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.

  • Say Cheese: Summer Eating in Photos

    Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger

    A funny-cause-its-true video is making the rounds on facebook and twitter. The video calls us out for our obsession with using camera phones to take pictures of food. 

    I am guilty of taking pictures of food with my phone, and I often look around a restaurant to see others doing the same. So I figured, why not share a few?

    A recent happy hour at Home 231 lead to this snap of a Moscow Mule, which contains ginger beer, vodka and lime. Its kept in a copper cup to keep the contents cold. (Right.)

    On a summer lunch date with The Husband, I had Mrs. A's Italian Hoagie with roasted red peppers at The Jackson House. (Below.)

    Jackson House

    A shopping trip with my mom and sister lead us to Gibraltar, near Franklin and Marshall College. Oysters are such a treat! (Below.)


    What about you? Do you take photos when you go out to eat?

    Published in Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

    Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 13:31

  • Best Central PA happy hour

    Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger

    Best Central PA happy hour

    First off, sorry for the radio silence of late. I’ve been out of town, but I’m back now and ready for…well, happy hour.

    I don't know about you, but these sunny summer days make the old 9 to 5 tick by very slowly. When I think it's lunchtime, it's only 10 am and when I'm ready to pack up, it's only 2:30.

    The promise of a cool beverage at quitting time is sometimes the only thing that helps the days move quickly. Here are some of the great happy hours I've found in the midstate:

    Home 231-  During happy hour (5-7 pm), their cocktail and wine list is discounted to $5 a drink and their beers are $1 off.  Regrettably there are no food specials, but the small plates are a great pairing because of their size and price. At a recent visit I enjoyed the Cucumber Cooler (Hendricks Gin, Pimms No. 1 and fresh squeezed lemonade)  and the grilled octopus with grape tomatoes and olives, absolutely delicious. Other signature cocktails that I’ve graciously taste tested include the Dragonberry Mojito (muddled berries, mint, perfect for the summer) and the Ginger-tini (with green tea liquor, so it’s good for you!).   The back patio is a special treat if you visit on a not-to-hot day.

    Aroogas -  Multiple locations, multiple daily happy hour specials and a lengthy beer list make this local chain a hit during happy hour. The Husband claims their loaded fries and a beer are a balanced meal. Each day is a different special, but they include .50 wings, $2 drafts and $2 off craft beer drafts. Sit outside at the 2nd St. location in Harrisburg to people watch, or go to catch a sporting event at any location.

    Bricco- Dollar oysters.  Enough said.


    So, what have I missed? What is your favorite spot for Happy Hour in the area? Is it 5:00 yet?

    Published in Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

    Monday, 13 Aug 2012 13:45

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