On a family trip out to Hershey, Craig LaBan, restaurant critic for The Inquirer, discovered how much he underestimated the gastronomic allure of America’s chocolate-candy capitol. Aside from the fine dining at Hershey Grill, he was pleasantly pleased by the following four stops:

  • Tröegs Brewing Co: LaBan coins this brewery Beer World for all its wonders, which include a giant beer hall where “at least 15 house-brews are on draft” and a restaurant “run by chef Christian DeLutis [that] goes well beyond the usual brewpub nibbles.”
  • Black Gryphon: Plaudits are showered upon Anthony Morgan, whose Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown features an impressive craft beer lineup along with Welsh fare. LaBan posits that it is probably the only menu of its kind in the entire state.
  • Rooster St. ProvisionsThis charcuterie shop recalls the best of both Brooklyn cool and Western European traditions, with specialties ranging from “a beautifully seasoned country pate with pistachio and plums to thick-cut bacon cured with Creole mustard and brown sugar.”
  • Brownstone Cafe: This former bank turned family-style restaurant turns out classic home-cooked dishes made from scratch (many with locally sourced ingredients), such as “Pennsylvania Dutch-style ‘pot pie’ served with dumpling-esque noodles.” It also serves “old-school pies [like] fluffy coconut or rich peanut butter cream.”

[via The Inquirer]