My husband and I will be traveling to Pennsylvania at the end of July to visit family. He is from a small town in Schuylkill County near Tamaqua. We will be staying at a hotel in Hazleton and visiting with family in the Tamaqua area for part of the time. We will also be taking trips to one or more of the following amusement/theme parks: Hershey, Dorney, and Knoebel's (near Elysburg). We may or may not be staying near the parks. Other activities have not yet been decided but could include a visit to the Yuengling factory in Pottsville, parks, and maybe a pretzel factory if I can find one nearby (I love pretzels).
Thank you for helping with recommendations for food in this area. I would prefer to avoid chain restaurants if possible. Previous trips have not yielded many options, and I have not been in the area for several years. We eat anything and have no restrictions or allergies. We are open to any type of cuisine, atmosphere, and price range. We will have our own car and are willing to drive. I would especially like input on options in and or near the amusement parks, and the Hazleton area.
Anyplace that has birch beer on tap (my husband prefers the clear version) would be a bonus, food aside. I did turn up a reference to a place called Werts Cafe in Allentown that offers this, but think there must be others in the area.
Oh, and I am also having difficulty locating farmers' markets in the area (the one in Jim Thorpe seems to be defunct), so if anyone knows of a good one, with local produce, or even a reliable roadside stand or truck market or whatever, I'd appreciate the info.
Here is my current list from research. Please weigh in with opinions and advice on any or all of these, and tell me what I have missed.
in Jim Thorpe: Flow, Maya, and Black Bread
near Jim Thorpe: Trattoria 903
Lansford: Kelly's Pub
Dorney Park area: Grille 3501, Pistachio's
Paxinos (near Elysburg and Knoebel's): Massers Restaurant
Hershey: restaurants in the Hershey Hotel
not a restaurant but Dietrich's Meats in Krumsville sounds good
Again, thank you so much for any help you are able to give. It would make my trip much more pleasant!