September Farm Cheese stimulates dairy palates with myriad sweet, savory, and spicy cheeses, which received recognition from the American Cheese Society. The homemade cheese—family forged on a picturesque vista—hits shelves sans hormones and preservatives after being observed by the farm's team from cow nourishment inception to vat finale.
Constructed in 1799, the Sadsburyville Hotel has enjoyed stretches as a hotel, a post office, and a tavern before finally lending its historical décor to the classic eats of Harry's the Neighborhood Place in 1973. Today, Harry's grills up signature hot dogs, topped with a unique blend of mustard, chopped onion, and meat sauce forged from a secret recipe. The restaurant warms locals with house-made soups and spicy chili made from scratch, served aside morning offerings of omelets and eggs benedict and dinner dishes of seafood, burgers, and strip steaks. Visitors can select from one of more than 35 beers to enjoy on the seasonally outdoor patio or enjoy a celebration in one of the private party rooms.
It all started with a hot dog. Or a hot dog shop, anyway, that had been open since the 1920s. When brothers Constantinos and Theodore Zambaras acquired it in the mid '60s, they started their own traditions and the eatery has been in their family ever since. Midway Grill—named for Coatesville's mid-way location between Lancaster and Philadelphia—now shares its hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches with the whole Thorndale area. Fried chicken combo platters and New England-style beer-battered fish and chips also keep Midway's landlocked patrons full and happy, and remind them that the ocean still exists.
In its home state, Jake's Wayback Burgers was voted Critics' Choice for Best Burgers by Delaware Today three years in a row, and the Thorndale location is a treasure trove of handmade burgers, house-cut potato chips, and throwback milk shakes. From a single location on Route 273, Jake's exploded across the nation, getting pickles and lettuce all over America's most important monuments. The eatery's hand-dipped shakes and monthly burger specials—such as the Texas Jake burger—can be enjoyed in 10 different states, alongside a menu of 100% beef hot dogs and triceratops-friendly veggie burgers.
Over the course of nearly 40 years, the close-knit Ruffini family have operated five restaurants throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, and Pronto Bistro Italiano is the latest testament to their love of traditional Italian cuisine. Visitors won't find over-processed food full of preservatives and genetically modified additives, but handmade, homey feasts of spaghetti carbonara made with local farm-raised eggs, salads made with organic greens, and sandwiches stuffed with slow-roasted pork and homemade meatballs. Diners can pair morsels of veal saltimbocca tenderloin or earthy eggplant parmigiana with flavorful Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails, or a beer from a list that changes with the seasons. Families gather around cloth-covered tables for dinners of paninis and pasta, while in the low-lit, woodsy bar area, revelers shoot pool, snack on chicken wings from the late-night menu, and pitch a tent for the night.