All big things start small, but few major farms start as small as family-owned Kreider Farms did, with 102 acres of land and only 12 cows. Today, the farm spans more than 2,500 acres and includes approximately 5 million egg-laying chickens, 2,000 cows, and 225 employees. The farm distributes its eggs, milk, and premium ice cream throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and reports that it has become one of the largest egg producers in the state of Pennsylvania. Kreider Farms? wares have been endorsed by multiple chefs, a more meaningful accolade than the cardboard crowns of excellence distributed by fast-food eateries. The farm takes its environmental mission seriously, treating the land with respect and adopting ethical and environmentally responsible practices. Workers happily share their knowledge and story with others during 90-minute farm tours or virtual tours on the website.
Since arranging roe and shrimp atop their first Seattle maki roll in 2001, Blue Pacific Sushi & Grill’s chefs continue to celebrate Asia’s rich culinary history by offering dishes from Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand for lunch and dinner. The kitchen buzzes with chefs forging traditional recipes from ingredients such as New Zealand muscles, soba noodles, and sweet egg, while the artists behind the sushi bar slice and roll up all manner of fresh fish into a nigiri, maki, sashimi, and temaki. Beyond the kitchen, the Pacific-themed dining room whisks eaters under the sea with its faux fish wall decorations, wavy neon lights, and union-contracted krakens hired to lurk beneath each table.
For more than 25 years, the Chesapeake Crab Connection’s fleet has ventured out into deep waters in pursuit of the region's sweet and succulent hard-shell blue crabs. After reaching the shore, fishermen ship the steamed, frozen, and live crustaceans throughout the country alongside fresh fish, lobsters, shrimp, clams, and oysters. Crab mallets, festive crab-printed paper, and oyster knives supplement feasts, and freshly prepared seafood lump cakes and soups reduce the time spent fishing for your family’s dinner every night.
Tulsi Indian Restaurant takes its name from the holy basil plant?an herb celebrated in India for its healing properties and rich aroma. Intense, otherworldy flavors and scents permeate each dish, from tender chicken tikka marinated in paprika and yogurt, to lamb rogan josh cooked in a blend of freshly ground spices. Guests dine on South Asian delicacies of seafood, chicken, and lamb with fluffy naan and roti or feast from the extensive vegetarian selection, with dishes of roasted eggplant, veggie stews, and creamy paneer.
The top Zagat-rated restaurant in central Pennsylvania, Gibraltar serves award-winning Mediterranean and American cuisine crafted by distinguished chef Carl Vitale. Gibraltar has won Wine Spectator's award of excellence for a robust wine list with more than 350 varieties well-suited for fine dining or balancing on a seal's nose. Patrons can peruse a menu overflowing with Neptune's tastiest friends, like the sesame seared yellowfin tuna ($28) or rainbow trout stuffed with crab ($28). Gibraltar's celebrated Housemade Gnocchi ($18) negotiates a treaty between wild mushroom ragout, arugula, mascarpone, and white truffle oil. For lunch, try the naturally regal organic king salmon ($15) or the naturally surly NY strip steak ($19).
Fiorentino's heirloom Italian menu culls rustic flavors from the Calabrian countryside. Baked lasagna stitches together hot italian sausage, slices of handmade meatballs, fresh basil, and four italian cheeses into a culinary quilt ($12.95), and made-from-scratch spaghetti and meatballs cloaks cravings in a patchwork of rich noodles ($5.95–$9.95). Sample a four seasons pizza with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach ($8.95 for a 10", $13.95 for a 14") or personalize a pie with a bevy of toppings. Fiorentino's light menu, served all day everyday, features paninis, sandwiches, and à la carte pastas with healthy substitutes such as broccoli or whole-grain pastas available to fill in for full-flavored pasta, risotto, or potatoes on extended vacations ($1 extra). Kid-friendly staples such as cheese ravioli ($4.95) appease baby teeth as parents play tug-of-war with the house-cut filet mignon ($22.95).