"There's a place along the turnpike that looks interesting," my wife answered when I inquired about dinner plans.
Well THAT narrows it down...
We live in the Pittsburgh area and she works from home for a Philadelphia area company so she is back and forth across the PA Turnpike several times a year. Now that our son is attending college out that way, the trips are even more frequent but now she's not alone, not always on the clock and we can explore a bit.
The two of us and our son's girlfriend were heading out on a Friday night from Pittsburgh eastbound and we passed a couple places that could have met her vague description but when we came upon the Jean Bonnet Tavern along Route 30 within view of the pike, I remembered it as well.
It was past peak dinner time so we only had to wait a few minutes for a table. The service was okay - not outstanding - and the atmosphere was VERY cool. I'm a history buff and wish I would've had time to look around.
My wife had a salad and some great soup and girlfriend and I had burgers that were outstanding. The dessert menu looked great, too, but we passed. It would be midnight before we arrived at our destination and if I overstuffed I would've needed some uppers.
If you're looking for a unique place to eat in the middle of nowhere (everywhere between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is referred to as Pennsyltucky) this is an excellent choice. It will surely be packed during peak travel months/times but they do take reservations. Bedford is a more interesting place to stop than most and much less tacky than Breezewood to the east. We'll hit this place again, I'm sure!
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