Lunch in Lancaster: Our Favorite Daytime Eateries

July 17, 2019

Lancaster, PA is growing into a foodie paradise. Buzzfeed, the NY Times, and food-centric magazines everywhere are starting to pick up on the influx of amazing and diverse restaurants popping up all over Lancaster. With far-off cuisines from Indian Curry and French crepes, to mouthwatering burgers and fall off the bone BBQ, each restaurant has culminated its own unique flavor.

Curry: Himalayan Curry & Grill

You may not expect to find the best curry in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, but lo and behold, Himalayan Curry & Grill in downtown Lancaster is it! This intimate restaurant serving up traditional Indian and Nepalese dishes is a local legend. At dinner, you can’t get in without a reservation, but at lunch, walk-ins are the way to go. You can still expect a bit of a wait due to the popularity of this restaurant, but it is worth it!

Must-Try Menu Items:

  • Mango Lassi: While you could wait until dessert to enjoy this sweet and rich drink, we recommend sipping on one throughout your meal. Creamy, sweetly tropical, and a perfect pairing to the spices and flavors of curry, each sip will take you to paradise. 
  • Lunch Buffet: If you haven’t been here before, then the daily lunch buffet is the way to go. Sample all of their best curries and dishes for only $11. Eat as much or as little as you like and figure out which dish is your favorite.
 

Crepes: Rachels’ Cafe & Creperie

Rachel’s cafe & creperie is a popular eaterie from dawn until dusk. Rachel’s has been in business since 2006, serving up some of the largest and most flavorful crepes you’ll ever taste. You can try one of their best-selling breakfast crepes, a savory signature crepe, one of their decadent dessert crepes, or create your own crepe masterpiece. 

Must-Try Menu Items:

  • Pecan Turtle Cheesecake: Their newest crepe definitely tops the chart in terms of sweet satisfactory bliss! Sweetened cream cheese, Nutella, graham cracker crumbs, and pecans are all wrapped in the delicate crepe and topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Just one bite might take you to heaven!
  • Thai Chicken Crepe: There is a cult following surrounding Rachel’s Thai Chicken Crepe. You hear people talking about it on the streets, the papers have mentioned it, and every ‘Thai Tuesday’ people flock to get one of the famous crepes. Grilled chicken, rice, red onions, scallions, and a peanut sauce you’ll want to lick off the plate.  
 

BBQ: Brewster’s Bar-B-Que

Barry Fair started his BBQ stand in 2005, after being upset that there was no good food at fairgrounds and shows. His food was an instant hit and has continued to grow over the last 14 years. He has a stand at Dutch Wonderland and Corn Cob Acres as well as a restaurant on the Ephrata/Lititz rails to trails. Stop by and sink into smokey BBQ bliss.

Must-Try Menu Items:

  • Ribs: Every BBQ restaurant claims that they have the best ribs in the world. Barry, the owner, doesn’t have to claim that his are the best, because his customers do the bragging for him. Slow-cooked, hickory smoked and slathered in their homemade simmering sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? 
  • Brewster’s Baked Beans: While all of their sides will trigger the “mmmm” noise from a mouth full of food, their famous baked beans are hands down the best side dish. Slow simmered with bacon and a touch of brown sugar make them just the right blend of sweet and savory.
 

Elevated: The Pressroom

If you are looking for a nice sit-down restaurant to enjoy some simply scrumptious food along with a world-class cocktail, then The Pressroom is the perfect spot. Dine inside to escape from the summer heat, or get a table in their courtyard to dine next to waterfalls and their shade trees. The menu boasts several delicious dishes, but their specialty is their crafted cocktails. 

Must-Try Menu Items:

  • Duck Fat Gravy Fries: Perfectly savory fries, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, topped with savory chorizo gravy. Add the duck confit to the dish and you will be in savory heaven.
  • Spring Crush Cocktail: Their signature cocktails are expertly crafted, and constantly rotating, making for a unique experience each time you dine at The Pressroom. Their current crushable drink is their citrusy Spring Crush, chilled glass with citrus vodka, Aperol, blood orange, lime, cardamom & almond syrup, fig, and topped off with prosecco for a refreshing sunny day drink. 
 

Best Burger: Four54 Grill

You know what a burger joint looks and feels like, but you don’t know how amazing Four54 burgers are. Fresh patties and locally sourced ingredients are the base for their amazing burgers. Amazing toppings, cheese, and brioche buns will satisfy any hunger craving. They also serve up award-winning cheesesteaks, specialty sandwiches, and delicious pizzas. Basically, anything their chefs’ touch turns into an award-winning creation.

Must-Try Menu Items:

  • Texas Burger: On the list of the 16 best burgers in Pennsylvania, this best selling burger does not disappoint. A fresh Angus patty topped with pepper jack cheese, sweet onion marmalade, onion rings, and applewood-smoked bacon is set on a toasted brioche bun. Come by and taste what the hype is all about
  • Junkyard Onion Rings: Beer Battered, light and crispy onion rings, topped with cheese, bacon, and sweet peppers, drizzled with their house-made aioli sauce. These wonderful onion rings may be a bit messy, but you’ll love every finger-licking bite. 
  Dining at any one of these magnificent restaurants will leave you satisfied and planning your next trip back. After sampling some of Lancaster’s best eateries, you may just contemplate moving here so you can dine on these wonderful gems every day.    Visiting Lancaster County this summer? Book a stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, a charming & modern bed and breakfast in Ephrata, PA.