Spending time in downtown Harrisburg? Get to know the heart of the city by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a French creperie to a North Indian halal spot.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit downtown, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Au Bon Lieu
Topping the list is creperie and French spot Au Bon Lieu, which offers crêpes and beverages. Located at 1 N. Third St., it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 265 reviews on Yelp.
With more than 50 sweet and savory crêpes made right in front of you, Au Bon Lieu gives diners a taste of Paris.
On its menu, look for the savory crêpe filled with smoked salmon, mozzarella, capers, tomato and egg. Vegetarian options are also available. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the Belgian dark chocolate crêpe with raspberry jam spread.
2. 2nd St Shawarma
Next up is Mediterranean spot 2nd St Shawarma, situated at 316 N. Second St. With 4.5 stars out of 175 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
Expect to find vegetarian and meat-based starters, wraps and platters. Look for its shish kafta platter with charbroiled ground meat, onions, parsley and grilled vegetables infused with spices on a bed of rice; or the falafel wrap stuffed with hummus, tabouli, tomatoes, pickles and tahini sauce.
Yelper Asit U. wrote, "Falafel was awesome. The lamb was tender and sweet with a hint of lemon. Hummus was as good as it gets."
3. Bollywood Bar and Grille
North Indian and halal spot Bollywood Bar and Grille is another top choice. Yelpers give the eatery, located at 110 N. Second St., 4.5 stars out of 137 reviews.
Bollywood Bar and Grille features an extensive menu of meat-based and vegetarian tandoori, curry and rice dishes. Look for the chicken harabhara marinated in mint, cilantro and other spices, served with chutney; or the chana masala — chickpeas sautéed with diced onions, tomatoes and herbs.
Yelper Kristina G. wrote, "The mango chicken was the right amount of spice and sweetness and the meat was tender and juicy. The portions are pretty big. Plus the rice is bottomless."