Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and it situated along the Susquehanna River. Not a huge city, it does have restaurants, perhaps for civil servants or? In any case, thanks to maps.google.com for the visual! And yes, there are a whole array of tastes to try. Among the places I have been to lunch over the past week or so are:
Simply Turkey and More : This is a sandwich (and more) place which specializes in roasting its own turkeys and making sandwiches. No, this is not all they serve, but the place smells delightful and the sandwich I had was the best of the day after thanksgiving -- multigrain bread, turkey, stuffing and cranberry. I had it with an iced tea and it was splendido. The ambience was not much, but the food definitely was. It is sort of the best of quick food, lining up and ordering away complete with plastic utensils, but the tastes were much better. There are two locations -- one on each "shore" of Harrisburg. Check out their menu and more here.
Mangia Qui is a fancier place where I actually had Sunday brunch. It even involved table cloths and nice silver ware. I went for a long walk and ended up here where they serve tapas and more. They have a Sunday brunch between 10 and 2:30, which is pretty important since loads of places seem to be closed on Sundays in this town. Their coffee was thick and strong and quite good. (The milk I asked for came in a shot glass which meant I spilled a little each time I added some to the coffee, but still, it looked cute.) I ordered a special, fried green tomatoes with a poached egg on top and a sort of tartar sauce like topping with shrimp in it. As the waitress warned, it was a tad heavy -- and I actually must have been really tired since I am not a huge fan of (especially runny) poached eggs. But, this was still good. I did not get the best seat for a person dining alone -- but I did enjoy the meal. And this despite the fact that the orange juice I ordered (which cost $3.75) was served with ICE. What gives? Yes, I will return. Maybe I will even try the tapas -- or something else. But really, what gives? (For their site, click here.)
Apparently I was eating like mad this week. So, I also went to Alvaro Bread and Pastry Shop where they make their own pasta and serve cheap, good Italian food. No, the owners are not Italian. This place I ordered carbonaro, and had it on ravioli. MMMM. The ravioli had a meat filling, which I was not expecting. Here, you line up and they heap the food up and hand it to you. Very inexpensive. We ate outside, and my only quibble was with the yellow jacket which really really wanted my coke. And the fact that the meal was so filling I did not eat the very good roll that came with it. Next time I will either take it home or avoid it entirely.
Passage to India has a place at the Broad Street Market (not where I ate) and a restaurant as well. It is in a hotel - and a bit further than I am likely to walk. I had been missing spicey food so was glad to try out their lunch buffet. The food was reasonably well spiced (though not hot) and the only peculiarity was the pakoras, which were a bit like french fries. I have no idea what the crepe like plate was I also received but it was swell (especially the coconut chutney that came with it). I had (I think) some chicken curry as well as a vegetable curry which featured peas. All in all, a good meal.
Not hte Harrisburg I ever knew before, but. . . . let me know if there are better places to try!