Eastern Pennsylvania (East of State College)

dinics

above-Dinics Roast Pork, Brocolli Raab and sharp provolone sandwich from Reading Terminal Market.  This is what SHOULD be the famous sandwich.  Tony Lukes makes a great one also.

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Lehigh Valley-Allentown Bethlehem Area

Amusement Park-
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, 3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA
610-395-3724-great Six Flags like amusement park only an hour or so out of NYC.  Owned by the company that runs Cedar Point in Ohio.

Drive In Theaters-
Becky’s Drive In-4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport PA, 18088    (610)767-2249 -Family run drive in open every night through summer.

Shankweiler Drive in4540 Shankweiler Rd, North Whitehall, PA 18069

The Mahoning Drive-in Theater-1948 single-screen outdoor theater showcasing vintage films and festivals like a shlock fest.-635 Seneca Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235

Eats

Easton Sweet Shop -251 Centre Square, Easton, PA ,610-250-3672, Get either pancakes, cheese steak or pepper pot soup

Wert’s Cafe-515 N 18th St, Allentown, PA 18104-Multiple burger variations including a crabmeat burger and delicate onion strings. Fries with CRABMEAT?!?, and chili.

YOCCO’S – The Hot Dog King-2200 Hamilton Street  Allentown, PA 18104 (610) 821-8488 Hot dog and Cheesesteak joint with multiple locations-the incredibly cheap Yoccos hot dog is a well done dog with onions mustard and chili, you can also get a side of pierogies

Zandys Steak Shop-813 Saint John St, Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 434-7874-A different kind of steak sub place thats been around forever.  They specialize in a steak sub in a tomato based sauce.  Get pioeries on the side. Right across from Double Decker Records

Johnnie Lustig’s Frankfurters-835 N New St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: (610) 419-8835 Homemade hot dogs daily with many toppings including a pickle wedge, made DAILY and smoked. Each frank is cut off a longer rope of weiner. They also smoke bratwursts, beef roasts for Chicago style Italian Beef, pork roast for pulled pork, and pretzels. 

Record Shop-

Double Decker Records808 Saint John St, Allentown, PA 18103, (610) 439-3600

Philadelphia
South Street is the place where most hip stuff in Philly is, and old city has tons of bars and clubs as well.  South Street has Hipster Travels Favorite bar-Tattooed Moms at 530 South St.
R5 productions puts on some of the coolest shows in town.  Check before you visit.  Also check DIY Philly.

There are two alternative weeklies.  One is Philadelphia Weekly.  The other is CityPaper.  Holly Eats has a great rundown of Philly food.

Other things of note, and perhaps not that hip, but definately unusual:
Victor Cafe,1303 Dickinson Street at: 13th St tel: (215) 468-3040-this is an italian restaurant that has opera singing waiters and waitresses.
You can walk through Phillys Italian Market area.  It runs on 9th street between Christian and Wharton Streets and chow down on cheese, olives and sausages.

Amazing!  Reading Terminal Market, right by the Market East Station of the Septa train.  HUGE market of amazing foods like the DiNics Roast Pork Sandwich (get it with greens and provolone), Beilers Bakery (two booths, one for the most amazing DONUTS and one for amazing pies and breads like Garlic Cheese bread and Pizza bread) the down home diner (good and CHEAP!), Dienners Chicken, Salumeria and Carmens for Italian subs, Pearls Oyster Bar for seafood and crabcakes, Deli From Herschels, German food and amazing sandwiches from Wursthaus, Pot roast sandwich from Smuckers,  Dutch eating Place for Chicken pot pie and so much more  Take home a ton of beef sticks and cured ready to eat sausages from Smuckers Meat Stand.  You can eat here for a week and not try everything plus they have Bassetts ice cream.
Yum-In the old city area, Shane Candies, 110 Market St , is one of the oldest candy stores in the country.

Even odder-
Mutter Museum of Medical Curiousities-19 S. 22nd St. Philadelphia-tel: (215) 563-3737

Magic Gardens-Artist Mosaic attraction on South Street. 

Record Stores-
A.K.A. Music,  120 N 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philadelphia record exchange-1524 Frankford Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19125 
(215) 425-4389
Repo Records– 538 South St. 215-627-3775

 

Where to stay
For the budget conscious, the Chamounix Mansion Hotel, located in the middle of Fairmount Park, offers clean, dormitory-style rooms for between $22 per night.  Its a hostel.  Recent reviews say its clean but not that convienient

The SEPTA regional train system goes from the City Center to the suburbs, as does the rather limited subway system. The trains, however, along with the extensive city bus system, stop running at midnight, and cost $2.25 one way.  New Yorkers can get there fairly cheap by taking the NJ Transit train to Trenton from Penn Station, and then transfer at Trenton to the SEPTA train to Philly.  It costs about 29 dollars, about half as much as Amtrak.
Philly is a city based on squares. Figure out which one you are staying on and how to get back to it, and you won’t have a problem finding your way around.

Where to eat

As I mentioned above, even better than the cheesesteak is the Roast Pork with Broccoli Rabe.  You can get it at DiNics or at Tony Lukes

Anastasi Seafood , 1101 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. 80 year old seafood in the Italian Market

Nifty Fiftys-2491 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114 hand ground crispy grilled burgers in a faux vintage diner.  Good rings.

Paesano’s-1017 S 9th St  Philadelphia, PA 19147, (215) 440-0371 Amazing sandwiches in the Italian Market.
Campos-214 Market Street.  Excellent italian subs.  Get a laugh by reading their online typo filled menu with Brocolli “rabbi”

Cherry Street Tavern -129 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 bar famous for cheap HUGE roast beef sandwiches. Load em up with horseradish
POD-3636 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA  (215) 387-1803-asian fusion and conveyor belt sushi.  Great for eating alone too.
George’s Sandwich Shop ($) Cheesesteaks, Sandwiches 900 S 9th St, Philadelphia 19147 old sandwich shop in the italian market with pork and other sandwiches
Pamplona, 12th and Locust Streets, offers small portions of Spanish specialties such as Cocoa (a Spanish pizza) and orange garbanzo salad. Each dish is $5, and four or five are more than enough food for two people.
My Thai, located at 2200 South St., offers Thai specialties for about $12 for dinner.
Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q, a take-out stand at 2214 South St., is famous for its barbecued ribs, rotisserie-cooked chicken, corn bread and cheap prices.
Villa Di Roma-936 S 9th St-Philadelphia, PA  (215) 592-1295 -classic, great, cheap red sauce italian.
Sarcone’s Deli-734 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147(215) 922-1717  Hogie shop with tasty sammies, like the junkyard special with turkey, proscuitto, spinach, roasted peppers, fresh mozz and provolone
Jack’s Firehouse -2130 Fairmount Ave-tel: (215) 232-9000. Down home food from TV Food network bbq guru.
Walk around City Center and Fairmount Park, and the Italian Market on 9th from Christian to Wharton Streets and the Reading Terminal Market on 12th and Filbert Streets. 

Han Dynasty-37123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (215) 222-3711 Szechuan Food.  Not cheap

Nicky And Pete’s Hot Dogs-beef dogs are split and grilled, served on a roll and topped with special sauce and cheese whiz. They also have a fish cake combo, a hot dog and potato fish cake topped with pepper hash, mustard and chopped onions.-349 N. 64th Street, Philadelphia PA 19139

John’s Roast Pork – Cheese Steaks & Roast Pork Sandwiches  on the corner of Weccacoe and Snyder Avenue
14 Snyder Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19148 (215) 463-1951

Old original nicks roast beef, great sign, south philly, since 1938, turkey sammys, gravy fries.  Ordering a combo is with cheese on your sandwich, overboard is wet like a french dip.  Operation  style is served with the excess roll hollowed out, and on the outs is the well done with the seasonings crusted meat.  Gravy fries have chunks of beef in them. 2149 South 20th Street  Philadelphia, PA 19145 (215) 463-4114
Fountain Porter ?-S PHilly neighborhood tavern with “the best $5 burger in philly” 1601 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 most days 4PM–2AM

Nightlife  (this info is dated.  Rock clubs updated 11/13)

Philly house shows here.   DIY Philly shows.  Other DIY shows here by perry shows.
The Tracadero on 10th and Arch Streets is a good bet for rock and pop bands, while Warmdaddys on 4 S. Front St. is a popular local blues spot.   Bars open til 2 am.

Ortlieb’s Lounge-847 N 3rd St  Philadelphia, PA 19123 (267) 324-3348 Trad jazz club with occasional other types of events.

Milkboy-1100 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-Bar/music venue with an interesting looking menu

Tattooed Mom-530 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147   (215) 238-9880  bar with craft projects like making sugar skulls or dream catchers, taco of the month, tater tots

 

More live music-

Boot & Saddle -1131 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Great sign, good looking food too
Bourbon & Branch -705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Live Music and fancy food.

Goldilocks Gallery – art gallery along with performance & studio spaces. 723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 432-8564

Jr’s Bar-2337 S Croskey St  Philadelphia, PA 19145
Electric Factory-7th and Willow-Big show venue
The Fire-original music venue at The Philadelphia Bar & Grille-412 West Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 267-671-9298
Khyber -56 S. Second St. tel: (215) 238-5888
Millcreek Tavern-4200 Chester ave, Philadelphia
North Star Bar-2639 Poplar St. Fairmont-tel: (215) 684-0808

Ortliebs-847 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Kung Fu Necktie-1250 N Front St  Philadelphia, PA 19122, (215) 291-4919

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~2125 Chestnut St  Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 563-3980 Unitarian church with lots of concerts usually run by R5 productions
Bob and Barbara’s Lounge-1509 South St-tel: (215) 545-4511-free live music and good vibe.
the North Star-253 South 10th Street-Philadelphia,  215-922-5900

Johnny Brendas-1201 Frankford Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19125  (215) 739-9684

Tralfamadore (DIY SPACE) S. Hicks and Dickinson ,Philadelphia, PA 19146
Theatre Of Living Arts, 334 South Street, Philadelphia,  PA-gets the big indie names
World cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia-recent shows have included Frank Black and the english beat

Tiki Bar-
The Yachtsman Tiki – 1444 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 909-8740 Weekdays 6PM–1AM, Friday Sat til 2, Sunday 2 pm to 10 pm

Bars-

Barcade-1114 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 most days 3PM–2AM, yes its a chain, but who can resist Qbert?

Good Dog Bar-224 South 15th Street-Philadelphia, PA 19102-Bar with classy bar food, open late, Fancy Epanadas and Pot pies, recently duck pot pie

 

 

Altoona, PA
amusement park
LAKEMONT PARK, 700 PARK AVENUE, ALTOONA, PA 16602
PHONE: 1-800-434-8006 , (814) 949-PARK-Lakemont park has the oldest rollercoaster in the US with the leap the dips and some other fun rides.  It also is home to the Altoona Curves, a minor league baseball team

Carlisle, PA

Eats
Hamilton Restaurant-55 West High Street  Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 249-4410-Greek diner home to the Hot-chee dog, a coney dog with shaved onions

Duncanville, PA (near Altoona)

Eats-
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, 1393 Old Route 220 N Duncansville Pa 16635,  814-695-0035
In operation since the summer of 1950, this location is open all-year-round and features miniature golf and batting cages. There is also a location in Holidaysburg nearby.

Conshohocken, PA

Bakery-Conshohocken,Bakery 79-83 Jones Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428-supplies bread to many great hoagie shops including all the regional “zeps” and they have tomato pies and white pizzas such as Anchovy Pie.  Weekends they sell stuffed breads.

Doylestown, PA

Eats-

COACH’S Steak & Hoagie House – 44 E State St, Doylestown, PA 18901

Uptowne Deli-1007 N Easton Rd # B, Doylestown, PA 18902 (215) 348-2665

Records

Siren Records-25 E State St., Doylestown, PA 215-348-2323

Gettysburg, PA

Eats-Ernie’s Texas Lunch-58 Chambersburg Street-Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-1970-Chili Dogs yum

 

Harrisburg, PA

Live Music-

Stage On Herr at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center- Located at 3rd and Herr in Midtown, 1110 North 3rd Street Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-412-4342

Eats-

Theres a blog for Harrisburg eats-midtowneats.com
Subway Cafe-1000 Herr Street, Harrisburg (717) 255-9470-Great place for pizza and peanut butter pie! NOT A SUBWAY
Jackson House-1004 N 6th Street  Harrisburg, PA  717-238-2730-note the limited hours!Monday to Friday 10:30 am – 2:00 pm (Closed State & Federal Holidays) Some recommmend the cheeseburger sub, two hamburgers in a crusty sub roll,topped with goeey,creamy cheese with all the normal sub toppings (onions,lettuce,tomatoes) all topped by delectable mayonnaise.Cheeseburger subs are found in almost every hoagie shop in eatern and central Pa.

Hamburg, PA
Cabelas is a 250, 000 square foot outdoor store where you can hunt without killing anything, see a live fish giant aquarium and more. 100 Cabelas drive, Hamburg, PA

 

HERMITAGE, PA (north of Pittsburgh)
Record store-
FLIPSIDE RECORDS-940 NORTH HERMITAGE RD., HERMITAGE, PA 16148  724.342.0824-over 2 million records in stock..

Huntington, PA

Ice Cream-Kerbers Dairy Store, 1856 Guffy Road, N. Huntingdon, Pa 15642 ,  (724) 863-6930

 

Johnstown, PA
 
This town is famous for a flood.  We here at Trashy Travel, however, love anything on a track, and they have a hundred year old Fununcular, which is a train that goes up a mountain.  You can put the fun in Fununcular.  the Incline
Our address is: 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905. We are located in Westmont borough.
  
Lancaster, PA

Live Music
The Chameleon Club,Lizard lounge 223 n. water street, lancaster pa. THE place to see live music in Amish Country…Really.  The cutest homepage picture too!

Lancaster Art Studios-411 W King Street. Lancaster, PA art studios and event venue.

Eats-Subs & Six Packs-2645 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603 til 12 am (717) 394-2739 Found this driving by.  Good italian sub.

Lake Harmony, PA

Eats-

Piggy’s Restauran-91 N Lake Shore Dr, Lake Harmony, PA 18624 (570) 722-8493-Interesting quirky breakfast and lunch place. In the Poconos

Pottsville, PA

Bar-Hucklebucks-114 E Norwegian St, Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901-Completely off the radar bar with occasional live music and beer and wings.

Reading, PA

The bar that invented the free peanut craze (after a pretzel crisis) is in Reading, Jimmy Kramers Peanut Bar, 332 Penn Street, Reading, Pennsylvania, (610)376-8500

Scranton, PA

Eats-
Coopers Seafood House-I got this travel brochure for Scranton which non-ironically said the following: “Coopers is an architecturally significant, work of art; shaped like a pirate ship, it is one of Scranton’s neatest places to eat”

 

Elysburg is home to Knoebels, an old fashioned park without walls.  You can go on rides one at a time or buy a POP.  They have 2 wonderful wooden coasters, the Phoenix and the Twister.  They also have great food at reasonable prices and some very unique attractions, including a top rated haunted house.

Altoona, PA has the very small Lakemont Park, Home of Leap the Dips, the oldest operating wooden coaster with a top speed of 15 MPH.

 

Adamstown, PA

Funky Musuems- Toy Robot Museum-9 Market Plaza, Adamstown, PA 19501-large collection of Toy Robots.

Clearview, PA
Located in the middle of the state near State College and I-80, Dennys Beer Barrel Pub has giantic 2, 3 and 6 and 15 pound burgers.
Dennys Beer Barrel 
1423 Dorey Street, Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 765-7190

Norristown, PA (Philly Suburbs)

Eats-Eve’s Lunch-320 E Johnson Hwy, Norristown, PA 19401-Famous for Zeps, a mini hero sandwich-each zep consists of one type of meat, provolone cheese, tomato, onion, oil, and oregano. Hot pepper and mayonnaise are available by request.

Lous Sandwich Shop- 414 E Main St, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401
Phone (610) 279-5415 Also a place to get a Zep.

Phoenixville, PA

EventThe Colonial Theatre hosts a three day event in commemoration of the original 1958 classic THE BLOB, including screenings of The Blob and other horror classic called BLOBFEST.

Sharon, PA

Home of the Worlds Largest Candy Store, you can also take a tour of the factory, a short distance away..
Daffin’s Candies – Sharon, PA
496 East State Street
1-724-342-2892
Toll Free 1-877-323-3465
Chocolate Factory Tour – The Tour consists of coming to our Factory at 7 Spearman Avenue, Farrell, Pennsylvania 16121. At the Factory, the group will see a short videotape of Daffin’s and the History of chocolates. Our seven foot Rabbit and other artistic chocolate items are also on display at the factory. Then the group will take a tour through the factory and see how some of our chocolates are made. We require reservations be made at least 2 weeks in advance for ALL factory tours, and a minimum of 15 people per group. If there are less than 15 in a group, please call and we can group you with a full tour.
Factory tours are available only during the factory production season, Mid September through Mid April with reservations.
No Summer Tours available.

Shippensburg, PA

Venue-The Thought Lot art Center-37 E Garfield St, Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 440-2320

State College, PA

Regional specialty-Ye Olde College Diner serves “grilled stickys”, a sticky bun grilled like french toast. (814) 238-5590, 126 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801
Penn State has a food science program with an ice cream masters program.  Taste the results at theBerkey Creamery. , The Pennsylvania State University, 119 Food Science Building ,  University Park, PA 16802 814-865-7535

Live Music-
Crowbar -420 E. College Ave -State College 814.237.0426
State Theater-home of the big shows

 

Wellsboro, PA
TIme Machine town.  The Wellsboro Diner has a gift shop with diner memorabilia in the gift shop. It would be fun to stay at the hotel and go to a movie. Theres a candy store which is just down the street. Not only do they have the classic hotel, but the Wellsboro diner and a cool old movie theater, and the old Dunhams Dept store thats still in business, the whole town is like a trip back in time.
 
Hotel-Penn Wells Hotel. From 1816 until the present, the site has always been occupied by a tavern, inn or hotel. In 1869, the present four-story brick hotel was built. In 1925, the Cole House was purchased by a group of local residents who closed it for extensive renovations. It then reopened in 1926 as the Penn Wells Hotel. The hotel that you can stay in today remains basically the same as it was in 1925.  Theres a lounge in the hotel as well, the lounge is closed on Sundays unfortunately.
Right next door to a vintage theater and the Wellsboro diner is nearby.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa

The local alternative weekly is the Weekender.

Eats-

Abe’s-419 S Main St, Wilkes Barre, PA 18701-Great chili dogs in a downtown storefront. There are a few other locations as well.

 

York, PA

Eats-Round the Clock Diner – 222 Arsenal Rd, York, PA 17402 Open 24 hours
(717) 848-5344

Live Music

The Depot -360 West Cottage Place, York, PA (717) 846-6556

Skid Row Garage–  565 W Clarke Ave. York, Pennsylvania 17401 DIY venue “Finally a place where I can wear a vest with nothing under it as a fashion statement and not get kicked out.”

 

 

William Penn Memorial and Archives, Harrisburg, PA 1969