After a day of sipping and swirling at the wineries nestled among the rolling hills and mountains of Northeastern PA, your palate – and stomach – will likely be ready for something to sink your teeth into. Luckily, those hills are also home to a variety of unique family-owned and local eateries that pair wines from down the road with comforting, creative, and well-crafted cuisine.
Sure, you can go out to eat after visiting a winery, or you can enjoy a meal AT a winery. This Italian eatery is located in a historic farmhouse on Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards property. Their food is designed to pair with the full slate of the vineyard’s wines. Enjoy a flight or a glass of sangria — you can even have an assortment of gourmet Italian cheeses paired with four Sorrenti wines. Then dig into a fresh salad, a brick oven pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and arugula, or a plate of Tuscan ravioli in creamy garlic, rosemary, and white wine sauce.
Bangor Trust Restaurant & Brewery (Bangor, PA)
Open less than a year, this locavore gastropub offers a tasty selection of salty snacks (like french fries with your choice of sriracha, pickled red onion, roasted red pepper, or garlic herb aioli), mussels (the house version features celery, Belgian endive, shallot, bell pepper, parsley, bacon, and Colombian chorizo broth), and flatbreads (think wild mushroom with goat cheese, bacon, shallot, arugula, and aged balsamic reduction). With an in-house bakery, it’s no surprise that Bangor Trust also bangs out scrumptious seasonal desserts including homemade eclairs, chocolate stout cake and pumpkin bundt cake topped with cream cheese frosting.
By the Dozen Family Restaurant & Inn (Bangor, PA)
This all-day eatery is run by the Bozzi family, and yes, there are twelve of them. The wine list features vintages from several PA vineyards, while the kitchen focuses on comfort food classics with a twist including country biscuits with sausage gravy, buffalo shrimp, caesar salad with homemade dressing, fresh bread served with prosciutto and apricot chutney, or a half-dozen burger preparations. After 5 p.m., order up an entree like New York strip steak or pan-fried trout with brown butter. There’s also a robust kids menu.
Translated as “the young chef”, Le Jeune Chef restaurant is located on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s campus and boasts a casual fine-dining experience hosted by the College’s School of Business & Hospitality. These student chefs under the direction of their professional teachers have created a new exciting dinner menu featuring a variety of both regional and international cuisines using fresh and local ingredients from their local farming community. Their award-winning wine list features many wines from the nearby winery, Grovedale Winery & Vineyard. Pair Grovedale’s wine with any of their delicious plates, such as Yuengling Braised Short Ribs, Sage Butter Seared Scallops, or Gobi Masala (fried cauliflower curry over ginger lime basmati rice).