Gettysburg Restaurants Dish Out Enough Flavor To Feed An Army

Dining in Gettysburg isn't a one-dimensional experience. Contrary to your average small town, Gettysburg has a nice array of offerings. It may not be New York or San Francisco but that doesn't mean that Gettysburg is short on variety.

Dine in the town center on classic contemporary dishes at One Lincoln Food and Spirits and you'll be in for a treat. Adjacent to the Historic Gettysburg Hotel, you can people watch while you fill your belly with the bounty of upscale comfort food. The crab stuffed scallops with rock shrimp succotash will make you want to grab an envelope and write home to mama. Come casual or dressed up, the choice is yours, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

If you're in the mood for more rustic comfort food in the bowels of a National Register of Historic Places, head to the basement dining room of the Springhouse Tavern. One of three places to eat at the 1776 Dobbin House Tavern, the building may be old but the Dobbin House stays busy. Be sure to order yourself an appetizer to hold you over, the wait during the rush can be noticeable.

For reasonably priced but healthy portioned comfort food, drive a few minutes away from the Historic District for a meal at Dunlap's restaurant. This family-owned restaurant serves good old fashioned homemade food that will leave you over satisfied.


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Gettysburg Eddie is a unique restaurant in its own right. Different from most of the other restaurants in town, Gettysburg Eddie is a historical tribute to a different kind of hero, Gettysburg's Baseball Hall of Famer, Eddie Plank. Take a break from your busy day of touring to enjoy lunch or dinner at this stylishly casual restaurant and bar. It's definitely a change of pace from the Civil War. If you're at the National Cemetery for part of your day, this is a perfect stop after you pay your respects. It's just across the street. Gettysburg Eddie's specializes in homestyle dishes, NY-style deli sandwiches, Maryland crab cakes, and burgers.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Eddie's is a refreshing break from all the other period restaurants around town.

Tawanna's expert tip: Gettysburg Eddie's entire menu is carryout, perfect for avoiding the weekend evening crowd.

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This historic restaurant is the other half of the Hickory Bridge Farm bed and Breakfast. Located nine miles west of Gettysburg, the restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1977. the farm like atmosphere is beautiful and serene, perfect for private family style dining. Hickory Bridge Farm specializes in homemade selections. Guests can enjoy country dining in this renovated mid-19th century barn after a long day exploring Gettysburg. Excellent farm-style meals are featured on the lunch and dinner menus but they're only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 pm and Sundays from 12-3 pm. Hickory Bridge Farm also caters to large parties and tour groups. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The restaurant is a change of scenery from Gettysburg and can accommodate large parties.

Tawanna's expert tip: Since Hickory Bridge Farm is popular with Motor Coaches daily, you'll need to make reservations.

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The Springhouse Tavern

Located adjacent to the Dobbin House, this romantic, cozy tavern features a unique ambiance and a casual menu of salads, deli sandwiches, dinner platters, and terrific desserts. Prices range from $9 to $30. Dinner by candle light consists of homemade soups including baked onion soup with beef. A variety of ales, wines, and spirits complement the hearty fare. Be sure to order yourself an appetizer while you wait for your meal. Traditional American offerings like spit-fire roasted chicken, homemade apple pie, and sarsaparilla, coupled with its 18th century decor will transport you back in time. Your meal may be rustic but you'll find it served on China.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The Springhouse Tavern's downstairs dining area feels like you took a step back in time to early America.

Tawanna's expert tip: While you wait for dinner, you can explore the Tavern's upstairs area which was once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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History resounds at this early 18th century inn. You can just about everything you need at the Historic Farnsworth House Inn besides comfort food. Civil War bullet holes lodged in the home's wall are the most notable reminder of its past. Enjoy a candlelight meal in the main dining room, beautiful garden, or in the casual tavern. Sample the innkeeper's great-grandmother's spoon bread, goober pea soup, pumpkin fritters, and game pie. For dessert, try the sweet potato pudding, rum cream pie, or black walnut apple cake. Victorian-styled guest rooms are decorated with period antiques and feature a private bath. Some rooms have a gas fireplace, jacuzzi, and TV.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: You can get a Victorian picture taken, eat your meal, take a house tour, and hear a ghost story in one stop.

Tawanna's expert tip: Don't leave the Farnsworth without trying the spoon bread.

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Whether you're staying at one of the hotels in the Gettysburg Gateway Center or in downtown Gettysburg, the 1863 Restaurant makes for a great family friendly dining option. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Wyndham Gettysburg, just a ten minute drive from downtown. 1863 Restaurant offers casual dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily lunch specials as well as favorites like the citrus and herb roasted chicken, garden fresh salads, juicy burgers, steaks and lamb cooked to perfection. Executive Chef Claude Rodier brings his classical French training to the 1863 Restaurant, adding extra twists to American favorites. 1863 Restaurant uses ingredients grown, raised, caught and crafted by some of our areas local purveyors

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: 1863 Restaurant offers a three-course family style dining option complete with three protein choices and four sides.

Tawanna's expert tip: Sunday breakfast is a buffet and can get pretty crowded with guests grabbing a bite before check out - make a reservation.

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Dunlap's Restaurant and Bakery
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For a healthy portion of comfort food at a reasonable price, drive just outside downtown Gettysburg for a meal at Dunlap's Restaurant. Open since 1999, this family owned restaurant serves good old fashioned homemade American dishes that will leave you feeling welcomed and satisfied. Everything is made in house and fresh. Turkey dishes are made with fresh carved turkey. The chicken pot pie soup is like a pot pie in a bowl. Shredded chicken shares the space with a rich and creamy sauce and tasty dumplings. Dunlap is a family friendly restaurant and attracts an older crowd where the diners are friends with the owners. The extensive menu features daily specials.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Eating at Dunlap's, you can feel the love in the food - especially the apple dumpling.

Tawanna's expert tip: The top seller at Dunlap's is the broiled seafood platter and crab imperial.

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The Pub and Restaurant
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Make sure you go into the Pub and Restaurant hungry. Entrees whether they be salad or fish, are large enough to feed a King. Same goes for their homemade desserts. This federalist-style eatery is located in an historic building on Lincoln Square. The menu features homemade soups, warm pumpernickel bread bowls filled with salads or chili, delicious sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and steak specialties, along with such Mexican favorites as burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. Highlights on the dessert menu include Chocolate Lovin' Spoonful Cake, Bourbon Street Pecan Pie, and a brownie sundae served hot with vanilla ice cream.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The Pub and Restaurant makes their desserts in house and serves large portions of baked goodness.

Tawanna's expert tip: Thinking about wine for dinner? Enjoy a wine tasting right next door for half the cost of a glass at the restaurant.

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One Lincoln
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One Lincoln food and spirits opened in 2013 as part of a full scale renovation of Historic Gettysburg Hotel. The restaurant sits just adjacent to the hotel with a front row seat of all the action of Lincoln Square, the town's center. Offering both outdoor and indoor seating, One Lincoln is perfect for people watching while enjoying a delicious meal of upscale comfort food. Chef Holmes puts a contemporary spin on traditional favorites like chicken and biscuits, crab macaroni and cheese, pork barbecue and scallops. The restaurant is a great choice for couples and families, offering a range of menu items from the more refined entrees to the more simpler options of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. One Lincoln serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: One Lincoln is in a great location and makes a mean rock shrimp succotash.

Tawanna's expert tip: Have your meal outdoors to open up your nostrils and allow the flavors to fully permeate your taste buds.

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Enjoy classic American/Continental cuisine in a relaxed setting at this Civil War-era restaurant. The Cashtown Inn 1797 offers guests a chance to experience history at one of Gettysburg's premier fine dining destinations. Located within Confederate Headquarters, Cashtown has a seasonal menu for both lunch and dinner, using fresh, local ingredients. Cashtown Inn won the Wine Spectator award for 2011 serving up the best selection of wines from California, Australia, France, Spain and Oregon. Appetizers can be as basic as wings to as refined as beef carpaccio topped with lump crab. The restaurant is only open Tuesday through Saturday so plan your visit accordingly.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Cashtown is one of the areas few fine dining establishments.

Tawanna's expert tip: Business casual attire is appropriate and make reservations.

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This late 18th century colonial structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses an elegant candlelit restaurant, superb cuisine, and gracious hospitality. You will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Civil War era in the Alexander Dobbin Dining Rooms. The traditional menu features Adam County's fresh duck, William Penn's pork tenderloin with cherries, prime rib, and drunken scallops. Delicious homemade desserts include warm colonial gingerbread. Though casual and cozy, the Dobbin House is the fine dining side of the three restaurants under the establishment's dining umbrella. The Dobbins House Tavern is located adjacent to the Gettystown Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: The Dobbin House Tavern has one of the oldest settings in Gettysburg to enjoy dinner and get lost in time.

Tawanna's expert tip: While you wait for dinner, check out the upstairs one-room museum.

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