When most people think of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, their thoughts are limited to the Civil War, battlefields, and The Gettysburg Address. I know ours were. But this town with so much history at its core goes way beyond the conflict that ran through its streets over 150 years ago. Among other highlights in this charming town, the Gettysburg food scene has developed decadently.
We’ve spent more time than we’d like to admit eating our way around Gettysburg – more than 40 amazing courses in all. It’s rare to have such an experience where everything is delicious. Here are some of the highlights you can find in town.
Gettysburg Baking Company
Baking artisan breads and pastries for 20 years, Gettysburg Baking Company makes their products in the same style you see in villages in Europe. They have a broad range of focaccias, loaves, and cookies, along with soups, salads, and sandwiches.
In addition to a flaky croissant and rich herbed boursin cheese, we sampled their flavorful cucumber gazpacho, which could not have been a better antidote to the heat and humidity of the day. I wish I had thought to bring a vat of it home.
Garryowen Irish Pub
The Garryowen Irish Pub brought authentic Irish food to Gettysburg. Owned by expats from County Armagh, the pub serves 68 Irish whiskies, which I’m sure make its monthly Irish music sessions even more fun.
Garryowen is one of seven stops we visited with the fabulous Savor Gettysburg food tour, so we tried something we would never order otherwise – the shepherd’s pie. The meat was juicy and the mashed potatoes were well-seasoned. And thanks to the individual portions we had, we didn’t need a nap afterward.
Mr. G’s Ice Cream is one of the most popular dessert spots in Gettysburg. They offer 16 homemade flavors that change frequently and they often incorporate ingredients from local farms and orchards. I dare you to try to choose between the strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel, and other delicious flavors. There’s a reason the line here often stretches out the door.
Inn at Herr Ridge
Established in 1815, the Inn at Herr Ridge was both a stop on the Underground Railroad and the first confederate hospital during the Civil War. Today, its purposes are a bit more modern, functioning as a boutique hotel and upscale restaurant. The Inn focuses on farm-to-table fare often paired with wines from its world-class cellar.
My dinner included a pureed four-onion soup with chive creme, which is one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had, followed by a fall-off-the-bone braised chicken leg and thigh. When a restaurant’s chicken dish is worth writing about, you know you’ve found a special place.
Fourscore Beer Co.
Fourscore Beer Co. is one of the newer breweries in town. They feature a rotating selection of craft beers brewed on-site and lots of special releases alongside a few ciders from local cideries.
The beers are great and often people’s primary reason for coming to Fourscore, but we’ve fallen for the food here. Everything in the kitchen is made from scratch daily, many of the ingredients are locally-sourced, and the chefs love to try new things.
Some of our favorites include the pulled pork sandwich, the wagyu dog, and the avocado chicken sandwich on perfectly toasted sourdough. The catfish tacos are addictive, too. It’s worth a visit here for a casual meal, even if you’re not a beer drinker.
Dobbin House Tavern
Consistently one of the best restaurants in Gettysburg, the Dobbin House Tavern is a must-visit when you’re in town. Set in the city’s oldest building and featuring a colonial-inspired menu, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back to the times of the Founding Fathers.
We loved the baked King’s onion soup, an appetizer similar to a French onion soup but with tender chunks of beef. Dobbin House is also known for its seafood, and we were blown away by the crab cakes made almost entirely of lump crabmeat. The oddly-named Rum Bellies cocktail is also outstanding. Reservations are a must here.
In the heart of downtown Gettysburg, One Lincoln is the “casual comfort” restaurant within the stately Gettysburg Hotel. The restaurant focuses on elevating familiar dishes with a contemporary twist.
The crab stuffed scallop with shrimp hash was shellfish goodness at its absolute best. I also fell for the onion soup — this one was bruleed and served with provolone, gruyere, and French bread croutons. It was served with a ham sandwich with muenster cheese and grain mustard on a perfectly toasted bread they call “English muffin bread” thanks to the nooks and crannies. One Lincoln will always be one of our Gettysburg favorites.
I was the guest of Destination Gettysburg on this culinary tour. All opinions of the gluttonous and mouthwatering are my own.
Have you been to Gettysburg? What was your favorite thing to eat there?