We finally went to Quaker Steak and Lube its been open since 2013, so not sure what took us so long. This was our first sit down experience as a few months ago we had ordered take out wings since our usual wing place was closed. The wings, my husband deems are the best in State College so if you are a wing person definitely try them.
We went for dinner with friends before seeing Knives Out (which I highly recommend) and dinner choices near the theaters are limited to Quaker Steak, Rey Azteca and some other chain places. I do realize that Quaker Steak is a chain, but its new to me so we gave it a shot. Their theme, as you probably have guessed is cars and motors. All the décor has a car theme even down to the salt and pepper caddy on the table – it was an engine part!.
I had always assumed or heard that it was a burger place and it is, but its also has a big menu full of salads, sandwiches and knife and fork meals. Our friends ordered the steak salad and a burger, my husband ordered the Mac & Cheese burger (with a side salad to ‘make it healthy’) and I got the Boneless wing salad.
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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.
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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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.
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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We went to Liberty Craft House on one of those June nights that made us want to sit outside and enjoy the season. I’ve wanted to try it for a while but, that’s not going to happen during the semester. If you are local or above the age of 22, best to go during the Summer. It is part of the Dante’s Restaurant group who’s other restaurants are conveniently all located in the same block; Hi Way Pizza (its back !) The Deli, The Saloon….. My mother recalls getting Hi Way Pizza at the original location just around the corner on Heister Street in the 60’s – 10¢ a slice two for 15¢.
All the restaurants in one location make me think that they all share a kitchen, and certainly resources. Its a good business model but often in those cases all of the places end up tasting the same. I am happy to report that Liberty Craft House felt unique and we were pleasantly surprised. The menu had so many great choices; meat and cheese plates, snacks, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and casseroles. They tout using local, natural and sustainable products – and we certainly noticed the quality of ingredients in our meals.
They also have beer. Lots of beer. They have 46 drinks on tap which change out with the season.
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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”
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.
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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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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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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Remember when Bagels had a moment? I mean really, there was a bagel shop on each street corner. Then, muffins then donuts. We seem, as a carbohydrate loving culture, to always be in an endless loop of one “it” carb after another. And. Its. Great.
During collage, I worked at Chesapeake Bagel (for those of you who remember located next to CC Pepper / College Buffet near Walmart on North Atherton.) On occasion, I even donned a bagel costume, stood out on North Atherton Street and waved enthusiastically at future bagel buying patrons. Okay, maybe not so enthusiastically, but you know, minimum wage gave only so much motivation.
My last count of Bagel shops in State College include; Irving’s (which when it first opened was called Irving’s Bagels), and Bagel Crust. Panera has bagels, and I suppose bagels can be purchased at Dunkin Donuts . But why go to Dunkin to get a bagel? This brings the bagel shop count up to a solid three (four if you through in Dunkin’) BTW the current count of donut shops in this area is six, No official ‘muffin only’ shop, I’m not sure those even exist. The only one I knew of was the Top of the Muffin shop in Seinfeld.
So here it is our visit to Bagel Crust