No visit to Lancaster should end without the unique experience of Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub and the Wonderful Good Market. One of the oldest and most distinguished craft-breweries in the region, Stoudt’s Brewing Company produces over a dozen exemplary beers from its decorated “Pils” (a true-to-form German Pilsener) to its “Old Abominable” (a heady but highly drinkable barley wine).
Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub features superlatively good German food, from Jaegerscnitzel (a traditional German dish of fried pork cutlets over spaetzle, topped with mushroom gravy made with Stoudt’s “Fat Dog” beer) to traditional bratwurst with sauerkraut. For seafood, Stoudt’s features a raw bar with oysters and clams, along with heavenly crab cakes. The burgers – hand-formed and often fretted-over by Ed Stoudt himself – are some of the best I have ever had. Head chef Josh Hilt clearly cares about his guests, taking great care to execute every detail perfectly even on vegetarian entrees that often get overlooked in other restaurants. That said, the true stars of Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant are the beautiful, hand-cut and perfectly-marbled steaks. There’s not much that this writer could say except that it would be difficult to find a more spectacular steak anywhere in the region.
After lunch, take a short walk around the corner to Stoudt’s Wonderful Good Market which includes cheese caves and a bakery. Here you will find fantastic artisanal breads, soups and other baked goods lovingly made by Elizabeth Stoudt (daughter of founders Ed and Carol) and her team. My favorite is the sauerkraut rye, a delightfully hearty and intensely flavorful twist on a German classic. Pair any of their breads with any of their young-but-flavorful alpine cheeses for a delicious snack. Be sure to stroll through the enormous adjacent Stoudt’s Black Angus Antique Mall. With over 300 dealers and 70,000 square feet, their mall is the granddaddy of the antique malls for which Adamstown is now famous.
Plan your visit soon. You’ll enjoy every aspect of this unique destination.