Eating the Turnpike: All of Pennsylvania’s 15 East-West rest stops, ranked

It’s a big Keystone State. There are a surprising amount of Roy Rogers-es.

Billy Penn Illustration

Three reporters, 15 plazas — one Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Billy Penn and The Incline recently embarked on an epic project to eat the Turnpike, visiting and dining at each of the plazas on the main drag from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. (Sorry, lovers of the Allentown and Hickory Run stops.) After this inspired story from Eater ranking the New Jersey Turnpike stops, we decided to look at our own options across the Commonwealth, ranking the options based on quality and ambiance.

These are the places we stopped, each of which is operated by HMSHost, a Maryland-based company that specializes in travel dining and holds a lucrative 30-year contract with the Pennsylvania Turnpike: