On the Outskirts: Three Local Eateries
By Amy Shawley
Are you in search of some fresh and authentic local fare away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? Make a day of it and journey to some of Centre County’s fine coffee houses, cafes and restaurants just a short drive away from downtown State College for a chance to explore the local area and enjoy great food and the local surrounding community.
Standing Stone Coffee Company
1229 Mifflin St., Huntingdon, PA 16652
Looking for a great day out and a nice drive through the Pennsylvania countryside? Check out the Standing Stone Coffee Company in Huntington which lies about 45 minutes south of State College. Its name stems from the Standing Stone Creek which flows into the Juniata River.
More than just a coffee shop, you can while away the afternoon sipping on many varieties of roasted coffee or fresh fruit smoothies while entertaining the kids and taking advantage of their on site coin operated laundry facilities while you dine.
Warm up with their winter menu which includes specialty dishes, sandwiches and salads including their panini grill featuring winter favorites like the Tuscan Beef Panini bringing with it a hint of Italy; loaded with dripping roast beef and roasted peppers on fresh ciabatta bread, or the Pittsburgher Panini on wheat, complete with coleslaw, provolone, potato chips and zesty sauces for that old Steel town kick.
Their events including painting and game and trivia quiz nights, as well as live entertainment for a leisurely afternoon spent catching up with family and friends.
Elk Creek Cafe
100 West Main Street Millheim, PA 16854
You'll find quality entertainment combined with a nice brew 20 miles east of State College at Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim. Located in the heart of Amish country, you'll find a menu that includes brunch, lunch and dinner fare.
Lunch favorites include truffle fries made with real truffle oil, and the authentic juicy Elk Creek Burger. For dinner, try a sizzling flat iron steak or their spicy curried chicken and jasmine rice.
Their beer menu is extensive and includes homemade brews. Events include Jazz, Roots and Blues on Saturday nights and pub hangs on Thursdays with local musicians and the best area entertainment performing on their famous decorative stage.
Red Horse Tavern
104 N Main St Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 US
Looking for some flavorful fare that combines traditional favorites with unique mouth-watering creations? Look no further than the Red Horse Tavern. Located just minutes from historic Bellefonte, The Red Horse Tavern is open for dinner and lunch and offers dinner menu options such as succulent filet mignon with caramelized onions and Atlantic salmon covered in Asian glazed wild mushrooms.
About a twenty minute drive from State College, the trip to Pleasant Gap is worthwhile with such tantalizing starters as pork tacos and spicy Louisiana shrimp; make sure you save room for the main course!
Their specialty dishes include their flavorful fish tacos every Wednesday and fresh crab cakes served once a month.