As a stay-at-home mom of three, Jacqueline Ferentinos has never lost sight of her dream of owning her own restaurant.
“I grew up with parents in the restaurant business and I’ve always had the itch,” she said. “It all started to fall into place a little over a year ago when a big space opened up.”
This large space turned into Valley Bistro, the restaurant she co-owns with her husband, Steve. The couple are not new to the restaurant business, having operated the Brick City Bar & Grille in downtown Harrisburg.
They gutted, renovated and expanded the space, on the site of the original Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy brewery (which moved down the street to Pyramid Business Park in 2013).
“The food is a big part of the bistro, but so is the look,” Ferentinos said.
Last name: Valley Bistro
Address: 4520 Valley Road, Hampden Township
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m., every day
Featured dish: The chicken and the waffle
Creation of dish: Sugar pearl waffles topped with buttermilk fried chicken, crumbled applewood smoked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese and served with a side of maple syrup.
Why is it so popular?: Because it’s unique, not your traditional Pennsylvania chicken and waffles
What does it taste like? An explosion of sweet and savory flavors in the mouth.
Dish price? $13.95
Approximately how many do you sell each week? 350
How did you find the star dish? This dish was created because we like to combine unique ingredients. This particular dish, for example, has both sweet and savory elements and isn’t your typical Pennsylvania chicken and waffles served with gravy. Our Buttermilk Chicken and Sugar Pearl Waffles really are the stars.
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