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Emma's Food for Life

11 S Market St, Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1801
+1 570-374-0178
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Ranked #7 of 33 restaurants in Selinsgrove
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: American, Healthy, Organic
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: Here at Emma's, we strive to serve only the freshest food made from local ingredients. We take pride in the quality of the food we serve to you. Our beef products come from grass-fed cattle, our pork products are from pasture-raised pigs and nitrate-free, and our poultry and eggs are free-range whenever possible. We buy organic ingredients whenever they are available to us, and many of our local providers are committed to natural, sustainable practices even if they cannot afford the certified organic stamp. We support local ingredients because we hope to serve our community in a sustainable manner. Eating local food also connects us to our community and helps us eat seasonally, the way nature intended. As time passes, we will not only buy locally, we will also obtain more and more of our products from Sunnyside Farm, the farm run by Emma's. This farm, which provides our restaurant with beef, pork, chicken, eggs, produce, and more, is run in a seasonable, sustainable, humane manner. This direct farm-to-restaurant connection provides you with food fresher and more delicious than you can find anywhere else.
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: Here at Emma's, we strive to serve only the freshest food made from local ingredients. We take pride in the quality of the food we serve to you. Our beef products come from grass-fed cattle, our pork products are from pasture-raised pigs and nitrate-free, and our poultry and eggs are free-range whenever possible. We buy organic ingredients whenever they are available to us, and many of our local providers are committed to natural, sustainable practices even if they cannot afford the certified organic stamp. We support local ingredients because we hope to serve our community in a sustainable manner. Eating local food also connects us to our community and helps us eat seasonally, the way nature intended. As time passes, we will not only buy locally, we will also obtain more and more of our products from Sunnyside Farm, the farm run by Emma's. This farm, which provides our restaurant with beef, pork, chicken, eggs, produce, and more, is run in a seasonable, sustainable, humane manner. This direct farm-to-restaurant connection provides you with food fresher and more delicious than you can find anywhere else.
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Canisteo New York
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Our server, Allison, was very knowledgeable about the menu selections and ingredients. Our food was delicious. My raspberry ginger salmon and roasted brussel sprouts were cooked perfectly. My daughter had a grass fed beef burger and fries, which were baked. They were seasoned perfectly and no grease. And they have an extensive tea menu with everything a tea lover could... More

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Emma R, Owner at Emma's Food for Life, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your reply. We'll definitely brainstorm ways we could arrange our teas so that they don't take away from our restaurant's atmosphere, so we appreciate your input on that. One clarification: Our french fries actually are fried, they aren't baked. They are, however, local potatoes that we hand-cut in small batches and season with our own... More

usa
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We chose Emma's because it had a gluten free vegan choice on its menu, a falafel curry dish. The dish was very spicy but not very flavorful, just "hot". Dinner partner had a Reuben sandwhich (not gf or vegan) which was tasty. Extensive tea selection was nice, pot of tea was placed in a holder over a lit candle to... More

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Emma R, Owner at Emma's Food for Life, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. After reading your review, we actually revamped and improved our falafel curry recipe. We hope you come in and try it! We actually have many gluten-free options on our menu (as of now, seven are marked "Gf," which you can see on our website), and many others can be modified to be gluten-free. Don't forget... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We made a reservation weeks ahead for Parents Weekend and the restaurant was busy. Our table was ready but all the accessories except the silverware were dirty. The cafe is a jumble. The wine list is extremely limited and misrepresented. Wine glasses are mismatched and so are the pours, even for the same wine We waited 15 minutes to order... More

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Emma R, Owner at Emma's Food for Life, responded to this review

We're very sorry that you had a negative experience at our restaurant. The Saturday of Susquehanna University Parents' Weekend is our busiest day of the year and not representative of a typical day in our small town. On Parents' Weekend, wait times are always much longer than normal because every meal is made to order no matter the number of... More

NJ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

More towns should have a restaurant like this. They source as much as they can locally, organic whenever possible, and they prepare the food fresh. Their menu lists which foods are heart healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc., but that didn't make choosing much easier because everything looked so delicious. I recommend their burgers, fish dishes, soups and pastas. They... More

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Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Have eaten at this restaurant three or four times and have found the food (quality, variety, and preparation) and service to be quite good. The chef/owner apparently buys all her ingredients from farms or producers that she knows or has personally reviewed and chosen for their emphasis on organic or lack of artificial input. The ambience is rather simple, a... More

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This place is amazing! Fresh, local food that tastes AMAZING! They definitely know how to cater to someone looking for a healthy, clean meal with flavor!

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SE Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Sport of like a college coffee house on gastronomic crack. Very tasty local chicken with carmelized onion, balsamic vinegar, and walnuts aside seared sweet potato and pan wilted arugula. On higher end of the daily per Diem for one meal, but worth a weekly stop in. Excellent attention to gluten free requirement. They knew what it meant and offered replacement... More

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Emma's makes the most of local produce and proteins and seasonable foods in its dishes and serves meals that are, for the most part, different from what you would find in other area restaurants. The food is good but, prices have gone up a bit too much for my liking. The place used to have one or two very good... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

A nice range of food types for vegetarian and meat-eaters. Their specials are great, and all of the food has a nice, real taste to it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We ate here during a one night stay in Selinsgrove, based on the TA reviews. The food was very good, sourced from 8-10 local farms. Complimentary white, red and blush wine from a local winery. Very friendly service. My only complaint was the temperature in the restaurant was above 80 degrees. The waiter said it was heat from the kitchen... More

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