Lancaster, Pennsylvania has amazing food! It's also renowned for its rolling farmlands and historic charm. But it also has a quaint city that has quietly transformed into a melting pot of culture and flavors. Nestled within this picturesque landscape, you'll find a vibrant community of refugees and immigrants who have woven their culinary traditions into the tapestry of Lancaster's food scene. This authentic fusion of cultures has birthed a remarkable variety of ethnic restaurants, each telling a story of heritage and home. As a testament to its inclusive spirit, Lancaster proudly holds the title of being one of the eighteen certified welcome cities in the United States. In this blog, we'll take you on a delightful journey through Lancaster's diverse culinary landscape. To experience more in less time sign up for the International Food Tour downtown to enjoy 7 different cusines from ethnically diverse vendors.
Mekatos (Inside Southern Market): Visit Ron at Southern Market and start your culinary adventure with a visit to Mekatos. Mekatos offers a delightful fusion of Laotian and Colombian flavors, serving dishes that are as heartwarming as the stories behind them. From everybodys favorite Nam Khao (fried rice) to the savory tacos and chocolate cake! This food stand encapsulates the essence of Lancaster's culinary diversity.
Frisco's Chicken: Frisco's Chicken is "the resturant you can smell from half a mile away." When it comes to comfort food with a Latin twist, Frisco's Chicken is a must-visit. Their succulent rotisserie chicken, marinated in secret spices, is a local legend. The restaurant's commitment to authenticity and flavor makes it a cherished spot for both locals and visitors alike. vegan and vegetarian options available.
Sushi Sang (On the Rooftop of Tellus): Three friends from the rice fields of Burma came to Lancaster seeking refuge and a fresh start. Sushi Sang is Lancaster's best hidden gem, nestled on the rooftop of the Tellus 360 building. Enjoy a beautiful sunset at this sushi haven! The combination of delightful dishes but also picturesque views of Lancaster's skyline makes this a local fave. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or a first-time adventurer, Sushi Sang's creative rolls and sashimi will leave a lasting impression.
Sukothai: Experience the enchanting flavors of Thailand at Sukothai. This restaurant offers a menu filled with classic Thai dishes prepared with a focus on authentic ingredients and techniques. The ambiance here is equally inviting, making it a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a family outing. Afterwards enjoy a stroll around Franklin & Marshall including their free Phillips Museum.
4E's Latin Cuisine (Inside Southern Market): Led by the talented Chef Eddy Rodriguez, 4E's Latin Cuisine brings the vibrant tastes of Latin America to Lancaster. From the tantalizing beef and chicken empanads to the Cuban sandwiches! Eddys rich flavors will not leave you disappointed. This local eatery is a true celebration of Latin culinary heritage.
Homage Food Stand (Inside Central Market): Concluding our culinary tour, we present Homage Food Stand, owned by Chef Oliver. This establishment pays homage to West African flavors offering a plnetiful menu every Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday 6am-3pm. With each visit, you can embark on a new and exciting culinary journey, making it a delightful surprise every time you step in.
Lancaster's food scene is a testament to the power of community, diversity, and the universal language of food. These six restaurants are just a glimpse into the rich tapestry of flavors you can discover in the heart of this certified welcome city. Whether you're a Lancaster local or a visitor exploring this charming city, these establishments are a celebration of the world's cuisine, brought together in one place. There are 17 total vendors on The International Food Tour. So grab your friends or family and let's celebrite our local chefs on this fun walking tour.