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The last few years of food trends are finally hitting Pennsylvania. That means there are new restaurants opening and big changes in eatery styles around the state. Enterprising restaurant owners have opened (or revamped) restaurants that are becoming part of the community, closing the gaps between the rural and the city. Here are some of the restaurants where you can experience the revival of the Rust Belt restaurant.

Ristorante Pesto – Philadelphia, PA

This eatery can’t be faulted for the warmth of welcome you’ll get from the wonderful staff. The eating area is spacious and the food is out of this world—but not out of the state! It’s unlikely you will find Italian cuisine at such a great price anywhere else in the city. Be sure to try their choice of wines on offer—or, in the European tradition, bring you own with you! Ristorante Pesto is a five-star experience, especially if you’re looking for authentic pasta dishes and a cozy atmosphere in the city of Brotherly Love.

The Silver Spring Family Restaurant – Lancaster, PA

It says it in the name: this is a restaurant built by a family for families. No matter how many times you go to this fabulous little restaurant, you will never have a bad meal. Try the corned beef hash, which is the best in the state. The whole menu is consistently good and ideal for enjoying a large meal for the family as the service is quick and efficient. Another of the speciality treats on offer are a range of homemade soups that are meals in themselves in Lancaster.

Food 101 – Gettysburg, PA

This restaurant doesn’t have the most attractive exterior—you might walk right past it without giving it a second though. But there is no doubt that it is the top restaurant in historic Gettysburg for sandwiches and burgers. Food 101 stands out among other restaurants thanks to their homemade pot chips. Even if you don’t have time for a sit down meal, stop by to sample these crispy, moreish chips. Food 101 is often very crowded so be prepared to get really comfortable with your neighbours!

Rodizio Grill – Allentown, PA

For ambience and the quality of food on offer, the Rodizio Grill is terrific. A lovely bubbly atmosphere that is created by the staff is contagious. Rodizio Grill isn’t a go-to restaurant for a romantic dinner but if you’re feeding a hungry family on a budget then this is the place to go in Allentown. You’ll find a great variety of food here in one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing cities.

The Chocolate Avenue Grill, Hershey, PA

Hershey is also known as Chocolate Town USA, so it’s only right that you eat at a representative restaurant! The Chocolate Avenue Grill has an intriguing name, friendly staff, and excellent food at reasonable prices. The house speciality is the lasagna but be sure to try the chocolate milkshake martini—it’s outrageously delicious! The portions can be quite large so be sure you bring your appetite with you!

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