Broad Street Market: The Oldest Continuously Operating Market in the US
Everything gets some sort of designation, it seems. The oldest blue 2 story house east of the Mississippi, the tallest silo found on a farm operated by a single family, the largest play-doh factory north of Winchester, Virginia (I don't know...I'm just making these up)...and so on.
You can make anything seem like an original. And this is no exception--the Broad Street Market is the "oldest continuously operating market in the US" They do have some good food, though. It's like any market with vendors serving ethnice cuisine. It gets crowded over lunchtime and pretty much any time the vendors are serving.
It's included in the whole midtown shopping district--antiques, locally made crafts and other stores.
Generally the market is open from mid morning until early evening...the only days it is closed is on Sunday and Monday.
Favorite Dish: There's a lot of Amish vendors selling fresh produce here--but there's also hot food you can get...Cheeseburger and fries for only $3.00... standard seafood platters for under $5.00, Vegetarian sandwiches...
There's also Korean food, Mexican (burritos are $3.00) Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, Jamaican/Caribbean food (ie shrimp, curried goat, and fish) and I'm sure a LOT more I'm missing...
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!
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Cafe Fresco: Great atmosphere!
Cafe Fresco is new to downtown Harrisburg's "Restaurant Row" but has been in the area at its other location across from the Harrisburg East mall for a few years. They brought the great food, coffee and atmosphere of that location and added a nice wine, martini and beer and dinner menu. They also upped the metropolitan/sophisticated quotient mood lighting and an eclectic music mix of house-jazz-euro-funk cool. Amy Welsh supplied the polychromed, Venetian-plaster walls as the icing on the cake.
Favorite Dish: I always judge a place by the burgers or the pasta. Cafe Fresco gets "thumbs up" for both.
Norah loves the mohitos.
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Appalachian Brewing Co.: Best Cask ale in the region
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.
- Beer Tasting
- Historical Travel
Mangia Qui: Mamas and the Tappas
I've met the owners who have wonderful credentials when it comes to knowing how to run a restaurant and especially how to cook the food.
They recently opened a new tappas section which is on the second floor of the establishment.
Its a very quaint restaurant with good wine and great food.
It might a bit on the pricey side but if you're looking to treat yourself to a well deserved meal after a long day in the burg, please stop in, you won't regret it.
Favorite Dish: Anyone of their featured dishes is good, there is quite a bit of spanish and italian influence in the cooking, so you can't go wrong in my book.
Mangia Qui: Best little restaurant! (and romantic too)
I believe the food is Italian in heritage but they also have a tapas night so maybe it is just Mediterranean in general. Whatever, it is the best little restaurant in Harrisburg. Absolutely the best lunch ever, maybe anywhere, but definitely in Harrisburg. We go there regularly for lunch--It is incredibly cheap for what you get.
The dinner atmosphere is by far the most romantic in Harrisburg--great, soft candle light.
Panera: not just sandwiches
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
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The Quarter is a relatively new Cajun/Southern restaurant located at the northern end of Second Street in downtown Harrisburg. It offers such items as Po' Boy sandwiches, catfish, and gumbo. During our visit we had a shrimp po boy and a catfish po boy...both were excellent on fresh bread with lettuce and tomato.
The restaurant has a huge bar, huge windows along the street for dining, along with a second floor with a Bourbon-Street style porch. We visited on Memorial Day in the middle of the afternoon and the place was packed.
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cafe fresco downtown: service a nightmare at cafe fresco downtown
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!!
Midtown Tavern: For good wings and a cold beer.
For a true Harrisburg 'locals' bar, try the Midtown Tavern, conveniently located on North Second Street. Though frequented almost exclusively by residents of the surrounding Midtown neigborhood, its traditional bar interior - with pool tables, a big-screen t.v., a dart board, jukebox, and friendly wait staff - will make any visitor soon feel at home. Best known for its wing specials, pizzas, and on-tap and bottled beers.
What else can you ask for from a neighborhood watering hole?
Favorite Dish: The wings are quite tasty, especially accompanied by the requisite celery and blue cheese side. Jeff likes the cheesesticks, and the pizza is also generally good.
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The Progress Family Restaurant
The Progress Family Restaurant
A family run restaurant which brings back 'old-school' customer service. The service is great!
Favorite Dish: I've had the Prime Rib (which was so big that it hung over the plate) and the New York Strip. Words can't describe how good these pieces of beef are. You've got to taste it to believe it. The sides that are offered (potatoes, apple sauce, vegetables, etc.) are great!
Cafe Fresco Center City: Customer Service not worth the hassle
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.
Bayou: Bayou: New Cajun in town
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.
Ceoltas (ponounced w/ a K sound): Musical event (so says the irish guy there)
Typical Irish/American pub with Dublin time and four leaf clovers everywhere.
Ceoltas is an aestetically pleasing pub, every seat offers something different with how the place is laid out.
The live music is good even if it isn't always irish and they have trivia night on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm.
Try hanging out at the bar, three of the bar tenders are irish and are actually cool guys...until the scottish kiss you right in the mouth.
Favorite Dish: Fish and chips of course...the food is ok here, I prefer Molly Branigan's food but this is not a bad compromise.
Molly Branigan's: Erin go Braugh..cough gag gurrgle
The thing is with all restaurants in downtown Harrisburg they turn into the actual nightlife spots too, so keep that in mind when you're planning your visit to the lovely 'burg'.
Molly's is one of the only true Irish pubs because they are constatnly showing soccer (football for the rest of the world).
They offer a good range of what we consider irish meals with all the brews you might think of asking for...miller lite, coors lite etc. Bad joke but the place is good and worth the buck you spend here.
They offer trivia on Wednesdays and a real life DJ on weekends.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips mate or is that Enlgish? don't get that confused in there cause we all know how mics feel about the brits...just shout 'go celtic' when in danger.