sandwich or a wrap.
My favorite is the Smokehouse Turkey Panini or the Chicken Caesar Sandwich.
For a full menu, see the website below.
Prices are reasonable. Atmosphere is bright, art-deco with tables and counter service.
The staff are friendly (my wife can carry on a conversation with them for hours). The order is filled quickly. The only problem I have is that the open-environment can get a bit loud during busy times of day.
So stop in and have a bite.
Don't forget to take home some bakeries goods while you are at it.
Favorite Dish: Hot Turkey Panini
Updated Mar 21, 2007
Address: 4263 Union Deposit Road
A must visit if you are in the Harrisburg area. Appalachian brewing co. has four locations to better distribute their fine food and beverages (see website below for other locations). There is ample room for large groups in the upper or lower dinning areas. The large L shaped bar can seat about twenty people comfortably.
Favorite Dish: One of the best IPA's I have ever had the pleasure of tipping back. It was a delectable smooth and heavenly hoppy. I had a spiced turkey burger with fries that really hit the spot.
Written Jan 17, 2007
Address: 50 N Cameron St.
Scott's is one of the top restaurants in Harrisburg. Specializing in steaks, they offer only the finest Angus beef. They also have an excellent variety of pastas and seafood. Steaks are around $30 while other main courses cost $15-$25 each. On my visit, I had an outstanding swordfish steak with tomato-kalamata tapenade (whatever that is) for about $21. They also offer great local beers from the Appalachian Brewing Company, and they have a huge wine list.
The atmosphere was upscale but comfortable and the food was great. Definitely worth the price!
Updated Dec 5, 2006
Address: 212 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA
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