I can't say enough good things about the food scene in Lancaster, PA. There is so much to choose between, and I haven't been to a single restaurant in the city that's not welcoming and has a good and friendly vibe.
This time, I'll highlight 3 of them, all with seasonal menus and worth visiting as the winter end and spring starts to bloom.
John J. Jeffries
In early spring, you'll find watercress, wild mushrooms, maple, ramps, and spring onions often featured on the menu. Currently they have a cream of mushroom soup with sherry and creme fraiche. Their vegetarian cassolette included onions, kale, mushrooms, to name a few of the ingredients. And lastly, their dessert menu features an ice cream trip with maple pecan being one of the flavors.
John J. Jeffries is a beautiful restaurant in Lancaster, and if you're into arts, this place ticks all the boxes.
Address: Inside the Lancaster Arts Hotel, 300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
Harvest Seasonal Grill
Harvest Seasonal Grill's Lancaster location is all about healthy eating. On their winter menu, running into early spring, you'll find a braised short rib & mushroom flatbread, with horseradish-pumpkin seed pesto, caramelized onion, and more. There are also seared sea scallops with winter squash risotto.
This restaurant, a casual and kid-friendly one, is located at the Shoppes of Belmont right outside the city.
Address: 1573 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
Hunger-N-Thirst is a unique spot combining a New American-fare kitchen, craft beer store, and a gourmet market. On their gastropub menu, you'll find farmer's market greens with maple sherry root. There's also a Delmonico steak with shallots and mushrooms. And the classic but delicious maple-glazed salmon with brown butter cauliflower.
It's also a casual setting and it's a fun place to go for small bites and a drink.
Address: 920 Landis Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603