Open Kitchen: The 2023 Food and Drink Guide

Use this guide to taste, sip, and savor your way across Lancaster City.

Lancaster’s talented chefs, baristas, and tastemakers have a passion for sharing their creations with locals and visitors alike—each of them taking pride in bringing farms to tables, innovation to culinary perfection, and family traditions to new friends. Use this guide to taste, sip, and savor your way across Lancaster City.


This special feature was sponsored by High® companies: celebrating the City of Lancaster and committed to innovative community leadership, sustainable building practices, and advancement through the preservation of local heritage.

ISSEI NOODLE

Issei Noodle has quite literally opened their kitchen to the Lancaster community for the last decade—bringing a beautiful (and of course, delicious) blend of Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai/Laotian roots to every plate, bowl, and glass. They believe the table is a place for shared stories and familial connections, and they are proud to create a space where that can flourish over a spread of their cuisine. Coming this fall, Issei Noodle will have even more space to open their doors to the community. Stay tuned for their move to Orange Street.

Taste Tip: Cool off this summer with a crisp Japanese beer or opt for a sake carafe.

THE IMPERIAL

The Imperial Terrace is open! Enjoy a scrumptious, freshly prepared Sunday brunch or host your wedding or special event—outdoors, indoors, or both! The expansive, partially-covered outdoor Terrace and venue seats over 100 people with spectacular views overlooking the Lancaster City skyline.

Taste Tip: Pair your brunch spread with a summertime mimosa flight.

TFB HOSPITALITY

Left: Per Diem | Middle: Annie Bailey's | Right: Conway Social Club

From classic cocktails and craft beers to rustic Irish dishes and fresh local fare, TFB Hospitality brings world-class eating & drinking experiences through three distinct restaurant concepts you can enjoy all summer long.

Per Diem: A unique space to meet, eat, imbibe & unwind

Annie Bailey’s: Irish fare through a modern lens

Conway Social Club: A hidden reprieve from the bustle of the everyday

Taste Tip: Try a sampling of Annie Bailey’s new spring menu as you relax outside on their patio.

YORGOS

Yorgos Lancaster is open late seven days a week! They have casual pub fare on the first floor, and offer authentic Greek-influenced dishes, American cuisine, and an extensive craft beer, cocktail, liquor, wine, and champagne selection for dinner on the second-floor Kefi Dining Room. Yorgos also has two beautiful venue spaces available to accommodate parties of 75–100 people, including their terrace. Make reservations now and celebrate every reason and season at Yorgos.

Taste Tip: Enjoy cocktails and dine on their newly remodeled outdoor terrace.

YUZU ASIAN CUISINE

At Yuzu, the freshest seafood, vegetables, and fruits are transformed into artfully plated Japanese dishes. Savor the delicate flavors of Yuzu’s signature sushi rolls or enjoy a hearty curry. No matter what you choose off the menu, each dish packs a bold and flavorful punch.

Taste Tip: Bring your favorite bottle of local wine to enjoy alongside your meal.

SOUVLAKI BOYS

Souvlaki Boys has been serving Real Greek Street Food® since 2012, but it’s about more than savory flavors and perfect pitas. Owner Michael infuses a love of culture, connection, and community into everything he does. From the food on the menu to the pink bougainvillea tree flowers that decorate the shop on James Street, every detail pays homage to his Greek-American heritage.

Taste Tip: No meat for you? Souvlaki Boys is now serving homemade falafel and grilled halloumi cheese in addition to their grilled veggie options.

NORBU

Take a trip to Bhutan and Nepal when you dine at Norbu. Owner Tenzin Norbu was born and raised in Bhutan with his Nepali mother and Bhutanese father, and he and his wife, Sanya Yeh, have instilled the rich flavors of both countries in the recipes and on the walls of this foodie gem on North Christian Street.

Taste Tip: Try Norbu’s lunch buffet on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

FLAVORS OF MOROCCO

With her Southern Market stand beautifully draped with textiles and curios from her country, owner Bushra Fakier has a passion for sharing the culture of Morocco with the community. While your eyes will be delighted by the sights, your palate is in for an even greater treat when you sample the vibrant flavors she brings to her Moroccan and Indian fusion dishes.

Taste Tip: Take your tastebuds on a journey—try Bushra’s Homemade Hibiscus Juice and finish off your meal with some Baklava.

BERT & THE ELEPHANT

Something special is coming to King Street this summer! Alberto “Bert” Flores is bringing his love of Belgian beer, decadent bites, and thriving community together to create a brand new gathering spot in the center of Lancaster City. Find new brews to love and bites to savor at this cozy Belgian-style cafe.

Taste Tip: New to the beer scene? Ask Bert for his latest recommendation.

THE PRESSROOM

The Pressroom has been a staple in the city’s restaurant scene since 1995, and is now ushering in a new era under accomplished chef, Josh Pfeiffer. Under Chef Josh’s guidance and creativity, fresh and local ingredients are elevated with powerful flavors seasoned to perfection and plated with a keen attention to detail. From the kitchen to your table, The Pressroom aims for excellence and delivers every time.

Taste Tip: Celebrate warmer temperatures and join The Pressroom for dinner & drinks in the Steinman Park courtyard with the return of the Park Bar!

CHELLAS

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing the Chellas food truck in the summertime. Their nationally-recognized arepas are mouthwatering and made from scratch, and every dish and side is the perfect mix of creativity and taste. Find them around town or gather and BYOB at their outdoor Hempstead Road location to get your fill.

Taste Tip: Did you know Chellas entire menu is 100% gluten free?

FRISCO’S

Whether you’re looking for a hearty lunch spot or grabbing dinner for the family at home, Frisco’s is best enjoyed by ordering a little bit of everything. With each menu item drawing inspiration from founder Francisco “Frisco” Gomez De La Torre’s hometown of Arequipa, Peru, you’ll experience bold flavors and a passion for food in every bite.

Taste Tip: Try the latest from Frisco’s: the Ultimate Chicken Sandwich.

ZOETROPOLIS

What started as a small art theatre in the ‘90s is now a one-stop shop for food, drink, and entertainment in the heart of Lancaster City. Home of Lancaster Distilleries, Zoetropolis serves up refreshing cocktails crafted with local spirits—paired perfectly with Chef Russell Skiles’ deep dish Detroit-style pizza or a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich.

Taste Tip: Ask your server about Lancaster Distilleries spirits, mixers, and accessories to take your favorite Zoetropolis cocktail home with you!

TELLUS 360

Tellus 360 is a hub for live music, farm-fresh food, and lots of fun in the heart of Lancaster City. This summer, spend time soaking up the sun on their green roof with delicious bites from one of four food vendors paired with a drink from the bar—including the Tellus 360 Tiki Bar, back for another season.

Food Vendors:

The Landing 360 | Located on the second floor landing

Psychedeli | Located on the green roof

Tacos del Soul | Located on the green roof

Sushi Song | Located on the green roof

Left: Psychedeli Owner Tara Pflanz | Right: Tacos del Soul Owners Zach Miller & Erin Schram

Left: Sushi Song Owners Saw Maung, Saw Jow & Saw Wah | Right: The Landing 360 Co-owner Carmela Disomma

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