Camp Hill Cafe

On Tuesday Sept 27, 2011 we stopped by the Camp Hill Cafe at 40 Erford Rd in Camp Hill. We had never been here before, Craig and Kathy spotted this place last week and we’re always up for a new place, so here we are. Located across from the entrance to the old Blue Shield building, this location has been home to many different eateries over the years. They have a great location, plenty of parking and as we were about to find out, a pretty nice restaurant. Inside, all the tables had white tablecloths, original artwork (for sale) lined the walls. The place had a nice, cozy feel to it. Our waitress was very good and before long we had our drinks and ordered our breakfasts. Coffee was served in clear glass cups and the refills were continuous. The food came out and looked great, large eggs, large slices of ham, sausage links and a nice portion of home fries. As we ate more and more people kept coming. We saw a guy with a laptop but couldn’t determine if they had internet available, also we didn’t notice any tv’s, but the atmosphere was nice, the service was great and the food was really good. By the time we left the parking lot was nearly full. Definitely a popular, good place to eat and we would surely eat here again.

Category          Bill              Craig                 Kathy

Eggs                  3                 3                          3

Potatoes            2                 2                          2

Sides                  3                3                           3 

Drinks                2                 2                           2

Service               3                3                           3

Atmosphere        3                3                           3

Cleanliness         3                3                           3

Totals                19 / 21         19/21                  19/21

Our meals average about $7.25 per person.


Diener’s Restaurant – Mechanicsburg

On Thursday September 22, 2011 we stopped by Diener’s Restaurant at 135 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg. Diener’s was one of our first stops back in early 2010 and we wanted to check them out again. We’re happy to report that our visit today was very good and we noted many improvements. They have added a nice, casual seating area just inside the entrance which adds a touch of coffee shop, but could also be a waiting area. The interior of the restaurant seemed more open and well lit. There were still some traces of the old Mechanicsburg pictures that used to cover the walls, but for the most part that has been replaced with nicer walls and more current artwork and decorations. We were quickly seated and our waitress was very good. We ordered our usual #1 which is eggs, hash browns, toast and sausage or bacon. Our guest reviewer, Kathy, ordered the special, which was a peach and blueberry pancake. The meals were very good. We especially have to mention the really good sausage links and the “big” toast, those two items really make the meal special. Overall we were pretty impressed with Diener’s, they seem to have evolved into a more modern, up to date restaurant while still maintaining some of the history and retro feel. We should note that Diener’s is open Wednesday thru Friday from 7 AM to 2 PM, and Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM, and Sundays from 8 AM to 1 PM. If you’re on Facebook, look for their page. Also, we see that they are currently #49 in Urbanspoon’s “Best Restaurants in Harrisburg” list. Try them out, you’ll be glad!

Category             Bill             Craig               Kathy

Eggs                     3                 3                       3

Potatoes               2                  3                       3

Sides                    3                   3                       3

Drinks                   2                   2                      2

Service                 3                    3                       3

Atmosphere          3                    3                       3

Cleanliness           3                     3                      3

Totals                  19 / 21            20/21               20/21

Our meals today averaged out to about $6.25 per person.

Englishman eats the biggest breakfast – 7500 calories

He’s just devoured the world’s most unhealthy full English breakfast – and might need a doctor to save his bacon.

Steven Magee, 29, has become the first person to conquer The Big One, a heart-stopping giant fry-up boasting 7,500 calories – three times the recommended daily intake.

Weighing in at a whopping three kilos, it includes three sausages, three beef burgers, three fried eggs, three rashers of bacon, three slices of black pudding, three square sausages, three portions of beans and three portions of mushrooms.

The Peppermill – Mechanicsburg

On Tuesday September 13, 2011 we decided to pop in at the Peppermill for breakfast. We’ve been to this place several times in the last few years and we’ve always found them to be good. As soon as we walked in today we could sense a change. A different hostess was on duty, she took us to our table and never asked us about drinks. A waitress we had never seen before stopped by and took our drink order like we were bothering her. She didn’t really look at us while we ordered and even made a face while writing it down. Then we noticed that we didn’t recognize ANY of the waitresses, everybody was new. Even the menu seemed different. The food came out and it was good, but overall we were disappointed with the visit. When we paid for our meal we mentioned to the hostess that we noticed a change. She immediately wouldn’t look at us, avoided any further questions and claimed to know nothing. We would make a point to go to the peppermill, even on weekends but I might suggest someplace else next time. Obviously there has been some kind of a shake-up over there. Hey, we realize that these things happen, but when it does, the goal should be to improve….just our opinion.

Category               Bill                Craig

Eggs                        3                   3

Potatoes                  3                   3

Sides                      2                     2

Drinks                      2                    2

Service                    1                     1

Atmosphere             2                     2

Cleanliness              3                     3

Totals                     16 / 21           16/21

Subway for Breakfast?

I just tried a breakfast sandwich at a Subway restaurant. Egg, cheese and ham on flat bread w/ coffee or orange juice for $3. Not bad, Precooked eggs, 2 slices of ham, 1 slice of provolone then toasted. Kind of weird when they point at all the sub components like lettuce, onions, peppers, pickles and ask if you want any of that on it….I was the only customer in the store and my tray was all alone on top of the trashcan at 10AM.