The Hershey Files: A Sweet Dinner

Always up for trying something new, Chris and I stopped in at the Hershey Grill this weekend. Seeing as it is attached to Hershey Lodge and in a very touristy area of town, we actually weren’t expecting much. I was a bit surprised to find an understatedly elegant restaurant atmosphere with incredibly delicious offerings- and some chocolatey tricks tossed in for good measure.

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We parked at the front of the lodge and walked all the way through the hotel, not realizing that the grill had its own parking area on the other side. We didn’t mind though, the lodge is beautiful and the lobby actually smelled like chocolate! As soon as we arrived at the grill, we were a little bit surprised. I’m not sure why but we were expecting something sort of fancy and somewhat catered to tourists. The restaurant is actually very classy yet casual, with a sleek modern design, booths along the walls and a bar with big, cushy stools in one corner. The drink menu read exactly as we had expected. Chris ordered the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini while I tried the Hershey’s Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini. Both were positively delectable!

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The bread basket they give at the start of the meal includes three flowers of butter- two regular butter, and one chocolate butter. I have never tasted chocolate butter before but I rather enjoyed the sweet addition to my pre-dinner bread. It was a cute way to bring a little “Hershey” to the meal without being overtly obnoxious. As for the main course, we both ordered a vegetable orecchiette dish. Chris added shrimp to his while I just enjoyed the pasta, zucchini, spinach, and squash.

Orechiette pasta with spinach, squash, zucchini, and mushrooms in a white wine basil butter sauce.

Orechiette pasta with spinach, squash, zucchini, and mushrooms in a white wine basil butter sauce.

If you ever come to Hershey for the chocolate attractions, come here too! It had just enough of that chocolatey kitsch, along with delicious food and a really nice atmosphere. Don’t forget to wander through the lodge.

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