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Dessert and Aperitifs

Alton Brown has declared the Little Gem Lettuces salad at Luca to be the best he’s ever had, so naturally, Luca has been on DO.’s radar for quite a while. We visited Luca and became huge advocates for their dessert. Luca is the perfect place to go to split a dessert, paired with one of their aperitifs (or even an aperitif flight). Aside from their wood-fired pizzas, Luca is known for their unique selection of various aperitifs! Aperitifs are a type of liqueur typically consumed before a meal to help stimulate the appetite.
Luca — 436 West James Street / Reserve a Table

Sunset in Buchanan Park + Cocoa

Bring some blankets and bundle up! Don’t forget to pick up some hot cocoa at your favorite local cafe! Quietly watching the sunset on the hill at Buchanan Park will surely spark the love within. Now, go make out!
Buchanan Park — 901 Buchanan Avenue


Wine Crawl

Download the Lyft app and get ready for a wine crawl! Start at Checkers Bistro. Then walk right over to Fenz. You can make your way to John J. Jeffries right around the corner, and end at The Fridge (yes, they have wine). What a perfect idea for a wintery night. Oh, and don’t be shy— order some appetizers and dessert, too!


Checkers Bistro — 398 Harrisburg Avenue
Fenz — 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 100
John J. Jeffries — 300 Harrisburg Avenue, inside Lancaster Arts Hotel
The Fridge — 534 North Mulberry Street

Cheers, fellow Pennsylvanians!










Okay, but what the heck is a Buddha bowl?

Well, besides being the most hipster consumable item you could ever throw together (hashtag trendinnnng), they’re extremely well-balanced meals and really good for your health.  The idea behind the Buddha bowl is that you’re pairing foods with certain characteristics (vegetables, healthy grains, and protein) in an attractive arrangement, all in one dish right in front of you.

As Rachel Ray always says (well, I never actually heard her say these words because I usually watch her on mute with captions), “You eat with your eyes first.” And hot damn—Buddha bowls are pretty as hell.

This was the first diagram I ever found about a year ago that introduced the concept of Buddha bowls to me. It breaks things down by category, but also includes a fun little pie chart where it breaks down exactly how much of each item you should put in your bowl to reach complete foodgasm nirvana.

That about breaks it down for you all! Send us your beautiful creations, and get inspired here.


DO. Lancaster has found some delectable wintery brews that’ll keep you warm AF during the much awaited cold right around the corner! As always, please drink responsibly. Stay safe as you enjoy some of our faves!

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 320-8840

BJ’s has just added their limited edition annual release of Grand Cru! This incredible Belgian tripel is actually quite light and won’t leave you feeling like a belly full of jelly this winter season. This lovely, warming beer comes in a fun BJ’s glass. Order this beer as soon as you’re seated, because the deeper flavors come out the more it warms!

Our server Bridget told us that BJ’s Grand Cru pairs perfectly with their Cherry Chipotle Salmon and their Spicy Pig Tavern Cut Pizza! Drooling yet?!

Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available!



Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800


Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen recently released Iron Hill’s winter beers: Russian Imperial Stout and Reindeer’s Revenge (formerly known as Rudolph’s Revenge).

Iron Hill is actually known around the world for their Russian Imperial Stout. In fact, they won a silver medal for it at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado! You’ll taste complexities of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and tobacco in this full-bodied beer that’s so dark you can’t see through your pint glass—or, wait, did you just get way too drunk? No, it’s just that dark. Iron Hill’s Russian Imperial is sweet yet bright, as it’s brewed with American hops. Pim also suggests aging this beer as it’s an excellent candidate for the process!

Reindeer’s Revenge is effing amazing, y’all. An American tripel, this delicious beer is brewed like a tripel but set-hopped with American hops. Those wonderful banana and clove notes come through, as well as piny, resinous, juicy flavors as well. This yummy brew isn’t super sweet and is the perfect companion to your soul on a cold winter’s night!

Fun (but super unfair) Fact: Apparently Disney had a hissy fit over Iron Hill’s use of the name Rudolph and filed a cease and assist that they change their beer name! The result was renaming the beer to Reindeer’s Revenge. Still the same amazing beer, just named after a generic deer rather than the one with a very shiny nose. 


DO. has compiled a list of amazing latke recipes — one recipe per 8 days of Hanukkah, to be exact! We begin with the classic potato latke and move into more experimental recipes! Have fun exploring these, and feel free to comment with your favorite recipe below.


One Latke Per Day of Hanukkah:


Classic Crispy Latkes – made with matzo meal

DAY TWO Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream – a delicious twist to your typical topping

DAY THREE Spinach and Feta Latkes – flavorful and colorful

DAY FOUR Gluten Free Harissa Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiced Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate

Zucchini Latkes with Tatziki Sauce – a lighter take on the classic latke

Waffle Maker Latkes – a super crispy recipe you don’t have to keep an eye on


DAY SEVEN Jalapeno Latkes with Avocado Cream Sauce – a sassy, spicy alternative

Curried Carrot Latkes – see step 9 in this recipe

DO. Lancaster traveled throughout Lancaster in search of their favorite fall flavors! We stopped at BJ’s, Iron Hill and Pour. Definitely make your way to one of these spots tonight when you’re enjoying the night before Thanksgiving. And please—stay safe.


BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 320-8840


We were greeted with a friendly smile and were provided incredibly professional service from our server Bridget and the rest of the staff. BJ’s started out as a deep dish pizza restaurant in California and now with 198 locations across the nation, the company decided to make an impression here in Lancaster, PA. Lucky us!

DO. got the chance to taste their own Pumpkin Ale—and holy moly, was it delicious! The freshness of this ale was perfectly matched with its overall lightness. We tasted the perfect amount of spice and bite in this juicy little glass.

In addition to their beers, we also got the chance to taste some food. The Spinach Artichoke Dip was absolutely to die for (seriously, some of the best we’ve ever had) with bottomless, warmed chips. We also tasted their Peruvian Quinoa Bowl and Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos. Both were super fulfilling on a rather gray day.

And, to finish it off, we tried the Monkey Bread Pizookie. OMFG. We’re honestly speechless. Go try it. Tonight. No, right now. Just drop whatever you’re doing and go try it, please.


We were overall impressed with the amazing service we received and the quality of everything we consumed. Stay tuned for our next blog highlighting some of their deliciously-festive holiday brews.

Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available! Boom.



Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800


Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen was a fantastic and entertaining host during our tasting at the beloved Iron Hill Brewery. Wait, can we also talk about how much we love the name “Pim?!” Pim, you freaking ROCK.

DO. got to taste the brewery’s infamous Pumpkin Ale. This English style pale ale has pumpkin meat straight up mashed into it during the brewing process. Instead of hops, Pim and his team throw in a dash of pumpkin pie spice – for real, just a tad, don’t get crazy. The end result is a golden, translucent beer. Our favorite part of this seasonal brew was the well-rounded taste rather than depending on sweetness alone for the appeal. Tipping the pint back was easy with this beer, and we definitely agreed it was one of the few pumpkin beers we could easily drink two pints (or more) in a sitting. Try it with a delicious cinnamon sugar rim some added flavor! Bomb.

Pim also let us taste something a little on the wild side–a spicy version of their Russian Imperial Stout made with ghost pepper extract on cask. This sassy lil’ beverage is served on an English hand pump cask at the bar and the fire from the pepper extract creeps up on you just as your senses begin to process the flavor. Customers love the combination of the chocolate notes along with the full bodied spice. Bomb. Straight Bomb. Can we say bomb again? Bomb.

Brownie Points: the Ghost Pepper Imperial Stout was released today along with their Reindeer’s Revenge and Russian Imperial Stouts for the winter season. Stay tuned for another blog post in a couple weeks focused on these two beers. You won’t want to miss this shit! Seriously, don’t be lame, read the blog.



114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 290-8080

At Pour, bar manager Lee Noble fed us an aggressively poured (as instructed on the label) Sweet Potato Ale Nitro by Vault Brewery. The brewer cooks otherwise starchy sweet potatoes to release their deep sugars. Paired with molasses for sweetness and a combination of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon for spice, this cozy beverage also includes lactose sugar—giving it a rather creamy flavor. Do you love creamy fall desserts? Then believe you me, you’re gonna LOVE this special brew.

As the pumpkin beer craze has been occurring for quite some time, breweries all across the United States have been creating the feeling of fall in their beers without using only pumpkin. Definitely check out POUR’s incredibly unique beer, liquor, and wine selection as well as their upcoming Dad’s Hat Happy Hour on First Friday in December, as well as their Drink Wine and Be Merry wine tasting event on December 6.

Brownie Points: Lee Noble is a sommelier (a wine steward) and a cicerone (beer expert). If you have any questions about what he’s pouring you, be sure to ask! He absolutely loves to nerd out with people as they sip on delicious libations from Pour on Prince!

We’re back with our annual centerpiece contest here at DO.

The leaves are falling and we know your tummies are grumbling and ready for some full fall plates. We would love to see how you decorate your table this year, no matter the size of the gathering. Whether you’re going for fancy or casual, we want to see what you’ve put together as your Thanksgiving table adornment. Winners receive two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater.

+ Take a picture of your centerpiece, either standalone or at the table with the rest of the settings
+ Send us your picture via Facebook message
+ All submissions are due by Sunday, November 26 at 11:00pm
+ Winners are chosen on Monday, November 27
+ By submitting your photo, you give us permission to tag you in a shoutout post on Monday, November 27
+Winners receive a shoutout on our Facebook page as well as two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater — we can mail these.


Here are some examples of what we’re talking about:

Don’t miss out on fall tricks and treats this season—and by “treats,” we don’t mean stealing the entire bag of candy from the neighborhood kids this Halloween night, although that does sound nice. The treats we are talking about are the delicious fall food and drink options that are now featured at Cafe One Eight!

Let’s talk munchies. If you want fall in your mouth, we suggest the Harvest French Toast made from their house-made cinnamon swirl bread. Yeah, it’s good. If you’d like a healthier option, check out the Ruby Red Salad made with mixed greens, snap peas, red beets, pine nuts, goat cheese, and Seasons brand oil and vinegar.

Need something to wet your whistle? We’ve got you covered. This fall, try out their Maple Spice or Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Want something a little more unique? Try their Hot Toddy made with Spicy Apple Juice and a spice blend of clove, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric—garnished with lime. Pro tip: add cayenne pepper to that. Satisfy your sweet tooth with their Dutch Campfire made with semi-sweet café mocha, topped with marshmallow whipped cream and Stroopie bits.

Don’t let fall pass you by before trying these delicious treats! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Cafe One Eight
18 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
(717) 509-4500

IG: @cafe1eight

Pumpkin Spice Latte w/ Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite restaurants and eateries for you to try out! These restaurants are currently featuring seasonal, heart-warming yummies for you to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

There truly is nothing better than a hearty bowl of Mr. Bill’s clams and a Wacker Brewing Co. pilsner!
Available at Horse Inn!

PERKUP & CO.Photo by Madison DeWispelaere
A cup of warm apple cider with caramel, whipped cream and cinnamon is the perfect treat on this crisp fall day!


It’s back! The pumpkin cheesecake crepe from Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie is truly a fan favorite. People wait all year long for this delicious dessert to reappear on the menu. And, if you eat it for breakfast, we won’t tell!


BUZZOh no, you didn’t. This amazing grilled sandwich is filled with turkey, gouda, sweet potato mash, spinach, and onions on Thom’s cranberry pecan bread. “Happy fall, y’all.”



Roburrito’s is currently grinding out their pumpkin seed salsa! Add it to your next Trinity or Burritodilla… Mmmm…

After a few year break, the Homebrewer’s Ball is back! The Candy Factory, which has now expanded into 14,000 square feet of office and event space, will once again host this unique event right here in Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster Brewers—a club that focuses on homebrewing.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the Homebrewer’s Ball in the past, then you already know you’re in for a treat! The first two Homebrewer’s Ball events served food from a catered menu. This time around, however, they will be featuring multiple restaurants with a nice mix from different cultures. “We’ve partnered with local area restaurants who specialize in world cuisine to breathe new life into the classic pairings of food and beer,” says Jeremiah Eastep, member of Lancaster Brewers.

In conjunction with an exciting and innovative evening of globally-inspired food and beers, these Lancaster-based homebrewers donate the fruits of their labor in the name of raising funds for a significant cause. This time around, all proceeds will be donated to benefit refugees and immigrant individuals.

The cost of your ticket entitles you to a relaxing evening with live music, excellent food inspired by cultures from around the glove, a DJ’ed dessert lounge, and lots of merriment.

As a charity-based event, we appreciate your support!

In compliance with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board guidelines, any individual who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is not visibly intoxicated who has not made a ticket purchase will be permitted access to a sample beer taste upon request. 

Have questions about Homebrewers Ball 2017? Contact Lancaster Brewers & The Candy Factory

Purchase your tickets here:

One of the things I (Emily) love most about warmer weather is the first time I get to sit outside for a meal and an ice cold beer (or one or two or three perfect pina coladas). Most times when I’m desperate for a meal, but also HANGRY as hell, I wish I had a compiled list in front of me giving all the best places in Lancaster city with outdoor seating. So, I figured why not compile a list myself?

Please feel free to comment if we’ve missed any:

The Waterfront
680 Millcross Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 390-8777

Iron Hill Brewery
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

The Belvedere Inn
402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-2422

The Pressroom
26 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-5400

114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 290-8080

Taproom: 25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-4009
Brewing Company: 209 Hazel St, Lancaster, PA 17516
(717) 984-2530

Annie Bailey’s
28 East King Street, #30, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000

Rachel’s Creperie
201 W Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-3515

Isaac’s Deli
25 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-5544

John J. Jeffries
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 431-3307

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 391-6258

Now, unfortunately, it looks as though we won’t be able to bring our furry friends to eat outdoors with us much longer due to a recently enforced PA law… but, don’t even get me started on that!