The Lunch Box Reviews

Lunch Box : Back Door Cafe

Posted: December 27, 2016 at 9:17 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

When I first moved to Carlisle, this hole-in-the-wall establishment tucked next to the Bosler Library on West High Street was one of my family’s first stops for a meal out. On that fated night I ordered the Nutty Tunafish, beginning what can only be described as a thirteen-year love affair. The Back Door Café has […]

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Lunch Box : Courthouse Commons Cafe

Posted: December 24, 2016 at 8:03 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

There’s something to be said about a place that can take the ordinary and make it better. So it is with the Courthouse Commons Café in downtown Carlisle, across the street from, yes, the courthouse. This is a place for comfort food, carefully and quickly prepared, with serving sizes that are not skimpy. From the blackboard […]

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Lunch Box : Momma Spriggs

Posted: December 18, 2016 at 8:01 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Located across the street from Lowe’s, the brick building that houses Momma Spriggs is neat and tidy on the outside. Inside, the restaurant is nicely lit, the staff is welcoming, and everything—from the windows, to the floors, to the tables—is clean. Two menus are offered at lunch. The Luncheon Specials menu offers appetizers such as […]

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Lunch Box : Amy’s Thai Lunch Buffet

Posted: November 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Editors Note:  Amy’s Thai is now under new management and called White Elephant Thai. For a delicious, hot, flavorful lunch buffet, Amy’s Thai – located on High Street in historic downtown Carlisle, Pa – is one of the best choices around.  I went there with my sister on Friday 20 January 2012, and we were […]

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Lunchbox : Helena’s Creperie

Posted: October 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Chocolate? Crepes? Lunch? If this seems like an anomaly, put aside your concerns. In addition to sweet crepes, Helena’s Chocolate Café & Creperie offers savory selections,soup, and decadent desserts that make for a tasty midday meal. The day of our visit, the soup du jour was billed as split pea with ham ($3.50/cup). A nice […]

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Lunch Box : Rillo’s

Posted: September 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

The tables are topped with white cloths, linen napkins, and heavy flatware. The lighting is subdued. The service is attentive. The ambiance is refined yet casual. A well-known local spot for dinner, Rillo’s is overlooked for lunch in favor of downtown eateries. Pity. The restaurant offers some of the better tasting lunches in Carlisle. With […]

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Lunch Box : Super Buffet

Posted: September 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Super Buffet: Fresh, Filling, and Friendly Last Tuesday (14 February, 2012) I went to Super Buffet with a group of girlfriends. Ever since discovering the restaurant, located in the Carlisle Commons shopping center (off of Noble Boulevard, between the Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply), it has been my favorite place in Carlisle – hands down. The […]

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Lunch Box : Fiddler’s Pub

Posted: June 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

There’s been a restaurant at the Mayapple Golf Course for a while, but during my eight years in the area, Fiddler’s Pub has been the only one with staying power. In many ways, Fiddler’s is like several other restaurants. The food is basic American. It isn’t trendy; it offers no big flavorful statement. But dishes […]

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Lunch Box : Pretzel Spot

Posted: April 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

I am a sucker for coupons; when I received one this past week for the Pretzel Spot Café, my friend and I decided to explore this recently-opened restaurant. The café, located inside the old Carlisle Ribbon Mill (330 East Louther Street), is surprisingly warm and cozy on the inside despite being housed in an old, […]

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Lunchbox : Cafe Bruges

Posted: March 12, 2016 at 11:32 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Walk into Café Bruges in Carlisle and it’s easy to think you’re in Brussels. The food menu is small; the beer menu extensive. Don’t let the simplicity of the menu fool you into thinking the food might be bland. It isn’t. Traditionally, Belgium food is a combination of French and German cuisine. Café Bruges, with its moules frites […]

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Lunch Box : Issei Noodle House

Posted: March 3, 2016 at 11:20 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of stopping by Issei Noodle House with a friend.  The small restaurant is located downtown on High Street on the same block as the historic Carlisle Theatre.  As its name implies, the Asian fusion cuisine showcases noodle dishes from the Pacific Rim, though rice bowls have made a more […]

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Lunch Box : Green Room Bistro

Posted: October 22, 2015 at 7:54 am   /   The Lunch Box Reviews

Editors Note:  Unfortunately, the Green Room Bistro has recently closed (2/10/13) Walking into the Green Room Bistro and Juice Bar on High Street next to the Carlisle Theater for lunch this past Saturday I entered a cool oasis on a hot and humid central PA summer day. Greeted warmly by the hostess (she actually remembered […]

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