Fried radishes, a Sinful brew and pumpkin ice cream are just a few of the new edible offerings available to food and beverage connoisseurs around Hanover and Adams County this year.
Several eateries and breweries have opened their doors in this area since January. Here's a short list of places where you can shake up your date night or explore new cuisines.
The Freckled Radish
Serves: Irish-American entrees and pub food
Where: 5815 York Road, Oxford Township
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
This Irish-American pub opened in February at the former home of The Ox, breathing life back into a years-vacant building. The eatery offers a unique blend of American and Irish-inspired cuisine, including a freckled fried radish appetizer, Guinness steak and potato and, the owner's favorite, shepherd's pie with ground lamb and beef.
The space also includes a large stage and hosts frequent entertainment.
Serves: Italian cuisine
Where: 1412 Baltimore St., Hanover
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
If you've lived in the Hanover area for more than two years, you know La Cucina isn't exactly a new restaurant. The popular eatery, formerly located on Eisenhower Drive, closed its dining room in September 2013, taking a two-year hiatus while its owners offered a catering service and helped out at another family business. But owner Armando Malvone missed interacting with customers, leading the restaurant to re-open its doors in a new location this May.
The revamped eatery includes the same kitchen staff, menu and Tuscan feel as the original location, offering a varied menu of Italian favorites like gourmet pizza, lasagna and chicken marsala.
Miscreation Brewing Company
Serves: Craft beer, wine, sandwiches, snacks
Where: 6 Center Square, Hanover
Hours: Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday and Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
This recently opened brewpub has received a lot of press, both local and regional, since its owners announced their intention to bring their home brews to downtown Hanover last year. And for good reason. Many locals have heralded the brewery's opening, along with the opening of nearby Something Wicked Brewing Company, as the start of a craft bear renaissance in a town known for its shoes and snack foods.
Signature beers, or miscreations, as the brewpub calls them, include the Reckless Imperial IPA, Frank'n Stout and, for fall, Smashed Pumpking Porter. The pub also offers a small but scrumptious food menu, including six kinds of paninis and homemade soft pretzels from The Hanover Hub.
Something Wicked Brewing Company
Serves: Craft beer, wine, cider, pub food
Where: 34 Broadway, Hanover
Hours: Friday and Saturday 4-11 p.m.
Just around the corner from Miscreation sits another one of Hanover's newly opened brewpubs. This one all started in 1999 when some Hanover-area Jimmy Buffett fans dreamed of opening a tropical island bar, according to the brewery's website, That dream came to fruition — albeit in a way different from expected — when the group purchased a 130-year-old building in downtown Hanover.
Since opening in June, the brewery has offered a range of morality-themed brews — with names like Sinful, Virtue, Charity and Chaos — as well as classic pub foods like hand-rolled crab balls, flatbread pizzas and Renovah pretzel logs.
Treat Yo' Self
Serves: Frozen yogurt, baked goods
Where: 430 Baltimore St., Gettysburg
Hours: Open year-round; hours vary by season
When Gettysburg Cupcake closed the doors of its bright-pink building for the last time in January, Roopa Patel saw a chance to fulfill her dream of opening her own business. Her new shop, complete with a fresh coat of yellow paint, sits in the heart of Gettysburg's downtown shopping attractions, offering year-round frozen yogurt and baked goods to locals and tourists alike.
Guests can choose from about 20 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt, 40 toppings and different baked goods daily. Patel also hopes to introduce doughnuts and coffee in the near future.
Half Pint Creamery - Gettysburg
Serves: Homemade ice cream
Where: 1101 Biglerville Road, Straban Township
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Half Pint's homemade ice cream has been familiar to many in the Hanover area since 2014, when Trish Motter opened her first shop in McSherrystown. News of the shop went viral, with Redditors spreading news of her unique assortment of flavors, including bacon, across the country. Business, in fact, was so good that 24-year-old Motter opened her second location, near Gettysburg, just a year later.
Both stores offer a revolving list of custom-crafted flavors, with seasonal picks like pumpkin cheesecake and cinnamon roll debuting in September.