Erie Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Erie

April 14, 2018 Diedre Savory

Located in the very Northwest corner of Pennsylvania, Erie is the State's only Great Lakes port city. The Lake is the main attraction in Erie, with the sparkling water giving Erie its nickname, "Gem City." The nearby peninsula of Presque Isle State Park provides residents and visitors ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as sailing, swimming, hiking, and biking. The city is also part of the Snowbelt, famous for the winter wonderland created by the lake effect.
Things to do in Erie

1. Lawrence Park Dinor

4019 Main St, Erie, PA 16511-1965 Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Greek, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 814-899-4390
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 547 reviews

Lawrence Park Dinor

GREAT Food, Great Prices, Friendly Staff, Clean Interior. Nostalgic 1948 Silk City diner (on the National Historic Registry) located in East Erie, Lawrence Park Township. Serving Breakfast from open till 11 am and Lunch 11 am to close. HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 7 am to 3 pm. Sunday 8 am to 2 pm (serving from our Breakfast menu only on Sunday) Closed on Mondays.

Reviewed By holysmoke26 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

We walked in and were greeted by very friendly service. The server even made me sweet tea (they don’t usually have that up north). The gyro and rodeo burger were excellent, as well as the homemade peanut butter pie. Cute little rail car converted to a diner. Would definitely go back.

2. Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro

1402 W 10th St, Erie, PA 16502-2922 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 814-454-0700
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro

Welcome to Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro, Erie, Pennsylvania's newest dining experience. This family owned restaurant with its fusion of Southern regional and Caribbean cuisine is quickly becoming one of the hottest dining spots in the city. The harmonious mix of flavor, atmosphere and impeccable service makes this establishment one of Erie's culinary gems. If you're looking for a new restaurant that offers uniquely delicious food and a wonderful environment your friends and family will love, Pineapple Eddie is the place to be. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, our family restaurant brings the flavor and hospitality of the south to the north.

Reviewed By Pamlog - Franklin, Pennsylvania

From appetizer to dessert, cocktails and service, Pineapple Eddie’s exceeds expectations! Like a Tardis, it’s bigger on the inside, with two large rooms full of seating. We had the fried green tomatoes with Corn Salsa, and Crab Hushpuppies to start. They were both delectable. My husband called the hushpuppies “dangerous”, because he could eat them all day. For entree I had the crab cakes with Chefs Rice and Beans and Plantains - all were perfectly cooked and delectable. My daughter had the Griyo with Grits and Plantains. She reported that it was delicious. My husband had a special - scallops and mussels over linguini in a really lovely sauce. We loved the Pineapple Eddie Martini, and our daughter really enjoyed the Island Girl cocktail. Desserts were all divine. We had the lime cake, the salted caramel cake, and the sweet potato pie. Cost for three people including appetizers, cocktails, entrees and desserts (and tax) was $116. Service was very friendly. We will definitely be back!

3. Lucky Louie’s Beer And Wieners

8238 Perry Hwy, Erie, PA 16509-6676 Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, American Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 814-314-9481
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Lucky Louie’s Beer And Wieners

At Lucky Louie's Beer & Wieners we have 32 different weenies and nearly 300 different bottled beers. We operate in a tiny space across from Presque Isle Downs and Casino, so hopefully you aren't claustrophobic! For those freaked out by lack of space, we have an outdoor patio, unfortunately we are unable to predict/control Dreary Erie's weather! Children are welcome! We even make a kids hotdog that is cut into the shape of an octopus and sits on a bed of potato chips with whatever toppings the little buggers want! Parents note: kids are cool as long as they are looked after and gone by 9pm. Any unsupervised children will be given a Red Bull and a puppy. The beer isn't cheap, I hate to admit. We have a place called the Beverage Shop next door that sells all of the same beer we have, but in cases. It would be unethical to undercut our neighbors. We don't believe in the Walmart business model! If you are in the mood for for something off-the-wall, come see us. We will happily make your day just a little bit weirder!

Reviewed By avgjoey - Barrie

Who would believe you can make a dining experience out of hot dogs. Had the dof called booty call which came with pulled pork, cole slaw, BBQ Sauce, Mayo and pickles. the other dog came with cheese, chili, and salt and vinegar chips crushed. Oodles...MoreThank you so much!

4. Mi Scuzi

2641 Myrtle St, Erie, PA 16508-1853 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 814-454-4533
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 555 reviews

Mi Scuzi

Reviewed By Dave W - Erie, pa

We had $100 gift certificate and forgot about it until it expired “Approximately two weeks after the expiration date”. My wife called the restaurant and talked to the owner who said he would not honor it. So I was wondering why a restaurant would put an expiration date on a gift certificate? “They already have your money, if costs go up you simply get less”. Otherwise the restaurant keeps the money and does not have to do anything for it, Sort of like stealing! They are supposed to turn all unclaimed monies over to the state, but we checked and this restaurant does not do that. He simply steals from his customers! My mother-in-law likes Mi Scuzi’s and was a regular customer and wanted to go, but I told her the story and now she never wants to go back! “WARNING”, Never buy a gift certificate from this place! I don’t even know why anyone would want to patronizes a place that treats its customers like this!

5. Latino's Mexican Restaurant and Bar

1315 Parade St, Erie, PA 16503-1125 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Mexican, Latin Dinner, Late Night SGD 18 - SGD 33 +1 814-452-1966
Excellent
83%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Latino's Mexican Restaurant and Bar

Bienvenidos! We'd like to invite you to come experience the culinary traditions of authentic Mexican food. Everything we cook is made following generations of family recipes and you won't be disappointed because, as we like to say, we are the "Real Enchilada."

Reviewed By deferred_adolescent - Erie, Pennsylvania

I travel to Erie at least two weeks a month and make sure that Latino's is on my itinerary each time. The enchiladas are great!

6. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

680 Millcreek Mall, Millcreek Mall Complex, Erie, PA 16565-0604 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 814-864-1599
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 444 reviews

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is located at the Millcreek Mall Complex. We offer authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Join us for Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 4-6:30PM at the FIREBAR(R) or on the patio. We offer top-notch service and upscale dining at a modest price. Visit us online to learn more.

Reviewed By Laurie H - Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

Although firebirds is usually quite busy, that indicates that the food and service are excellent. Reservations can be made in the dinning area, but not the bar. Their happy hour specials are very good and well attended. The food, although a little pricey, is always delicious and service exceptional.

7. Texas Roadhouse

7475 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509-4712 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 814-864-9494
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a steak restaurant providing legendary food with legendary service. Texas Roadhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh-baked bread, fall-off-the-bone-ribs, and made-from-scratch sides. We also serve ice cold beer and legendary margaritas. Treat your family and friends to a night at Texas Roadhouse.

Reviewed By Glock D

I called in order Scott said 15 minutes I got there on time. Scott said one order ready waiting on the other order. 25 minutes later I walk out with food. While waiting i'm just watching the one order that was done sitting there. Got home cold disgusting my order was -my wife was hot but they forgot the gravy.

Save yourself the trip and go to "Long Horn Steakhouse" and get a good meal!

I will never go back terrible I mean terrible

8. U Pick 6 Tap House

333 State St, #110, Erie, PA 16507-1450 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 814-520-5419
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

U Pick 6 Tap House

Reviewed By KevAmanda - Ajax, Canada

We stayed at the Sheraton Erie hotel and picked this restaurant for dinner because it was within walking distance to the hotel and my husband really enjoys his beers. It was the perfect restaurant for us.

We went during happy hour (weekdays 5 pm - 7 pm) and I would suggest making reservations as the place was pretty busy. The host gave us a hour to eat dinner before they need the tables for a later reservation. Worked perfectly for us.

During happy hours the beers, pizzas and flatbread are 50% off. So we ordered 2 beers, a pizza and a flatbread. The only negative that we came up with was that the portions aren't huge. We weren't full by the end of the meal.

Our bill at the end of the night came to $16, we couldn't believe it! It was great food for an excellent price! We would highly recommend U Pick 6 Restaurant on State St.

9. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant

7810 Interstate Dr, Erie, PA 16509-4676 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 814-868-2500
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 345 reviews

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant

Reviewed By kajj21

Enjoyed the homemade cooking but the gift store offers many unique gifts Count on extra time for browsing as it’s a bit crowded Lineups move quite quickly Food choices are great Remember to ask for biscuits

10. Bayfront Grille

55 West Bay Drive, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, Erie, PA 16507 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 45 +1 814-454-2005
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille, located in the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania, can be your personal oasis in the heart of Erie's Bayfront Marina District. The stunning lake views on our patio are sure to take your breath away, while you dine on a delicious seasonal menu featuring hints of Asian and Contemporary cuisine. Executive Chef Matthew Stallings is taking Bayfront Grille into elite status among the top ranked restaurants of the Sheraton brand. The Maryland Style Crab Cakes and Roasted Corn & Crab Chowder are two dishes that make Bayfront Grille dwarf the local competition. Meanwhile the Filets, Rib-eye and House Strip Steak truly are cut in-house to ensures that every steak served is not only the freshest it can be, but of the highest grade. A global selection of seafood, delivered daily, also is prepared in compliment the premium meats. Bayfront Grille has something to serve for everyone!

Reviewed By rjperino - Erie, Pennsylvania

This was our first time dining at this restaurant and my wife and I were extremely pleased. Erin, the hostess, was courteous and friendly. RJ, our server for the evening, was also very polite, knowledgeable and prompt. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. We will definitely return and hope to be fortunate enough to have RJ as our server and Erin hosting. The evening began with a tense few moments when my wife began choking on a piece of shrimp. It was bad enough that I had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her. Thank God that all ended well. Erin, RJ and other staff members were very responsive and extremely concerned and helpful. We were so touched and grateful. Their response alone, was enough to merit repeat business. THANK YOU!
Ricardo and Eileen Perino

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