2 Pennsylvania Restaurants Inside the Top 50 in America

Pennsylvania has some fantastic restaurants. I really believe the Keystone State has some gems that are often overlooked, but maybe part of their charm is that they are hidden diamonds in the rough.

Now, the New York Times has released its annual list of the best restaurants in America. Three Pennsylvania spots made the cut. “We traveled widely and ate avidly as we built the annual list of our favorite restaurants in America,” the publication states. “From Oklahoma City to Juncos, Puerto Rico, to Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State, our food reporters, editors and critics found revelatory Ethiopian barbecue, innovative Haitian cooking and possibly the most delicious fried pork sandwich in the United States.”

They added, “While we love to see a dynamic new dining room open its doors, we’re equally impressed by kitchens that are doing their best work years in. So while some of our picks debuted just this summer, others have been around for decades. The one thing they do have in common: The food is amazing. These are the 50 restaurants we love most in 2022.”

So, which Pennsylvania spots made the cut? Gabriella’s Vietnam in Philadelphia and Andiario in West Chester. Of Gabriella’s Vietnam, the publication states, “The presentation of the food here is as thrilling as the flavors, and a meal can quickly turn into a party. Bánh bèo chén, or water fern dumplings, arrive open face and in individual bowls topped with crackled pork and shrimp, with nước mắm on the side… The restaurant is minimally decorated — perhaps because the food does all the talking.” Of Andiario, the publication states, “When Tony Andiario and Maria van Schaijik moved from Phoenix to West Chester, Pa., in 2017, they landed in his home state and not far from her parents. The restaurant the couple opened the following year suggests other incentives. The peppery local radicchio, for instance, which Mr. Andiario sets in a tangle over sheer slices of porchetta di testa, atop a golden round of chestnut crespelle. Or Pennsylvania guinea hens coated in a cream sauce thick with local mushrooms. Italian restaurants are popular vehicles for showcasing regional ingredients. Mr. Andiario takes things a step further, persuading diners to believe, at least over the span of a meal, that there are few places better situated for cooking Italian food than this college town 30 miles west of Philadelphia.” As for outside of Philly, Apteka in Pittsburgh also made the cut. Huge congratulations to all the restaurants featured. Find the full list here.

These Pennsylvania State Parks Will Take Your Breath Away

  • Ohiopyle State Park

    OHIOPYLE STATE PARK, PA

    Located at the southern reaches of the Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. Close to major metropolitan areas and offering vast choices of activities, Ohiopyle State Park attracts millions of visitors annually.

  • Cherry Springs State Park

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  • Presque Isle State Park

    Presque Isle State Park

    Alerts Park Gates Closing at 9PM Park Officials announce that beginning Friday, October 1st, the Presque Isle State Park gates will be closing, daily, at 9 PM. New COVID-19 Protocols Beginning May 31, 2021 With the release of new Orders from the Secretary of Health, we are again modifying our operations at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    The park represents the founding ideals of the nation, and preserves national and international symbols of freedom and democracy, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Kinzua Bridge State Park

    Kinzua Bridge State Park

    Alerts SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania's resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread.

  • Flight 93 National Memorial Park

    Flight 93 National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

    On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S.

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Valley Forge is the encampment site of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778. The park features 3,500 acres of monuments, meadows, and woodlands commemorating the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honoring the power of people to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

  • Ricketts Glen State Park

    RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK, PA

    FALLS TRAIL WINTER CLOSURE: Every winter the Falls Trail closes due to ice and hazardous conditions on the trail. During this time the only persons allowed on the trail are registered ice climbers and experienced hikers with the proper equipment. This equipment would include: crampons, an ice ax, rope, and a hiking partner.

  • Hyner View State Park

    Hyner View State Park

    Alerts SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania's resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread.

  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park

    PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK, PA

    Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area known as South Mountain. Visitors enjoy many recreational opportunities, including two mountain lakes, Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake, hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking the rail trail, visiting the Appalachian Trail Museum and imagining when the park was a charcoal-fired iron furnace community.

  • Allegheny National Forest

    Allegheny National Forest - Home

    Situated on the Allegheny Plateau, the forest is comprised of 514,029 acres in the northwestern corner of the state. The U.S. Forest Service brought new concepts in forest management to the Allegheny Plateau -- multiple benefits, sustainability, and collaborative partnerships.

  • Canoe Creek State Park

    CANOE CREEK STATE PARK, PA

    The beautiful, 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields and mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife. The lake is popular for fishing year-round. Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats.

  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Basic Information - Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

    The park is open on Federal Holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day and Washington's Birthday. On days the park is closed, its historic buildings, parking lots, and visitor center (including restrooms) are unavailable for use, but its hiking trails (which interconnect with those of neighboring French Creek State Park) remain open.

  • Marsh Creek State Park

    Marsh Creek State Park

    Alerts Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania's resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find.

  • Bald Eagle State Park

    BALD EAGLE STATE PARK, PA

    Looking for the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle?: If you are looking to book a room at the Nature Inn, please search for The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle in the "Where" area of our Reservation Home Screen. Thank you! The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park is in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania.

  • Hickory Run State Park

    HICKORY RUN STATE PARK, PA

    The 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and miles of trout streams. Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a National Natural Landmark.

  • Lehigh Gorge State Park

    Lehigh Gorge State Park

    Alerts COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021: Effective Sunday December 6, 2020 All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st. This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals. Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered.

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)

    Situated within the most densely populated region of the United States, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area provides a unique opportunity to experience tranquil landscapes, rich human history, and striking scenery along 40 miles of the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. The park offers year-round recreation including hiking, paddling, fishing, and hunting.

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