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Loxley's

 500 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA
 

Cozy dinner for two, a fun place to gather

We had dinner at Loxley’s. We were seated in a cozy room, and found the ambience charming, rustic, and comfortable with a Sherwood Forest/English countryside atmosphere. The menu provided plenty of choices, and was not overwhelming, with several signature dishes that all sounded quite appealing. The food was very good, not over seasoned, simple sauces, and nice presentation. Pricing was pretty accurate for the food, though the portions on apps could be a little larger. Our service was average, a little slow, but adequate. I only had a few minor complaints: no small plates placed for our appetizer, our entrees were offered to 2 other tables before the server found us, and the cinnamon butter offered with my entree (to top a baked sweet potato)was nearly frozen. Despite these small issues, we left satisfied and pleased with our experience overall, and plan to go back again, especially in summer when we can take advantage of the outside deck seating.

parmesan artichokes

Artichoke hearts lightly breaded with parmesan cheese and crumbs fried golden brown, served with aioli. Tasty, not too heavy, but only 8 pieces on the plate, each a quarter heart.

8 oz Sirloin

I was really pleased with this dish. The tender cut was cooked nicely, med-rare as requested, and topped with a light demi and a stack of crispy onion strips. Served with a baked sweet potato and sauteed brussel sprout leaves with pancetta which were delicious (though some may consider the pancetta a little too salty). Pretty presentation, and nice portions. Could have been a little warmer, and the brown sugar butter would have been better if it wasn’t ice cold and hard.

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Rachel's Cafe and Creperie

 309 N Queen St
Lancaster, PA
 

quaint and delicious

Rachel’s is a gem. The food is fresh and delicious every time, and though the place is small, it is always packed with hungry patrons. The atmosphere is that of a hip, artsy little french cafe, with seating inside or out on the sidewalk in nice weather. Great for breakfast, lunch or dessert! My only complaint is the service which is sometimes slow and usually disorganized, though friendly.

Ham and Brie Crepe

Tarragon infused crepe wrapped around gooey brie and thin-sliced ham was delish!

Create your own crepe

my creation featured steak, black beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and cheese, and it was terrific. There are lots of choices to make your own, several cheeses, meats and veggies as well as several options to have the crepe itself infused for extra flavor.

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Hong Kong Garden Chinese

 1807 Columbia Ave
Lancaster, PA
 

the best around

Hong Kong Garden serves the best chinese in Lancaster County. The owners are very friendly, the decor clean and cozy, The menu is diverse and the portions are ample, but most importantly, the quality of the food is much higher than the average strip mall chinese place…you can taste the difference in everything from sauces to entrees. The dinner menu is a bit more pricey than other places, but the higher quality of the food is worth it. My favorite dishes include the cellophane noodles, wor won ton, steamed dumplings and general shrimp, but i’ve never left hungry or disappointed.

Beef Cellophane Noodles

Awesome. Quality beef, and perfectly cooked veggies mixed in. Enough for 2 to share.

Wor Won Ton

Handmade wonton in a flavorful broth, along with pork, chicken and shrimp. I crave this soup now.

Steamed Dumplings

Dumplings are one of my favorite things to eat, but what really makes the dumplings from Hong Kong Garden special is the dipping sauce.

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