Though the menu is full of sandwiches, the staff at Raemi's Cafe keeps things interesting by making classic favorites with a little twist. They dip whole-wheat bread in vanilla egg batter before grilling the Monte Cristo, and for the italian roast beef, they layer cheddar, beef, and housemade sauce atop asiago-crusted bread. On the menu, the wraps are described as "ridiculously large," and it's easy to see why with all the ingredients they enfold. Naimese chicken is drizzled in a hot-sweet sauce and wrapped up with broccoli, carrots, cabbage, and tomatoes, and the Mexico City's jalapeño cheese tortilla holds seasoned beef, salsa, cheddar, and avocado. When corporate clients plan big lunchtime meetings or breakfast after a sleepover, they assemble a meal with help of the café's catering staff.
A collaboration between Joyce Salazar and her husband, Peruvian chef Ricardo, La Casa de Tapas crafts small plates from traditional Peruvian, Spanish, and Mediterranean dishes. The menu, which was nominated for a Silver Spoon Award from Susquehanna Style magazine, ranges from vegetable paella and fried Latin American cheese to slow-cooked filet tips in house cilantro sauce and sautéed shrimp with margarita sauce. Barkeeps complement bites with South American cocktails handcrafted with local fruits and served in a hollowed-out soccer ball. Meanwhile, the resident sommelier curates a wine list of imported reds and whites from South America, Spain, and Italy. Meals unfold in what Flip Side describes as a "chic atmosphere with salmon-colored walls" and upbeat Latin American music playing in the background.
Inside the ovens at Crazy Tomato, pizza crusts bubble up around an adventurous selection of toppings, including chopped steak, fries, roast beef, and feta cheese. Cheese-stuffed stromboli issue jets of steam across the pies and toasting sandwiches, which cooks scoop up to pack with dine-in, takeout, and delivery orders. Against the applause-like sound of crackling oil, fryers spill forth 1-pound servings of fries made exclusively from freshly cut potatoes shaped like Renaissance-era kings.
Owner and chef of Josephine’s Restaurant, Daniel LeBoon learned to cook the old fashioned way—from other cooks—and spent his formative years on the line at establishments like Georges Perrier’s Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia and Alain Ducasse’s Hôtel Vernet in Paris. Armed with experience—and a certification as a professional sommelier—he opened Josephine’s Restaurant and started preparing his own culinary creations. He chose a classic log home as his venue, which was first built in 1792. Exposed beams hang over the dining room, flanked by log and stucco walls. Amidst this rustic charm, LeBoon artfully crafts every plate he sends out of the kitchen. He pairs his meals with an investigated and curated list of up-and-coming wines, which don’t require the extra-large trailers that more star-powered wines need.
Although Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen occupies a nearly 200-year-old brick hotel and former speakeasy replete with underground tunnels and a reputation for hauntings, the restaurant nevertheless exudes a warm, lively vibe. For 24 years, aromas of fried shrimp and blackened catfish have drifted through the dining room, whose dark wood walls display a jumble of American antiques and artifacts as owners David and Sharon Prudhomme rove around greeting guests.
Named in honor of co-owner Anthony Morgan's family crest, Black Gryphon welcomes Italian, American, and Welsh cuisine into its repertoire, a combination that earned top casual-dining and international honors in Central PA Magazine's 26th Annual Readers' Choice Survey in 2010. Though the restaurant's menu, like the seasons before the invention of autumn, changes three times a year, its culinary team consistently honors the Welsh tradition of cooking with local produce and products. Chefs incorporate ingredients culled from in state, ranging from potatoes grown at Sterman Masser Potato Farms and tempuras concocted with Yuengling lager into the eatery's small plates and mains. Meanwhile, guests feast in a dining room decorated with artwork by local photographer Danielle M. Bostic, and a banquet room accommodates up to 50 attendees for private meals. Along with delectable fare, Black Gryphon enchants visitors with entertaining events throughout the year, including live music, comedy nights, art auctions, and murder-mystery theater shows.