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Let’s Do Lunch: The Canning House

This Trendy Restaurant Just Rolled Out Their Fall Menu

The Canning House in Forty Fort has turned a former canning factory into a popular lunch spot with a high-end twist. The restaurant a venture of Scalleat Hospitality Group, the same company behind historic dining destinations like The Powerhouse Eatery and The Ovalon Bar and Grill. They have a track record for excellence, and The Canning House is no exception.

Located in 900 Rutter, the restaurant fits right in with the building’s creative vibe. A giant John Lennon mural overlooks the vintage tables and chairs, and an enormous, ritzy chandelier (rescued from the old Hotel Sterling) glitters while Pink Floyd riffs drift from the stereo. And somehow, it all works in an effortlessly cool kind of way.

Before we dive into the menu, let’s start with the drinks, because The Canning House has a huge lineup of coffee, tea and smoothies. These cool fall days definitely called for a dirty chai and a calming honey chamomile latte. They also serve locally made Counterpart Kombucha, which is available on tap, by the bottle, in a flight or even in a growler.

The Canning House released their fall menu last week, which features plenty of seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers with an upscale flair. One of the newest additions is the Charcuterie Board. This massive spread is filled with gourmet cheeses, imported meats, sweet and savory spreads, fresh grapes and crispy ciabatta bread. Yeah, it’s a lot. All the more reason to call up some friends for a lunch date.

For a little taste of the autumn harvest, we tried the Arugula & Pear Salad, which is topped with sliced pears, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, golden beets and pear vinaigrette. It pairs perfectly with a cup of butternut squash bisque, which combines sweet squash with warm fall spices.

The Canning House also puts a fresh spin on comfort foods. We had to try the Brisket Grilled Cheese, which features tender brisket and melted brie pressed on sourdough bread. Another fall favorite is the Muffaletta, which is stacked with imported mortadella, hot soppressata, capicola, olive tapenade, provolone, Swiss, arugula, and balsamic reduction on bread delivered straight from New Orleans. It was only, like, the biggest sandwich we’d ever seen.

Pro tip: you can order the same fresh, chef-approved ingredients they use in the kitchen through Grocer Collective, The Canning House’s online grocery service. They offer local, organic and specialty foods that you can pick up at the restaurant or get delivered right to your door.

The Canning House currently has in-house dining and outdoor dining, weather permitting. They also offer takeout and online ordering.

The Canning House just launched their new hours. They’re now open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They serve lunch daily, except on Sunday. Sundays are for brunch. But that’s a story for another day.

Now that restaurants are back open, we have a lot of lunch dates to make up. In this series, we’re visiting cafés, sandwich shops and more across NEPA and giving you an inside look at what they have to offer. Take your lunch break with us and show your support for our local restaurants.

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