American Ale House & Grill

American Ale House & Grill

Located in Toftrees, the American Ale House is a hidden gem.  For some reason I don’t always think of it when the preverbal “I don’t know, where do you want to go eat?” comes up, but every time we go, I’m always impressed with the menu and wonder why we don’t come more often? Plenty of outdoor seating (plenty of indoor too), a great bar area, live music, a steam bar, brunch, daily specials and….great food.   The menu offers a great range of salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, specialties such as Amish Chicken and Crispy Duck, a Steam bar with mussels, jambalaya and gumbo.  If you are an oyster fan, they also have a great selection of oysters on the half – always fresh.

lets eat!

I can always find something, usually more than one something on the menu that I want to try.  In the 90s they had a Cowboy Tri-tip wrap that I ALWAYS ordered (I can still taste it) that sandwich is long gone from the menu however, their Cowboy Steak Sandwich is a close alternate and it is my tried and true go-to order.

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The Governors’ Pub

The Governors’ Pub

Located on High Street in Bellefonte, The Governers’ Pub offers casual sit down dining, open for lunch and dinner. It is a ‘Pub’ so a big selection of draft and bottled beer; located next door is their sister place, Talleyrand Tavern. The menu has burgers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and appetizers plus it has a great selection of comfort food and entrees. Items like Fish and Chips, Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken and Waffle, and Crab Macaroni and Cheese all caught my eye. We came a lunchtime, so we stuck with the sandwich part of the menu.

lets eat!

I was in-between ordering the Robert Walker Reuben and the Daniel Hastings Stacker.  I am a sucker for sauerkraut, I am equally a sucker for a sandwich that also has fries, so I went with the Daniel Hastings Stacker. In addition to fries it also had, coleslaw, turkey, swiss, LT and 1000 Island dressing.  The cross section of this sandwich was equivalent to the cross-section of the Grand Canyon. It. Was. HUGE. My husband ordered the Curry Chicken Salad Melt, which was curry chicken salad with melted cheddar cheese.

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NOSH! café and grill

NOSH! café and grill

NOSH! café and grill opened earlier this year, serving fast casual breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are located between Rita’s Italian Ice and Local Whiskey on Beaver Ave across from Schlow Library.  You will notice their orange entryway (why the door also is not orange I don’t know. It should be.)  Inside the orange theme continues – and fun fact, ORANGE is my favorite color, so I liked the décor.

My friend and I stopped in last week for lunch and overall, I think this is great alternative to casual lunch downtown.  You order at a counter and can either take out (we noticed most people did this while we were there) or there are a few seats at a counter inside. Continue reading “NOSH! café and grill”

The Express

The Express

We stopped by The Express in Centre Hall a few weeks back on the first really warm spring day.  I wanted to check out Sammis Greenhouse located just down the road,  but first, we needed to grab some lunch.

The Express, is located in the old Whistle Stop location, originally a late 19th century train station.  From what I understand (thanks CDT) , the owners, Greg and LuAnn Yearick started with a Cajun Food Truck and then decided to open a restaurant.  The Express features barbeque, sandwiches, entrée platters, soups and snacks.

lets eat!

I ordered The Conductor which featured some delicious bbq; pulled pork, baked beans and fries on a  bun.  My husband ordered the Brisket sandwich.

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Pump Station Cafe

Pump Station Cafe

We normally hit up the Pump Station Café for coffee and sometimes a breakfast sandwich in the mornings but never for lunch.  I enjoy the coffee and morning sandwiches and I have to say this is one of the few places on the South side of town that you can pop in for a quick bite to eat or coffee.  Its located on Boal Ave across from the Military Museum.

They recently changed they organization and look inside and I can’t say I’m a total fan of the new look. There was something cute and kitchy with the old look that worked better. The new plexiglass storage for the pastries could of been done better.  The cream and sugar were moved which now creates issues when there is a line of people waiting to order food or when food is ready for pick up – there is no room for those who want to add cream and sugar to their drinks.  But details details.

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Sauly Boys

Sauly Boys

Everytime I am downtown I keep eyeing Sauly Boys, but never had the chance to go in.  Its a strange juxtaposition of timing in State College because just as the students leave for the semester, town becomes quiet and easier to get around just as we ramp up for the busiest time of the year.  This means that heading downtown for some holiday shopping or eating is easier now than ever.  Plus free parking!  So…. while downtown last weekend doing some holiday shopping I decided that it was time that we finally went to Sauly Boys.  Located next to Kondu, and across from Appalachian Outdoors its been open since 2016.  Sauly Boys offers gourmet hot dog, fries, burgers and sandwich shop.  Its an order and pay at the counter sit down and eat kind of place.  Its laid back, has a fun industrial atmosphere, great menu selections and relaxed.

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Red Horse Tavern

Red Horse Tavern

Red Horse Tavern located in Pleasant Gap, PA is on the corner of N. Main Street and E College Ave.  Part bar and part restaurant the Red Horse offers freshly prepared food with great service.  According to a StateCollege.com article, the current owners took over the Tavern in 2012.

Red Horse Tavern, Brisket Sandwich
Red Horse Tavern, Brisket Sandwich

We came on a Saturday and at first, my husband was worried as we were one of the very few cars in the parking lot.  And once inside we were the only people in the dining area.  But…while we were there the dining area filled up with a good lunch crowd.  (Apparently we beat the rush and arrived a little too early for lunch)  The menu offers starters, salads, sandwiches and burgers.  There is a dinner menu available after 4:00pm which also looked really good (so we will be back for that !).

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