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Check out this high-class restaurant

If you’re looking for a fine dining restaurant in Lancaster, look no further than Checkers Bistro. Recently, I had the pleasure of not only eating at Checkers for dinner, but also getting a tour of the new location on Harrisburg Avenue. I was impressed with the recent changes made to this Lancaster City staple.

If you haven’t heard, this February, Checkers moved from its old location where it spent 7 years delighting Lancaster with its delicious menu, to a brand new, and much larger location on Harrisburg Avenue as a part of Champion Forge (next to the Lancaster Arts Hotel). The new location is beautiful and boasts a much larger bar area and comfortable new seating in the dining area along with a location for private parties. The entire space received a complete remodel and the dining room now flows beautifully giving a feeling of grandeur and class.

If you’ve dined at Checkers Bistro in the past, you’ll still enjoy its staple menu favorites at this new location along with seasonal specials that never disappoint. One of my favorite menu items is the pasta Bolognese. The soft wide parpadelle pasta smothered in a rich meat sauce an accompanied with cheese is a dish that warms my stomach and my soul each time I visit Checkers.

Checkers Bistro has always been and continues to be a great restaurant for a date, but the new location also makes it even better for a drink with friends. Checkers has a small plates menu, a delicious drink menu, and a large bar that winds through the new space accommodating more customers and making Checkers a great place to meet up with friends any time of the day or evening.

Even though the new location boasts a larger dining room and more seats, you’ll still need a reservation if you plan on having dinner on a weekend. Be sure and check out Checkers’ new website which also allows you to make reservations online through Open Table.

If you haven’t been out to see the new Checkers Bistro yet, add it to your to-do list and don’t forget to end with dessert. It never disappoints!


Marah Harbeon is the writer and creator of The Red Velvet Blog (www.theredvelvetblog.com). Marah created the blog a few years ago to document her cooking and eating adventures as a home cook and self-proclaimed foodie in Lancaster County. The blog includes recipes, travel insights and local restaurant reviews. Aside from writing about food, Marah is also a stay at home mom and shares her love of food with her husband and Bernese MountainDog. If not eating, you can find Marah golfing with her husband or enjoying a long walk with her family.

Lunch at Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli

Today, a co-worker and I headed over to Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli. We both ordered what we always order, I got the Black Heron (Mouth-watering Black Angus Steak, sliced thin and piled high, smothered with provolone and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and mayo) and she got the Whooping Crane (Sliced turkey, onions and fresh spinach, grilled with Swiss cheese and honey-Dijon dressing).

Isaac’s is such a great place – they’ve got the best customer service and their sandwiches are always so delicious. Downtown Lancaster has a great pickle bar for some late night fun, but when we go to lunch at work, we generally go to the Isaac’s at Greenfield because it’s right down the road from the Visitors Center (501 Greenfield Road).

We got dessert as well – the Fudgie Wudgie (Warm fudge brownie and ice cream – we had strawberry – hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips). Mmm…

They have a club you can become a part of, the Flaming Fan Club, where when you join, you get a coupon for a buy one get one free sandwich (take a friend!), and then they send you different deals each month, as well as a free dessert coupon for your birthday every year – like I said – great customer service!

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