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Top 5 Foodie Favorites & Insider Tips

Published: Aug 22, 2014

Hershey and Harrisburg have so much to offer residents and visitors in the way of food, drinks, entertainment and more. In order to get the inside scoop on where the best places to visit in Harrisburg and Hershey might be, we went to an extremely reputable source, Rick Dunlap, Director of Public Relations for Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau

The Town Dish: What would you say is Harrisburg’s best kept foodie secret?

BBQ. For some reason BBQ has become a very popular offering in the Hershey Harrisburg Region. Here are some of the top spots for BBQ when you visit

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Best Kept Secret—BBQ & Lots of It!

One may not think of Harrisburg as the “BBQ Capital,” but there are plenty of BBQ restaurants to go around in addition to tons of BBQ foodies. “For some reason, BBQ has become a very popular offering in the Hershey Harrisburg region,” states Rick Dunlap, Director of Public Relations for Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB).

Here are our top six spots for BBQ when you visit!

MoMo’s BBQ & Grill offers traditional Southern-style barbecue menu items such as their Texas beef brisket sandwich, baby back ribs and fried catfish. Home to over 150 craft beers, MoMo’s is the perfect spot for beer aficionados as well.

Smoke BBQ is a modern American barbecue spot with a focus on using ingredients from local vendors and farmers. Some of Smoke BBQ’s specialties include the Boss Dawg sandwich, St. Louis ribs and the Q.

Shakedown is all about the Applewood smoked barbecue offerings. Their Tres Hombres sandwich is a popular choice, as are the baby back ribs, barbecue chicken and the Big River baked beans.

Road Hawg is all about “serious barbecue with a carefree attitude.” Enjoy plenty of barbecue staples such as pulled pork, beef brisket and chopped beef BBQ.

With their signature barbecue entrees and sandwiches with Dirty Mesquite BBQ chips on the side, Smoked is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Add in the fact that Smoked offers eight different sauces, including their Troegenator BBQ sauce, you know this BBQ spot isn’t messing around.

Situated in the former Camp Curtin Fire Station, this popular barbecue establishment pleases patrons with plenty of authentic Southern-style barbecue entrees and sandwiches. Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and pulled beef sandwiches, along with their famous baked beans, are a must.

Want to learn more about the Harrisburg area and what to see, do and eat in the city? Visit our travel guide and start planning your next Harrisburg adventure!

Author: Kristen Kwiatkowski
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