Fresh foods and specials make your spring great

Spring weather may be blooming a bit late here in Central Pennsylvania this year, but that just makes all things spring even more exciting when they finally arrive — including food! From great ingredients to great atmosphere, here are a few places you’ll want to visit this spring for top-notch meals.

The Freshest Burgers and Brews

There’s no need to fire up the grill every time you’re craving a good burger this spring, because Legends at the Penn Stater is cooking them up to perfection. Choose something classic like the customer favorite Penn State Burger topped with cheddar and bacon, or something more daring like the Pennsylvania Cordon Bleu Burger, Seared Panko Salmon Burger or Black Bean and Roasted Corn Burger. Their extensive craft beer list includes PA favorites like Rusty Rails and Erie Brewing Company, along with brews from throughout the U.S. Additionally, Legends recently introduced its Tap Takeover series featuring a different local brewery each time. The next Tap Takeover will feature Mad-K Brewing from Howard, PA on April 18. Pat yourself on the back, because there’s every excuse to treat yourself to some drinks this spring!

Brunch It Up for Mother’s Day

If you’re in need of some special Mother’s Day plans this year (don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sunday, May 13!), brunch is the perfect spring-y way to kick off the day. The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn will serve its Mother’s Day Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring made-to-order omelets, a carving station of fresh meats, desserts that include Berkey Creamery ice cream, and much more. The special brunch even comes complete with a kid’s buffet so you can bring the whole family along! Call 814-865-8590 to make reservations. The Atherton Hotel offers another Mother’s Day option, with its Mother’s Day Brunch taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with a full selection of your favorite breakfast items, the buffet offers gourmet lunch dishes that include freshly carved grilled London broil au jus, herb-roasted salmon, chicken piccata, soups, salads and pasta. Call 814-231-2100 for reservations.

Fresh Ingredients with a Side of Atmosphere

It’s time to start seeking out the awesome, fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that come along with a Happy Valley spring. Liberty Craft House is just one great place to start, with their commitment to local, natural, sustainable and organic ingredients that make up a yummy artisan menu (think fresh cheeses, charcuterie, flatbreads and more). Try going on a nice day to take advantage of the outdoor and open-window seating along College Ave., sit back with your food and drinks and admire the view. Hi Way Pizza recently opened its second location, bringing its locally-loved, scratch-made pizza to West College Ave. Hi Way Pizza offers nearly 30 varieties of pizza — including the super popular Vodka Sauce Flaky Crust Pizza and Thick Crust Square Sicilian — all made from scratch and hand spun. The new West location has all the traditions that have made Hi Way great since 1963, along with tons of draft beer options and 32 TV screens to watch all your favorite games. Fresh pizza, fresh brews and a baseball game sounds like an ideal spring combo to us.

A Trip for Your Taste Buds

Though your friends’ spring vacation photos might have you wishing you could get away on a trip of your own, don’t forget that you don’t have to go far to enjoy authentic, delicious and exciting cuisine from around the world. Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Austrian, Greek and much more — State College is lucky to be home to a full variety of restaurants serving authentic ethnic foods from around the globe. Kimchi Korean Restaurant is one great option to discover some amazing new flavors. Their mission to create fresh, quality, creative Korean cuisine comes through in every dish. If it’s your first time visiting, try starting with some iconic Korean staples, such as the stir-fried rice cakes in a homemade sweet and spicy sauce; Bulgogi (beef ribeye marinated with homemade barbecue sauce); Galbi (beef short ribs); and of course, their title dish: kimchi, the most popular Korean side dish of spicy fermented cabbage. You’re guaranteed a fun new experience, and you might find some new favorite foods along the way.

Just Down the Road

Taste even more of what the Centre Region has to offer this spring by taking a short drive outside of State College. The scenic drive to Taste of the Valley is the perfect excursion for a spring weekend. Nestled in Amish country in the quaint town of Belleville, Taste of the Valley will make you feel instantly at home with its to-die-for baked treats, full menu of freshly brewed coffee and tea beverages, and homemade breakfast and lunch — all of the highest quality. At the Hublersburg Inn just outside Bellefonte, Chef Cody Pierce is excited to source fresh, local vegetables, meats and cheese

from the surrounding area to create some of his signature dishes this spring. Try their five different Eggs Benedict options, which include fried chicken, crab cake and crispy pork belly. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, the Hublersburg Inn will blow you away with fresh ingredients and exciting options. Plus, its patio seating seals the deal as a place to go on a spring day.


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