Best Restaurants in Carlisle

Step back in time with friends and family when you visit Carlisle, a city with a storied history as diverse as it’s cuisine


The city dates back to the region’s Native American cave dwellings on the north side of the borough to the Revolutionary War era. Take your taste buds on a trip through time by exploring local cuisine ranging from Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to traditional British fare at these noted restaurants in Carlisle.

Dinner and Drinks

If you’re staying at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle, you won’t have to go far to wet your whistle. The 1794 Whiskey Rebellion is at your hotel where you can cheers to your choice of over 50 whiskeys or a dozen local craft beers. Close your eyes and let your taste buds soar as you sip three 1-ounce samplings with one of the pub's whiskey flights. Choose from groupings of European whiskeys, Kentucky bourbons, Scotch whiskeys or samples from across the country. Treat your taste buds to fare that ranges from Amish kasespatzle—a cheesy noodle dish—to sandwiches, burgers and house-cut steaks. Dine on the city's largest outdoor patio or eat indoors in the rustic decor graced by a stone fireplace.

Across the Pond

Dive right in to British fare at Market Cross Pub. The tavern’s historic charm and extensive menu of English cuisine is sure to lure you in. Tantalize your taste buds with British favorites such as fish and chips or treat the family to pasties—meat filled pastries—and bangers and mash, a comforting sausage and mashed potato dish. Linger late with friends on Saturday nights and groove to the beats of live music. Or, visit on the last Sunday of the month to fill your belly at the expansive brunch buffet.

Rise and Shine

With breakfast choices spanning three pages of the menu, you're sure to find what you crave at Momma Sprig's in the Carlisle Barracks neighborhood. Set against the backdrop of towering trees at the adjacent Seven Gables Park, the restaurant has food ranging from farm-style breakfasts and chipped beef on toast to strawberry-topped waffles, omelets, benedicts and breakfast burritos. Afterward, take a stroll through the park or shop for souvenirs at nearby gift stores.

Southern-Style Barbecue

Whether you're hankering for barbecue meat by the pound or prefer to savor it wrapped in a sandwich smothered in cheese, onions and peppers, you'll find it at Redd's Smokehouse BBQ. You'll be smacking your lips when you taste the pork, chicken and beef that has been slow-smoked on the premises over local applewood. Drizzle on the homemade sauces—you'll find varieties made with catsup or brown mustard as a base. Pair up your meats with Southern-style fixins' such as collard greens and sweet potato fries served up by genuine Southerners who relocated to Carlisle in 2010. Kids can even get in on the messy delights with their own quarter-rack of barbecue ribs. You'll find Redd's downtown on Hanover Street's restaurant row.

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