Ice Cream Anyone? Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream is considered “one of the best ice cream stores in the United States”. It is a short walk from the inn and has a pleasant outside seating area to enjoy your special treat. If you prefer soft serve, Massey’s Ice Cream is also a few blocks from the inn and a well-known local favorite!
Our favorite casual restaurant is Miseno’s Risto Pub II located three blocks away. You will likely need to bring your leftovers from the large portioned pasta meals and salads to store in the inn’s guest refrigerator. Their pizza is delicious too!
There are so many fantastic lunch options in Carlisle. Spoons Café, Kimberly’s Café, Helena’s Chocolate Café and Creperie, and The Sunrise Café are some of the best.
Café Bruges is our family’s absolute favorite restaurant in Carlisle. Owners Ryan Twigg, Helena Twigg, Ross Morris and Laura Portillo did their homework in the historic Belgium city to create the menu and the perfect frites. Ask Dawn and Bruce about their romantic story of the Bruges Café in Carlisle and Bruges, Belgium.
1794 The Whiskey Rebellion celebrates Carlisle’s role in this historically themed restaurant. Over 50 domestic and international whiskeys are available to accompany menu items such as the “Bourbon Bird” and the “Molly Burger”
Market Cross Pub is an English-style pub with over 250 beers and ales to choose from -including their own brews! Live evening entertainment Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Dine al fresco on Hanover St or behind the pub in their Beer Garden. Innkeepers’ favorites include Shepherd’s Pie and Fish & Chips.
The Hamilton, North Hanover Grille, Roosters, Faye’s Country Kitchen, George’s Pizza and the Gingerbread Man are Carlisle institutions.
- The Hamilton is famous for their “Hotchee Dog” and down-home cooking.
- North Hanover Grill has great salads, wraps. Tuesday is Wing Night, and Wednesday is Trivia night from 8-10. They have a large selection of domestic, imported and craft beers.
- Fay’s Country Kitchen is a cash-only home-style diner. They have fantastic pancakes and muffins. Check out their retro Coke décor!
- George’s Pizza began in 1958 and has a wide variety of pizza, old and hot subs, Stromboli and salads.
- Gingerbread Man has been a Friday night hangout for locals for decades. It has a pub/tavern atmosphere. It features two bars – one which permits smoking.
International cuisine is found in Carlisle too!
- El Rodeo is Grandma Webb’s favorite Carlisle restaurant. They have authentic Mexican Food and make a fantastic margarita!
- Tacqueria Laurita is a casual ‘quick bite’ Mexican restaurant with limited seating.
- Issei Noodle features made-fresh-daily ramen and assorted noodles. Good service and great food!
- Mount Fuji has authentic Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu including a great sushi selection. The upscale urban feel restaurant is a local favorite.
- Jewels of India serves traditional Indian food featuring various cuisine styles from different regions of India. Dawn and Lenore really enjoy their Butter Chicken and Palak Paneer.
- Chen’s Asian Restaurant has a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes including sushi.
- China Palace located in Penrose Plaza is Jamie’s favorite for Chinese food in Carlisle. We love their Pu Pu Platter complete with a warming flame.
- Yak and Yeti is a Himalayan Restaurant with authentic Nepalese Dawn really likes the JHOL MOMO a Himalayan dumpling soup with a rich broth.
- Vinny’s Pizza & Restaurant has fantastic thin crust pizza and subs. Dickinson College and high school students receive a 10% discount with student ID.
- Lizardi’s Puerto Rican Restaurant opened in downtown Carlisle in October 2020. Rumor has it that Lizardi’s has the best mofongo in PA.
There are spirits in Carlisle!
- Grand Illusion Wine and Cidery treats guests to an unusual experience with a bit of mystery, magic, whimsy. Boasting the largest selection of PA cider on draft in the world, a rotating selection of PA beers and PA wines, and a tasty food menu, it’s a fun place to visit. Consider trying their “ESCAPE ROOM”. Magic Mondays include tableside magic from 6-8 PM.
- Hook and Flask Still Works is Carlisle’s First Distillery since Prohibition. Enjoy sipping a ‘Fireman’s Mule’ and take a tour of the distillery. Then have some ‘Loaded Totties’ while enjoying live music.
- Molly Pitcher Brewery features their Carlisle-brewed beer and hard seltzers. They have a nice selection of sharable appetizers. Their back-yard porch is very pleasant and an upstairs taproom is available for rent.
- Market Cross Pub is an English-style pub with a historic flare. Market has a wide selection of beers including their own brews. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. Trivia nights and music make this a fun place to be in downtown!
- Castlerigg Wine Shop features Pennsylvania wines available by the glass or in tasting samples. Pair your wine with some house-made tasty treats. Say hello to the proprietor, Alan, who will likely be wearing his trademark kilt.
- Burd’s Nest Brewing Co. is a Carlisle craft brewery that recently celebrated their second year in business with their “Terrible Two’s Doublebock”. If you like chocolate and beer, it’s for you! A nice mix of IPA, pale ales, whiskey, ciders, and wines round out their drink offerings. Snacks are also available. Evening entertainment too!