Hanover Restaurant Recommendations

Submitted by visualrealia on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:35

Hanover (Pennsylvania) is a major retail hub in the area, and this brings with it a boatload of places to eat. But which are worth stopping at?

While there are many that I'm sure are worthwhile that I've not listed here, this list includes some of my favorites that I personally recommend. Facebook (restaurant name) and website links are included. (This list is updated frequently - last updated 12/3/16.)

Hanover Restaurants - My Suggestions:

• Coffee

Merlin’s Coffee
10 South Franklin Street

A small shop right around the corner from one of Hanover’s main streets, filled with in-house roasted coffees for purchase by the pound or brewed per cup. What beats that? Bring your own cup and refills are $1.00. This is the only place to stop in town for coffee, by my taste buds.

• Pizza/Subs

Rose’s Pizza & Restaurant
701 3rd Street

The town’s best pizza, subs on excellent homemade rolls and pastas. If the word “meatball” is listed in the item, buy it. (Need rolls for your own subs? Buy them here!)

• Brewpub & Restaurant

Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brewpub
7 Pennsylvania Avenue

The warehouse home of Hanover’s first locally brewed beer holds a pleasingly odd but interesting collection of menu items ranging from wraps to upscale specials. Neat place to head when you’re looking for something different than a chain restaurant.

• Mexican

Taqueria El Pariente / El Agave
130 Eisenhower Drive

What was once a food truck has now moved inside, and yes, it’s my favorite traditional taco in town. Order the mixed (#13: beef/pork) tacos and you’ll be happy.

• Sandwich/Burger

Hanover has good food in a number of different categories, but perhaps the town’s traditional middle class background lends itself to burgers and hot dogs. If you can’t find a sandwich in Hanover that you like, you aren’t looking.

Texas Hot Weiner Lunch
38 Carlisle Street

Hanover is the home (I don’t care what anyone else says) of hotdogs and hamburgers with the works, including a (bean free) chili sauce and enough onions to kill a man. Hanover has two different longtime places, including this downtown icon. Awesome traditional fries.

Want to know a secret? Life is more than just burgers and hot dogs. Texas HWL bakes and slices its own hams for the ham and cheese sandwiches.

Famous Hot Weiner
101 Broadway - and
160 Dart Drive

And the other “weiner shop” in town is just as much a hit. When Hanoverians return to town, they stop at one of these two places within the first few minutes of crossing the border. While the hot dog seems to be mentioned the most, go for the cheeseburger with everything.

Shultz's Delicatessen
918 Carlisle Street

In addition to a large variety of deli-style sandwiches, wraps and salads, take home a container of their cheddar, bacon and horseradish spread. This place is a Hanover institution, having served the town since 1939.

• Italian

La Cucina
490 Eisenhower Drive

The Malvone family has been part of Hanover’s restaurant world for decades, and La Cucina shares that experience with the community. It's returned to the north end of town.

• Asian

Panda Asian Cafe
120 E. Chestnut Street

Newest of the Asian establishments listed here, but already established as a wonderful addition to the downtown area. Prices are very fair for the quality fo the ingredients, and if you like spicy soups, the Thai soups are wonderful. Consistent strong dishes/

Forbidden City
1100 Eichelberger Street

If I want to go to a traditional asian restaurant, I don’t even consider the other stops in town. Forbidden City has consistently well prepared entrees and friendly ownership and staff. Its weekend buffet may be one of the smaller ones in town, but it’s also my favorite by far. Quality over quantity. And their hot and sour soup is the best anywhere.

Korean Gardens
in the Markets at Hanover
1649 Broadway
Website (Markets at Hanover)

Korean Gardens resides in the center section of the Markets at Hanover at the north end of Hanover as heading toward Abbottstown. Great spot for pho and bibimbap. The pho broth is amazing.

Full Moon
1418 Baltimore Street

Full Moon has an excellent menu of sushi and sashimi, as well as intriguing special rolls.

Blue Koi
805 Baltimore Street

Slightly more upscale, with a good selection of sushi.

1150 Carlisle Street

Stop here for lunch and enjoy a bento box for a good value.

• Baked Goods

Jacquelyn's Bakeshop & Cafe
1785 Baltimore Pike

Grab a nice variety of baked goods and some very worthy wraps for a light lunch.

• Diner/American

Dutch Country Restaurant (No FB Page)
946 Baltimore Street

The parking lot is always full, which tells all when looking at where to go for good diner food.

• Ice Cream

York Street Treat
881 York Street

Looking for soft ice cream? Raspberry ice cream on York Street is the answer.

Paleteria Y Neveria Tocumbo
130 Eisenhower Drive

This Delaware company's hand-dipped ice cream and popsicles are the best in town. Try the coffee or vanilla flavored ice creams, as well as the wonderful aguas frescas.

• Must-Stop on Saturday Mornings

Moon’s Cafe
at the Hanover Market House
210 East Chestnut Street
Website (Hanover Market House) 

My Saturday morning breakfast is a spring roll from Moon’s at Hanover’s Saturday market. Very friendly place with equally tasty egg rolls and wontons. Tell them Andy sent you.

• Not in Hanover, But Close Enough…

Gateau Monique Bakery
5 South Queen Street, Littlestown

Scones, cupcakes, cheesecake, tarts, you name it... you'll love it here. Worth a morning drive from wherever you're at.

Fidler & Co.
213 East York Street, Biglerville

Excellent. Drive here from wherever you’re at.

C&D Bar & Grill
6465 York Road, New Oxford

A local favorite for higher end meals. Also very good at adapting or creating items for those with special dietary needs.

Inn 94
4805 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford

Looking for a traditional steak and seafood place with consistently good food? You’ll find it here. The Greek desserts are a bonus.


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