Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.

With only one day in Harrisburg, what would you eat?

Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger | May 14, 2012 1:26 PM

Do you ever find yourself on the road thinking "I'd love to stop and get a bite to eat , but I have no idea if there are any good spots in this neighborhood." Well, when you are new to the area, you ask that question a lot. Yelp is a website/app that uses your location to help find restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gas stations and more. Yelp is especially useful when you are travelling (or, in my case, exploring a new city).

A "yelper" from Philly recently wrote to me with this question: "I am only coming to Harrisburg for one day and night - where can I get in a run and where should I eat lunch and dinner?"

I'm going to give you my answers, but I'd love to know yours:

Run: I suggested Riverfront Park, since it shows off the beauty of Harrisburg and is easily accessible for someone staying downtown. Since I just ran my first 5K last weekend, I pretty much stick to the flat path right along the river, but it is part of the 20+ mile Capitol Area Greenbelt that "necklaces" the city, if you are up for a challenge.

Lunch: I suggested Jackson House, mostly as a nod to The Husband, who loves their burgers and hoagies. I don't leave Jackson House without eating their pepper shooters (hot peppers stuffed with salami and aged provolone). Yes, please.

Dinner: Should come as no surprise, I recommended Bricco. I think it shows off the best of what Harrisburg has to offer. If going after said run, I'd have a glass of wine or beer with the mushroom and truffle oil pizza!

So, what do you think about my advice? What two restaurants would you recommend someone to if they were coming to town for only one day?

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