Food & Spirits: Joni’s 340 Diner (Smoketown, PA)

Restaurant: Joni’s 340 Diner Date: July 26, 2016 Location: 2481 Old Philadelphia Pike, Smoketown, PA I’ve discovered that every vacation, no matter how good or bad, will contain one restaurant dud. Well, actually, Joni’s 340 Diner would probably classify more as a bomb. We should have taken the warning sign that there was not a…

Food & Spirits: Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli (Strasburg, PA)

Restaurant: Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli Date: Cumulative Visits (most recently: May 31, 2016) Location: 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA) Oh how the mighty have fallen. This used to be my favorite restaurant as a child visitor to Lancaster County. After all, it was a fun place to be a kid. One room of Isaac’s Restaurant…

Food & Spirits: Alibi American Whiskey

Normally when I travel, I bring a bottle of Maker’s Mark with me. This is just my standard. It’s what I pour after I have come back to the room to start blogging about the day’s events. On this week’s trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I decided to change things up. I didn’t bring anything with…

Another Great Stay at the Fulton Steamboat Inn

I’ve been staying here since I was little. I think any kid would simply be captivated by the grandeur of what it is like to walk through the Fulton Steamboat Inn. From the outside, it does indeed look like a steamboat—modeled after local inventor Robert Fulton’s Clermont, to be precise. Inside, the decorations are lavish….

Food & Spirits: An Ode to Scrapple

Your cholesterol may go up just reading this. You have been warned.¬† When I was nine or ten and eating at Dienner’s Country Restaurant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I placed something on my plate from the buffet that looked like a brownie to my young and naive eyes. I took a bite. It was no brownie….

Food & Spirits: Conestoga Restaurant (Lancaster, PA)

Restaurant: Conestoga Date: Cumulative Visits (recently May 2, 2016) Location: 1501 East King Street, Lancaster, PA Here’s another place in Lancaster where I have been coming for years. I’ve always had a lukewarm approach towards it because dining experiences here have ranged from pleasant to dreadful. Last night’s visit was a hearty mix of both,…

Food & Spirits: Dienner’s Country Restaurant (Ronks, PA)

Restaurant: Dienner’s Country Restaurant Date: Cumulative Visits (most recently May 2, 2016) Location: 2855 Highway East, Ronks, PA Pennsylvania Dutch¬†buffets in Lancaster are a dime a dozen. Some are plentiful and fresh while others have seen better days. I’ve been coming to Dienner’s since I was a little kid. Over the years, the visits have…

Site News: Will Be Away Until 8/26

I will be away in Pennsylvania for the next week, visiting the Gettysburg battlefield, a tradition I have every year. I try to go close to the anniversary of the battle in early July, but my work schedule and not wanting to be in a place swamped with tourists prevented that this year. Jeff Huber…