Though breakfast is our long lauded “most important,” anyone would tell you that midday is the King of Mealtime. Whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop and refuel, or your day requires a longer, more luxurious luncheon, the eateries of Pennsylvania are standing by, eager to fill your bellies and ease your mind.
A nursery of sorts for the next culinary superstar, Smallman Galley is one of the best places for lunch in the United States, let alone Pennsylvania. Founded as a way to give up and coming chefs a foothold, as well as provide a delicious sense of community for patrons, this Pittsburgh gem is a must-eat in the Steel City. Select your favorites from one of four restaurant counters—don’t forget a drink from one of two bars—and join one of the most convivial crews in state.
In the heart of the capital, on a picture-perfect, tree-lined street, sits Home 231. This Harrisburg location focuses on fresh, seasonal, local products cooked to perfection and served with a smile. Lunch at Home 231 transforms into a feast of flavors, from a flawless shaved brussel sprout salad to heartier burgers and sandwiches.
Little Nonna’s is a cozy, adorable lunch option in Midtown Village with an added bonus of gorgeous garden seating for warmer afternoons. Choose the lunch tasting menu, a mouth-watering way to enjoy the best of Philadelphia for just $20 per guest, or go a la carte. Whatever you do, try the Arancini, and become a lifetime devotee.
There’s just something about a sandwich for lunch that feels so right. Enter Bruno’s, serving up signature sammies with locations in Lancaster, Lititz, Lebanon, and Greenfield. Visit for classic sandwiches and the best, freshest ingredients in the area, based around a love of food and family.
Natural, organic, local, gourmet, and perfect. These are just some of the many words of praise we could shower on Plenty, each of them as glowing as the last. Whether your day takes you to Rittenhouse, Passyunk, or Queen Village, a stop at one of the Plenty locations is tough to beat. Go with the grilled cheese and tomato soup, or take advantage of an all-day breakfast menu and reset your entire afternoon.
Family owned and designed around the customer experience and quality eats, Cafe Raymond is the kind of place Pittsburgh is blessed to call its own. With an extensive menu, plenty of vegetarian options, and even a discounted “Brown Bag Special,” Cafe Raymond is worth a stop, no matter how hectic your day.
With art inspired menu items, Picasso’s serves up masterpieces of delicious proportions. This Erie location is open for dinner as well, but something about their fresh, indulgent, varied options won’t let you wait till later than lunch.
Talula’s is a celebration of all things edible, billed as a place to congregate over marketing, food and drink. Though a tad pricey, the quality and thoughtfulness makes it well worth the splurge. Choose from fresh breads, cheeses, salads, and small bites.
Abe’s is an institution: a Jewish deli with the nicest owners around and solid vegetarian selections, alongside classic, carnivorous chow. Feel like family from your very first visit, and reclaim your lunch hour with a meal from this Scranton star.
A New England-style eatery in the heart of Pennsylvania, Marblehead Chowder House is a great way to take a mini-vacation midday. With an extensive menu that includes incredible soups and chowders, as well as newfangled dishes like crab pierogis, this Easton eatery is for those who crave the high seas and a hearty lunch.