My daughter will be turning 10 while we are vacationing in Hershey. Where would be a good restaurant to celebrate for dinner?
Are you looking for something elegant/fancy or more family/kid friendly? Although it is a chain restaurant, I like Houlihan's in downtown Hershey. The Hershey Pantry has very good food. There is the Soda Jerk in nearby Hummelstown; however, in my opinion their food is average and it is more about the 50's diner decor. The Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown also has very good food, but the decor is nothing fancy. There are several dining options at the Hotel Hershey & the Hershey Lodge from casual to upscale, check their websites for menus, etc.
My kids are 10 and 12. Their favorite restaurant for a special night out is Devon Seafood Grill. But, you have to like seafood and it is not a casual place or inexpensive. It tends to be our "fancy birthday and anniversary" spot. Even when the kids were small, they were accommodating and respectful to them, and I always really liked that.
They also like Houlihan's as mentioned above, and Chocolate Ave. Grill, which not too many people mention, but is slightly more upscale than Houlihan's but the kind of menu with something for everyone. In Hummelstown, my kids like The Gas Station, but we actually haven't been in a really long time. They just asked about it last week. It's a little different there, you have to have a bit of an open mind. I've always really enjoyed the food.
If your daughter likes Mexican, you can try Luna.
If you are looking for something more casual and affordable, Isaac's is popular with kids. It's a regional chain that began in Lancaster. It's a deli, so all types of sandwiches, soups and salads. They do make a flatbread pizza for the non-sandwich eaters in your group.
If you are looking for something fun to do after dinner, my kids enjoy Adventure Sports just outside Hershey. They have bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, laser tag, and an arcade.
There is also Challenge Family Fun Center at the entrance to Indian Echo Caverns. They have mini golf, batting cages, and an arcade.
If you're mainly looking for a restaurant, I'd cast a vote for the Chocolate Avenue Grille also. Creative enough for the adults, standard fare for the kids, and not too expensive. Fuddrucker's has some good inexpensive burgers. Luna is kind of the only game in town as far as Mexican goes and will do if that's what you want, although I wasn't wild about it. Granted, it was several years ago, so things may have improved since then. If you're interested, there's a Friendly's up the street that I wouldn't recommend for a meal, but would be good for ice cream later.
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