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Best Spots for Ethnic Food in Harrisburg

Published: Dec 18, 2015
Dining at Rubicon HBG

Want to send your taste buds to exotic locales but don’t have time to fly around the globe? No problem. We got you covered. Harrisburg offers an impressive selection of diverse ethnic food found nowhere else in the area.

If you’re in the mood for some inventive Latin fusion, there’s La Noche Cantina, which shares a kitchen with its sister restaurant El Sol. Their intimate bar, house-made guacamole and unique Latin American menu makes this a must-not-miss. Enjoy full entrees and share small plates paired with Sangria or any number of cleverly crafted cocktails. 

If Cuban cuisine is more your style, look no further than Los Tres Cubanos. This intimate and beautifully decorated restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous or catching up with close friends. Experience their ceviche, empanadas, slow roasted pork shoulder and fried red snapper.  With a farm-to-table menu that celebrates rich flavors and traditional Cuban dishes, you’ll be surprised you never left Harrisburg. 
Fancy a little French inspired fare? Then you need to visit Rubicon. Their dishes are prepared with fresh, locally grown produce, local farm-raised meat and imported gourmet items for an authentically French experience. Enjoy French classics from frog legs to foie gras or simply treat yourself to their double cut porterhouse. They also have great weekly specials like their oyster and champagne happy hour. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Looking to be a little more adventurous? Then 2nd and Shawarma could be the place for you if you’re in the need for some quick eats. Featuring dishes from the Mediterranean and Middle East, this local eatery brings the flavor along with the variety. It boasts a nice selection of vegetarian options but has no problem satisfying carnivores. Just keep in mind it is BYOB, but their menu spans from breakfast to late night, so it’s always a good time to get your falafel on.

For those who love Indian food or have always wanted to try it, then book passage to Passage to India. The regulars sing praises about the friendly and attentive service, but it’s the delicious, perfectly spiced food that keeps them coming back. The scenic views of the Susquehanna River are quite the draw as well. Aficionados will have no problem finding a favorite dish while newbies may wish to try the buffet and explore all the flavors India has to offer. 


Author: Allison Rohrbaugh