September is Takeout Month in Harrisburg

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It’s Takeout Month in Harrisburg!

Sure, normally it would be a celebration of various Restaurant Weeks across the area, but until our favorite restaurants and breweries can safely welcome a full allotment of guests, support them by purchasing takeout!

Harrisburg is celebrating takeout, or carry-out, month-long, and it’s a great excuse to put away the apron and treat yourself a few extra times in the coming weeks.

Best Restaurants to visit during Takeout Month in Harrisburg

Appalachian Brewing Co.

We love any excuse to visit a local brewery, even if it’s just for takeout. Artie’s Spin Dip is a must for it’s-finally-here football, and I can’t resist a Bavarian soft pretzel — especially when there’s beer mustard AND cheddar dip for dipping. For something heartier, there’s an Epic Trail Burger for everyone in your household — choose your base: beef, chicken, turkey, or black bean — then load it up with Appalachian Brewing Co.’s creative topping combos.

If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, their new Power Bowls are a must-try.

You’ll prob also want to get a growler of their *new* New England-style IPA, Sigma Oasis.

And don’t forget a 6-pack of ABC’s famous root beer for the whole family!

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

There are a lot of things I can cook. Wings are not one of them. Not to mention Arooga’s sauces (I’ve lost count how many there are) are legit.

Truth be told, I really like their Faux Wings with some Everything Sauce.

In addition to wings and all the bar food you can imagine, Arooga’s has a vegetarian menu featuring the Impossible Burger and Impossible Chili.

For one-stop shopping, you can even order select grocery items — and don’t sleep on a growler of Aroogarita or Electric Lemonade. View the menu or order online here.


Our friends at Bricco are back! Your favorite pasta dishes — and those famous short ribs — are available for takeout (or dine-in, inside or out).

I like to go crazy with a bunch of starters-as-a-meal. Who can resist housemade Burrata or Pepperoni Arancini (what!) or grilled artichoke? Don’t sleep on the housemade olive tapenade, the best I’ve had since 5:01 Downtown (if you know, you know).

Or, you can now grab lunch to-go from Ciao Monday through Friday!

Cork & Fork

What is it about pizza and wine?

I have no idea, but I cannot get enough of it. Crispy-chewy crust topped with your choice of delicious toppings. Pistacchio is my go-to, but last night I tried the Proscuitto and Fig, which is equally tasty — I love fresh arugula on my pizza. Pro tip: Order the fresh whipped ricotta, then dip your pizza crusts in the leftovers.

Feeding more than yourself? Cork & Fork also offers family-style pasta entrees, salads, and appetizers.

El Rancho Restaurante y Pupuseria

When opportunities like Takeout Month arise, I usually use it as an excuse to try a place I haven’t enjoyed before. El Rancho has been on my list since they opened a year ago, but I’ve failed to give them a go despite seeing trusted friends continue to rave about them. 

I’m sure most eyes will shoot right for the “tacos” section, but their menu has depth to it. They specialize not only in Mexican food, but Central American food in general with dishes from El Salvador, Mexico, and Ecuador. I think I’ll take this time to try out their Pupusas, a flour cake-like dish that is the national dish of El Salvador.  ~ Jimi

McGrath’s Pub

Comfort food. That’s what a lot of us are looking for right now. A big juicy burger, fries, and a beer after another week of working from home or Zoom meetings can make the world feel far away for a few minutes. 

McGrath’s was always a go-to spot for my friends and me when looking for a solid meal where everyone could find something from the menu. It would start with Irish Nachos or Blarney Bread and then navigate to their classic Pub Burger. Other friend favorites include the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Reuben, and Fish & Chips. ~ Jimi


Rubicon might not be the place you necessarily think of for takeout. Usually, the combination of cocktails, ambiance, and food make the night (or day!) at Rubicon. 

But, the joys of having a meal from Chef Qui are an experience alone without the beautiful atmosphere. 

Let’s talk about shucked oysters to-go! I recently learned that just because you can’t happy hour at Rubicon doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their oyster happy hour prices. Get a baker’s dozen of freshly-shucked oysters to-go for just $15 from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday.

Rubicon can cover all needs from a quick pick-up meal on the way home from work to a #treatyoself dinner on a relaxing Saturday. To-go cocktails are still available, and brunch is open for curbside pick-up every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ~ Jimi

Find more great takeout options in our Restaurant directory!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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