appalachian brewing company – switchback burger

I was stuck in Harrisburg in need of a place to watch multiple NHL playoff games while having dinner and a beer. Multiple people suggested I check out Appalachian Brewing Company and sit at the bar. Without many other options, me and my friend checked it out.

To start off, I had the Trail Blaze Brown Ale and a Brewer’s Cheddar Ale Soup, which was made from their Water Gap Wheat Ale. I also gave into the urges to have another burger on my trip. They offered four different kinds and I went with their “Best Burger Grill Off” winning one, the Switchback Burger.

The Switchback Burger is made up of an 8 oz. Angus beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, provolone, capicola, bacon, caramelized onions, and BBQ sauce (made from their house root beer). It’s sandwiched between a brioche roll and served with house made chips.

This burger was huge. It was easily one of the tallest burgers I’ve had in a long time. The burger was cooked to a slight medium and wasn’t as juicy as I’d hoped. Luckily, the toppings tasted so good that it made the burger quite enjoyable. The house made chips were pretty good, too. The burger went down nicely with a glass of their Hoppy Trails IPA.

I had a great time here. The bartender was really friendly, and she already had all the TVs at the bar tuned into hockey! I’m sure no trip out to Harrisburg in the future will be without a visit to Appalachian Brewing Company.

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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lancaster brewing company: harrisburg – prime burger

Since I was going to be in Harrisburg for almost a week, I did some research on some places to check out. I don’t remember Lancaster Brewing Company having a spot out there a couple years ago, but they certainly had one this time.

The Prime Burger comes on a fresh bun with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It’s accompanied by house cut fries and a slice of a house pickle. Like most of my other recent burgers, it was overcooked to medium. It wasn’t bad though. The burger had a pleasant char from the grill and tasty bacon. The burger was also appropriately sized for the bun.

The main reason I went to LBC was to have some brews! I started off with the Double Chocolate Milk Stout. Following that, I ordered a sampler which I split with a friend. The sampler came with 12 beers, 3 of which were special blends. The 9 beers were: Country Cream Ale, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Gold Star Pilsner, Celtic Rose, Fest Beer, Lancaster Lager, Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, and Hop Hog IPA. The 3 special blends were a Chocolate Covered Strawberry (75% Milk Stout, 25% Strawberry Wheat), Strawberry Rose (50% Strawberry Wheat, 50% Celtic Rose), and Hog’s Milk (Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA). My favorite was easily the Double Chocolate Milk Stout.

Lancaster Brewing Company
469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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broad street market – harrisburg

If you’ve been following this blog from the start, you are aware that I was out in Harrisburg for 2 1/2 weeks back in September. One of the great places I came across there was the Broad Street Market. It’s your typical farm market with fresh produce, meats, and good home cooked Amish food. There are two buildings making up the Broad Street Market. The front building is just eateries, while the back is a mix of everything.

The place I went to for lunch was called L&L Country Meats. I got standard Amish farm market fare like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and potato wedges. Ahh, they were delicious. The potatoes could have been crispier, but it was a cheap, delicious meal.

What really stood out for me though, were two things…

1. Candy Cigarettes. Maybe I could find this elsewhere just as easy, but I’m never looking for it. Stoltzfus Candy had these! I haven’t seen these in years and it’s not really a big deal, it’s just that I have a nostalgic attachment to them. They also remind me of Halloweens when I was growing up. These are sugary sweet….just like the stick in Fun Dip.

2. All Sport sports drink. I recently (within the last year) had a conversation with a friend about sports and somehow the All Sport sports drink of the 90s came up. How funny and crazy that we both remembered this awful tasting and from what I remembered, carbonated? A carbonated sports drink you say? That’s not right… I swear, that’s what I remember. Anyway, after my friend and I had that conversation, I tried to find this drink in local supermarkets around (Shoprite, Wegman’s, Giant) but no luck. Of course I just assumed that it truly was that bad of a sports drink and was just discontinued. When I passed by one of the Amish eateries, I noticed that in one of those drink coolers in the back, there were at least 3 shelves of three different flavors of All Sport! I did a double take, since I couldn’t believe it. Immediately I bought two, one for aforementioned friend, and one for myself. Unfortunately when I sat down to drink it, it was not carbonated whatsoever. Was I imagining things? or has the product changed since the mid 90s? It was however still pretty bad. I’ll gladly take a Gatorade or Powerade over an All Sport any day. Hey, it was worth it for that feeling of nostalgia.

I just googled “all sport carbonated” and did find out that it was INDEED carbonated back in the 90s! I wasn’t wrong! Sigh, that carbonation definitely woulda taken the cake.

Broad Street Market
1233 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

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So this is something I wanted to blog about a while ago but just couldn’t find the time. Two weeks ago I was in Harrisburg for 3 weeks of training. I’ve never been to Harrisburg prior to that visit, so I definitely walked around a bit. It’s small, not quite as city as NYC or Philly, but it’s not bad. I found some good eats (will post about some soon) and some friendly people. My favorite thing was probably the many bridges that cross the Susquehanna River. It’s just beautiful.

Just three of the many bridges that cross the Susquehanna.

I bet all of you (or the few of you who read) were wondering when the hell bridges were gunna be blogged about….well, here ya go!

These are just a few shots I took while walking around…

The Capitol Building.

I really wish I got a chance to take some better shots. These pictures don’t do the bridges justice…

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la kasbah!

Tonight, I went into Harrisburg to try Moroccan food for the first time. La Kasbah is located just off of 2nd Street. (The building is kind of recessed in, and even though you see the sign, you don’t see the restaurant unless you’re right in front of it – I definitely missed it the first time around.) It’s a family owned place run by a father and son from Casablanca.

La Kasbah’s dining space was very cozy and intimate. The walls were yellow/gold with scattered reds from the furniture, wall décor, and table napkins. Having two dishes in my mind already, my server helped me decide and I went with a lamb tagine with a side of couscous. The server came out in a couple of minutes with a basket of thin, warmed pita quarters with country crock (really?!) and harira (Moroccan soup). The pita was good, I didn’t use any country crock…just not crazy about that stuff. I figured there woulda been hummus or oil or something… The harira was tasty. There were chickpeas, lentils, and vermicelli in it. I would say that it had a minestrone sort of feel to it.

The lamb tagine and couscous came out in, well…tagines. Tagines are the clay pots which are used to cook the meal….hence the name. The fork tender lamb was fantastic. It was accompanied by caramelized prunes and topped with sesame seeds. I’m glad I left some pita to use to sop of some of the delicious goodness left in the tagine. The couscous was pretty good as well. At the end of the meal, the server had given me a Moroccan tea on the house. It consisted of green tea, mint, and orange blossom. I’m not quite the tea drinker, but I enjoyed this a lot. The Moroccan tea was a great way to close out the meal.

I’m definitely bookmarking this place for any future visits to Harrisburg.

P.S. – They also have bellydancing on the weekends!

La Kasbah
913 N. 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA

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