Savor March Madness with the ‘Elite Eight' of game foodErica Streisfeld
With March Madness hoops in full swing, you'll need some sustenance while you watch the games. So here's my foodie version of the “Elite Eight.”
1. Grandma pizza, DaVinci's Italian Eatery, Silver Spring Township
In my eyes, grandma pizza is the MVP of pizzas. This thin-crust, Sicilian-style pie is topped with plum tomatoes, olive oil, mozzarella and fresh garlic and herbs for a delightful taste profile. Grandma pizza also is served at partner restaurant Palumbo's Italian Eatery (currently closed for renovations).
2. Wings, Eagle Hotel, Lower Paxton Township
While its name is deceiving, the Eagle Hotel is actually a restaurant and bar with the best wings in town. They're crispy yet draped with a healthy dose of sauce, my favorite being the traditional medium, which has a good amount of heat but won't scorch your taste buds.
3. Crepes, Rachel's Cafe & Creperie, Lancaster
If you've ever bought crepes from the street vendors in France, you know they're highly portable. Rachel's offers much more than just dessert crepes. Philly cheese, cheeseburger, turkey club and my beloved ham and brie are just a few of the savory crepe varieties here.
4. Pulled pork sandwiches, Little Black Truck, Swatara Township
I've been down South, but this little food truck ranks right up there with some of the tastiest Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque I've ever had. It's vinegary, spicy and downright huge. Do yourself a favor and order the fresh-cut fries, too. For faster service, call ahead with your order.
5. Cupcakes, Just Cupcakes, York
Pick up cupcakes, big and small, to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you choose the signature "perfect hostess" cupcake, classic white cake with chocolate frosting, or some of the more glamourous cupcake flavors like Boston cream pie, Fluffernutter or strawberry lemonade, they're sure to win over more than a few fans.
6. Arepa sliders, Arepa City, Harrisburg
Boasting the flavors of Latin America, these gluten-free, corn bun sandwiches make for a hearty feast. With more than a dozen flavor combinations that incorporate ingredients such as shredded flank steak, roasted pork, chorizo, plantains, peppers and queso fresco, these eclectic arepas are bound to be a lot more interesting than your bracket.
7. Bunny burgers, Red Rabbit Drive In, Duncannon
Famed for its curbside service, Red Rabbit's 1950s-style fast food can just as easily be packaged for takeout. The legendary bunny burger topped with bacon, cheese, secret sauce and "bunny dust" is the star of the roster, but the shakes and fries also reign supreme.
8. Antipasto platter, chez moi
It's so simple, yet always a crowd favorite: a do-it-yourself antipasto platter. Get creative by wrapping bocconcini mozzarellas in roasted red peppers, prosciutto or grilled zucchini. Throw in some marinated artichokes or olives, arrange them artfully and they'll be gone before you know it.
What's your favorite game-time food?
Erica Streisfeld is the editor for custom publishing at Journal Publications Inc., parent company of the Central Penn Business Journal. She moonlights as a foodie and wino, and many people also know her as founder and organizer of the Harrisburg Cupcake Cup, a community cupcake competition that doubles as a fundraiser for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Follow her at @HbgFoodandWine.