First they called Lancaster a "mini-Brooklyn." Now it's the new “Portlandia.”
The Lancaster food scene got yet another shout-out Thursday, when Paste magazine posted “Nine Reasons Why Lancaster, PA, is the New ‘Portlandia,’” comparing the Red Rose city’s culinary landscape with aspects of the IFC TV show that mocks hipster culture.
On the show, actor-musicians Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen plant tongue in cheek to play a variety of over-the-top, too-serious characters who might be found in the independent bookstores and coffeehouses of Portland, Oregon.
“Like Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, Lancastrians are committed to keeping Lancaster weird and foodie-focused,” says the subtitle of the Paste article by Karen Loftus, who recently wrote about Lancaster Central Market.
Like the recent New York Post article comparing Lancaster to a mini-Brooklyn, the Paste story name-checks numerous local food businesses.
Dubbing Lancaster’s farm-to-table movement a “locovore lure,” the Paste story talks about Linden Dale Farms’ goat-milk cheeses, Rooster Street Butcher’s pasture-raised meats and Green Circle Organics farm co-op produce — all found at Lancaster Central Market.
Comparing Lancaster with Seattle and Portland in its wealth of “independent hippy dip cafes,” the article mentions Prince Street Cafe, Square One Coffee, Mean Cup, Chestnut Hill Cafe and Passenger Coffee.
Beets are trending on “Portlandia,” says Paste, and Fenz restaurant’s roasted beet and spinach salad gets a mention. Further, Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie and On Orange are the chosen representatives of the local brunch trend.
Artisanal foods such as the rustic pizza at the new restaurant Luca and the meats and cheeses at Hunger-N-Thirst also make the list, as does the cocktail scene that includes such eateries as John J. Jeffires, Aussie & The Fox, Pour, The Pressroom and The Horse Inn (with its homemade bitters).
Even the whoopie pies at Shady Maple are compared to “Portlandia” cherpumples — “pies inside of cakes inside of pies.” And traditional Pennsylvania Dutch pickling, as exemplified by Amish Family Recipes at Central Market, is mentioned beside the ubiquitous, trendy pickling going on in the program's fictionalized version of Portland.
Given "Portlandia's" satirical stance, we’re not sure whether the Paste comparisons are made with love. But we’ll gladly accept the attention.