As do its servers. Ours was smart and personable and happy to share with us his favorites and picks, including the Linden Dale farm grilled mozzarella and tomato with herb relish below.
Can't resist water served in milk or canning glasses, either. Or dining al fresco, or the perfect summer night or fresh ingredients. Yes, I liked it here.
Entrees were equally appealing. I had been steered to the massive yet delicious Sweet Stem Farm Black Tamworth Pork "Gordita," with pork confit, griddle corn cake, corn mash, salsa, and chimichurri. In case the griddle corn cake and pork didn't get you (whatever "get you" might mean to you), they drizzle beurre blanc around the edges. You know, because butter makes everything better. It was, as you would imagine, amazing. The right blend of savory and tangy from the pork with a hint of spice from the toppings, layered against the comforting sweet backdrop of the corn.
Convinced I was too full to ever eat again, I was afforded the shot nevertheless to try my friend's creme brulee dessert. You know, it was darn good, with the subtle vanilla sweetness enveloped in a the perfectly smooth texture. A perfect end to a summer night. I mean, it would have been had I not missed the last train back to Philly. Luckily, Lancaster features plenty of other bars and restaurants to occupy a weekend evening.
John J. Jeffries is located at 300 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, Pa, www.johnjjeffries.com.