Ashland Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ashland

April 14, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Ashland is a borough in Schuylkill County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Pottsville. A small part of the borough also lies in Columbia County, although all of the population resided in the Schuylkill County portion as of the 2010 census. The borough lies in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Settled in 1850, Ashland was incorporated in 1857, and was named for Henry Clay's estate near Lexington, Kentucky. The population in 1900 was 6,438, and in 1940, 7,045, but had dropped to 2,817 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Ashland

1. Mattucci's Willow Cafe

451 W 4th St, Mount Carmel, PA 17851-1840 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 570-339-2310
Excellent
47%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
9%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Mattucci's Willow Cafe

Reviewed By Bill M - Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Four of us stopped in on a busy Friday night. The hostess asked if we had reservations (which we foolishly didn't make). For those that don't know, Mattucci's is 2 blocks from the football stadium, so Friday evenings during football season are incredibly busy. We replied that we didn't have reservations, but instead of sending us away or advising us to wait in the bar for a table, the hostess and another waitress somehow pulled a table out of nowhere and set it up next to the kitchen for us.

We ordered both pasta & pizza. From past experience I knew that pizza sometimes takes a little longer to make, but the entire order was at our table within 40 minutes, which was fantastic considering how crowded it was. During those 40 minutes, they brought us bread, salads & the bartender (Jason) came out to check on us to make sure we were enjoying the mixed drinks that he made. There was never a lull in the service.
Once the food arrive, the waitress was very attentive, bringing us extra hot sauce for the pizza, bringing additional drinks & bringing us to-go containers for the leftovers.
Overall, it was a perfect experience & I'm looking forward to visiting again soon.

2. Mays Drive-In Restaurant

Memorial Blvd, Ashland, PA 17921 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 570-875-4601
Excellent
45%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Mays Drive-In Restaurant

Reviewed By micyer - Dripping Springs, Texas

I like this place for a lot of reasons.
First, I visited there with two lovely ladies, one 99 and one, almost 90,
And they gave me the complete history of the place. Second, my total for three sandwiches, fries and cokes around, was less than $20. Finally, the food was great.
Give mays a try, you won't be dissapointed.

3. Pepe's Famous Italian Ice

4th and Chestnut Streets, Mount Carmel, PA 17851 Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking SGD 3 - SGD 10 +1 570-339-7373
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

Pepe's Famous Italian Ice

Reviewed By sggriff - Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

Locals know that Pepe's is the best ice cream/Italian ice place, not only in the area, but possibly anywhere. They make all of their stuff on the premises, hundreds of flavors, with new ones all the time. Their soft ice cream is to die for, but my husband prefers their unique hard ice cream flavors and my son is all about their fantastic Italian ice. They even sell treats for our dog. Yes, you read that right! So we can literally gets something amazing for the entire family when we go. A teensy bit on the pricey side, but you truly get what you pay for in quality and quantity. GOURMET sundaes.

4. The Famous Dutch Kitchen

433 S Lehigh Ave, Frackville, PA 17931-2413 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Dutch, Diner Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 570-874-3265
Excellent
30%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 81 reviews

The Famous Dutch Kitchen

Reviewed By CoolCop47 - Massachusetts

8 of us went there for supper, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. 7 different meals ordered, and all were to our liking. The waitstaff made sure that it was a pleasant experience. Eric and Mariah were excellent. We ordered Yuengling beers, meals and dessert, all for about $25 a person.

5. Deangelo's Sweet Pizzz Pizza

150 W Main St, Girardville, PA 17935-1719 Lunch, Dinner +1 570-276-1088
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By ANNE R - New England

We were lost!! so we stopped in the little town of Girardville at a small pizzeria and were greeted by a friendly raspy voiced fellow who was helpful and obviously loved his job --telling folks about the pizza, the big yeasty garlic knots and the special sauce, and the special sweet pizza sauce. We tried a slice of the sweet sauce pizza and were sold!! We had a medium sweet pizza-the sauce is rich , flavorful, tomatoey and sweet--lots of mozzarella, delicious crisp edged crust! and tried the hot sauce-just a touch! he suggested- and really enjoyed one of the very best pizzas I have ever eaten, including New York City , Pa, and Staten Island NY.
We brought 4 garlic knots home and they were light as a feather and a yummy garlic flavor--wish we lived closer to this place-it rocks! Small, nothing fancy, but soon to add hoagies to the menu--I wish them a lot of luck as they have truly a very nice pizza man cooking some great stuff!! A nice break from the travel route!

6. Donut Shop

900 Centre St, Ste 1, Ashland, PA 17921-1256 +1 570-875-1901
Excellent
28%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Donut Shop

Reviewed By moshe t - Montreal, Canada

place was good and not pricy and big selection to chose from I would recommend if you want something fast and nice to eat at.

7. Mine Shaft Cafe

1120 Centre St, Ashland, PA 17921-1206 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 570-875-3292
Excellent
27%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Mine Shaft Cafe

Reviewed By Brian S - Morris County, NJ

Loved the hot wings. A great buffalo style sauce and the wings were cooked perfectly. A better than average burger. Selection of beer could use a little updating, but there are a few craft beers on tap. Decor is very casual.

8. Cracker Barrel

956 Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, PA 17931-2521 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 570-874-7051
Excellent
27%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 96 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Reviewed By Curt K - New Castle, Delaware

I recently met some family members for lunch at the Frackville Cracker Barrel. This was my first time at this location but it was pretty much similar to my other visits to Cracker Barrels in the country. The food was very good and the service was nice and friendly.

9. Hollywood Pizza

39 N Oak St, Frnt, Mount Carmel, PA 17851-1425 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Italian +1 570-339-9802
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Hollywood Pizza

Reviewed By george b

Tried Hollywood Pizza, a plain cheese and the hot cheese. Both were very good.....reminds me of a little town bakery with a nice pizza pie on the board. Will definitely order here again, especially when company is present. Very very good!!!

10. 2nd Street Pub

219 N 2nd St, # 219, Girardville, PA 17935-1305 Pub +1 570-276-6567
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
100%
Overall Ratings

1 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Hiker17920 - Aristes, Pennsylvania

Used to be great local entertainment and food. Now closed for several years. Do not accept the rating given above,for whatever reason I can't change it...add 3 more. It was the place to be for local entertainment for it's day in northern Schuylkill.

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