Get a Taste of the Season
As summer winds down, Happy Valley prepares to share the harvest—bringing scrumptious fall flavors to local establishments. Many local restaurants, bars, and other eateries are adding a taste of autumn to their inventories and menus. Here are a few to try…
Cool Down with a Frozen Apple Cider from Otto's
Drink your way into fall with a special libation in Otto's featured drink rotation. Frozen apple cider is made with Barrel 21 Apple Eau de Vie, White Rye Whiskey, Keewaydin Apple Cider and Apple Juice with Orange and Vanilla.
2235 N. Atherton St., State College; 814-867-OTTO; www.ottospubandbrewery.com
S’Cream On at Happy Valley Brewing Company
Happy Valley's newest brewery, Happy Valley Brewing Company, serves up S'Cream Ale, a smooth amber pumpkin ale--one of the establishment's 13 unique brews.
137 Elmwood St., State College; 814-234-4406
Apples Au Naturel from Way Fruit Farm
Nothing signals the beginning of fall like a harvest of fresh apples, and Way Fruit Farm has 21 varieties to choose from. They also offer a variety of canned or processed fruits, including 100% natural apple cider, apple butter, applesauce, and dried apples.
2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd., Port Matilda; 814-692-5211; www.wayfruitfarm.com
Succulent South of the Border Squash from Gigi's Southern Table
The southern-inspired restaurant puts a fresh spin on a fall favorite: butternut squash & feta tacos topped with black bean, cauliflower and feta cheese salsa and cilantro.
2080 Cato Ave., State College; 814-861-3463; www.gigisdining.com
Thanksgiving Dinner or Burrito? At Mad Mex
Get an early taste of Thanksgiving with Mad Mex's Gobblerito. We’re talking about Thanksgiving dinner stuffed inside a burrito. That's right--roasted turkey, black bean mashed potatoes, corn, and stuffing crammed into a monstrous tortilla shell, then doused with gravy. It's so big they had to put the cranberry sauce on the outside.
240 S. Pugh St., State College; 814-272-5656; www.madmex.com
Pumpkin Ravioli at Mario’s Italian Restaurant
It only comes around once a year, for a limited time. And it’s so, so good. Housemade pasta stuffed with roasted pumpkin, amaretti cookies, a homemade fruit mustard, breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. Can you say divine?
1272 N. Atherton St., State College; 814-234-4273
Sweet Apple Treat at Kelly's Steak & Seafood
Indulge in a fall-inspired dessert with Kelly’s Vanilla Apple Brioche French Toast. This sweet treat starts with brioche bread that is dipped in vanilla burnt creme batter, then baked and served atop tart sweet cinnamon apples and topped with cinnamon whipped cream.
316 Boal Ave., Boalsburg; 814-466-6251; www.kellys-steak.com
Fall in Love with Fall Flavors at The Creamery
Another treat for your sweet tooth can be found at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, which puts its signature Monster Mash, Pecan Apple Danish, and Pumpkin Pie flavors into its rotation each fall.
119 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, University Park; 814-865-7535; creamery.psu.edu
Harden Up at Good Intent Cider
Take your apple cider up a notch this fall with hard cider from Good Intent Cider in Bellefonte. Get yours by the glass, bottle, or growler.
167 S. Potter St., Bellefonte; 717-778-8171; goodintentcider.com
Start Your Day with Maple and Bacon at Dam Donuts
Though it’s a year-round menu item, this new Bellefonte donut shop features its signature maple bacon donut. It's a cakey maple flavored donut topped with maple frosting and a generous helping of bacon.
216 W. High St., Bellefonte; 814-548-7825; www.damdonuts.com
Stay tuned to HappyValley.com for more of the area’s best fall dishes as autumn restaurant menus are released.