Casual Fare Eateries
Some of the best local places to eat in Lancaster County are the most casual, where you get that at-home feeling without all the work of food preparation and after meal clean-up.
These casual fare restaurants feature eclectic all-American selections, ranging from southern style comfort food to western raised beef steaks…from contemporary cuisine to tried and true homestyle favorites.
So many options, not enough days to try them all.
2410 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602-3421
The reminiscent atmosphere of a retro diner combines with savory eats for a delightfully fun culinary experience at DJ’s Taste of the 50′s. Order from an eclectic, made-from-scratch menu that includes an extensive selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees. DJ’s features award-winning burgers and fantastic milk shakes that beckon the return visit of locals and PA Dutch visitors alike.
2853 Hershey Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Located between Elizabethtown and Hershey, Martin’s Country Kitchen welcomes the return of their many loyal customers who stop by for their favorite homestyle foods, again and again. This local eatery is known and appreciated for serving the best in country fare and southern style bbq…featuring extensive menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as daily specials. The amazing Randy Lee barbeque selections are nothing less than extraordinary. From smoked sausage and fire roasted chicken to St. Louis style ribs and tender beef brisket, their savory flavors set the standard for barbeque-done-right. While you’re there, browse the captivating on-location gift shop.
209 East Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
(717) 354-4YUM (4986)
Lickity Split Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop (located in the Old Kauffman’s Hardware building) has great tasting food that is served in a fun atmosphere with relaxing ambiance. We offer delicious soups made on the premises, a variety of sandwiches (we even roast our own turkey!), and a plethora of decadent desserts! Call for take out! Come and visit us soon!
1655 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
If you enjoy discovering hidden gems that exceed your expectations, you will appreciate the great tasting eats at Bridgeport Family Restaurant. Join with the locals who have made family owned and operated Bridgeport Family their favorite gathering place for the best in homemade comfort foods served in a down-home atmosphere.
42 Rt 41
Gap, PA 17527
Hungry for good eats in a relaxed atmosphere…at any time of the day or night? If so, your appetite will be satisfied at Aunt Jennie’s 41 Diner, a favorite casual dining destination for locals in eastern Lancaster County and for those traveling to and from nearby Chester County. This hidden gem is your place for epic breakfast fare, while the lunch and dinner menu features a wide selection of home cooked comfort food meals…made from scratch and served in generous portions. There is so much to choose from, you’ll have to return next time!
81 Hershey Road (2 minutes from Rte 283)
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Hungry for homestyle cooking that goes beyond the ordinary? Then consider this your invitation from Country Meadows Restaurant to come relax and enjoy, while they do the cooking and cleanup. Any time is a great time to discover Country Meadows. Stop by for a hearty start your day breakfast. Treat a business associate to a quick soup and salad lunch. Meet up with a friend and reconnect as you linger over a leisurely dinner date. No matter what the occasion may be, your made-to-order food selections are prepared fresh with authentic recipes and will most assuredly be savorily delicious. Make sure to save room for the freshly prepared dessert that are made on location.
1506 Lancaster Avenue
Columbia, PA 17512
Join the list of discerning diners who are happily discovering Black Olive Family Diner. If you appreciate good food and lots of it, if you prefer meals that are fresh and always delicious, then you will love your first of many visits to the Black Olive. Open 24 hrs every day, this hidden gem is Lancaster County’s destination for those enjoy the experience of food, with an eclectic menu and attentive service that goes far beyond the ordinary. Whether you want to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack, Black Olive Family Diner is the diner for you!
1812 W Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
The Udder Choice is a real find for those who enjoy delicious casual food selections and have a hankering for amazing varieties of homemade ice cream. From their amazing country style breakfast menu to their homemade soups and signature sandwiches for lunch & dinner, all the food at The Udder Choice is made-to-order and features warm breast of turkey, roasted on-location. Whether you order it as a happy ending to a savory meal or as a “main event,” if you are an ice cream lover, you will be thrilled with The Udder Choice flavors and variations…from old-fashioned ice cream sodas to specialty sundaes and everything in between, this hidden gem is a welcome discovery.
312 Primrose Lane
Mountville, PA 17554
Your quest for epic ice cream and handcrafted casual eats finds its destination at Scoop’s Ice Cream and Grille. Stop by for a family meal or an after-game celebration, make plans for a business lunch or host a birthday party…the welcoming ambiance and relaxing atmosphere at Scoop’s is a great choice for any occasion, ensuring that everyone’s appetite is satisfied. Whether you have a hankering for a handcrafted burger or a specialty chicken sandwich, whether you prefer an entree salad or a signature wrap…you will appreciate you made-to-order food choice, always fresh and delicious. With 24 flavors always available at all times, no trip to Scoop’s is complete without ice cream!
610 W Route 897
Reinholds, PA 17569
Kountry Korner DRIVE-IN offers appreciative guests savory comfort foods and tasty soft-serve ice cream in a captivating setting, including an old fashioned dining room and outside picnic grove. From hot beef to crab cakes, choose from their famous platters that include fries and savory fresh sides. You will never be disappointed with their amazing variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and Idaho potatoes with a nice selection of toppings. Satisfy your hankering for soft-serve ice cream with a cone, dish, or take-home pints and quarts. From banana splits to tasty sundaes, Kountry Korner offers an amazing adventure in ice cream creations.
662 S Oak St
Manheim, PA 17545
Whether you are hungry for a full homemade meal or just have a hankering for something sweet, you are invited to join with those who have made The Caddy Shack Restaurant their year-round destination for fresh and delicious comfort foods. From their signature broasted chicken to their premium ice cream selections, come explore the new additions on their expanded menu. The Caddy Shack is one of those places you have to experience to truly appreciate how uniquely special it is…come for a game of mini golf and finish off with a full meal or just a delicious ice cream creation. Discover one of Lancaster County’s best hidden gems.
2961 Main Street
Conestoga, PA 17516
Tel (717) 872-4811
The Conestoga Wagon Restaurant is a real find…right in the heart of “uptown” Conestoga and worth the drive from wherever you are….it is one of those restaurants that has to be experienced to really appreciate all it has to offer. The Wagon provides a rare combination of great food that is matched by an engagingly delightful atmosphere. It truly is a home of legends…stop by and enjoy the stories of yesterday, while you become part of tomorrow’s history.
12 West Newport Road
Lititz, PA 17543-8019
At Lititz Family Cupboard you will find a unique blend of true PA Dutch Cuisine along with a sophisticated fare of delicious entrees, wraps, and specialty salads. Save room for delightful and delectable made-from-scratch desserts from the Bakery At The Cupboard.
624 W. Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
If you appreciate homestyle cooking in a relaxed family atmosphere, you will enjoy discovering New Holland Family Restaurant. Join with the many locals who return to this friendly gathering place, day after day and week after week for their traditional favorites. From hearty country breakfasts to savory dinner specials, every meal at New Holland Family is prepared fresh and delicious. Stop by anytime for freshly brewed coffee and try one of the tasty made-from-scratch desserts.
2224 Furnace Hills Pike
Newmanstown (Lititz), PA 17073
The Pretzel Hut is an idyllic local destination that awaits your happy visit. Open year-round, the retro decor and relaxing ambiance are the perfect host for friends and family as they enjoy great tasting food and lively conversation. From their amazing bison burgers and delicious cheese steaks to chicken pot pie and taco salads, The Pretzel Hut specializes in a wide selection of homestyle casual eats, with something to satisfy the taste of everyone. Whether it is ordered as a main event or as dessert, The Pretzel Hut is one of Lancaster County’s most famous ice cream spots. And yes, in tribute to its name, you can always order fresh and hot soft pretzels.
213 East Main Street
Terre Hill, PA 17581
With an invitation to “Kumm Esse” (Come Eat), you are invited to enjoy the best in PA Dutch favorites and casual fare varieties at Terre Hill Family Restaurant. This hidden gem was recently renovated and opened under new ownership in July of 2014 and has quickly assumed the role of local gathering place for friends and families from the surrounding communities. Those who appreciate good food, made fresh and delicious, have discovered a new preferred spot for eating with family, friends, and neighbors. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week.
at Stoudtburg Village
2 North Market Street
Reinholds, PA 17569
Located at the center of Stoudtburg Village in northern Lancaster County, The Village Haus awaits the happy discovery of those who appreciate delicious food and enjoy great drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Hungry guests can order daily specials or select from an eclectic menu of artisan-style foods for both lunch and dinner. Whether you select the featured soup and a sandwich for a quick lunch or choose to have a relaxing dinner with friends, your food at The Village Haus will always be satisfyingly delicious.This local pub serves as the community’s social hub for great eats, relaxing drinks, and engaging