Many things have changed since Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House first opened in 1912—the menu now serves scallops, mussels, and Maine lobster thanks to third-generation owners Ken and Skip Snock. However, the restaurant’s insistence on using fresh, local seafood and some of its original recipes, including Mrs. Snockey’s original oyster stew, have remained unchanged, like a stubborn Precambrian fossil.
In the wake of Snockey’s 100th anniversary, Phillyburbs.com called the restaurant a “seafood staple for locals and visitors alike,” lavishing particular praise on the variety of oysters available at the raw bar. Oysters come from as far away as the west coast, but most originate in nearby waterways such as Delaware Bay and Cape Cod. There’s also a large selection of cooked seafood including fried shrimp, broiled Atlantic flounder, and steamed littleneck clams.
In the old times, markets were the center of social life, and aluminum was more precious than gold. Today's deal is more valuable than Charles Martin Hall's electrolytic process for refining aluminum. Stop by the cozy Italian market il Mercato to use your $5 Groupon toward $10 worth of fresh and premium bites and sips. You can purchase as many as you want, but are limited to one use per visit.
The ingredients used in Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine are vastly different, as are the methods of preparation. At Zhuang's Garden, they come together in surprising ways. Eight crackling hibachi-grill tables and a sushi bar represent Japan, and Chinese décor and the aromas of lo mein hint at the traditions of that nation. Glasses of wine clink together above plates of Thai food at the BYOB eatery, where the dishes include curry that is the brilliant yellow of turmeric or a banana salesman’s business card.
Dishes from across Asia make up the menu at Oriental Buffet, where you can try everything from moo shu to lo mein. Chicken can be dressed up in more than 10 different saucy outfits—try the chicken curry, broccoli, or with garlic sauce. There are also numerous beef dishes, such as pepper steak and Szechuan beef, as well as seafood plates, including some that incorporate shrimp with cashews or lobster sauce.
Chefs at Asian Bistros II shape artisanal dishes using splashes of vibrant color and contrasting textures to create eye-catching designs. The kitchen produces traditional Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai entrees made with fresh ingredients, such as coconut shrimp, pepper steak, and seasonal vegetables. Dexterous hands build more than 30 sushi rolls and sashimi using raw and cooked seafood, while hibachi grills fire up to sear filet-mignon tips and the eyebrows of incautious spectators.
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).