Best Restaurants for Business Lunches in Central Pennsylvania

February, 19, 2016 SusanGraham | Posted in: Featured Post

lunch in central paPart of a recruiter’s job is meeting with candidates and clients, and a great way to do this is getting together for a bite to eat. You can learn a lot about a person over a hamburger – but luckily, with all the great lunch spots around Central PA, you can enjoy a lot more than just a burger as you talk business.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite places to do business lunches in the Hershey and Harrisburg region.

Do you have a go-to spot for business lunches? Leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to check it out!

Houlihan’s (27 W Chocolate Ave., Hershey)

This American restaurant is located just a block away from our offices, so we’re frequent lunch guests. Houlihan’s offers savory soups to go with their handheld sandwiches. Some of our other preferred dishes include the flatbreads, which can be ordered gluten free, and the Thai grilled chicken.

Chocolate Avenue Grill (114 W Chocolate Ave., Hershey)

Another spot just down the street from Susan Graham Consulting, Chocolate Avenue Grill has a quieter ambiance than Houlihan’s, for when you want to have a serious conversation. We also admit to frequently ordering their delicious salads for takeout meals at the office – we love the rolls.

Little Amps (133 State St., Harrisburg)

This cute coffee shop is great for a causal bite to eat or a mid-morning latte. Little Amps’ exposed brick walls and on-street seating are just two reasons we love the place. For a mid-day zinger, we recommend the Uptown Ginger Brown, a cappuccino made with ginger, orange zest and tangy brown sugar.

Black ‘n Bleu (6108 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg)

When we need a spot on the West Shore for lunch, Mechanicsburg’s Black ‘n Bleu is our go-to. The restaurant puts a unique twist on old standbys, such as the bison burgers and a smoked Gouda pasta you’ll be dreaming about for days afterward.

Pizza Grille (Lemoyne, Camp Hill, Carlisle)

Pizza Grille has three locations to choose from on the West Shore. While the pizza is terrific, and includes an option for whole-what crust, make sure to try the chopped salad, the best in the area.

Café Fresco (215 N. Second St., Harrisburg)

Our favorite spot on Harrisburg’s Restaurant Row, Café Fresco is trendy but not pretentious. We love to surprise clients with this gem, where they can enjoy a wide variety of sandwiches (the grilled portabella is a standout!).

Cork and Fork (200 State St., Harrisburg)

The pizzeria and wine bar Cork and Fork opened in late 2014, and it quickly became one of our lunchtime staples. The food is great, but we also love the huge windows all around the restaurant, perfect for soaking in a sunny day while learning about a new candidate.


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