The Quaker State might have fewer Quakers this day, but there're also way more options for great food. To help you keep up with the changing times, we've rounded up 10 must-hit restaurants around PA, and as an added bonus, avoided Philadelphia altogether.

Cure

Cure 

Pittsburgh
Helmed by a James Beard nominee and a Food & Wine award winner, this place is serving beautifully plated, locally sourced takes on Mediterranean eats, especially (as the name suggests) charcuterie, as well as things like strawberry gazpacho and whiskey cocktails that'll make you feel great. But they won't actually cure you of anything you pick up in... ugh, Pittsburgh.

Legume

Legume 

Pittsburgh
Legume is Western PA's answer to a New York City bistro, thanks to a simple menu that changes everyday (expect things like Puntarelle with pickled beef tongue, spaghetti with garlic scape pesto and fried egg, and grass-fed beef rib loin with grilled radicchio, etc.), and that it calls "a seven-year conversation" with its customers, something which no one at an actual NYC bistro would put up with. 

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina 

Pittsburgh
This takeout-style meatery on the Strip makes the list thanks to seriously sweet Argentinian BBQ cooked up on a wood-burning grill, where it's doing five different cuts of cow, next-level sandwiches, and the only kind of vegetables worth eating -- ones that taste like meat.

Libassi's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Libassi’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 

Scranton
People wandering Scranton in search of Michael Scott will STILL remember that awesome Italian dish that they had at Libassi’s, even after they’ve snapped that PA Paper & Supply Co. sign.

Bolete Restaurant

Bolete 

Bethlehem
Bolete, nestled in a 200-year-old building in Lehigh Valley, is mixing historic local charm with high-end cuisine from founders who have worked in the industry from Boston to San Francisco. The menu stays fresh and changes almost daily for the best in local produce.

Sette Luna

Sette Luna

Easton
Sette Luna makes authentic wood-fired pizzas, like the fresh clams,parsley and lemon Amalfi Coast or the Gamberetti, which's basically a Margherita plus sautĂ©ed shrimp, pesto, and lemon, that makes for a perfect end to your day at the Crayola Factory.

Home 231

Home 231 

Harrisburg
You could be out of luck when trying to feed yourself in our state’s capital, so make sure to make a reservation at Harrisburg’s top restaurant, where the folks there are doing farm-to-table dining in a place surrounded by actual farms.

Victor's Italian Restaurant

Victor’s Italian Restaurant

York
Philly Italians are too busy eating Donnoli's to go all the way to York, but if they did, even they'd dig the eats at Victor's... especially if they tried the fried risotto or the weekly dinner-for-two hump day special.

1201 Kitchen

1201 Kitchen 

Erie
Considered by some to be out-of-place for Erie, PA, 1201 offers a dizzying array of Latin and Asian-inspired dishes, like fresh sushi, smoked brisket enchiladas, and even a dry-aged porterhouse.

Franco's Lounge, Restaurant & Music Club

Franco’s Lounge, Restaurant & Music Club 

Williamsport
Locals of Williamsport swear by Franco’s as the best restaurant in town, thanks to a homey atmosphere and its seriously good signature garlic bread, and possibly also to the fact it observes the beloved Philly tradition of live music on First Friday.

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This article originally published on June 18, 2014.

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1. Cure 5336 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (Strip District)

Lawrenceville's Cure's got a small, but seriously good menu comprised of urban-inspired Mediterranean dishes like salumi platters, squid ink gnudi, and hangar steak. Helmed by Chef Justin Severino, Cure's menu reflects the seasons and flavors of the region and aims to source the majority of its fare from Western Pennsylvania's local farms.

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2. Legume 214 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Legume is Western PA's answer to a New York City bistro, thanks to a simple menu that changes every day (expect things like Puntarelle with pickled beef tongue, spaghetti with garlic scape pesto and fried egg, and grass-fed beef rib loin with grilled radicchio, etc.).

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3. Gaucho Parilla Argentina 1607 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District)

This Latin American steak joint in the Strip District offers five cuts of beef in their bright, al fresco eatery. Order counter-service from a wide selection of flavorful wood-fired steak, chicken, and fish dishes, plus savory sides like rice and beans, corn, and the house special "gaucho papas."

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4. Libassi's Restaurant and Pizzeria 401 Railroad Ave, Scranton, PA 18505

Remember that awesome meal you had in Scranton while you were searching for Michael Scott? No? That's because it wasn't at Libassi’s. They've got some sweet pizzas... and other Italian food... but we all know you want the pizza.

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5. Bolete Restaurant & Inn 1740 Seidersville Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bolete is all about high-end cuisine and has a menu that changes daily so you're always getting the freshest food.

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6. Sette Luna 219 Ferry St, Easton, PA 18042

Sette Luna -- seventh moon for those who don't know -- is brought to you by three local Easton friends who want to make the best Italian you've ever tried.

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7. Home 231 231 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Home 231 is comfortable and stylish. It is big on featuring farm-to-table food. Oh, there's indoors and outdoors seating too.

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8. Victor's Italian Restaurant 554 S Ogontz St, York, PA 17403

It's got a bit of a rocky past -- including a fire and non-functioning bell tower -- but Victor's is still kicking and serving fabulous Italian food. Even Philly Italians find the fried risotto up to snuff.

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9. 1201 Kitchen 1201 State Street, Erie, PA 16502

If you're looking for traditional Latin and Asian food with a twist on the same menu, this is the place to go. 1201 Kitchen is Eire's go to resto for a raw bar, sushi, rigatoni, and much, much more.

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10. Franco's Lounge Restaurant & Music Club 12 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

Franco's has been a fixture in downtown Williamsport for more than 20 years for a good reason: it's been committed to serving artists and visionaries for years. Franco invites you to come be a part of the family ehether you're a local, or just passing through.

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