If you’re checking out some of the wineries in beautiful North Central PA and are looking for a fine meal to cap your day, you’re in luck.
Not only can you enjoy a bite to eat, but many restaurants in the region feature local wines. Below is a list of five eateries where you can have a glass of something that was grown nearby to accompany your plate.
Wines from The Winery at Wilcox and/0r Bee Kind Winery are featured in these restaurants across the commonwealth’s Pennsylvania Wilds region.
Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub (Clearfield, PA) If you’re looking for a plate of hearty, unpretentious food after a day of popping between wineries, this pub has you covered. You can order up their famous wings with one of more than 30 sauces, select a souped-up burger — think a Jameson Whiskey Blue Cheese Burger or a PA Wilds Elk Burger — or choose from a full array of salads, steaks, and barbecue. And don’t let the name fool you: Yes, they have extensive beer offerings, but the bar also serves select local wines.
Moena (Clearfield, PA) This swanky restaurant offers familiar fare such as calamari and Osso Bucco alongside creative twists — these include Italian egg rolls stuffed with chicken and sundried tomatoes and cedar-plank salmon with Hawaiian barbecue sauce. The restaurant has an extensive wine selection and the staff is happy to help you pick the perfect pairing for your meal. As your evening comes to a close, skip the Port and Madeira in favor of a local PA wine made close by.
Gunners (St. Mary’s, PA) This restaurant and hotel in the heart of downtown St. Mary’s focuses on upscale bar classics (calamari, little neck clams, nachos), pastas (seafood ravioli, fettuccini alfredo with bacon), and steaks. And be sure to check out their daily specials like free shrimp cocktail with your steak on Wednesdays or a traditional Friday fish fry. You can wash down your dinner with a glass of local PA wine.
Luigi’s Ristorante & Catering (Dubois, PA) This atmospheric Italian spot is housed in a historic downtown storefront. It specializes in traditional favorites like Scampi-style mussels, pastas with one of ten homemade sauces, veal parmesan, or Italian-style ribeye finished with olive oil, garlic, and herbs. Choose a local PA wine from their wine list to complement your meal and top it all off with a taste of tiramisu or a platter of cannolis.
In the State College area, wines from Seven Mountains Wine Cellars and Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery can be found at Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering (State College, PA):
Open for lunch and dinner, this eclectic eatery focuses on local, seasonal fare. While the ingredients might come from around the corner, the influences on the cuisine are global. Dig into beef and chorizo empanadas (made with meat from local farms), pineapple-habanero salmon, or an upscale mac-and-cheese that uses fresh fusilli pasta from Fasta & Ravioli Co. in Pleasant Gap, PA, local cream, and Amish-made Goot Essa cheddar.
In the southern tier of Pennsylvania’s North Central region, there is the Susquehanna River Valley. The area boasts four seasons of scenic beauty, quaint downtowns, and plenty of wineries! Local wines from Fero Vineyards & Winery and Shade Mountain Winery are featured in these restaurants, respectively.
Elizabeth’s An American Bistro (Lewisburg, PA) This upscale bistro nestled in the heart of downtown Lewisburg is known for their exceptional local plates and award-winning wine list. Their mission is to create memorable occasions for patrons with modern American food made with passion and care using the freshest regional ingredients available. Try out their nightly, three-course tasting menu with a wine flight pairing OR the seasonal tapas and sushi menus.
Pine Barn Inn (Danville, PA) This restaurant and Inn offers different options for your dining pleasure. You can choose from an elegant full-course dining experience or casual fare. Along with different types of dining, you can find multiple types of cuisine on their extensive menu. Try their Lobster Ravioli in Tomato Vodka Sauce OR Panko Crusted Ahi Tuna with Hoisin-Lime Sauce OR a Bison Burger. And if you’re too full to move, you can always book a room to stay for the night!