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Taste of the Month: Sammi’s sandwiches and salads in Bellefonte offers hand-crafted dining for those on the go

by on July 24, 2019 11:35 AM

Whether it’s picking up dinner after a long day at work, grabbing a quick lunch, or swinging over to the drive-through window while running the kids to a sports practice, people are in more of a hurry than ever before.

Sammi’s sandwiches and salads in Bellefonte is hand-crafting fast-casual, scratch-made food options that fit people’s busy lifestyles.

Seasoned chefs Justin Leiter and Courtney Confer, who are also the owners of The Red Horse Tavern in Pleasant Gap since 2012, saw the perfect opportunity to open Sammi’s at 205 Park Place in Bellefonte, after the former Bonfatto’s location became available. After some renovations to open up the space, Sammi’s had its grand opening in April.

“Sammi’s menu is the same concept as The Red Horse Tavern, where we make everything in-house, from scratch-made dressings to our smoked brisket, which is used in our brisket sandwich served with caramelized onions, smoked Gouda, [and] horseradish sauce on ciabatta,” says Leiter. “Our cheesesteaks, Reuben, and meatloaf sandwiches are by far our best sellers right now.”

All the sandwiches and burgers come with a choice of fresh cut or truffle fries, Mom’s beans, slaw, or broccoli mozzarella salad.

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Some of the other must-try items include the sweet and spicy burger with bacon, smoked Gouda, onion and sriracha jam; the Sammi burger with pork belly, cooper cheese, arugula, and tomato vinaigrette salad; the So Cal salad with marinated short ribs, roasted tomatoes, red onions, avocado, cucumber, and baby potatoes with a parmesan peppercorn dressing; and the salmon banh mi salad served with crispy wontons and a soy-ginger vinaigrette.

Sammi’s also offers vegetarians some tasty choices from a portobello burger and parmesan cauliflower bites to a roasted vegetable salad. In addition, there are kid-friendly menu items from grilled cheese to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Sammi’s is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. With plenty of on-site parking and enough seating for up to 70 diners, customers can order at the counter and find a seat in the spacious, family-friendly dining area. And Sammi’s drive-through and takeout are popular as fast-casual food options.

“Our drive-through window honestly just took off from Day One,” says Leiter. “Customers can order online on our website or call it in, and we will have it ready for them to grab and go.”

Check out Sammi’s Facebook page for daily and weekly specials. For more information or to place your drive-through pickup order, visit or call (814) 810-2222.


Vilma Shu is an editorial consultant for Town&Gown.





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