What do you get when you take a historic house in Harmony, PA that is said to be haunted, add in a German-inspired restaurant, and put on a draft beer list from one of the region's most acclaimed breweries? The Harmony Inn, that's what.
Although its location about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh is a bit of a drive for most, those who make the journey will be rewarded with an amazing dining experience that we go back time and time again to enjoy.
The Harmony Inn is Operated by North Country Brewing
Before we get into it, it is worth noting that The Harmony Inn is owned and operated by Slippery Rock based North Country Brewing.
Why is this important? Well aside from the obvious that The Harmony Inn is the closest place to the city of Pittsburgh where you can sample so many of this brewery's products, the beer itself is pretty amazing and includes a vast portfolio that is sure to please any picky beer drinker- from sours and wheat bears to the bitterest IPAs.
So now that we've got it out of the way that you're going to drink well while visiting, what about the food?
German Food Abound and Delicious Sandwiches
When it comes to the Harmony Inn, I have a little secret to admit to. I've been to this one about a dozen times in the last few years and intend to visit again many times more in the coming years.
The reason for this is simple: the combination of the ambiance, German fare, and delicious beer is a trifecta you are hard pressed to find in the region.
The menu at The Harmony Inn is of the German inspired type, and up until 2017 the menus were served in old-timey newspaper format much like Max's Allegheny Tavern in Deutschtown. (They have since upgraded to a traditional menu, sadly.)
Want schnitzel, strudel, or deep fried pretzels (Brezeln) with house-made mustard? They are served in massive portions and offer some of the best iterations of the dishes we've had in the city (seriously, get the pretzels as a starter and thank us later).
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But to us, the real star of The Harmony Inn is not the entrees, but is in fact their sandwich menu which includes many personal favorites including the Swineload (a meat overload with three kinds of pork on a pretzel bun), the Grilled Goat Cheese (a goat cheese hunk on Texas toast with optional bacon adder- a must), numerous burgers made from several meat options, as well as an entire selection completely dedicated to the Reuben- although we often opt for the traditional as being one of the best.
When it comes down to it, The Harmony Inn is one of those places that you can go to, order anything on the menu, and expect to be blown away. Washing it all down with locally produced beer is the icing on the cake.
You really should make the drive to check this one out.
The Harmony Inn is located at 230 Mercer Street in Harmony, PA.