Yes I know that large stretches of this road dont have much going on. But I thought I would just put up a list of a few of the more worthwhile places we have been to in the last couple years driving from NYC to Ohio on 80
East to West:
the Powerhouse (White Haven, in the Poconos http://www.powerhouseeatery.co/#about
from sandwiches through a full dinner menu, all well made in a really interesting former industrial setting (old powerhouse
Berwick Brewery - Berwick PA http://www.berwickbrewing.com/- a full range of housemade beers and interesting pizzas, including inside space plus beer garden overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna River - maybe a bit too far off the highway if you are in a rush
Danville - in the nice old downtown, the bustling new Old Forge Brewing Co. www.oldforgebrewingcompany.com/ - visited on our last trip - I had a great burger and husband enjoyed his beef sandwich - wide range of beers - made me a very good russ/n with a belgian white beer and freshly made lemonade - they brew their own soft drinks as well as beers here. There are a couple traditional barebones places selling Philly cheesesteaks and such we have been to over the the years but the burgeoning Old Forge tops them in appeal
Bellefonte - Cafe on the Park has pastries and light meals including gluten free http://www.cafeonthepark.net/ Sam Nastase's Beer Distributor on Zion road, entering town from the East has a fairly good selection including local favorite Straubs, from St. Marys.
Woodland, one exit E of Clearfield, on Rt 322 - Gio's BBQ http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/252/14811...
We really enjoyed our spare ribs, pulled pork and chile beans at Gio's - good value big serving size, bare bones fast food style place. If you're in the clearfield area for lunch or dinner its worth a stop.
Ethan's Cafe in the old commercial center of Clearfield is a simple cafe with fresh made salads and sandwiches, good for a light lunch
Brooksville - the Courthouse Grill and Pub is an old courthouse restaurant in the center of town (historic area, very nice to stroll around) which is currently being run by some greek folks. Pretty good greek food in a pleasant historic setting.
We tend to stop at beer distributors when crossing PA to pick up a case or two - Plylers in Brookville is one where we have stopped more than once. Notable for the fact that it is built into the side of a hill (like a cave) and friendly helpful guy. https://plus.google.com/1108467791344...
Western PA - near Mercer and Sharon - Rachel's roadhouse is one of the growing springfield group of restaurants http://www.springfields.com- on US 19 S of Mercer. Its a big informal place - when we were there it was full of people kicking back for Friday lunch. I liked my reuben, husband and kids liked their meals too and the well-priced beer.