Lancaster, PA is alive and buzzing. From the celebration of the first Friday of every month when the streets are crowded to the college scene in Franklin and Marshall University, there always seems to be something going on with korean restaurants chicago.
One of the constants is the wide variety of restaurants that offer everything from Indian to Ethiopian cuisine, from top quality Italian to tasty Thai, pizzas and pitas, souvlaki and sushi.
Lombardo’s is at the top of the list of Italian cuisine, where everything is made to order. There is no pre-cooked pasta that only needs to be soaked in hot water to complete the cooking process. You will love their oven-baked lasagna with its delicious blend of hot sausages, pepperoni, meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms and provolone and romano cheeses. And you can’t go to Lombardo’s without a basket of their incredible garlic bread.
When classic American cuisine is what your appetite is lacking, you will find choices like Garfield’s at Eden Resort just north of town. Delicious back ribs and a slow roasted rib of beef (10 ounces or a whole pound). The starters are served with a salad, sautéed vegetables and a choice of potatoes.
A more lively scene can be found at the Lancaster Brewing Company where they are not only known for the great microbrewed beers, but also for the great American classics like the brewery’s meatloaf which is finished with a half a milk glaze or cowboy pork chops, three-quarters of a pound which is dipped in lager and oranges…oh, thin!
Another choice you will appreciate is Stubby’s Bar and Grill, a real watering hole that will allow you to enjoy a fantastic bar meal. Bring in the whole team and enjoy an order of their Texas fries – a pound of fresh cut or embossed fries, topped with chili and cheddar cheese baked in the oven and served with sour cream. Anyway, try the potato and leek chowder with croutons and cheddar cheese and garnish with bacon.
You can enjoy Ethiopian dishes in Addisu on Dillersville Road. It’s a tiny little place hidden on the left side of a small shopping mall, but when you’re hungry for Ye’beg Alichas, tender pieces of lamb marinated in butter and then sautéed with ginger, garlic, green peppers and a mild curry. Vegetarians will love the nine choices available and if you are looking for a cross section, you should try the vegetarian combination which consists of small portions of four individual dishes. All dishes are served with injera, an Ethiopian bread used to collect food and sauces.
For Indian food, you could try Tulsi. Don’t judge a book by its cover just because this restaurant is located in TravelLodge on Columbia Avenue.
They prepare delicious dishes in their authentic terracotta oven. Try Tandoori Chicken, a typical Indian dish with chicken breast and leg marinated in an amazing blend of yogurt, freshly ground spices and aromatic herbs. Another favourite is Saagwala Gosht, an almost perfect blend of freshly chopped lamb and spinach sautéed with onions and baby tomatoes. Start the meal with vegetable samosas, crunchy dough triangles stuffed with a mixture of potatoes and spices.
Thai food has exploded in popularity in recent years. Lancaster has a couple of excellent restaurants to try these wonderful dishes. Sukhothai is located just off the Franklin and Marshall campus (they moved from Mountville, PA about two years ago).
Start the meal with fresh rolls, delicate rice paper rolled with julienned lettuce, carrots, cucumber and coriander. You can add chicken or shrimp if the vegetarian version is not your choice. Tom Kha Coconut Soup is incredibly blatant with its blend of lime leaves, shallots, lemongrass, onions, mushrooms and celery, all topped with dried onions. The big one could be a meal on its own, a small one is perfect before one of the tasty starters.