The spot: The Fridge
The where: 534 North Mulberry Street, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you want pizza, beer and not a lot of nonsense, you go to The Fridge. This bottle shop and pizza cafe uses all local ingredients and boasts a lively crowd. Sit by the cozy fire and admire the glow of 400+ bottles or enjoy the weather outside perched on a stool along Mulberry Street.
The spot: Himalayan Curry & Grill
The where: 22 East Orange Street, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you want vegetarian or Indian food, go to Himalayan on Monday night for their buffet dinner. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of your favorite libation (at The Fridge, perhaps?). Enjoy Indian mainstays chicken tikka masala and cauliflower manchurian or test your taste buds with the Nepalese momo dumplings.
The spot: Crush Wine Bar
The where: 50 West Grant Street, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you want a quiet happy hour, small plates and superb people watching, claim a spot at Crush Wine Bar and order a glass of wine. Nestled on the corner next to Lancaster Central Market in a space that previously housed Carr’s Corn Grocery, the gaping windows at Crush take the art of people watching to a new level. The drinks and artistic decor aren’t bad either.
The spot: John J. Jeffries
The where: 300 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you want to celebrate a special occasion, be sure you make a reservation at John J. Jeffries. Mouthwatering plates like their Pulled-Pork Gordita and Jim Bim Bop feature flavorful ingredients from small organic, family farms in the Lancaster area. Having held two of our HMA holiday parties and many happy hours at JJJ, you could say I know my way around the menu.
The spot: Lancaster Central Market
The where: 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you wake up craving an egg and cheese sandwich on Saturday morning, or fresh juicy asparagus, or smoked meats, or artisan bread, head on over to Lancaster Central Market. But make sure you bring your market bag for your cravings, and save space for some fresh-cut flowers. Walk up and down the aisles and relish the sights, the sounds and the smells. Oh, the smells. Smile and savor those smells.