In Lancaster last weekend we were directed by locals to two downtown places where we had satisfying meals - for breakfast, Wish You Were Here, which does a good job of cooking slightly offbeat very good breakfast food (cant speak for their other meals), swedish pancakes (made with oatmeal), similar waffles, omelets and eggs (served with homemade type bread) were all very good. Not cheap and not quick but bright, cheerful and tasty, good.
Located on Orange Street just off the SW corner with Prince. Both dining rooms were full and there was a solid line waiting when we left.
For a light afternoon meal, we were directed to a tea shop on Mulberry Street about 5 blocks north of Chestnut called Pemberly Tea Shop, I think. It is a pretty, comfortable room that sells teas, scones and desserts as well as a limited selection of warm/savory foods. It was a cold day so we had a pot of Russian Caravan (very good) and their soups (on that day, carrot-ginger and chicken-sausage-veg), a serving of asparagus frittata, which was more like a very thick, rich quiche and a chicken salad sandwich . Again homestyle bread was used and all the food was delicious. They are limited to reheating in the store, (dont seem to have a kitchen there) but within that limitation you can eat very well - the lady is a good cook!
Both places had an ex-hippy or similar non-pro flavor, but were really quite excellent for what they did. And Lancaster is a great town for a visit with lots of historic neighborhoods to walk through- the Central Market is a good stop - in addition to local baked goods, meats etc, there is a vendor of African products and a Thai (I think) lady with a few offerings. We also saw a pho place on the north side of town, while coming in on Rte. 222 but did not stop to investigate.
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