Colonial dining relied on British recipes such as shepherd's pie and Yorkshire pudding until Americans broke free from English rule and established their own standards such as freedom falafel and liberty tacos. Taste a piece of history with today’s Groupon to The Franklin House in Schaefferstown. Choose between the following options:
• For $7, you get $16 worth of fine-dining fare for lunch.
• For $20, you get $40 worth of fine-dining fare for dinner.
Built in 1746, The Franklin House entices sightseers with the structural handiwork of artisan masons and quells hunger pangs with fresh seafood, salads, and steaks. The lunch menu sustains midday cravings with a bevy of salads including the grilled caesar topped with chicken ($12.95), ahi tuna ($16.95), or shrimp and scallops ($19.95). Dinner diners can sink their silverware into fruits of the sea such as Belgian mussels or littleneck steamers ($7.95/lb.), and the crab tower builds a savory steeple from jumbo lump crab meat, chiffonade of grilled romaine, and hollandaise mortar ($24.95).
This quaint, historic parlor divides the tavern from elegant dining areas with a series of interconnected rooms adorned with photos celebrating the establishment’s yesteryears. A balcony added in 1888 provides airy outdoor seating and views of the historic Gemberling-Rex house, the Thomas R. Brendle Museum, and the restored wooden-teeth factory.
The Franklin House
Built in 1764, The Franklin House has surrounds guests with time-tested elegance complementing a menu of classic American comfort and upscale seasonal dishes. As the building has seen the ages pass, its customers continue to take advantage of its spoils as they eat in the dining room or out on the balcony. These days, guests may be found savoring blackened mahi-mahi salad while dining companions try to fit the provolone- and bacon-layered Franklin club sandwich into their own cheeks. A half-pound of Black Angus comprises the unique foot-long Frankie dog, which chefs heap with chili and cheese, and mussel and steamer dishes top tongues with fresh nautical morsels.