Visitors should keep in mind that people in southern Huntingdon County don’t stay out late, and restaurants that are open for supper are likely to close at 7. Also, a local favorite is a dish called ham pot pie, which is nothing like a traditional chicken pot pie. You’ve been cautioned. Your best bet for local treats? Get invited to a church picnic and sample as many kinds of devilled eggs and desserts as you can.
Orbisonia’s oldest and most reliable restaurant serves pizza, as you might guess, but also a wide variety of pasta dishes and sandwiches.
509 Ridgley St, Orbisonia, Pa. 17243
This recent, and welcome, addition has a delicious menu of overstuffed breakfast and lunch items, plus a long list of coffee drinks. Seriously — you can now get a real latte in Orbisonia! Plus you can do laundry if you need to, because Jenkie’s is also a laundromat.
368 Pine St, Orbisonia, Pa. 17243
Tucked away behind the baked goods in the Sandy Ridge Market is a Subway Sandwich Shop. Always reliable.
18851 Sandy Ridge Station, Orbisonia, Pa. 17243
Spring Creek Diner
Located just across Route 994 from the EBT mainline in Three Springs, this diner offers what may be the single most flavorful sandwich in southern Huntingdon County — a delicious Rueben. But there’s lots more on the menu, too, and we haven’t heard a bad review yet.
8781 Hudson St, Three Springs, Pa. 17264
Pizza Star II
Want to start an argument in southern Huntingdon County? Ask locals whether they prefer the original Pizza Star in Orbisonia, or the Pizza Star II in Three Springs. Opinions run strong. The menus, however, are similar — the restaurants are operated by two branches of the same family. (There’s a third Pizza Star over in Path Valley, too.)
100 Main St, Three Springs, Pa. 17264
Hidd’n Valley Restaurant
Locals love this tiny restaurant on Route 522 in downtown Shirleysburg for its daily specials and comfort food. While you’re in Shirleysburg, head to West Street for a glance at the terrific old school building, and check out the Old Baptist Cemetery on the north end of town — the EBT tracks run right through the middle.
17060 Croghan Pike, Shirleysburg, Pa. 17260
In the mood for a burger and a beer? Checkers has you covered, with a menu that starts with a “Pontooner Burger” (“Golden BBQ sauce, grilled onions, grilled ham, bacon, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, and tomato”) and continues through a variety of other burger and sub offerings.
14294 Croghan Pike, Mount Union, Pa. 17066
Huntingdon’s friendliest dining spot is a delightful little downtown beer joint with a long bar, a great beer list, and a simple menu of sandwiches, burgers, and fries. A favorite of young and old EBT volunteers!
410 Penn St, Huntingdon, Pa. 16652
Standing Stone Coffee Co.
This terrific coffee shop and roastery offers sandwiches, soups, desserts, coffees and teas of every description, baked goods, and indoor and outdoor seating. It’s also a great meeting place and workspace. Worth going out of your way for!
1229 Mifflin St, Huntingdon, Pa. 16652
An unlikely central Pennsylvania branch of a Florida barbecue chain, Woody’s has friendly service and terrific barbecue. Looking to feed a crowd? Their “family feast” feeds four and can easily be doubled or tripled to take out for a crowd of hearty eaters — just ask the EBT crew.
7620 Lake Raystown Shopping Center, Huntingdon, Pa. 16652