Ride to Charlie’s Pool Room

On Saturday I met up with a few members of the Dutch Country Riders at 9am at the rest stop on I81 north of Harrisburg, PA. We were riding to Alpha, New Jersey to have lunch at Charlie’s Pool Room. Charlie’s Pool Room is known for it’s famous hot dogs which have been cooked in a small skillet in their kitchen the same way for probably 50 years. Who would ride 3 hours and 100 miles for such a lunch? We would.

Charlie’s Pool Room would be easy to miss. It looks just like the other houses on this block in Alpha, New Jersey. Once stepping inside you see the old counter that looks like it hasn’t changed in 50 years. Sodas are purchased in a soda machine and ice cream is available in an old cooler.

Charlie's Counter

There’s just one round table in the back to sit down and enjoy your meal beside the one lonely pool table. This place has charm.

BMW DCR at Charlie's V

My lunch consisted of two ht dogs with sauce. The sauce is a sweet onion sauce and the recipe is only known by one of the two brother’s who owns the establishment.

Hot Dogs with Sauce

Our host.

Our Host

On the way back we stopped at the Peanut Shop in Port Clinton, PA. The candy in this store was amazing! They had anything you could imagine.

Port Clinton Candy Store V

Port Clinton Candy Store II

I stocked up with some butter roasted peanuts while others bought licorice (which was the best I’ve ever had) and other assorted candies. Hermy’s BMW is just a few hundred feet down the road from this store. I need to return!


  1. Reply
    Andrea May 31, 2009

    Holy crap! You ate onions? Say it isn’t so!? It’s going to snow tomorrow. I know it.

  2. Reply
    chesshirecat May 31, 2009

    That’s a great ride! I lived in Lancaster County, southern end down at Peach Bottom. Had a few drywall jobs that took me close to Alpha… I never stopped though…mmm…
    Great pictures…enjoyed your writing…

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