4 Reasons Out-of-Towners Should Visit The Parrot in Gettysburg

Scenic views are now the landscape of what was once the bloodiest battle of the Civil War in Gettysburg. The charming town draws in its share of tourists not only during the summer months, but all year long. After spending the day taking in the history of the area, relax at a local favorite, The Parrot.

Location, Location, Location

The Parrot

Located less than a block east of Lincoln Square, The Parrot is within walking distance to many specialty shops and historical sites around town. Perfect for a quick bite before embarking on an afternoon of hiking the battlefield, a romantic dinner and drinks on a getaway weekend or a nightcap after ghost hunting, The Parrot will undoubtedly become one of many reasons that Gettysburg tourists think fondly of their excursions.

A Local Favorite

The Parrot

Ask around town where to get a top-notch bite and you’ll likely get the same answer from everyone: The Parrot! The welcoming atmosphere, smiling staff and lively patrons put it at the top of the list for Gettysburg locals. Make a new friend sitting at the bar over an afternoon cocktail, or chat with the servers to find out more about the restaurant’s historical roots. There’s no better way to learn about the area than from those who know it best.

Farm-Fresh Flavors

The Parrot

Not only will you be surrounded with locals at The Parrot, but flavors from the area will delight your senses. True to the farm-to-table ethos, the diverse menu is filled with ingredients from area farms. The new seasonal menu boosts Peruvian and Asian flavors alongside tried-and-true favorites. The crab bisque—a menu staple for decades—is a hearty and satisfying sidekick to any lunch or dinner option.

The Parrot’s eclectic menu includes new flavors from chef Leo Tazza, who serves up tastes to fit all palates. A shareable potsticker appetizer and a cheese plate starts the meal with conversation by connecting everyone at the table. Plan your vacation days to come as you delve into a luscious, savory Cuban or Reuben sandwich with homemade chips and pickles. Recap your favorite town excursions over a tender cut of filet mignon and soul-soothing mashed potatoes. After a perfect meal, top it off indulging in a spicy chocolate mousse that will leave you planning your next visit.

Sips From the Area

The Parrot

Find local suds for sampling to complement fresh dishes at The Parrot. Jack’s Hard Cider, made nearby with Adams County apples, is served up cold to quench the thirst for authenticity. Tröegs on tap is sent down from its brewery in Hershey and the local offerings are growing. The Parrot is known for making a mean martini (just $5 at happy hour!), and locavores will be thrilled to learn that The Parrot’s owner has been in talks with Mason Dixon Distillery, also from Gettysburg, about sourcing some of its craft spirits for the bar. Local wines may soon be added to The Parrot’s beverage program, as well.

Gettysburg is the perfect small town to recharge, with more than enough amenities for an enjoyable visit. No matter why you’re in town, add The Parrot to your Gettysburg itinerary for a relaxing meal with friendly faces and all-around good eats.

The Parrot is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m., with limited bar hours on Monday.

Find The Parrot at 35 Chambersburg St. in Gettysburg; phone: (717) 337-3739.

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