When posed with the question, “where is your favorite place off campus?” my mind immediately goes to food. I spent an entire semester off campus where I often found myself craving some of the Carlisle’s fine dining. There are so many amazing off campus restaurants and tasty treats in the community that it’s hard to pick just one! So, to highlight some of the greats, I chose to focus this post on three differing food options: one sweet place, one savory place, and one of our hidden gems.
Sweet: Leo’s Ice Cream. In honor of the beautiful Carlisle weather today, my girlfriends and I decided to make an afternoon trip to Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream. This place is nationally known for their creamy blends of cold treats. Flavors range from classics such as mint chocolate chip to cornbread (surprisingly delicious!). My favorite? Salted Caramel :)
Savory: Most people would go with the classic Carlisle staple, Cafe Bruge, but I want to highlight my favorite noodle shop Issei. Issei is a family run restaurant nestled comfortably on High Street. The homestyle atmosphere and delicious aroma of spicy and saucy noodles and soups makes this place a must. Best appetizer: fresh spring rolls. My favorite entree: Yaki Udon. If you’re feeling adventurous, make sure to try the Thai tea - it’s sweet, creamy, with hits of exotic spices.
Hidden Gem: Redd’s Smokehouse. Redd’s is relatively new to it’s location on Hanover, but the small BBQ restaurant has won the hearts of Dickinson students as well as the Carlisle Community. Mouthwatering homemade BBQ sauces, slow cooked pulled pork, and salty seasoning make for quite the meal. Their sides are amazing too! Creamy mac n’ cheese, buttery cornbread, and seasoned french fries… yum.
Be sure to check out some of the other amazing off campus dining options! There are more than 33 non-chain restaurants in a three block radius from campus.
Maddie Eggers ‘15