Erie Up-Close: Dining & Drinking

Get the scoop on prizeworthy sips at Cork 1794, new brews at Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales and nine diverse vendors at the Food Hall.

What’s New in Brew
Pick flowers, bring your pet and find seasonal fun at Port Farms — and now you can grab a cold one while you’re there. Check out the new Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales brewery in a historic, repurposed potato storage building. The 10-barrel brewhouse showcases craft brews that incorporate crops grown on the farm. A menu of elevated bar plates is also a nod to eat-local flavors. 

“Guests can sit, grab a beer and have a meal, adding to the overall experience at Port Farms,” says Emily Watson, who heads up marketing and sponsorships, adding that the family-friendly environment includes a children’s menu for the younger set. 

The Back Story: The brewhouse won its name from a time when the grandmother of now fourth-generation owners Jerry and Kelly Port dubbed a portion of the farmland Poverty Knob because of its gravelly, dry ground, groundhog-ravaged crops and overall lack of production. 

Sip: More than a dozen beers on tap include seasonal selections, with new releases introduced regularly. The latest: Wicked Wilson, a west-coast IPA that is bitter yet balanced. 

Taste: Nosh on the Port Farms Chip Platter of freshly made chips coated with gorgonzola and bacon crumbles, then garnished with scallions and a balsamic glaze.

Pop a Prizeworthy Cork
Rather dine with wine? Cork 1794 earned the prestigious Wine Spectator 2023 Restaurant Award of Excellence for its wine list, including a well-chosen assortment of quality producers with a thematic match to the menu in price and style. 

Do Brunch: Start off a lazy Sunday morning in style and try curated dishes like crab Benedict, short rib hash or chicken-and-bacon-laced waffles.

New at the Food Hall
Nine all-local vendors serving a diversity of dishes — from tacos to noodles and Dominican fare — offer guests lots of choice and the flexibility to sample flavors at Flagship Food Hall in downtown Erie. Here’s a taste of the hall’s fresh offerings. 

Ippa: Neapolitan-style pizzas made Old World-style mix with specialty pies such as Bourbon Chicken and Garlic Smasher. 

Taco Cabana: Find bowls, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, burritos and more with $2 tacos every Tuesday. 

CheesErie: It started as a food truck, and now it’s a food hall fave offering homemade mac-and-cheese and a selection of melty, hand-pressed paninis.