We have finally made it to dinner on the first day of our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure. After leaving Corner Coffee Shop we drove around and saw some beautiful Amish country before heading to Fireside Tavern. It is so peaceful up there, I just can’t get enough. If you haven’t been to Lancaster County you really must make a trip.
Fireside Tavern is another one of those places that my sister Laura has been raving about. She couldn’t stop talking about their amazing daiquiris, so of course I needed to try one for myself. This cozy tavern is located in Strasburg, PA amongst beautiful rolling farmland. They provide a casual dining experience serving delicious elevated American comfort food. I love that it is family friendly and I felt very welcome bringing the twins along.
Once we were seated, Laura went right ahead and ordered her virgin Mango Daiquiri. I thought I might stray from the idea and go for a signature cocktail but I ended up choosing the Peach Daiquiri, with alcohol please :). Laura was right, best daiquiri ever. That whipped cream on top…I don’t know what they do to make it so thick and irresistible…but I could eat a whole glass, or a couple glasses, of that stuff. It’s not normal whipped cream. It is something special. Of course the daiquiri itself was good, all fizzy, refreshing, and filled with peach flavor. Yum!
Making a decision on an entrée was difficult. The menu had so many great dishes to offer like crab cakes, jambalaya, shepherds pie, ribs, and steaks. Eventually you do have to decide, so I picked the Apricot Salmon. I loved this dish! Salmon is by far my favorite fish and I get so excited when it is treated right and not overcooked. This salmon was crusted with Cajun seasoning and topped with an apricot glaze and fried “I think” spinach leaves. Served alongside were green beans and jasmine rice. The jasmine rice was sticky so it soaked up the apricot glaze and that paired with a big chunk of juicy perfectly cooked salmon is the ultimate bite. The Cajun seasoning and the apricot was a great sweet and spicy combination.
My mom chose the Prime Rib Sandwich and first impression…wow what a beauty. This gigantic piece of prime rib has been rubbed in seasonings and grilled until blackened. It had a ton of flavor and went really well with the horseradish mayonnaise its served with. Onion rings came as the side and as you can see they were huge too. Overall this sandwich was well seasoned and it’s a great dish to order if you have a big appetite!
Laura ordered the Smoked Salmon BLT Salad. Smoked salmon was served on top of a bed of mixed greens along with tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled eggs, and red onion. The dressing was a lemon dill ranch…oh my goodness was that dressing good. The salmon had tons of flavor (they really know how to cook salmon), the veggies were fresh, and coating it all in a delicious dressing couldn’t hurt.
Needless to say, we were all very happy with our dinners! We also loved our waitress who gave us great service. Thanks Fireside Tavern for a lovely dinner!
After leaving Fireside Tavern we headed to our home for the night. We stayed at Olde Stone Guesthouse which is a beautiful tranquil bed and breakfast in Atglen just a short drive from Strasburg. We were greeted by the inn keeper Florence who is so sweet and welcoming. She showed us to our rooms and we agreed on a time for breakfast the next morning. Good night everyone!
1500 Historic Drive
Strasburg, PA 17579
Welcome back to our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure! It’s still day one (yes, we covered a lot of ground in half a day) and we have arrived at Stoltzfus Meats.
Can I vent really quick? I have had two, yes TWO, baking fails in the past 24 hours. Last night I made, well tried to make, brownies using a recipe I know well and they turned out super dry. I wanted to cry when I tried them. So I threw them away. Yeah, threw them away! Now I am mourning the loss of those ingredients. Today I needed to make a replacement, so I found a chocolate cupcake recipe on Pinterest that looked divine. Once again, they did not turn out like they should have. They do taste really good but they aren’t the prettiest things. There is nothing more aggravating to me than having something not bake up correctly. When I open the oven to a fail, I just want to scream “Why!??” and crumple to the floor where I will lay in a puddle of my own tears. The culprit to my baking fails? My oven. Oh oven, why must your temperature not regulate correctly? Why do you make it so hard for me to bake? I am dreaming of better days with a brand new oven that loves me and will bake and bake all day long until my hearts content. Okay, just needed to get that off my chest. Onto Stoltzfus Meats!
Stoltzfus Meats has been in business for more than 60 years and they offer a large variety of…. you guessed it, MEAT! In 1954, Amos Stoltzfus began taking products from Lancaster County to a farmer’s market in Delaware. As the demand for what he provided grew, Amos started making and selling his own high quality products. He continued selling at the farmer’s market until he opened his own retail store in 1966. Today Stoltzfus Meats and Deli is run by Amos’ son Myron who had the vision for this location on Center Street. This location has both a shop side and a restaurant side where you can sit down and enjoy a delicious sandwich among other things.
They have hams, steaks, bacon, sausages, bologna, scrapple, jerky…I could go on and on. There are so many delicious things packed into this cute little store. They carry both frozen and fresh meats. I couldn’t get a good picture of the meat case because the glare on my camera was so bad, but trust me, the steaks were beautiful! I did get a picture of the jerky which I bought for Laura, Mom, and I to sample but I snuck off and ate it all myself….it was too good to share.
They also have a great selection of spices and seasonings to give whatever meat you choose some great flavor. I picked up some steak rub and some spice rub for vegetables. Laura and I loved the peanut butter making stand. Who doesn’t love samples? So many different kinds of peanut butter makes my heart happy. I highly recommend going to Stoltzfus Meats and seeing all they have to offer. If you are from out of town make sure you take a cooler and some ice packs with you so you can stock up on some really quality meat.
My Purchases: Lysanders All Natural Spice Rub for Veggies, Sweet Bologna Snack Sticks with Cheese, and Myron’s Steak Rub.
Stoltzfus Meats and Deli
14 Center Street
Intercourse, Pa 17534
Next stop…..Corner Coffee Shop!
After leaving Stoltzfus Meats, we headed right next door to the Corner Coffee Shop for a little caffeine boost. This adorable coffee shop is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, no matter how you like it, and just relax. If I was a local, I would probably take my laptop there and do whatever it is people do on their laptops in coffee shops….oh I have a blog now, I could work on that! The barista was very friendly and didn’t at all mind our indecisiveness while ordering. We ended up asking her for recommendations.
Laura chose the Sweet Bee Latte which is flavored with vanilla and honey. So good! I got the Crème Brulee Latte. This has caramel and white chocolate and is topped with cinnamon and raw sugar. How can you go wrong with that? My mom went with her ever faithful choice, the iced latte. We all really enjoyed our drinks and they gave us just the boost we needed to continue on with our adventure! Next up, dinner!
Corner Coffee Shop
3526 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
The second stop of our Lancaster County adventure was Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop. This sits in the middle of some beautiful Amish country and is a true authentic Amish bakery. They call themselves the all original “no chain bakery”. Who would want to go to a chain bakery in Lancaster anyways? That’s a big no, no! You have to go where they have the good stuff. Let me show you all they have to offer.
With homemade breads, pies, rolls, cinnamon buns, whoopie pies, cookies, and cakes, you are sure to find something you will love. They bake everything daily so you know everything is really fresh. Some of the items may still even be warm! Their specialty is the Dutch ShooFly Pie which is made with molasses and topped with crumbs.
Doesn’t that all look delicious? As if that wasn’t enough, they also make homemade ice cream. They have traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla but if you are looking to get more creative try the blueberry cheesecake or the Mississippi mud. If the weather is nice, take your ice cream outside and enjoy the beautiful view. They have a playground and a petting zoo for the kids. The twins really enjoyed talking with the goats and chickens.
Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop is also a gift shop filled with really cute handmade crafts and home décor.
I hope you are enjoying our tasty tour of Lancaster County so far. I can’t wait to show you what’s next!
Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop
542 Gibbons Road
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
We arrived in Strasburg, PA around lunch time and I knew what the first stop had to be before anything else could be done…Speckled Hen. I have been listening to my sister rave about this place for months. She would probably make the 2 1/2 hour drive just for their iced coffee. I couldn’t stand to see it on Snapchat anymore. I needed to go there for myself. Speckled Hen, I have finally arrived.
When you walk in to Speckled Hen you may think, oh this is a cute little coffee shop, and it is. They do have really
really good coffee, but they don’t just do coffee. They do food. Really delicious, fresh, simple, local, food. Lunch and iced coffee were our missions. We started with our iced coffees which are served in cute mason jars. My sister was right… that’s some good iced coffee. We ordered Avocado Toast to share. Whole grain toast is slathered in avocado and topped with feta cheese, lime juice, and cherry tomatoes. This could be lunch everyday for me.
I ordered the Smoked Panini which has all the good things in life: turkey, bacon, smoked gouda, feta, cheddar, tomato and pesto mayo. If you put three types of cheese on my sandwich and make it all gooey, I am a happy girl. This sandwich very much lived up to its name with lots of smokey flavor.
Laura went with the Black Bean Burger. This was topped with cheddar, spinach, tomato, onion, and pesto mayo. Now I will admit, I am not one to look at a menu and get excited about a vegetarian burger. Nope. I want meat. A real burger. BUT this burger was amazing. So great in fact that you don’t miss the meat at all (look at me broadening my culinary horizons). It was slightly spicy and full of flavor. Not what I expected at all.
My mom ordered the Chicken Salad. Their house made Chicken Salad has candied walnuts and feta in it. It is placed on a bed of mixed greens and served with a poppyseed dressing. This salad was nice and light. Perfect for lunch on a hot day. The candied walnuts added sweetness which contrasted the tartness of the apples. Delicious!
Of course we couldn’t leave without trying one of the delicious items in their display case. We chose this stunning Espresso Cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing. This was the perfect ending to our meal. Full of chocolate flavor and that peanut butter icing…just let me eat that by the spoonful.
So this foodie trip has gotten off to a great start. We are now obsessed with Speckled Hen and little did we know we would be back the next night for dinner.
Stay tuned as I post where else we went on our first day!
141 E Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579