You can eat at chain restaurants anywhere.

These places, unique to Lancaster County, really capture the flavor of the area.

Central Manor Bakery & Grille

You might think it’s just a corner grocery store in the heart of farm country, and while it is that, it’s also a (small) restaurant with friendly servers, excellent breakfasts and sandwiches.

3667 Blue Rock Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 872-8211

Ida’s Cafe

Pantry

This is the Greek Island Skillet at Pantry Restaurant.

Cool menu items, friendly waiters and waitresses. Busy, and because it’s small, get there early. And grad a big blueberry muffin to go.

507 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 293-1311

Silver Spring Family Restaurant

A mix of big-time breakfasts and the eclectic. Warm, inviting place, somewhere around where the suburbs end and the country begins.

3653 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 285-5974

The Pantry Restaurant

Pantry

This is the Greek Island Skillet at Pantry Restaurant.

You might think it’s a car tune-up place before you see the sign, but don’t miss it for good eats.

2715 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 898-6034

Conestoga Wagon Restaurant

If you’ve never been there, GO—even when it’s not a wing-night special. Always packed for breakfast. “Friendly” isn’t a strong enough word for the staff.

2961 Main St, Conestoga, PA 17516

(717) 872-4811

— Dave O’Connor